Janel Kragt Bakker

in Sister Churches

Published in print October 2013 | ISBN: 9780199328208
Published online January 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199369331 | DOI:

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This chapter describes how respondents still esteemed the sister church model as an attractive, viable, and effective means of cross-cultural Christian engagement, despite the weight of these challenges. This chapter addresses how sister church relationships take advantage of cultural trends and contemporary circumstances, both in North America and around the globe. It considers the sister church phenomenon as a product of the processes of globalization wherein borders are collapsed and time and space are compressed through developments in technology. Focusing on the American context, this chapter explores questions regarding the relationship between the sister church phenomenon and contemporary religiocultural trends such as the growing interest in practice-oriented spirituality and the surge of grassroots mobilization efforts. It also discusses how sister church relationships take advantage of the interpenetrating relationship between the global and the local in the contemporary milieu.

Keywords: cultural trends; sister church; globalization; technology; practice-oriented spirituality; global; effect; strength

Chapter.  8709 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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