Mini-Ethnography Religious beliefs and practices give several cultural purposes. It was to be my first sight in a Catholic Church. Whenever I thought about a Catholic Church, I would predict several different cultures and ethnicities joining under one roof for a formal gathering along with a priest to worship someone or something. “Distinctive Roman Catholic beliefs include the special authority of the pope, the ability of saints to intercede on behalf of believers, the concept of purgatory as a place of afterlife purification before entering heaven, and the doctrine of transubstantiation” (Catholicism, 3). Located in Hemet, California the church, “Our lady of the valley” was very small and in the middle of a small neighborhood. On the …show more content…
With that being said, there wasn’t ever anyone new that went to the church unless they lived in the area or were introduced by someone that goes there. Everyone knew each other that attended and was a very close subculture. “By “Catholic subculture,” I mean the network of institutions, organizations, programs and resources of many kinds that provided important support for the religious identity of Catholics while at the same time assisting Catholic parents in transmitting that identity from one generation to the next” (Shaw, 21).
As I sat down on one of the benches in the chapel, I noticed that there was a wide variety of ethnicities including, Caucasians, Mexicans and a family that was African American that I later found out they attend the church every Sunday and were not just visiting. Most of the crowd were families containing infants to elders. Although, the remaining of the people were an equal amount of both male and female adults. All of the different cultures and ethnicities coming together under one roof once a week they all share something in common. The faith in their religion, Catholicism, is extremely important to them. Regardless of what their background is, where they came from or how they ended up at this church they were all there for one reason, their faith.
Although, after talking to a couple of people
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Furthermore, The Protestant Reformation saw a major European movement that challenged the religious practices and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. With the rise of religion attracting many individuals, intellectuals began to challenge religious teachings and expose the corruption of the Church. Rather than offering salvation, the Church became corrupt and stingy for control, power, and money, in which German theologian Martin Luther, highlighted. Luther argued that people only achieve salvation by God through faith alone and criticized the use of indulgences, wealth, corruption, and other religious practices within the Catholic Church in his 95 Theses. For example, one of Luther’s theses says, “Ignorant and wicked are the doings of those priests who, in the case of the dying, reserve canonical penances for purgatory.” Luther believed papal authorities utilized the people to their own advantage in gaining wealth by fostering beliefs that indulgences relinquished sins. The immorality surrounding the Church made it unfair to people of all social groups who “devoted an enormous amount of their time and income to religious causes and foundations” – only finding themselves fooled into bribery (A History of Western Society 402). Luther’s arguments served a pivotal role in influencing others to fight for their own beliefs and redefine the meaning of religion. The common good of the people and their opinions mattered as Protestant thought grew. In the “big picture” of European
The cultural relativists have offered us a view on what is the good, is depending on whether the virtue is approved by one’s culture or not. This brings us to another question—what is culture? Seemingly, people in a different country are practicing different religions so that everyone should have
Everyone of us has our own unique culture and religion identification in the world. Also, known by the culture beliefs, behavior patterns, and which group or religion, we represent, but we have to represent each other because of their religion after all we are all human beings first. Also, their are many different variations of cultures living together in the same neighborhood, these days, and representing each other for cultures identity and what we believe in. We need to avoid any misunderstanding there is in the world about any cultures or religion.
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There is an ample scope of debate as to whether Mormonism is Christianity or not. It is true that both are similar; however, Protestants and Catholics equally are against the acceptance of Mormons to be Christians. There are many doctrinal similarities between the Catholic Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon). Both churches accept Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and teach that salvation comes through faith in Christ, repentance and baptism. The differences between the two churches revolve around priesthood authority, continuing revelation, the nature of God, the purpose of mortality and eternal marriage as well as methods of baptism. Beyond its shared nature
I attended a Sunday church service and studied the behaviors, body language, music styles, nature, and the atmosphere in music in a Social context. Gospel music has evolved and changed in many ways through out time. There are various types of church music, and it can be played in many ways. By observing Gospel music, I learned that it creates an energy that covers the whole congregation with an essence of unity and togetherness. Gospel music has many features and is a great example of music in a social context.
