Edited by Vincenzo Cicchelli, Sylvie Octobre and Viviane Riegel
Naming the Politics of Race, Social Class, Gender, and Power
Edited by Juan F. Carrillo, Danielle Parker Moore and Timothy Condor
Contributors are: Shanyce L. Campbell, Juan F. Carrillo, Tim Conder, Dana Griffin, Alison LaGarry, George Noblit, Danielle Parker Moore, Esmeralda Rodriguez, and Amy Senta.
Eleven youth ministers working in Catholic parishes in two large urban dioceses were interviewed. The paper examined the life journey of youth ministers and how they saw their role along with perceptions of challenges and how they could be better supported. Participants were motivated and expressed satisfaction with their jobs. They displayed high levels of religious salience as marked by their religious belief and practice and networking with faith-based communities. They manifested a strong counter-cultural message which is essential to authentic witness. As such, the participants in this study are a great gift to the Church and to its ministry. A preliminary typology of youth ministers was proposed, which springs from different life experiences, how they approach their work and what they see as their future. There was some difficulty in finding paid youth ministers working in parishes and this may point to one of the significant challenges facing them; that is, making the job sustainable within existing Catholic parish structures. While well-networked with sustaining faith communities, there is scope for support between youth ministers working in parishes. In addition, a more targeted professional development program which recognises the differing needs of youth ministers would be appropriate.
Jos de Kock
Biblical scholars and Christian ministers have long viewed Miriam as an exemplar of female leadership. Few, however, recognise Miriam as a role model for female youth or explore the Biblical text for hints regarding the formation of courageous and competent young women. This paper contributes to research on youth leadership formation by providing exegetical commentary on Exodus 1–2, with a view to how the text might provide Christian communities clues about what female leaders look like and how to help girls become them.
Responding to Andrew Root’s Faith Formation in a Secular Age
David F. White
Today, youth and youthfulness has become an avatar for authenticity—used to authorise everything from commodities to politics to faith. Andrew Root reveals that adding youth and youthfulness was part of a larger strategy of Christian formation that must be judged theologically inadequate and anachronistic, since it participates in “secular ii” logic of addition—more youth, institutional affiliation, information and instruction. Root believes a focus on youthfulness is a distraction which must be relinquished as we attend (in the cross-pressured secular iii) to our yearning for true authenticity, which is a manifestation of a more essential desire for transcendent union that makes central personal encounter. Root believes that the age of authenticity serves to clear the ground of the additive logic of secularity ii, making way for an experience of personhood “in Christ.” According to Root, with Luther, kenotic ministry “in Christ” must be the heart of Christian formation in this new era of secularity iii. This review of Root’s book is largely framed by deep appreciation, but also points to problematic aspects of Root’s uber-Protestant perspective that does not adequately address such priorities as analogia entis, sacramentality, beauty and re-enchantment. Only a wider embrace of Anglo-Catholic-Methodist thought can point to both the risk of idolatry of youth, and to the sacramental possibility that youth are parables of God.
A Critical Reflection on the Theology of Place Exhibited in Two Youth Ministry Placements
Leah Marie Wilson
This article explores how young people today engage with physical space and how it can best be utilized within ministry to youth. Sociological research has suggested a movement away from thought on physical space and its impact on creating a place for young people to be rooted in community. Through visual research conducted on a current youth ministry, it was discovered that physical spaces directly impact youth and their ability to belong to a faith-based community. It was also discovered that of the two youth ministries analyzed in this study – one in the US and one in the UK – there was the practice of attempting to create a third place for youth to congregate. From the visual research conclusions, this article argues for the importance of creating a place for youth and how this can be achieved in multi-functional spaces, specifically through the utilization of music.
Edited by Bina D'Costa and Luke Glanville
This collection of essays was first published in the journal Global Responsibility to Protect (vol.10/1-2, 2018) as a special issue.
Contributors are: J. Marshall Beier, Letícia Carvalho, Bina D’Costa, Myriam Denov, Luke Glanville, Michelle Godwin, Erin Goheen Glanville, Cecilia Jacob, Dustin Johnson, Atim Angela Lakor, Katrina Lee-Koo, Ryoko Nakano, Jochen Prantl, Jeremy Shusterman, Hannah Sparwasser Soroka, Timea Spitka, Jana Tabak, Shelly Whitman.