Christianity and migration have greatly influenced society and culture of sub-Saharan Africa, yet their mutual impact is rarely studied. Through oral history research in north eastern Congo (DRC), this book studies the migration of Anglicans and the subsequent reconfiguring of their Christian identity. It engages with issues of religious contextualisation, revivalism and the rise of Pentecostalism. It examines shifting ethnic, national, gender and generational expressions, the influence of tradition, contemporanity, local needs and international networks to reveal mobile group identities developing through migration. Borrowing the metaphor of 'home' from those interviewed, the book suggests in what ways religious affiliation aids a process of belonging. The result is an original exploration of important themes in an often neglected region of Africa.
Emma Wild-Wood, Ph D (2005), University of Edinburgh, is a tutor in the Cambridge Theological Federation. She taught for a number of years in DR Congo and Uganda and has published several articles on African Christianity.
"As it stands, this is a very coherent and exceptionally wellresearched study that will be of immense interest to scholars of a very little understood part of Africa: the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Moreover, by focusing on a minority religion in this region (the area is predominantly Catholic), Wild-Wood grapples with the complexity of the region’s religious history in a way that most scholars do not."
James H. Smith, The University of California, Davis,
International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 44, No, 3
"Emma Wild-Wood's accomplished study of the history of the Anglican Church in north-east Congo adds to the accumulating weight of evidence that European-originated Churches could (and still do) evoke strong African loyalties."
Brian Stanley, University of Edinburgh,
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 61:2
"Wild-Wood did two things that should make her work worthy of wide scholarly attention. First she wrote a history of a Christian church in Africa that makes almost no reference to Europeans. [...] The second thing Wild-Wood did was to give a whole new slant to the process of "indigenization" of Christianity as it occurred in Africa."
Andrew Barnes, Arizona State University,
"The present study is presented with subtlety, and it carries conviction."
Jean-Luc Vellut, Université catholique de Louvain,
International Bulletin, Vol. 33, No. 4
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