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Transforming Post-Catholic IrelandReligious Practice in Late Modernity$
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Gladys Ganiel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.001.0001

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Abundant Life: A Charismatic Congregation in Limerick City

Abundant Life: A Charismatic Congregation in Limerick City

(p.119) 6 Abundant Life: A Charismatic Congregation in Limerick City
Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the findings from a case study of Abundant Life, a multiethnic, multinational, charismatic/Pentecostal congregation in Limerick City. It provides a history of the congregation, including growth fed by immigration, and argues that Abundant Life can be considered an example of extra-institutional religion because of how its people define themselves in opposition to the Irish Catholic Church. It also analyses how Abundant Life is negotiating immigration and ethnic diversity. There are remarkably harmonious relationships between native Irish and immigrants, which were built in large part on a leadership model in which one ethnic group does not hold significantly more power than others—although challenges remained when it came to building cross-cultural relationships. It argues that Abundant Life negotiates diversity more effectively than traditional congregations and denominations. It may be better placed to contribute to socio-political transformations, and to model reconciliation between groups, than traditional religious institutions.

Keywords:   charismatic/Pentecostal Christianity, multiethnic/multinational congregations, immigration, diversity, reconciliation, extra-institutional religion, Irish Catholic Church

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