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The Singing Mysticism: Kenyan Quakerism, the Case of Gideon W. H. Mweresa

  • Esther MomboEmail author
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Part of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Mysticism book series (INTERMYST)

Abstract

The Kenyan Quaker church lays emphasis on singing in their meetings. Singing is part of the liturgical expression of the church. Through singing, the main church doctrines are rehearsed. Singing forms part of the celebrations of life from birth to death. This chapter traces the reasons for the emphasis on singing and argues that singing was one way the first Western missionaries used to gain entry to the indigenous population, as it was innate and a medium of communicating the life within the community and the divine. Using the case of Gideon Mweresa, this chapter indicates how he was a mystic of a different kind.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of TheologySt. Paul’s UniversityKiambuKenya

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