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

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Karen-Marie Yust, Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Dec 27, 2005 - Psychology - 496 pages
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

1 Traditional Wisdom Creating Space for Religious Reflection on Child and Adolescent Spirituality
1
PART I CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN MAJOR RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
15
PART II SPIRITUAL CHANGE AND RITES OF PASSAGE
81
PART III RITUALS AND PRACTICES TO NURTURE THE INNER LIFE
171
PART IV CONNECTING THE INNER LIFE WITH ETHICAL ACTION
249
PART V WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NURTURING SPIRITUALITY?
321
PART VI SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FORCES THAT SHAPE SPIRITUALITY
409
Postscript 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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