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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
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807858080
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/03/2007
Edition description: 1
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 386,795
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Anthea D. Butler is associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Motherhood
Chapter 2. Calling
Chapter 3. Migration
Chapter 4. Prohibitions
Chapter 5. Education
Chapter 6. Civics
Chapter 7. Conventions

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With this book Anthea Butler has made a major contribution to our understanding of the history of Pentecostalism and to the religious history of African American women. This is a pathbreaking work.—Albert Raboteau, author of Slave Religion: The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South

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