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Title:The African Church of the Holy Spirit: Origins and Advent in Kabras Division, Kakamega District
Author:Samita, Zacharia W.
Year:1996
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History (ISSN 0251-0391)
Volume:25
Pages:123-145
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:African Independent Churches
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
religion
African Church of the Holy Spirit
theology
Holy Spirit
history
Kakamega District (Kenya). Kabras Division
Abstract:The African Church of the Holy Spirit (ACHS) is amongst the predominant African Indigenous/Independent Churches in Kakamega District, Kenya, with the largest following in Kabras Division. The ACHS broke away from the Friends Africa Mission/Quakers largely as a result of a theological controversy revolving around pneumatology, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. The author describes the impact of colonial occupation amongst the Abaluyia or Luhya in Western Province, Kenya, towards the end of the 19th century; the industrial, medical, educational, and, above all, evangelistic ministry of the Friends Africa Mission; the convention at Kaimosi in 1927, which laid the foundation for the new revival movement in western Kenya, and the role of Arthur and Edna Chilson, who introduced African converts to the importance of the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit; and the expulsion of 'Abakambuli'/'Abaroho', those who publicly confess their sins/people of the Spirit, from the Friends Africa Mission in 1932. The 'Abaushi' (literally, separatists) gradually developed into recognized churches, including the ACHS in Kabras. The 'Abaushi' emphasized the power, experience, and manifestations of the Holy Spirit, and the differing interpretations of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit constituted a fundamental factor in the birth of the ACHS. Bibliogr., gloss., note, ref., sum.
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