Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions

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Karen-Marie Yust
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Religion - 503 pages
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Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions provides a forum for prominent religious scholars to examine the state of religious knowledge and theological reflection on spiritual development in childhood and adolescence. Featuring essays from thinkers representing the world's major religious traditions, the book introduces new voices, challenges assumptions, raises new questions, and broadens the base of knowledge and investment in this important domain of life. It specifically and intentionally focuses on theological and philosophical perspectives from within religious traditions, creating space for the religious traditions to find their voices. Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality is firmly grounded in the language and priorities of religious studies, and helps stimulate explorations of whether and how religious communities are tapping their own wisdom and strengths in nurturing today's young people in a complex and changing world. Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality will set the stage for new waves of scholarship and dialogue within and across traditions, disciplines, and cultures that will enrich understanding and strengthen how the world's religious traditions, and others, understand and cultivate the spiritual lives of children and adolescents around the globe.
  

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Contents

Traditional Wisdom Creating Space for Religious Reflection on Child and Adolescent Spirituality
1
CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN MAJOR RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
15
Awakening Latent Spirituality Nurturing Children in the Hindu Tradition
19
The Child as Compassionate Bodhisattva and as Human SuffererSpiritual Seeker Intertwined Buddhist Images
33
Learning to Be Righteous A Jewish Theology of Childhood
43
The Dignity and Complexity of Children Constructing Christian Theologies of Childhood
53
Filling the Heart with the Love of God Islamic Perspectives on Spirituality in Childhood and Adolescence
69
SPIRITUAL CHANGE AND RITES OF PASSAGE
81
Singing Hope and Practicing Justice Adolescent Emancipatory Hope Embodied in the Life of Ruby Doris Smith
264
Repairing the World The Place of Mitzvot in Childrens Spiritual Lives
275
Nurturing Young Peoples Spirituality as a Force for Social Change A Baháí Perspective
285
Children and the Five Pillars of Islam Practicing Spirituality in Daily Life
296
ValueCreating Education A Nichiren Buddhist Perspective
309
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NURTURING SPIRITUALITY?
321
At Home with Faith and Family A Protestant Christian Perspective
325
Sunday School for Buddhists? Nurturing Spirituality in Children
338

Saintly Children Roman Catholicism and the Nurture of Children
83
After a Childs First Dance with God Accompanying Children on a Protestant Spiritual Journey
95
In Right Relationship with God Childhood Conversion in Evangelical Christian Traditions
108
From Naming to Initiation Childhood and Adolescence in African Christian Spirituality
122
The Child on Loan The Pathway from Infancy through Adolescence in Islamic Studies
132
Entering the World Entering Torah Moving from the Natural to the Sacred in the Jewish Life Cycle
143
Educating the Warrior A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Spiritual Growth
157
RITUALS AND PRACTICES TO NURTURE THE INNER LIFE
171
Young Minds Youthful Buddhas Developmental Rituals and Practices in Tibetan Buddhism
175
Narrative and Imagination The Role of Texts and Storytelling in Nurturing Spirituality in Judaism
191
Sanctifying Time A Jewish Perspective on Prayer Holy Days and Blessings in the Life of Children
199
Schooling the Heart Introducing Catholic Youth to the Meaning and Practice of Prayer
209
Sacred Celebrations The Role of Festivals in Nurturing Hindu Childrens Spirituality
223
Reformed Spirits Christian Practices in Presbyterian Preschools in South Korea and the United States
236
CONNECTING THE INNER LIFE WITH ETHICAL ACTION
249
A Way of Mind and Life The Relationship of Adolescent Catholic Spirituality to Life Structure
253
Personal Responsibility with Communal Support The Spiritual Education of Muslim Children
352
Understanding Dharma Performing Karma Shared Responsibilities for Spiritual Grooming in Hindu Traditions
366
Transforming BarBat Mitzvah The Role of Family and Community
380
Teaching Correct Principles Promoting Spiritual Strength in LDS Young People
394
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FORCES THAT SHAPE SPIRITUALITY
409
Scarce Discourse Exploring Gender Sexuality and Spirituality in Buddhism
411
Identity Jihads The Multiple Strivings of American Muslim Youth
423
Countering a Malforming Culture Christian Theological Formation of Adolescents in North America
437
Resistance and Resilience Cultivating Christian Spiritual Practices among Brazilian Children and Youth
449
Spiritual Economies of Childhood Christian Perspectives on Global Market Forces and Young People s Spirituality
458
Born with a Knife in Their Hearts Children and Political Conflict in the Middle East
472
Expanding the Conversation
481
About the Editors
487
Contributors
489
Index
495
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Karen Marie Yust, Th.D., is associate professor of Christian education at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Aostre N. Johnson, Ed.D., is associate professor of education at Saint Michael's College, where she teaches curriculum and pedagogy courses and directs the master's program in curriculum. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, D.D., is the rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Eugene C. Roehlkepartain is senior advisor and director of Family and Congregation Initiatives for Search Institute, Minneapolis. He serves as co-director for the institute's initiative on spiritual development in childhood and adolescence.

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