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|Title: Youth Ministry as Peace Education: Overcoming Silence, Transforming Violence|
By: Elizabeth W. Corrie
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)|
Weight: 9 ounces
Stock No: WW469454
Young people can be peacebuilders--citizens who address the root causes of hatred and abuse of power to build more just and peaceful communities. Indeed, young people are already leading movements to change policy and culture--most prominently, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Climate Strikers, and the originators of the Standing Rock protests and Black Lives Matter movement. Yet churches are notably absent among those who support and mentor such leaders.
Drawing on the deep wisdom of Christian tradition and practice and the latest insights in educating for peace and civic engagement, Youth Ministry as Peace Education offers clergy, students, and practitioners a new approach to youth ministry--a way to equip young people to transform violence and oppression as part of their Christian vocation.
In this theologically robust and pedagogically innovative and tested resource, Elizabeth W. Corrie takes seriously the capacity of young people and shows how to integrate new tools and insights into the typical facets of congregational youth ministry: building community, learning theology, reading scripture, going on mission and service trips, engaging in worship and prayer. The final chapter suggests an additional facet of congregational youth ministry needed for young people to overcome silence and transform violence: preparing and planning for engaging the world nonviolently.
Youth are not the future; they are the present. Youth are not meant to accept injustice and violence passively. Like all of us, they are meant to work actively to establish God's shalom--peace, justice, and well-being--on earth as it is in heaven.
Elizabeth W. Corrie is on the faculty of Candler School of Theology, Emory University; directed Candler's Youth Theological Initiative from 2007 to 2019; and is currently director of Candler's Religious Education Program. Her teaching draws on commitments to both peace with justice and the education of young people, particularly teaching and ministry that empower people for global citizenship. She is an active lay leader in the United Methodist Church and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
"This is a much needed resource. It presents varied forthright, creative, usable, theologically supported and biblically informed practices for use in youth ministry to affirm the role of youth and empower their engagement." --Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, executive director, Youth Hope-Builders Academy and Connecting With Hope Innovation Hub, Young Adult Ministry Initiative, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia
"This is the very best book on youth ministry I have ever read. Richly biblical, deeply formative, and beautifully written, it is also brilliantly educational and utterly practical. Absorb its wisdom and it will change your lives." --Craig Dykstra, former senior vice-president for religion at Lilly Endowment, Inc.; former professor of Christian education at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School
"Deliberate, liberative, intentional, democratic, and gospel-informed youth ministry. Rarely do books on youth ministry provide such profoundly captivating and pragmatic guidance for youth ministry." --Patrick B. Reyes, senior director of learning design, Forum for Theological Exploration; author of The Purpose Gap
"Youth Ministry as Peace Education brings together Corrie's deep respect for young people and her commitment to what Paulo Freire called 'education as a practice of freedom.' A remarkable, practical, and readable volume." --Joyce Ann Mercer, Bushnell Professor of Divinity, Yale Divinity School
"Through all the years I've worked with youth, this is the book I've been missing. Corrie guides readers in the practical cultivation of ministry that holds the potential to form youth and transform communities in the shape of compassion, peace, and justice. I've never read anything like it." --Cody J. Sanders, American Baptist chaplain to Harvard University; author of A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth
"I cherish most the clearly outlined strategies to aid educators, ministers, and parents who seek to create spaces for hard, heartfelt conversations with youth." --Gregory C. Ellison II, associate professor of pastoral care and counseling, Candler School of Theology
"Corrie's Youth Ministry as Peace Education is a tour de force. She raises questions about the underlying assumptions many have about young people and reminds us to see youth in their rightful, prophetic, and peacebuilding roles. Corrie builds on years of peacebuilding justice work with youth and critical reflection on theology and culture to offer parents, pastors, and youth workers practical wisdom for a new vision of youth ministry that is hopeful and excited about the future with youth and young adults as engaged leaders in the struggles against violence and injustice." --Almeda M. Wright, associate professor of religious education, Yale Divinity School; author of The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans
"It is rare to encounter a book on youth ministry that doesn't position young people as a problem to be solved or a population to be saved. Corrie instead takes as her premise that young people are companions, citizens, and co-conspirators in working actively to establish God's shalom. Through Corrie's stories and examples, we capture a vision of how young people might be actively entrusted with the most important struggles, questions, and responsibilities of a life of faith." --Katherine Turpin, professor of practical theology and religious education, Iliff School of Theology; author of Nurturing Different Dreams: Youth Ministry Across Lines of Difference
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