Informed by the experiences of 772 Black churches, this book relies on a multidisciplinary, mixed-methodological lens to examine how today’s Black churches address the religious and non-religious educational and broader socialization needs of youth. Drawing from a cultural and ecological framework of village-mindedness, Barnes and Wimberly examine the intersected nature of place, space, and race to propel a conversation about whether and how the Black Church can become a more relevant and empowering presence for youth and the Black community.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1. Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic… and Religion - Black Church Youth Efforts 2. Village-mindedness as Ideology and Praxis: Afrocentricity and the Youth Experience 3. Sustaining Village-mindedness – Funding Youth Efforts 4. The Fabric of Village-mindedness – Examining Processes, People, Place, and Space Conclusion: Calming Seas and Building Bigger Boats –The Emergence of Black Church Youth Culture
Sandra L. Barnes is Professor of Sociology of Religion and Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University, USA.
Anne Streaty Wimberly is Professor Emerita of Christian Education, Interdenominational Theological Center, USA and Director of the Youth Hope-Builders Academy, USA.