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
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Religion - 503 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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Clearly not well researched and abounds with false information regarding Yoga and Hinduism. Skip this one.

Contents

Traditional Wisdom Creating Space for Religious Reflection on Child and Adolescent Spirituality
ix
CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN MAJOR RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
11
Awakening Latent Spirituality Nurturing Children in the Hindu Tradition
15
The Child as Compassionate Bodhisattva and as Human SuffererSpiritual Seeker Intertwined Buddhist Images
29
Learning to Be Righteous A Jewish Theology of Childhood
39
The Dignity and Complexity of Children Constructing Christian Theologies of Childhood
49
Filling the Heart with the Love of God Islamic Perspectives on Spirituality in Childhood and Adolescence
65
SPIRITUAL CHANGE AND RITES OF PASSAGE
77
Singing Hope and Practicing Justice Adolescent Emancipatory Hope Embodied in the Life of Ruby Doris Smith
260
Repairing the World The Place of Mitzvot in Childrens Spiritual Lives
271
Nurturing Young Peoples Spirituality as a Force for Social Change A Baháí Perspective
281
Children and the Five Pillars of Islam Practicing Spirituality in Daily Life
292
ValueCreating Education A Nichiren Buddhist Perspective
305
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR NURTURING SPIRITUALITY?
317
At Home with Faith and Family A Protestant Christian Perspective
321
Sunday School for Buddhists? Nurturing Spirituality in Children
334

Saintly Children Roman Catholicism and the Nurture of Children
79
After a Childs First Dance with God Accompanying Children on a Protestant Spiritual Journey
91
In Right Relationship with God Childhood Conversion in Evangelical Christian Traditions
104
From Naming to Initiation Childhood and Adolescence in African Christian Spirituality
118
The Child on Loan The Pathway from Infancy through Adolescence in Islamic Studies
128
Entering the World Entering Torah Moving from the Natural to the Sacred in the Jewish Life Cycle
139
Educating the Warrior A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Spiritual Growth
153
RITUALS AND PRACTICES TO NURTURE THE INNER LIFE
167
Young Minds Youthful Buddhas Developmental Rituals and Practices in Tibetan Buddhism
171
Narrative and Imagination The Role of Texts and Storytelling in Nurturing Spirituality in Judaism
187
Sanctifying Time A Jewish Perspective on Prayer Holy Days and Blessings in the Life of Children
195
Schooling the Heart Introducing Catholic Youth to the Meaning and Practice of Prayer
205
Sacred Celebrations The Role of Festivals in Nurturing Hindu Childrens Spirituality
219
Reformed Spirits Christian Practices in Presbyterian Preschools in South Korea and the United States
232
CONNECTING THE INNER LIFE WITH ETHICAL ACTION
245
A Way of Mind and Life The Relationship of Adolescent Catholic Spirituality to Life Structure
249
Personal Responsibility with Communal Support The Spiritual Education of Muslim Children
348
Understanding Dharma Performing Karma Shared Responsibilities for Spiritual Grooming in Hindu Traditions
362
Transforming BarBat Mitzvah The Role of Family and Community
376
Teaching Correct Principles Promoting Spiritual Strength in LDS Young People
390
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FORCES THAT SHAPE SPIRITUALITY
405
Scarce Discourse Exploring Gender Sexuality and Spirituality in Buddhism
407
Identity Jihads The Multiple Strivings of American Muslim Youth
419
Countering a Malforming Culture Christian Theological Formation of Adolescents in North America
433
Resistance and Resilience Cultivating Christian Spiritual Practices among Brazilian Children and Youth
445
Spiritual Economies of Childhood Christian Perspectives on Global Market Forces and Young People s Spirituality
454
Born with a Knife in Their Hearts Children and Political Conflict in the Middle East
468
Expanding the Conversation
477
About the Editors
483
Contributors
485
Index
491
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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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