The Cursillo Movement in America

The Cursillo Movement in America

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The internationally growing Cursillo movement, or qshort course in Christianity, q founded in 1944 by Spanish Catholic lay practitioners, has become popular among American Catholics and Protestants alike. This lay-led weekend experience helps participants recommit to and live their faith. Emphasizing how American Christians have privileged the individual religious experience and downplayed denominational and theological differences in favor of a common identity as renewed people of faith, Kristy Nabhan-Warren focuses on cursillistas--those who have completed a Cursillo weekend--to show how their experiences are a touchstone for understanding these trends in post-1960s American Christianity. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork as well as historical research, Nabhan-Warren shows the importance of Latino Catholics in the spread of the Cursillo movement. Cursillistas' stories, she argues, guide us toward a new understanding of contemporary Christian identities, inside and outside U.S. borders, and of the importance of globalizing American religious boundaries.67 Bishop Chavez, like Ron Caronti, observe that the spread of Cursillos in the United States came in the wake of the Vatican II Council ... Cursillo leaders guide the ultreya communities, which are essentially reunions of the various reunionanbsp;...

Title:The Cursillo Movement in America
Author:Kristy Nabhan-Warren
Publisher:UNC Press Books - 2013-09-09


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