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Presented By: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+)

Religion in Central America After 1960

Henri Gooren

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This lecture will be live streamed.

Our speaker will first discuss Catholicism after 1960. Next, he will discuss the boom of Protestantism, especially Pentecostalism, from 0 to 20, 30, or even 40% in some countries. The he will briefly discuss the spectacular membership explosion of Mormonism, which he studied firsthand in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. In the final segment of his lecture, Dr. Gooren will discuss the major change in the Central American religious landscape is the rise of the no religion category, going up from near 0 to 4-10% in only 40 years.

Henri Gooren (PhD Anthropology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands) is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Religious Studies at Oakland University in Rochester MI. His books are Rich Among the Poor (1999), Religious Disaffiliation and Conversion: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices (2010), and the Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions (ed. 2019). Dr. Gooren publishes extensively on conversion models and on multiple religions in Latin America: 12 encyclopedia entries, 17 book chapters, and 19 journal articles.

This is the third a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Central America: Coffee to Caravans. The next lecture will occur May 6, 2021. The title is: Tracking Hemispheric Violence through the Experiences of Nicaraguan Refugees. Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
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  • $10 day pass. $35 for the 6-lecture series.

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