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Saints in Exile The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in African American Religion and Culture

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ISBN-10: 0195131010

ISBN-13: 9780195131017

Edition: 1999

Authors: Cheryl J. Sanders

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Saints in Exile studies, from an insider's perspective, the worship practices and social ethics of the African American family of Holiness, Pentecostal, and Apostolic churches known collectively as the Sanctified Church. Cheryl Sanders identifies the theme of exile, both as an idea and an experience, as the key to understanding the dialectical nature of African American religious and intellectual life, that W.E.B. Du Bois called "double-conscious." Sanders's saints in exile are a people who see themselves as "in the world but not of it" their marginalized status is both self-imposed and involuntary, a consequence of racism, sexism and other forms of elitism. When joined with the biblical tropes of homecoming and reconciliation, the concept of exile serves as a vital vantage point from which to identify, critique, and remedy the continued alienation of blacks, women, and the poor in the United States. Sanders's interpretive approach clarifies many paradoxical features of black existence, especially the peculiar interplay of the sacred and the secular in African American song, speech, and dance. She particularly scrutinizes gospel music, a product of the Sanctified worship tradition that has had a significant influence on popular culture. Saints in Exile goes further than any previous study in illuminating the African American experience; it will be welcomed by scholars and students of American religion, African American studies, and American History.
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Book details

List price: $61.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Introduction: "In the World, But Not of It,"
African Religious Traditions in the Sanctified Church
Christianity and Social Ethics among the Slaves
Emergence of the Sanctified Church as a Christian Renewal Movement
The Sanctified Churches and Christian Reform: Confronting the Barriers of Race, Sex, and Class
Configurations of Race and Denomination in Holiness, Pentecostal, and Apostolic Churches
"Zion's Hill": Black Holiness in the Church of God
William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival
Participation of Women and the Poor in the Holiness-Pentecostal Movement
Refuge and Reconciliation in a Holiness Congregation
Pastoral Leadership at Third Street Church of God, 1910-1995
Sunday Worship
The Urban Prayer Breakfast
"In the Beauty of Holiness": Ethics and Aesthetics in the Worship of the Saints
Basic Elements of Sanctified Worship
Saved, Sanctified, and Spirit-Baptized
Static and Ecstatic Forms of Spirit Possession
Worship and Exile
The Holy Dance: Shouting
The Chant of Affirmation: "Yes, Lord!,"
Liturgical Attendants Wearing White
Inclusion of Welcome and Announcements as Liturgy
Ecstasy and Epistemology: "Having Church,"
Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Gospel Music and Popular Culture in the United States
European Protestant Hymnody
Negro Spirituals
The Blues
Jazz
Rhythm and Blues: Soul Music
Gospel Rap
Classical Music
Gospel Musicians in the Sanctified Tradition
Resistance, Rebellion, and Reform: The Collegiate Gospel Choir and the Black Clergy Caucus
Gospel Music and Black Identity on Campus
The Black Clergy Caucus Movement in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)
Black Intellectuals and Storefront Religion in the Age of Black Consciousness
Black Intellectuals and Black Religion in Exilic Perspective: A Typology of Traditions
Afro-Pentecostal Thought
The Church in Exile: Vital Signs outside the Mainstream
Summary: The Dialectics of Exilic Existence
Toward an Exilic Ecclesiology
The Ethics of Holiness and Unity
Spirituality and Christian Formation
Biblical and Ecumenical Witnesses of the Gospel Message
Conclusion: Exile and Homecoming
Notes
Index