Mexican Migration and the Politics of Religious Revivalism in New Mexico
Aimee V. Garza, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Visiting Research Associate, SAR
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal or renovación carismática is a religious revitalization movement that is sweeping northern Mexico, growing in popularity with Mexican migrants residing in the United States, and changing what it means to be Catholic on both sides of the border. In the context of rising anti-immigrant sentiment and recent legislative assaults on undocumented residents, this lecture explores the intersections of immigrant rights activism and religious revivalism at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico in order to rethink the relationship between religion and politics in our so-called Secular Age.