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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Much gratitude is due the Louisville Institute for funding this research and writing project through a General Grant. I also want to thank the people who read parts of the manuscript and offered...

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Prologue: Setting the Stage

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pp. xi- xvii

They say Durham’s flourishing was sparked only a half mile from my house at the site of a major Civil War surrender. While the generals negotiated the surrender in the Bennett farm house, Confederate...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

The Latina woman pointed to a small porcelain statue of baby Jesus wearing the white clothes of a doctor. On his chest was a small patch that read “Niño Dr. Jesus.” She smiled and said, twice, “...

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1: Healing Waters Church

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pp. 17-46

Arriving for Sunday morning worship, I drove into the gravel parking lot next to Healing Waters Church, made of blond brick, sitting close to busy North Alston Avenue. It was a clean...

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2: Healing Waters' Belief Practices

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pp. 47-80

After finding Healing Waters, I was eager to talk about it. One of the people I turned to was a University of North Carolina scholar who has studied African American...

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3: First Downtown Church

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pp. 81-104

Upon first moving to Durham, our family was immediately drawn to First Downtown Church. There were telling markers that this was the local “liberal” outpost for the denomination...

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4: First Down Church's Belief Practices

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pp. 105-136

The ethnographer writing about her own community faces significant challenges. It is very difficult to develop the naivet

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5: Our Lady of Durham

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pp. 137-160

As I stood in the cold December air at 5 a.m., multiple layers of history and culture were displayed before me. It was the third hour of the annual fiesta in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which...

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6: Our Lady of Durham's Belief-Practices

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pp. 161-184

There were two factors that made the investigation into the ministry at Our Lady of Durham’s Latino population different from the research into the other two congregations. Most significant was...

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Conclusion: A Practical Theology of Care for the Sick

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pp. 185-220

John Swinton’s helpful book on the uses of qualitative research in practical theology begins his practical theological inquiries with a description of the...

Notes

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pp. 221-224

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 225-236

Index

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pp. 237-241