Shaping the coming era of the Church of God in Christ in eastern New York first jurisdiction

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1992 
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This demonstration project aims to take some measure of the current efforts by inner-city black Pentecostal churches in New York City to put into practice the historic vision of their Pentecostal heritage. Each of these churches examined in this study is affiliated with the Church of God in Christ (Memphis, Tennessee), probably the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States and certainly the one· with the most direct historical connection to its first Bishop Charles H. Mason, Elder William J. Seymour, and the Azusa Street revival of 1906-1911. The Azusa· Street revival is the most significant single event in the historical origins of modern Pentecostalism, so that the applications of this project extend well beyond the immediate attention: to these particular churches. In this demonstration project concerned with the Church of. God in Christ, past and present, I will, first, survey historically, analyze theologically, and view critically the distinctive features and resources within the humble beginnings of this church tradition. I will attempt to circumscribe the inaugural vision of Mason and Seymour, including the social and political implications of its Pentecostal formulation of Christian theology. This effort will require both a critical reassessment of secondary literature, from an African-American perspective, and some use of primary resources to shed additional light on these events and the theological vision that emerged from them.  
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