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The Communion of WomenMissions and Gender in Colonial Africa and the British Metropole$
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Elizabeth E. Prevost

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570744.001.0001

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Globalizing Christian ‘Sisterhood’, 1900–1930

Globalizing Christian ‘Sisterhood’, 1900–1930

(p.260) 7 Globalizing Christian ‘Sisterhood’, 1900–1930
The Communion of Women

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This chapter brings together the work of women in the African mission field with women's social activism in Britain, by looking at the Mothers' Union's attempts to reconceptualize the empire in pacifist, maternalist terms and to enact a global vision of Christian sisterhood. Although these processes were at work from the early twentieth century, the First World War and the enfranchisement of women occasioned the coalescence of new standards of women's authority, citizenship, and fellowship. The missionary conference of 1920, the Worldwide Conference of 1930, and the ‘Wave of Prayer’ built on the personal, institutional, and ideological interconnectedness of mission field and metropole, revealing the limits and possibilities of the MU's vision of sisterhood.

Keywords:   mothers' union, empire, great war, sisterhood, citizenship, maternalism, pacifism

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