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Afro-Cuban TheologyReligion, Race, Culture, and Identity$
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Michelle A. Gonzalez

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813029979

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813029979.001.0001

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Popular Religion as a Source for Understanding the Church

Popular Religion as a Source for Understanding the Church

(p.102) 6 Popular Religion as a Source for Understanding the Church
Afro-Cuban Theology

Michelle A. Gonzalez

University Press of Florida

This chapter explores a Cuban-American ecclesiology informed by the faith expressions of this particular community. It explores the primacy and theological function of popular religion within Latino/a theology and analyses Cuban and Cuban-American popular religious practices, emphasizing two particular expressions: devotion to Our Lady of Charity and to Saint Lazarus. It also describes the key features of a Cuban-American ecclesiology and discusses its contribution to the broader church.

Keywords:   Cuban-American ecclesiology, faith expressions, Latino/a theology, Our Lady of Charity, Saint Lazarus

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