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Eveliina Ojala

conducting research on the subject and by regularly updating Finnish confirmation curriculum. This is seen at a practical level, for example, by taking social media into consideration as a part of Finnish confirmation programme. Concurrently, the aim of obtaining a sense of community in a confirmation group

Jos de Kock

a questionnaire study in an article entitled Finnish confirmands’ social media use and experience of the sense of community—how they are reflected in confirmands’ community perceptions about their parish . This article approaches the subject of confirmation preparation, taking into consideration

Toward Re-Enchantment of the Cosmos

Responding to Andrew Root’s Faith Formation in a Secular Age

David F. White

distinguishes the pre-modern and modern age not in terms of different beliefs, but as inhabiting radically different conditions for belief. For example, in the pre-modern world, the self was experienced as porous, subject to the atmospheric magical and spiritual mystery afoot in the cosmos. On the other hand

Coming of Age in the Reformation

Martin Luther’s Theology of Children and Adolescence

Joel Mayward

histories and adult viewpoints in mind when reading Luther’s writings on childhood and youth, as he too was an adult writing about children from a particular social context in Germany. Some scholars feel that the sources available about children during this period are so problematic that the subject cannot

Len Kageler

The subject of burn-out has received a great deal of popular and academic attention, as the issue is a common problem and experience in both the United States and European Union context. This paper, after a representative literature review, presents and analyzes findings about burnout among youth workers. In Fall 2006 a survey on youth ministry burn out was conducted by the author in the United States, with an N of 155. The identical survey was conducted in 2008 among youth workers in the European Union, with an eventual N of 98. This research will be of interest not only to youth ministry practitioners, but those who teach youth workers as well.

Boris Paschke

sources critically, Abdel Gawad seeks to either de-radicalise them or prevent their radicalisation. Hicham Abdel Gawad has written a worthwhile and instructive book on an increasingly relevant subject matter. The book encourages all religious youth workers to approach their ministry with a combination

Meeting Metalheads

Encountering the Stranger as a Hermeneutical and Spiritual Exercise

André Mulder

context; and students’ religious development can be seen as hermeneutics of an active subject. 6 The religious educator is a hermeneutic juggler, balancing these threefold hermeneutics in his didactics in order to foster the students’ search for meaning and to support their personal construction of a

Peter Hart

difference between practices based on theological reflection and those that are not. This includes finding God in his absence, approaching subjects of sin and sex with young people, and developing a theology of summer camps, outdoor adventures, and short-term mission trips. The book concludes with a

David F. White

of this in systemic fashion. They are not saying there have never been young people who have gone through puberty; or passed from childhood to adulthood; or that were subject to certain emotions and/or social tensions that sometimes go along with this transition. Kirgiss seems to emphasise her

Jos de Kock, Wielie Elhorst and Marcel Barnard

the encounters between people and their experiences together. Saris calls learning rooted in everyday life the ‘catechesis of life’. 26 The notion of learning in life stresses the importance of the learning subject and a bottom-up pedagogical perspective. In the Christian community, learning does