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The Christianizing the Home Movement

Dissemination of Chinese Christian Family Ideals, 1922–1940

基督化家庭运动: 基督教家庭理想在中国的传播, 1922–1940

In: Review of Religion and Chinese Society
Author: Amy O’Keefe1
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  • 1 Department of History, Political Science, and International Studies, Meredith College, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, amokeefe@meredith.edu
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Abstract

The ecumenical National Christian Council of China (ncc) was the institutional home to an important religious and social campaign: the Christianizing the Home Movement. This article traces the development of this movement from the ncc’s founding in 1922 until the Second World War disrupted its activity. This home- and family-centered movement was a site of female empowerment, and the expansive topics it addressed show women’s desires to serve and lead in a broad set of arenas. This article shows how the Chinese women who led the Christianizing the Home Movement built and shaped a movement and describes the nationwide network of leaders that carried it out, promoting an ideal of Christian family that was culturally informed and progressive.

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