Faith in schools : religion, education, and American evangelicals in East Africa
- Stambach, Amy, 1966-
- Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2010.
- Physical description
- xii, 228 p. ; 24 cm.
LC433 .A353 S73 2010
- Unknown LC433 .A353 S73 2010
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction : schools of faith
- Preparation in the United States. One hundred fifty years of mission work
- Using anthropology for Christian witness
- Evangelism in East Africa. Teaching English in Tanzania
- Planting church schools in Kenya
- School-community partnerships in Uganda
- Implications. A new anthropological ethnography of religion and education.
- Publisher's Summary
- American Evangelicals have long considered Africa a welcoming place for joining faith with social action, but their work overseas is often ambivalently received. Even among East African Christians who share missionaries' religious beliefs, understandings vary over the promises and pitfalls of American Evangelical involvement in public life and schools. In this first-hand account, Amy Stambach examines missionary involvement in East Africa from the perspectives of both Americans and East Africans. While Evangelicals frame their work in terms of spreading Christianity, critics see it as destroying traditional culture. Challenging assumptions on both sides, this work reveals a complex and ever-evolving exchange between Christian college campuses in the U.S., where missionaries train, and schools in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Providing real insight into the lives of school children in East Africa, this book charts a new course for understanding the goals on both sides and the global connections forged in the name of faith.
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- Publication date
- Amy Stambach.