Hispanic Preaching and Immigrant Identity
Imprint: Baylor University Press
199 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in
- Published: March 2021
Hispanic Protestants have been one of the most rapidly growing demographic groups in the United States over the last few decades. Sociologists have written about the cultural and political identities of this group, and theologians have reflected on theology and ethics from Hispanic Protestant perspectives, but considerably less attention has been paid to the predicadores/preachers in Hispanic Protestant congregations and the messages they proclaim on a weekly basis.
In Predicadores: Hispanic Preaching and Immigrant Identity, Tito Madrazo explores the sermons of Hispanic Protestant preachers within the context of their individual and communal journeys. Formed by overlapping experiences of migration and calling and rooted in their own bilingual and bicultural realities, the first-generation preachers who collaborated in this study interpret and proclaim Scripture in ways that refuse easy characterization. What is certain is that their preaching—which incorporates both traditional and liberative elements—resonates deeply with their immigrant congregations. Madrazo contends that the power of these preachers lies in how they consistently proclaim the characteristics of God that have been most significant to them in their own migrations.
Based on four years of collaborative ethnographic research, Predicadores reveals the richness of everyday preaching in local Hispanic Protestant congregations. Madrazo utilizes contemporary sociology, history, and theology in order to situate this study’s preachers within broader discourses. The witness of Hispanic Protestant predicadores is a reminder of the homiletical importance of understanding and proclaiming the gospel from within particular cultures.
1 Viajes Concurrentes / Overlapping Journeys
2 Identidades Multiples / Multiple Identities
3 La Predicación Misma / The Preaching Itself
4 Predicadoras / Female Preachers
Predicadores is a beautifully presented understanding of Latinx preachers in the intricacies of the immigrant context. Madrazo uses collaborative ethnography to show us the deep complexities and themes that ground the Latina immigrant church and its preachers, both male and female. This is not a how-to book, nor is it a dull analysis. It is a profound and heartfelt journey with a community of faith. The reader’s own faith will be inspired while learning at multiple levels. This is a timely book that informs and transforms our comprehension of immigrant communities and the role of faith. A study for preachers, scholars, and ethnographers.~Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Coordinator of Theological Entities, Association for Hispanic Theological Education
I read Tito Madrazo’s Predicadores: Hispanic Preaching and Immigrant Identity in the midst of the growing swell of protests across the globe in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in response to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In light of unbearable loss, the world cries out to #saytheirnames. It is poignant then that Madrazo writes about a community whose names must be hidden for their safety. This ethnographic collaboration about preaching is an important contribution because Madrazo reveals the faces of those whose names we cannot know. They become fully human as he permits us to hear their voices in this study about the preaching and ecclesial experiences of the evangelical Latinx community in North Carolina. As a result, I believe that Predicadores also succeeds in being an extended sermon about migrants, their lucha, and their abiding faith in God.~Rev. Dr. Loida I. Martell, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, Lexington Theological Seminary
In this groundbreaking ethnographic study, Tito Madrazo examines the preaching lives and practices of Hispanic immigrants in the United States. Madrazo not only welcomes these often-neglected voices into the North American homiletical conversation, but he also develops an exciting new method for the study of preaching. Both inspiring and informative, Predicadores is a timely and vital contribution to the homiletical literature.~Charles L. Campbell, James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Homiletics, Duke Divinity School