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Being At Home In A New Place: Eac Growth Through Rural-Urban Migration

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This chapter studies the growth and the change of the Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC) as a result of the migration of its members to urban areas in North-east Congo. It scrutinises the way in which the rural Anglican identity was both affirmed and contested in the urban milieu. The chapter analyses how the EAC enabled its members to take advantage of migrant opportunities whilst maintaining continuity with their tradition. It also examines in what ways the position they took began to be contested by their children. Second generation migrants criticised their parents? conservative religious ethos, desiring a Christian identity that reflected their national and urban identity. The chapter analyses the general patterns of rural-urban migration in the area demonstrating where Anglican aspirations intersected with urban ambitions. Finally, it argues that the urban EAC of the 1970s consciously attempted to replicate the escarpment church.

Keywords: Christian identity; Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC); escarpment church; rural Anglican identity; rural-urban migration



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