Research seminar: Theologies of Gender, Relationality and Power in a Nigerian Pentecostal church

The Centre for Religion and Public Life is hosting a research seminar with Dr Naomi Richman (University of Cambridge)

“Bernice Martin’s ‘Pentecostal gender paradox’, which describes the seemingly contradictory place women hold in the Pentecostal movement has served for social scientists as a powerful explanatory framework for understanding gender dynamics in the movement, over the last two decades.

As productive as this line of enquiry has been, my paper seeks to move the conversation about gender in Pentecostalism in new directions by exploring how the theological beliefs and bodily practices of a prominent Nigerian Pentecostal church shape their perspectives on sexual differences.

I examine the ways that theological notions not only of egalitarianism and submission, but creation, salvation, and the Trinity function to organise gender relations and power dynamics, and consider the potential that theology carries to become a creative resource for anthropologists of religion, more generally”.

Dr Naomi Richman 

How to join

Join the seminar in person at Botany House, or online via MS Teams.