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Dennis Bennett's Charismatic Outpouring - Timeline Event

Time Period

04-03-1960

Description

One early morning in November 1959, Episcopal vicar Dennis Bennett prayed with some friends and began to speak in an unknown language (glossolalia), marking his baptism by the Holy Spirit. He later publicly announced this event to the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, California on April 3, 1960. While some parishioners supported Bennett, many denounced his Pentecostal activity and desired his resignation. He later voluntarily resigned and became famous after Time and Newsweek picked up the story. He continued his pastoral work at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, which subsequently flourished under his leadership.

This event led to the Second Wave of Charismatic Christianity. While the first wave in the early 20th century was marked by charismatic leaders leaving their church traditions, Second Wave Charismatics, like Bennett, stayed within their tradition, continuing traditional denominational practices along with Spirit baptism.

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Dennis Bennett- permission to use granted by Dr. Rita Bennett, Christian Renewal Association Inc., www.EmotionallyFree.org
Dennis Bennett- permission to use granted by Dr. Rita Bennett, Christian Renewal Association Inc., www.EmotionallyFree.org

Dennis Bennett portrait 2- permission to use granted by Dr. Rita Bennett, Christian Renewal Association Inc., www.EmotionallyFree.org
Dennis Bennett portrait 2- permission to use granted by Dr. Rita Bennett, Christian Renewal Association Inc., www.EmotionallyFree.org

St Luke's Episcopal Church, Seattle- courtesy of St Luke's Episcopal Church
St Luke's Episcopal Church, Seattle- courtesy of St Luke's Episcopal Church

Book/Journal Source(s)

Burgess, Stanley and Gary B. McGee, 1988. Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.
Lippy, Charles, and Peter Williams, 2010. Encyclopedia of Religion in America Washington, D.C.: CQ Press.

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Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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