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(RNS) While millennials are walking out the front door of U.S. congregations, immigrant Christian communities are appearing right around the corner, and sometimes knocking at the back door. And they may hold the key to vitality for American Christianity.

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  1. I don’t know who the Rev. Granberg-Michaelson is but he seems not to have been around in 2004 and the earlier years when Samuel Huntington was waxing politically about the impact the Hispanic immigrant would have on the United States. His article in Foreign Policy (2004) seemed to be a foreboding of the negative impact Hispanic immigrants would have for all the same reasons the old nativists and the know-nothings of the 19th century seemed to think made Hispanics a threat to the United States. We, whether we’re native born, or the recent immigrant population have all had to bear the hostility of non-Hispanics for this nonsense. I must wonder where the Reverend is from if he’s not aware of this recent and old history.

  1. […] Consider this: According to the 1990 Census, 19.7 million people in the U.S. were born in another country. By 2010, that number had jumped to 43 million — 74 percent of them Christian (compared to 5 percent Muslim, 4 percent Buddhist and 3 percent Hindu). Immigration’s overwhelming religious impact has been to inject expanding diversity and fresh vitality into the country’s Christian community. But it’s not just numbers that tell the story of Christian migration; it’s also the intensity of their belief and religious practice. In 1960, the U.S. was home to only 35,555 foreign residents from Africa. By 2009, that number had grown to 1.5 million (the vast majority of them Christian). Many exhibit a vibrant spiritual life nurtured by practices, traditions, and expressions of their faith that have been shaped in a non-Western context.  […]

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