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From Migrants to Missionaries

Christians of African Origin in Germany

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Benjamin Simon

The denominational plurality in continental Europe keeps growing. The churches of African origin are of increasing number. Seeking for a new identity in their new home, the concept of Diaspora and the question for legal issues get important for their identity. To what extent is their identity determined rather by seclusion or openness? Are the churches missionizing amongst Germans and are there ecumenical relations? What are the characteristics of such a new identity? How does it develop? By analyzing three different types of churches of African origin in the German context, especially by examining their sermons, the author demonstrates how those churches develop in a missionary direction and how they can become ecumenical partners.

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Introduction ........................................................................................................... 1 Part 1 - Historical Approach .................................................................................. 7 1. Africans at the Prussian Court ........................................................................... 7 2. The African Philosopher, Antonius Wilhelm Amo .......................................... 8 3. Artistic Careers ................................................................................................ 10 4. From latent Racism to verbalized Racism ...................................................... 11 5. The Nazi regime .............................................................................................. 13 6. Developments after 1945 ................................................................................ 14 7. The African presence since the 1970s ............................................................. 16 8. The first Church of African origin in Germany: The Celestial Church of Christ ........................................................................................................... 20 9. The Conferences on the African Diaspora ...................................................... 22 Part 2 - Challenges in the New Home ................................................................. 29 I. Understanding Diaspora ................................................................................... 29 1. The Term Diaspora in the Old Testament ………………………………..... 29 2. A Rejection of the Term Diaspora ………………………………………….33 3. A Rehabilitation of the Term Diaspora ..…………………………………... 36 II. Categorization ................................................................................................ 39 1. Autochthonous ecclesiogenesis ....................................................................... 40 2. Diasporic Ecclesiogenesis ............................................................................... 44 3. Transcultural Ecclesiogenesis ......................................................................... 47 III. The Legal Status of Congregations and Churches of African Origin …………………………………………………………….……..51 1. Section 4 GG ................................................................................................. 51 2. Section 9 subsection 1 GG ............................................................................ 52 3. Section 140 GG (Corporative status) ............................................................ 53 4. Characteristic Aspects of State-Church Relationship in Germany ............... 55 Part 3 - Three African-Initiated Churches and their Message ............................ 58 I. Eglise de Jésu-Christ sur la Terre par son Envoyé Spécial Simon Kimbangu ................................................................................................. 58 1. Review of the Development of Kimbanguism ................................................ 58 2. The Kimbanguist Presence in the Diaspora .................................................... 62 vi 3. The Kimbanguist Worship Service and its Theology ..................................... 63 4. Community and Identity .................................................................................. 68 5. Homiletics ....................................................................................................... 69 5.1 Who are the Preachers? ................................................................................. 69 5.2 Formal Aspects of the Sermon ...................................................................... 71 5.2.1 Structural Analysis ..................................................................................... 71 5.2.2 Analysis of Contents...

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