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Ethnic Church Meets MegachurchIndian American Christianity in Motion$
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Prema A. Kurien

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479804757

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479804757.001.0001

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Transnational Processes, Immigrant Incorporation, and Religious Change

(p.221) Conclusion
Ethnic Church Meets Megachurch

Prema A. Kurien

NYU Press

The conclusion provides an overview of what the Mar Thoma case teaches us regarding the types of changes globalization is bringing about in Christian immigrant communities in the United States, and in Christian churches in the Global South. It examines the impact of transnationalism on the Mar Thoma American denomination and community, specifically how the Kerala background of the community and the history of the church in Kerala impact the immigrant church. It also looks at how contemporary shifts in the understanding and practice of religion and ethnicity in Western societies impact immigrant communities and churches in the United States, the incorporation of immigrants of Christian backgrounds into American society, and evangelical Christianity in America. Finally, it discusses how large-scale out-migration and the global networks facilitated by international migrants affect Christianity in the Global South. The chapter concludes with an overview of how religious traditions are changed through global movement.

Keywords:   Global South, large-scale out-migration, global networks, global movement, Christian immigrant communities, immigrant church

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