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Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II$
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Anne M. Blankenship

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469629209

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629209.001.0001

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Building Churches behind Barbed Wire

Building Churches behind Barbed Wire

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Christianity, Social Justice, and the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II

Anne M. Blankenship

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter Three focuses on Seattle’s Japanese American and white pastors who worked at Minidoka incarceration center. They fashioned sacred space in bare, overcrowded barracks, helped Nikkei resettle outside of the camp, and tried to raise the camp’s morale in addition to their usual pastoral duties. Catholic priests protested the limits of religious liberty in the camps, while Protestants attempted to form ecumenical churches. Some men and women in the camps revelled in what they believed was a spiritually superior united church, while others refused to redefine denominational boundaries as dictated by white authorities. Generational barriers, a constantly shifting population, and material limitations challenged pastors to develop innovative strategies.

Keywords:   Pastoral care, ecumenism, sermons, morale, confinement, religious liberty, American Catholicism, Minidoka

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