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African-instituted churches

LC control no.sh2021005716
Topical headingAfrican-instituted churches
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Variant(s)African independent churches
African indigenous churches
African-initiated churches
AICs (African-instituted churches)
See alsoChristian sects
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Found inAfrican initiated churches facing HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe, 2021: CIP summary (reviews the responses of African initiated churches to the pandemic; describes how African independent churches have adopted different strategies to provide effective responses to the pandemic; [does not define African independent/initiated churches])
World Council of Churches WWW site, July 13, 2021: African instituted churches (Western European and North American missionaries generally tried to set up local congregations and church organisations in Africa; by the end of the 19th century many African Christians had formed independent denominations; most of the expansion of Christianity in Africa in the 20th century, especially the latter half of the century the result the missionary efforts of the African independent churches; aka African instituted churches or African indigenous churches)
Organization of African Instituted Churches WWW site, July 13, 2021: (the representative body that brings together African Independent and Instituted Churches (AICs); AICs are homegrown African churches, founded originally during the colonial period, that have developed indigenous forms of worship, theology and social organization, all deeply inspired by a vision that is both Christian and African)
Patheos WWW site, July 13, 2021: African independent churches (African Independent Churches; aka African Indigenous Churches, African Initiated Churches, African Instituted Churches, or AICs; represent well over 10,000 independent Christian denominations in Africa; the common thread is that they were all established by African initiative rather than by foreign missionary agendas; although many have traditional denominational names and relationships, they are not defined by these traditions; emphasize that they are established and led by Africans; place emphasis on the biblical warrant to include African cultural norms into their modes of worship, theology, and practice, though to varying degrees; often classified by common characteristics including denominational names or traditions, so there are Anglican, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Pentecostal, and Methodist AIC traditions; also Ethiopian, Apostolic, Zionist, or Messianic)
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