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Crossing the Water and Keeping the FaithHaitian Religion in Miami$
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Terry Rey and Alex Stepick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814777084

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814777084.001.0001

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Storefront and Transnational Protestantism in Little Haiti

Storefront and Transnational Protestantism in Little Haiti

Harvesting the Gospel in the Haitian Church of the Open Door

(p.151) 5 Storefront and Transnational Protestantism in Little Haiti
Crossing the Water and Keeping the Faith

Terry Rey

Alex Stepick

Archbishop Thomas Wenski

NYU Press

This chapter traces the histories of two of Little Haiti's Protestant storefront churches while providing ethnographic descriptions of these churches and biographical sketches of people in their pulpits and pews. Because the religion incorporates far less ritual paraphernalia than either Catholicism or Vodou, and esteems far fewer spiritual beings than the other sides of the Haitian religious triangle of forces, the Haitian religious collusio might seem less pronounced among Protestants than Catholics or Vodouists. Haitian Protestantism, however, is every bit as concerned with the central features of this collusio, particularly in seeking to utilize unseen supernatural forces to effect healing and protect its practitioners from evil. The chapter employs a form of market or field theory of religion to help understand the growth of Protestant Christianity among Haitians, both in the diaspora and the homeland.

Keywords:   Haitian Protestantism, Little Haiti, Haitian religious collusio, Protestant Christianity, theory of religion

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