Full house for Maffly-Kipp church history presidential address. Room is hot
Kipp: What does the ASCH as a professional organization have to do with "church?"
Kipp: For our students, "religion" and "spirituality" is more relevant than "church"
Kipp: Is the name "American Society of CHURCH History" still relevant? She has long "chafed" under this name.
Kipp's research on African Americans have forced her to rethink the idea of "CHURCH History"
Kipp: In the present we flee from institutional history, but the historical actors we study thought it was important
Kipp gives the requisite history of the organization (ASCH). A staple of presidential addresses.
Kipp: ASCH forced to deal with diversity in the 60s. Scholars began joining who did not have ecclesiastical affiliations.
Kipp: "Church History" as providential history disappeared at turn of 20th c. Took "church history" out of the church
Kipp: Is she talking about "church" as a denominational/universal community or as local building? Unclear
Kipp: What is lost by the move away from a "church history" that has abandoned the church?
Kipp: Failure to acknowledge power of religious institutions leads to failure to see how institutions shape our lives
Kipp: Failure to recognize church as an institution is driven by modern sense of self that is rootless and individual.
Kipp: Flee from institutions in the study of church history means we no longer think doctrine or theology is important.
Kipp: Flee from institutions in the study of church history results in subjugating religious history to politics and market forces
Kipp: Riffing on "coffeehouse churches" as individualistic, personal freedom and the church as entrepreneurship.
Kipp: Churches as a form of institutional community provides an alternative approach to the one that conflates church with nation .
Kipp: Church history must become more international in order to shrink role of the nation down to a manageable size
Kipp: ASCH must appreciate "pleasures and pains" of life in community as a professional organization. ASCH is more "human"
#asch2013 #aha2013 than the AHA or AAR.