Christian Pluralism in the United States: The Indian Immigrant Experience

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Recent immigrant Christians from India are changing the face of American Christianity. They introduce ancient Catholic Oriental rites, St. Thomas orthodoxy, the fruits of modern Protestant missions, and the outpouring of Pentecostal revivals. This book is the first comprehensive study of these Christians, their churches, and their adaptation. Professor Williams describes migration patterns since 1965 and the growth of Indian Christian churches in the United States. The role of Christian nurses in creating ...
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Overview

Recent immigrant Christians from India are changing the face of American Christianity. They introduce ancient Catholic Oriental rites, St. Thomas orthodoxy, the fruits of modern Protestant missions, and the outpouring of Pentecostal revivals. This book is the first comprehensive study of these Christians, their churches, and their adaptation. Professor Williams describes migration patterns since 1965 and the growth of Indian Christian churches in the United States. The role of Christian nurses in creating immigration opportunities for their families affects gender relations, transition of generations, interpretations of migration, Indian Christian family values, and types of leadership. Contemporary mobility and rapid communication create new transnational religious groups. Williams reveals some of the reverse effects on churches and institutions in India. He notes some successes and failures of mediating institutions in the United States - seminaries, denominational judicatories, ecumenical agencies, and interfaith organizations - in responding to new forms of Christianity brought by immigrants.
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Review of the hardback: '... Professor Williams gives a fasinating and most learned account of a community, or rather several communities, in transition.' Asian Affairs

Review of the hardback: ' ... Christian Pluralism is an impressive and wide-ranging book written by an experienced and visionary elder-statesman deeply concerned not just about Indian Christians but about the role that Indian Christians can play in shaping the future of American Christianity ... the book should be required reading for all who seek to lead Indian churches into the future.' Souvenir for the Family Conference of the Mar Thoma Church

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Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Road to America 10
2 Christian stories about India 47
3 Becoming what you are: St. Thomas Christians from Kerala 92
4 Becoming what you are: Catholics and Protestants from India 143
5 Wilderness, exile or promised land: experience and interpretations of migration 181
6 Going home: bridges to India 227
7 Adding rooms to the house 250
Conclusion: immigration and the many faces of Christ 273
Notes 285
Bibliography 291
Index 299
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