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Title

Preparing the way: Hispanic ministry and community transformation in Marshalltown, Iowa

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Urban Anthropology

Volume

35

Issue

2-3

First Page

265

Last Page

294

Abstract

Recent anthropological studies of new immigrant destination communities recognize Marshalltown, Iowa, as one of the unusually successful U.S. towns in its accommodation of recent Latino immigrants. This paper examines the crucial role that Rev. John Allen of Elim Lutheran Church played in establishing the foundation for a Latino community identity and forging an integrated and diverse Marshalltown community. One person, with a vision and passion for his work and respect and empathy for others, made the difference. However, Hispanic ministry can never be static, and over time others more effectively built upon Allen's foundation. Hispanic ministry is a process that must evolve in order to effectively respond to changing social, cultural, and advocacy needs of the immigrants it serves. © 2006 The Institute, Inc.

Original Publication Date

6-1-2006

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