Please join us at the symposium *Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities and Migration* co-convened by the Religion and Society Research Cluster/SSAP, Western Sydney University, and Alphacrucis College.
Date: 2 August 2019
Venue: Level 9, Parramatta City campus, WSU
169 Macquarie St, Parramatta
Keynote Speaker: Associate Prof Richard Vokes, UWA
“‘The Spirit Really Moved Me’: Metaphors of Movement in African-Australian Conversion Narratives”
- Prof Cristina Rocha, Religion and Society Research Cluster, WSU
- Prof Mark Hutchinson, Alphacrucis College
- Dr Kathleen Openshaw, Religion and Society Research Cluster, WSU
- Mrs Ingrid Ryan, Alphacrucis College
Over the past few decades, Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity (PCC) has exploded in the Global South and grown considerably in the Global North. Much of this grow this fuelled by networks of megachurches, the mobility of community leaders across diasporic networks, migration and media. While traditionally missionaries would travel in a North-to- South direction, more recently megachurches from the Global South have moved horizontally, across to other developing countries, and also made inroads in to the Global North in efforts of reverse missionisation. Such attempts to missionise to locals in the Global North have been largely (though not wholly) unsuccessful and churches have turned their focus to migrants from the Global South. Many studies have shown that migrants, who were not attached to PCCs before migration, join churches in the diaspora as they offer them a home away from home. Meanwhile, diasporic churches also face difficulties keeping these (as well as second generation) migrants, since they may prefer local churches in an effort to integrate. This symposium will probe these themes, discussing the many connections between PCCs and migration.
Registration: This is a free event but registration needed for catering purposes.
For more details see attached flyer and https://pccinaussymposium.wordpress.com/