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Getting the Holy Ghost: God Hunting and Tongue-Speaking Experiences in a Pentecostal Church

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 @ 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Featured Speaker:  Peter Marina, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Missouri – St. Louis

Sociologist and UMSL Visiting Professor, Dr. Peter Marina, examines a Brooklyn African-
American Pentecostal congregation based on unique data: four years of ethnography that paints a portrait of piety, compassion, caring, love — all embraced through an embodiment perspective as members experience these forces in personal ways through religious conversion.
The focus on the individual process of becoming Pentecostal challenges previous religious conversion paradigms and advances new ideas to understand “conversion” and “tongue-speaking” as a process. Concepts developed on religious seekership and spiritual capital make sense both empirically and theoretically of Pentecostal social engagement in this rapidly changing, surprising and highly contradictory late-modern church scene.

To be held at:

OASIS in Forest Park, Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor’s Center

5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park

St. Louis, MO 63112

Registration Required. OPEN to ALL. Middle, high school and university students welcome to attend. FREE to the first 10 registrants. $9 per person thereafter. Register at rsvp@academyofsciencestl.org, or by calling 314.533.8586.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
1:00 PM-3:00 PM
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