456 Book Reviews / Pneuma 32 (2010) 431-473 William C. Turner, Jr. The United Holy Church of America: A Study in Black Holiness- Pentecostalism (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2006). xi + 181 pp., $85.00 hardback. William C. Turner, Jr., Associate Professor for the practice of Homiletics at Duke Uni- versity Divinity School, and pastor of Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church, has made a significant contribution to Black religious studies and to Holiness-Pentecostal history by this cultural-sociological study of the United Holy Church of America. Of central value is the chapter on Holy Convocation which provides historic insight into the ritual transfor- mation from inter-racial Methodist and ecumenical camp meetings and holiness associa- tions to the Holy Convocations common in African American Pentecostalism. Two chapters helpfully situate Black Holiness-Pentecostalism as a Black religion, and another two outline denominational history and review founders within typologies. Turner’s work is an important resource on African diaspora, African American religion, African Ameri- can Pentecostalism, holiness, camp meeting, and pilgrimage — and their intersections. Chapter one identiﬁes 1886 as the year of the initial meeting out of which the United Holy Church of America emerged but emphasizes it roots in black life prior to
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