Migration and Christian Identity in Congo, (DRC) (Studies of by Emma Wild-Wood

By Emma Wild-Wood

Christianity and migration have significantly stimulated society and tradition of sub-Saharan Africa, but their mutual influence is never studied. via oral historical past study in north jap Congo (DRC), this publication stories the migration of Anglicans and the following reconfiguring in their Christian identification. It engages with problems with spiritual contextualisation, revivalism and the increase of Pentecostalism. It examines transferring ethnic, nationwide, gender and generational expressions, the effect of culture, contemporanity, neighborhood wishes and foreign networks to bare cellular crew identities constructing via migration. Borrowing the metaphor of 'home' from these interviewed, the ebook indicates in what methods non secular association aids a means of belonging. the result's an unique exploration of vital issues in a frequently missed area of Africa.

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Nugent and Asiwaju (London, Pinter, 1996), 10. 28 Johan Pottier, “Emergency in Ituri, DRC: Political Complexity, Land and Other Challenges in Restoring Food Security” (paper given at FAO International Workshop, ‘Food Security in Complex Emergencies’ Tivoli, Italy, 23–25 September 2003), 6–7. 12 chapter one Methodology29 This study relies on the analysis of oral narratives of Anglicans and non-Anglicans who told their stories with enthusiasm and generosity. My interpretation of these taped interviews is based on a narrative method that accepts that people recount events and actions to express those things that are important to their sense of self.

If the newness of the Christian belief and its correlative skills were part of the appeal of conversion the parallelism of Anglican polity with a familiar socio-religious order was another part. ‘Calm’ and ‘order,’ upole and utaratibu, are words frequently used by Congolese Anglicans to describe their church. According to Tito these attributes are also found in Hema culture. 62 The leaders of Interview, Tito Balinda, Boga, Swahili, 02 October 2000. Isingoma Kahwa, “La Notion traditionelle de la Communauté en Afrique noire et son Integration dans la Vie ecclesiale,” 25–26.

Nevertheless, the meaning of the Anglican hierarchy of church leaders and the rites they performed was now clothed in Hema concepts instead of English ones.

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