October 20, 2011

BROWN IS RED:

U.S. Hispanics Choose Churches Outside Catholicism (Barbara Bradley Hagerty, October 19, 2011, NPR Morning Edition)

As their numbers grow, Latinos are not only changing where and how they worship; they're also beginning to affect the larger Christian faith.

You can see evidence of that in the Assemblies of God, once a historically white, suburban Pentecostal denomination. When you walk into the denomination's largest church, it's sensory overload: The auditorium is jam-packed with hundreds of Latino worshipers singing in Spanish, swaying and dancing.

In little more than a decade, New Life Covenant Church in Chicago has grown from 68 people to more than 4,000 members; it had to abandon its old building and meet in Clemente High School. When you include the other churches New Life has started, its membership comes to some 12,000 people.

The Rev. Wilfredo de Jesus is leading the movement to give a little color to the mostly white Pentecostal faith. He says -- and statistics bear him out -- that Latinos are saving American Christianity.

"No doubt, every denomination would have decreased in membership," he says, "if it had not been for Hispanic growth, including our fellowship, the Assemblies of God."

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