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Open Access The Continuing Importance of the Local. African Churches and the Search for Worship Space in Amsterdam

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The Continuing Importance of the Local. African Churches and the Search for Worship Space in Amsterdam

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This article focuses on the interaction of African churches with the local social, political and religious ecology of Amsterdam Southeast in their search for worship space. It shows the continuing importance of the local, even for such transnational religious movements as African churches. Constructing a worship location confronts the churches with the 'ingrained orders of social power in the host society' (Favell 2003). They encountered familiar black – white distinctions, a legion of 'white helpers' and a long process of building trust. I argue that African churches use transnational and local strategies. Becoming part of the local is inspired by missionary motives and is related to the character of religious congregations as relatively fixed organisations which nurture a practice of engagement with local society. Cet article se concentre sur l'interaction des églises africaines avec l'écologie locale au niveau sociale, politique et religieuse du Sud-est d'Amsterdam dans leur recherche de l'espace de culte. Cela démontre l'importance ininterrompue du local, même pour des mouvements religieux transnationaux comme les églises africaines. La construction d'un espace de culte confronte les églises avec « les ordres enracinés du pouvoir social dans la société hôte » (Favell 2003). Ils rencontrent la distinction habituelle entre noir et blanc, une légion d'« aide blanche » et un long processus de construire la confiance. Je soutiens que des églises africaines utilisent des stratégies transnationales et locales. Devenir une partie des locaux est inspiré par des motifs de missionnaire et est rapproché du caractère des congrégations religieuses comme les organisations relativement fixes qui élèvent une pratique d'engagement avec la société locale.

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2009-09-01
2016-12-05

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