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Joaquin Jay Gonzalez

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814731963

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814731963.001.0001

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Resurrecting Christian Faith

Resurrecting Christian Faith

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Filipino American Faith in Action

Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the transnational influence flowing to and from church spaces in the Philippines and San Francisco. Supplementing library information with archival research and interviews with key informants, it delves first into the Americanization of Philippine churches and Christianity and then the Filipinization, later on, of San Francisco congregations and religious spaces. This migratory phenomenon has facilitated the creation of kasamahan bonds with Filipino prayers, pastors, icons, rituals, and migrant faithful easily moving back and forth among San Francisco and Philippine spiritual homes and gatherings. This transnational movement not only facilitates the influence of Filipinos on San Francisco communities but also helps them integrate with the broader, multicultural American society.

Keywords:   Filipino Americans, Americanization, Philippine churches, Christianity, Filipinization, kasamahan, transnational movement

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