An Appraisal of Select Pentecostal Women Fellowships in Nigeria in the Light of the Ethics of Care and Negofeminism

Wariboko, Onyinyechi Priscilla ChristianORCID iD  & Isichei, Chizobam Ruth

Issue: Vol.1  No.1 June 2020  Article 1 pp. 1-9
DOI : https://doi.org/10.38159/pecanep.2020061   |   Published online 1st June  2020.
© 2020 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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The global proliferation of women fellowships in Pentecostalism calls for attention. This phenomenon though harmless has no outright scriptural backing and seemingly negates the idea of the church as one body in Christ. Using the phenomenological method of research this paper ethically examines the rationale behind women fellowships in Nigeria. This study hinges on the ethics of care and negofeminism as a theoretical basis for its qualitative analysis. While women fellowships are considered as avenues for women to express themselves without the intrusion of chauvinistic structures of society subtly existent in the church, it is criticized as a drastic reactive measure which is ‘unChristian’ and untypical of the African feminist. It is argued in this paper, that instead of using separatist tactics, Pentecostal women should explore benign ways of working with the men in parent churches while asserting themselves in ways that are not confrontational. It is also important for Christian vis-à-vis Pentecostal denominations to jettison the pervasive sexist hermeneutics which places women in a subordinate position and instead, emphasizes the non-discriminatory gifts of the Holy Spirit. This would strengthen interdependence and foster unity within the church.

Keywords: Ethical, Women, Fellowship, Negofeminism, Sexist, Hermeneutics

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Wariboko, Onyinyechi Priscilla Christian, PhD is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Email: onyinyechi.wariboko@uniport.edu.ng.

Isichei, Chizobam Ruth,PhD (Religious Ethics) – University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is a Civil Servant with the Rivers State Government, Nigeria. Email: chizoruth@yahoo.com

Wariboko, Onyinechi P. C. and Isichei, Ruth C. “An Appraisal of Select Pentecostal Women Fellowship in Nigeria in the Light of the Ethics of Car and Negofeminism.” Pentecostalism, Charismaticism and Neo-Prophetic Movements Journal 1, no.1 (2020): 1-9. https://doi.org/10.38159/pecanep.2020061

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