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.
Introduction.1. Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic… and Religion - Black Church Youth Efforts 2.Village-mindedness as Ideology and Praxis: Afrocentricity and the Youth Experience3.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