Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World / Edition 1

Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making a Sanctified World / Edition 1

by Anthea D. Butler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807858080

ISBN-13: 9780807858080

Pub. Date: 09/03/2007

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), an African American Pentecostal denomination founded in 1896, has become the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States today. In this first major study of the church, Anthea Butler examines the religious and social lives of the women in the COGIC Women's Department from its founding in 1911 through the mid-1960s. She…  See more details below

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The Church of God in Christ (COGIC), an African American Pentecostal denomination founded in 1896, has become the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States today. In this first major study of the church, Anthea Butler examines the religious and social lives of the women in the COGIC Women's Department from its founding in 1911 through the mid-1960s. She finds that the sanctification, or spiritual purity, that these women sought earned them social power both in the church and in the black community.

Offering rich, lively accounts of the activities of the Women's Department founders and other members, Butler shows that the COGIC women of the early decades were able to challenge gender roles and to transcend the limited responsibilities that otherwise would have been assigned to them both by churchmen and by white-dominated society. The Great Depression, World War II, and the civil rights movement brought increased social and political involvement, and the Women's Department worked to make the "sanctified world" of the church interact with the broader American society. More than just a community of church mothers, says Butler, COGIC women utilized their spiritual authority, power, and agency to further their contestation and negotiation of gender roles in the church and beyond.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807858080
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
09/03/2007
Edition description:
1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Motherhood     11
Calling     32
Migration     55
Prohibitions     75
Education     96
Civics     117
Conventions     135
Epilogue     157
Notes     167
Bibliography     183
Index     193

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