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Beyond the State in Rural Uganda$
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Ben Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635184

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635184.001.0001

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The Anglican and Catholic Churches

The Anglican and Catholic Churches

(p.111) 6 The Anglican and Catholic Churches
Beyond the State in Rural Uganda

Ben Jones

Edinburgh University Press

Over the past decade there has been a period of renewal and renovation in the Catholic and Anglican congregations in the village of Oledai. The arrival of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God has been matched, to some extent, by the growth of charismatic forms of worship in the two historic mission churches. This chapter is organised as follows. First, a discussion of the history of Catholic and Anglican churches in the region emphasises the gap between the clerical bureaucracy and the lay church. A discussion of earlier moments of revival in the region is introduced to suggest the gradual acculturation of Christianity at the local level in Teso. The chapter then examines the development of charismatic groups in the village, and the tightening of rules regarding church membership, which developments should be seen as responses to the success of Pentecostal Christianity and set against the experience of the insurgency. It illustrates these general observations by looking at what these broad changes might mean for individuals. First, the chapter gives an account of the burial service of Edotun Jackson, during which the words of the Anglican lay reader helped to strengthen the position of Edotun's mother in a land dispute. Second, it describes a year in the life of Okelai Samuel, a young man from the neighbouring sub-parish of Agolitom who used the competition between the different churches as a way of becoming a ‘big man’ in his community.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, Anglicans, Catholics, Oledai, clerical bureaucracy, lay church, charistmatic groups, Edotun Jackson, Okelai Samuel

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