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RSRC: Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Australia Symposium

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Room: PC-01.9.29 (Conf 4) - Western Sydney University

169 Macquarie Street

Parramatta, NSW 2150

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Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities (PCC) have grown significantly worldwide, particularly in the Global South. In Australia, the latest National Church Life Survey has shown they have overtaken Anglicans as the second largest religious group by attendance, behind the Catholic Church. Data also points to PCC adherents’ higher educational attainment, now higher than among Anglicans. Moreover, Australia’s location in Oceania, the ‘most Christian part of the world,’ means that many of its migrants from the region are Pentecostals and Charismatics.

On the other hand, Australian megachurches such as Hillsong, Planetshakers, COC and C3 have been influencing churches in many parts of the world, including the USA and even Brazil, the largest ‘Pentecostal’ country in the world.

In this conference we are interested in teasing out the remarkable growth of PCC in Australia, a country considered largely secular. We are hoping to discuss the following questions: How have PCC grown from their humble origins to become such a force in Australia? What makes Australians join a PCC movement? What is the relationship between PCC and Australian politics? How do migrants and refugees negotiate identity, belonging and home-making in Australia through Pentecostal/Charismatic churches? How does one think of this remarkable rise of PCC in Australia in a post-secular world? How do PCC expand in and out of the country?

The conveners are planning to publish chapters in an edited volume after the symposium.

Conference conveners:

Associate Professor Cristina Rocha

Professor Mark Hutchinson

Ms Kathleen Openshaw

Questions should be sent to:

Kathleen Openshaw k.openshaw@westernsydney.edu.au

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