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Title: Contextualization of Protestant Church liturgical gestures, among the Kankana-ey people, Benguet, northern Philippines
Author: Henderson, Ian Wilson
ISNI:       0000 0001 3552 6967
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1997
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A field-survey indicated that gesture forms used in Protestant Church liturgy arc not identified with the general culture among Kankana-ey, Northern Philippines. Based on an open-system approach to communication, the project identified two categories of gestures, ceremonial and spontaneous, within which eighteen gestures were compared between their use in Sunday church services and the general culture. In a sample of respondents, quantified data was obtained through in-depth interviews and photo-elicitation conducted in four selected congregations, within two denominations: the Episcopal Church and the Assemblies of God. These denominations represent two end points in the Protestant Church liturgical spectrum and results indicate that a difference exists in the forms used in both categories of gestures by both denominations between church and culture. Two reasons are offered to account for this difference in findings between gestures used in the liturgy and their use in culture: the slow pace adopted by Protestant missions to contextualize the church in the Philippines; and a "culture of dependence" that still existed in Protestant churches after independence from their parent body. Further research is needed to determine the level of contextualization on other forms of communication in the church such as preaching, teaching, counselling. The study findings indicate: that an emphasis on contextualization by Protestant misions at church planting level will help to avoid possible conflict between liturgical church forms and culture; that local church bodies must continually adapt forms of communication to the cultural context where they are located, while avoiding blandness, or the alienation of followers who are used to particular forms.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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