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Title:'Legon day of prayer': a contested religious activity in the academe
Author:Okyerefo, Michael Perry KwekuISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:Contemporary Journal of African Studies (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:3
Issue:1
Pages:17-37
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:universities
students
Pentecostalism
prayer
interreligious relations
Link:http://reference.sabinet.co.za/webx/access/electronic_journals/inafstud1/inafstud1_v3_n1_a3.pdf
Abstract:The Pentecostal wave is ubiquitous in the University of Ghana, Legon, palpable in the numerous banners and on vehicles with labels of a variety of groups, announcing religious services and visits of various evangelists. These events are mainly organized by students. Although they bring pastors to their communities on campus and belong to campus branches of a plethora of churches in the city of Accra, students are generally their own leaders in what is termed 'campus ministry'. They organize teaching sessions on various social and religious topics, courses on the Bible, and crusades on open fields of the university, in Hall chapels and even in lecture theatres. One of the most contested aspects of this development is students' lunchtime prayer service, the 'Legon Day of Prayer' (LDOP) that can be quite noisy, and is contested by the university community. This article examines the nature of this religious activity in relation to university discipline. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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