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Weak Vessels Or Church Foundations? Women In The Eac

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This chapter assesses the identity of migrant Anglican women examining how and why such polerised evaluations are possible. It assumes that gender is ?. . . culturally diverse, historically dynamic and inflected by differences of age, class, race, ethnicity and nation?. The assessment will develop the theme of religious change and continuity during migration. The chapter shows how, during the 1990s, groups of second generation migrants became influential in the Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC) and further altered the identity of the church. It analyses the shift in the role of women?s groups and the developing relations with women in other churches. It demonstrates ways in which migrant women influenced the leadership and orientation of the predominantly male-led, male-oriented EAC and provided a force for identity-change within the EAC. In doing so it enters the debate about the extent to which Christianity enabled or constrained the lives of African women.

Keywords: African women; Christianity; church; Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC); migrant Anglican women; migration; religious change



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