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"Young People, Keep Your Faith:" Youth, Spirit And Contemporary Christian Expression

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This chapter examines the way in which the youth movement developed over twenty years and how it responded to the socio-political situation in North-east Congo. It analyses how migrant young people (vijana) introduced a new understanding of maendeleo within the Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC) and brought Anglican worship closer to a popular contemporary expression of Congolese Christianity. It highlights generational issues as it presents the youth movement as another vehicle for change in the EAC. Anguzu mentioned music as a way of attracting young people to the church. It was both a leisure activity and an expression of faith. Maendeleo had always been used to denote spiritual as well as corporal development in the EAC but the emphasis in the use of the word had been on the material and, often, on schools and clinics.

Keywords: Anglican worship; Anguzu; Congolese Christianity; contemporary expresson; Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC); faith; maendeleo; migrant young people; spirit; youth movement



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