Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas

The students in the Cultural Formations/Religious Studies course Latino/Latina Religions are conducting research on the history of the Walt Humann and T. Boone Pickens Community Center at Jubilee Park and its surrounding neighborhood. The center, near the Fair Park area of Dallas, was founded by Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in 1997 and serves a diverse population. Through their research, students hope to learn more about the ways religious organizations impact local communities, and about the changing landscapes that have formed Dallas over the years. At the culmination of the project in December, students will present their findings in a presentation at the Jubilee Park Center, www.jubileecenter.org

Final presentation at Jubilee Park

An update from Lahela, a junior studio art major: The project that we signed up for in this class involves the Jubilee Park Community Center. As you may have read from my classmates, we've made some progress. As of late, we have been diligently working to compile our research and get our papers to Professor DeTemple. We have our official presentation at Jubilee Community Center this Wednesday, December 5. As far as I know, my group is ready. We are putting some final touches on our bilingual presentation and making sure we are on point. My group examined 1997-present, and we specifically researched issues of education, land reformation, crime and crime prevention, and had a series of interviews with people [...]

2012-12-04T16:54:11+00:00 December 2nd, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

What makes a history?

An update from Rebecca, a senior vocal performance and music education major: I've spent quite a bit of time in Fondren Library the past few days looking up demographic and financial data for the Jubilee Park area. It's been interesting to track the rise and fall of the population in the area, as well as the way the African-American population in Jubilee Park seems to fall as the Hispanic population rises. It's also interesting to note that, when calculated for inflation, the average income between 1994 and 2008 in the area has risen only marginally, and some years, there are strangely dramatic drops in the population. I've been combing newspaper articles, especially in the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas [...]

2012-11-20T23:24:34+00:00 November 20th, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

A community pre-1997

An update from Abi, a junior music performance major: This fall I have been involved with a project centered on a community in Fair Park called Jubilee Park.  My group was assigned the pre-1997 history of the park. The class is called Latino/Latina Religions and is taught by Professor Jill DeTemple. To be honest, I had absolutely no clue what the class would entail and certainly never imagined a research project on a Dallas community! The class has been very enlightening, and I have been privileged to be able to speak to some of the people who live in the community around Jubilee Park.  They are tied closely to the ideals of the park and the programs that it offers. [...]

2012-11-20T23:00:11+00:00 November 16th, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

The power of volunteers

An update from Garrett, a senior majoring in religious studies and political science: When I first found out about the Jubilee organization and its positive effect on its surrounding community, I was naturally astounded and inspired. I’d heard of similar projects around the world, but I’d never actually had the opportunity to experience any of these first-hand. Now that I’ve actually visited the Jubilee Park area, I can understand why so many residents from the Jubilee Park area have been so active in participating in the programs offered by the center. There are still so many social and economic issues affecting the people of Dallas (not to mention the entire world) and I think it’s encouraging to see such a [...]

2012-11-15T16:09:50+00:00 November 14th, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

From Big Tex to personal testimonies

An update from Sergio, a senior majoring in communication studies and Spanish: Learning about Jubilee Park this semester is an extraordinary experience. I find it fascinating that there are community centers that serve their community to the full extent. In our class we were divided into small groups and each given a task to research. My group ended up with the historical section of Jubilee Park. The history alone was fascinating. I’m not a Dallas native, so everything including the significance of Big Tex to that area was new to me. I’ve learned how much the Fair Park area has changed, especially the demographics. I’ve spoken to individuals who testify to the wonderful opportunities Jubilee Park offers to them and [...]

2012-11-14T22:55:58+00:00 November 13th, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

Making an impact

An update from Bruno, a senior international studies major with a minor in Spanish: Being part of this fun learning opportunity at Jubilee Park & Community Center, I have been very interested in getting to know more about the Community Center. A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to visit the place, and it was incredible to see how Jubilee Park is changing people's lives. It is a long-term process that will make a huge impact in the neighborhood. With the classwork and project that our Latino Religion class is working on, we have a hope that it will expose the revolution Jubilee Park has created.

2012-11-06T20:34:01+00:00 November 6th, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

Back to Jubilee Park’s beginnings

An update from Courtney, a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in photography: As a student in Latino Religions, throughout the semester I have explored religious identities of the Latino population and how those individuals go about exploring and practicing their religious faith.  Part of our exploration has involved seeing how the church has treated and contributed to bettering the Latino communities across different Latin American countries.  This exploration has contributed to our study exploring a unique community in the heart of Dallas called Jubilee Park Community Center. For our class project I am a participant in the group that is focused on Jubilee Park before 1997.  Our group is exploring and discovering how Jubilee Park was born.  Before 1997 [...]

2012-11-06T15:23:41+00:00 November 2nd, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

Exploring Jubilee Park today

 An update from Karen, a sophomore majoring in anthropology and religious studies: This semester I am taking a Latino Religions course taught by Professor Jill DeTemple. In this course, my class is evaluating what makes up the religious identity of the Latino population and how Latinos utilize their public and privates spheres to channel or practice their faiths. Thus, we must look at how social, political, and cultural movements have shaped the religiosity of Latino communities. By applying what we learned in class to our service learning project, my peers and I plan to do the following things. We will document the history of the Jubilee Park Community Center and analyze the outcomes of the center’s programs. We will also [...]

2012-10-26T16:26:04+00:00 October 26th, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

Community historians

An update from Tim, a sophomore accounting major: The Jubilee Park center is a community renewal initiative in the Fair Park neighborhood in East Dallas. In 1997, St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church chose this area as the site for a community center that would create “a thriving and sustaining community where people love to live.” The church built this community center as a way of marking its 50th anniversary – their jubilee. Through Professor DeTemple’s Latino/a Religions class, I have learned about Latino religiosity and the ways in which it manifests. The Jubilee Park center, a religiously based organization devoted to civic engagement, is an example of this. Our assignment regarding the center is to delineate and synthesize [...]

2012-10-23T14:35:26+00:00 October 22nd, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|

A sense of pride and revival

The students in the Cultural Formations/Religious Studies course Latino/Latina Religions are conducting research on the history of the Jubilee Park & Community Center and its surrounding neighborhood. The center, near the Fair Park area of Dallas, was founded by Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in 1997 and serves a diverse population. Through their research, students hope to learn more about the ways religious organizations impact local communities, and about the changing landscapes that have formed Dallas over the years. At the culmination of the project in December, students will present their findings in a presentation at the center, www.jubileecenter.org

2012-10-23T14:35:54+00:00 October 22nd, 2012|Latino/Latina Religions 2012, Dallas|