Brenda Bartelink wrote a report for the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion & Diplomacy (TPNRD) in which she translates the insights from the Cultural Encounters project to inform diplomats and people working in international relations.
The rapid growth of Pentecostalism is having a significant impact on individuals, communities, and indeed entire nations—especially in Africa and Latin America. In this report, Bartelink argues there is “a distinctive Pentecostal way of looking at and being in the world, that puts into question common assumptions and stereotypes about conservative religiosities.” She highlights the paradoxes that become visible when considering the strong orientation towards individual and family moral conduct in relation to female empowerment and leadership in Pentecostal contexts.
Bartelink also presented her research at the TPNRD meeting in The Hague in 2019. The report can be accessed here on the TPRND website