Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited

Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited

by Rick Nahmias
     
 

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Taking California as a window into the diversity of religion in America, Golden States of Grace documents marginalized communities at prayer in their own faith traditions. The collection is thoroughly interfaith, introducing us to the nation's only halfway house for addicts self-identified as Jewish, a transsexual gospel choir, a Buddhist community in San

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Taking California as a window into the diversity of religion in America, Golden States of Grace documents marginalized communities at prayer in their own faith traditions. The collection is thoroughly interfaith, introducing us to the nation's only halfway house for addicts self-identified as Jewish, a transsexual gospel choir, a Buddhist community in San Quentin, a Mormon congregation organized by the deaf for the deaf, Latina sex workers worshipping the female folk deity Santísima Muerte, and more. Depictions of conventional middle-class religion are widely visible in the media, but the American public rarely sees the sacred worlds of society's marginalized: the outcasts, the fallen, those that have been labeled "other"--ironically, those whom religion aims to serve. The poignant stories Nahmias has gathered here cross numerous boundaries and ask difficult questions few outsiders have been willing to pose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826346773
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Rick Nahmias is a documentary photographer, writer, and filmmaker whose work has been shown across the United States, Europe, and Asia. His photographs are part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian and reside in several private and public collections across the country.

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