Category Archives: Hispanics

Hispanics in the US and the Implications for Christian Churches

As a bi-literate Hispanic (a 1.5 Hispanic) living in two worlds, both the Hispanic and the American, I find if fascinating what is happening in the United States in regards to demographics. Recent demographics reveal some important facts in the Hispanic culture. These have implications when it comes how we approach and minister to them […]

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Becoming Learners of Cultures and Ethnicities

Being a Hispanic American, and having been part of two cultures and languages most of my life, I have learned a few things that can help us in relating to other cultures. These are simple things to keep in mind and practice to become intentional learners of other people’s cultures. 1. Be proactive in learning […]

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Book review: Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States

 Walk with the People: Latino Ministry in the United States Review The book has some good information for those who are interested in working with Hispanics in the United States. It is not a how to book, but more of an understanding of the Hispanics distinctives that makes it difficult to to do ministry. Much […]

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Hispanic Culture: Comida (barriga llena corazón contento)

Another cultural characteristic of Hispanic culture is food. There is no question that Hispanics love food.  The saying, “Barriga llena corazón contento” (stomach full, happy heart) has the idea that when you have eaten well, you feel happy and satisfied. It reflects the Hispanic culture’s attitude that food has a special place in daily living […]

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Hispanic Culture: Pasión (de corazón).

Another characteristic of Hispanic culture, one which is often misunderstood is “pasión” or passion. This is not limited to what we associate with romance (After all the Spanish language is part of the Romance languages) but more in general and how they embrace life. This “pasión” or passion can be seen in many ways. For […]

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Hispanic Culture: Mi Casa es Su Casa – Personalismo

One very important aspect of Hispanic culture is “personalismo” or the idea of being personal. This is an attribute that goes against being impersonal or individualistic which is prevalent in our American culture. “Personalismo” is seen in every aspect of Hispanic culture. It is evident in the family which extends itself to more than just […]

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Hispanic Culture: Roles

Hispanic culture follows traditional roles (“roles” is spelled the same in Spanish but the “e”  [and s] is pronounced with the equivalent of the short sound in English). Normally, the father is the bread winner outside of the home. He works really hard to provide for his family. Usually, this involves long days and coming home […]

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Hispanic Culture: Aquí Se Habla Español

In Hispanic culture, the Spanish language is considered just as important as all other values. Not speaking Spanish, which usually happens with grand kids, is anathema and will incur the title of “Gringo” (a slang term for White American). The idea is that you are forgetting your language (your roots) and do not want to be […]

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Hispanic Culture: Familia Es Familia – Staying Close

I have another blog over at Word Press which I started a while ago related to the Hispanic culture (the term “Hispanic” is also used in general way and though many nationalities-including non-Hispanics- share most of the distinctives, there are exceptions) titled Stuff Hispanics Like and Do. In it, I shared some generalizations, some humorous, […]

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Stuff Hispanics Like and Do

I had forgotten this blog and I have not updated it. It’s supposed to be fun.   Posted with Blogsy Material is copyright by eigaldamez. Permission is given to re-post or reproduce without editing the content. Disclaimer: The contents of all personal web pages and blogs published are solely my responsibility. Statements made and opinions […]

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