While growing up in the Dominican Republic, my family never practiced any religion. My parents educated me on what religion was and why certain people practice certain religions and basically left it up to me to figure out what religious path if any, I would want for myself as I grew older. I was getting new friends and they were all different types of religious, I have had, Catholic friends, Muslim friends, Jewish friends, diabolic friends, and even friends like that had no religious. I have been to numerous Bar Mitzvahs, religious parties, and even a religious wedding. When assigned to do this paper I didn 't really know what to do it about cause the only religious I been looking at lately is the Norse mythology. While thinking for a month I finally figured that I should call my brother that he is a key carrier and the pastor security guard on Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale finally after three years of inviting me I finally accepted his offer to allow me to be a guest at the church in Ft Lauderdale, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, on one Sunday morning. The actual complete address is 2401 W Cypress Creek Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 and I attend on 4/10/16 9:00 am the affiliation is Christian and the service attendant that day was call, Build | Nehemiah Build: People. Church. City. The Weekend Study.
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Christianity is the most widely followed religion among the world’s population with approximately 2.3 billion followers, half of which are Roman Catholics (Liu). As a result of this widespread popularity, there is a unique and specific subculture that distinguishes this religion from others. As a lifelong member of Catholicism myself, I wanted to delve further into the cultural aspect of this religion and the unambiguous traits. Culture is defined by the shared norms, beliefs, and values within a group. Catholicism is no exception and is an established subculture with specific characteristics, material culture, hierarchical organization and other aspects that make it very distinctive.
I felt like I didn’t belong in this place. There was no logic to any reason or thought, just follow my teaching blindly and I shell lead you to glory. Am I supposed to follow somebody’s teaching with no logic or reason proof. Also, to say what not right in life and what’s sin for the church is very hateful. What happened to respecting other’s idea and culture, and taking other as they are. Why rejected and hate the people that need our help the most. This place wasn’t for me, and I totally felt out of place when we were supposed to repeat what the priest said in prayer. I did get a sense of community when I was in church, and I can see the benefit of going to a place of prayer. It was a sense of unity and we got each other’s back when we need it. Also, a sense that an upper power has your life cover, and nothing bad is going to happen to you. If something bad happens, then know that this deity made it happen because he knows that you can handle it. It a feeling that I got life insurance given to me by this
The general church is the branch of government in the Church of the Nazarene that effectively and efficiently connects the members and resources of our denomination to preserve our core values and beliefs and advance our mission to preach holiness, make Christ-like disciples in all the nations, and bring relief to the needy. Recognizing the strength and equality of all partners, the general church combines and apportions time and resources for global mobilization. Simply stated, we can accomplish more united as a global denomination than we ever could at the local church or district level.
Every Friday, when I go to the Catholic Worker, I witness "people motivated by the teachings of Jesus" by their energy and joy in their service. Before the people in need come inside the volunteers form a circle and pray (Cornell 1). When we form the circle, I feel the Holy Spirit lighting a fire in my soul because others are willing to imitate Christ and pour out their love to whoever they come in contact with. Beginning our day with prayer acknowledges that Christ and his teachings are needed in this mission and that all the good work we are able to do is done through Christ. Cornell speaks of the Catholic Worker movement as a "new society within the shell of the old" because it embraces the law and teachings that God has already given us,
In this day in age, people of all ages and backgrounds have been pulling away from Catholicism. Many people have stopped going to Church weekly, which affects their relationship with God greatly. The Catholic Church has to convince its followers to revert back to their old ways of attending Church weekly and working to strengthen their relationship with God by not sinning and following His commandments. This message of reverting to the old ways and bettering their relationship with God is important and needs to be delivered because without it the Catholic Church will continuously lose followers especially with the younger generation already not having a strong relationship with God. Also without people taking their Catholic duties seriously, they will jeopardize their chances of going to Heaven. This powerful message would need to be delivered by priests and in such a way to instill fear into people because no emotion reaches people better than fear and it will
As a young child my parents had always raised my siblings and I to go to church. Every sunday we would attend church, and every wednesday we would attend a type of youth group. It was a great experience to be so involved, getting to meet new people was also a major thing for me. As far as I remember, we attended a catholic church with my aunts and uncles. It was a nice church, great people, and great opportunities to learn new things, but we just never attached to it. By that I mean we would go to church, but leave without feeling changed, or impacted. When one attends a church one expects to leave with a lesson, or something one can learn from. This church just wasn't doing that for us, and then family problems started to come. As someone
All of these religions, or religious practices, operate to form a guide line for survival within its culture, along with providing a source of elegance, and/or harmony.