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. 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.
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.
Chapter 1 Traditional Wisdom: Creating Space for Religious Reflection on Child and Adolescent Spirituality Chapter 2 Awakening Latent Spirituality: Nurturing Children in the Hindu Tradition Chapter 3 The Child as Compassionate Bodhisattva and as Human Sufferer/Spiritual Seeker: Intertwined Buddhist Images Chapter 4 Learning to Be Righteous: A Jewish Theology of Childhood Chapter 5 The Dignity and Complexity of Children: Constructing Christian Theologies of Childhood Chapter 6 Filling the Heart with the Love of God: Islamic Perspectives on Spirituality in Childhood and Adolescence Chapter 7 Saintly Children: Roman Catholicism and the Nurture of Children Chapter 8 After a Child's First Dance with God: Accompanying Children on a Protestant Spiritual Journey Chapter 9 In Right Relationship with God: Childhood Conversion in Evangelical Christian Traditions Chapter 10 From Naming to Initiation: Childhood and Adolescence in African Christian Spirituality Chapter 11 The Child on Loan: The Pathway from Infancy through Adolescence in Islamic Studies Chapter 12 Entering the World Entering Torah: Moving from the Natural to the Sacred in the Jewish Life Cycle Chapter 13 Educating the Warrior: A Tibetan Buddhist Approach to Spiritual Growth Chapter 14 Young MindsYouthful Buddhas: Developmental Rituals and Practices in Tibetan Buddhism Chapter 15 Narrative and Imagination: The Role of Texts and Storytelling in Nurturing Spirituality in Judaism Chapter 16 Sanctifying Time: A Jewish Perspective on Prayer, Holy Days,mand Blessings in the Life of Children Chapter 17 Schooling the Heart: Introducing Catholic Youth to the Meaning and Practice of Prayer Chapter 18 Sacred Celebrations: The Role of Festivals in Nurturing Hindu Children's Spirituality Chapter 19 Reformed Spirits: Christian Practices in Presbyterian Preschools in South Korea and the United States Chapter 20 A Way of Mind and Life: The Relationship of Adolescent Catholic Spirituality to Life Structure Chapter 21 Singing Hope and Practicing Justice: Adolescent Emancipatory Hope Embodied in the Life of Ruby Doris Smith Chapter 22 Repairing the World: The Place of Mitzvoth in Children's Spiritual Lives Chapter 23 Young People's Spirituality as a Force for Social Change: A Baha'i Perspective Chapter 24 Children and the Five Pillars of Islam: Practicing Spirituality in Daily Life Chapter 25 Value-Creating Education: A Nichiren Buddhist Perspective Chapter 26 At Home with Faith and Family: A Protestant Christian Perspective Chapter 27 Sunday School for Buddhists? Nurturing Spirituality in Children Chapter 28 Personal Responsibility with Communal Support: The Spiritual Education of Muslim Children Chapter 29 Understanding Dharma, Performing Karma: Shared Responsibilities for Spiritual Grooming in Hindu Traditions Chapter 30 Transforming Bar/Bat Mitzvah: The Role of Family and Community Chapter 31 Teaching Correct Principles: Promoting Spiritual Strength in LDS Young People Chapter 32 Scarce Discourse: Exploring GenderSexuality and Spirituality in Buddhism Chapter 33 Identity Jihads: The Multiple Strivings of American Muslim Youth Chapter 34 Countering a Malforming Culture: Christian Theological Formation of Adolescents in North America Chapter 35 Resistance and Resilience: Cultivating Christian Spiritual Practices among Brazilian Children and Youth Chapter 36 Spiritual Economies of Childhood: Christian Perspectives on Global Market Forces and Young People's Spirituality Chapter 37 Born with a Knife in Their Hearts: Children and Political Conflict in the Middle East