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*Originally printed in Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology 1997 25(2).
Cursillo has its origins in Spain the late 1940s. Initially a Roman Catholic
venture, it now occurs in several Christian denominations retaining the task of
promoting religious renewal or revitalization for its members. Since there are no publications which appropriately place cursillo in social movement literature this article accomplishes the task using social strain, resource mobilization, and expectancy value theories.