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Hillary Kaell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691201467

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691201467.001.0001

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Synchrony and Territory

Synchrony and Territory

Spatiotemporal Elements of Global Unity

(p.196) Chapter 7 Synchrony and Territory
Christian Globalism at Home

Hillary Kaell

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at some of the boundaries and intervals that shape Christian globalism. It focuses on three key technologies and techniques that span the two centuries in which sponsorship has flourished: those associated with vocality (mainly songs and prayers), mapping (cartographic and conceptual), and long-distance communication (particularly social media). The chapter's first sections focus on the Anglo-Protestant use of choral singing and “concerts of prayer.” As the last section about online technologies shows, U.S. Protestants continue to hone such techniques today. Harmonized hymnody and unified prayer are powerful tools because they extend space by constraining time when they bring far-flung Christians into imagined synchrony. Mapping also extends space by celebrating distant networks of influence, but it does so by constraining places and people through discrete categories (“nations”) and subsuming individuals into larger groupings to produce global sites of familiarity—be they allies or enemies. Often, though, it is the gaps in these maps that attest most eloquently to how U.S. Christians live in the world.

Keywords:   Christian globalism, sponsorship, choral singing, mapping, social media, concerts of prayer, online technologies, unified prayer, U.S. Protestants, U.S. Christians

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