Faculty Publications

Title

Insights from practice reconceiving youth ministry

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Religious Education

Volume

93

Issue

3

First Page

339

Last Page

357

Abstract

Teenagers today are socially constructed as "youth" and "adolescence". Social representations of teenagers are cultural/symbolic, socio-structural, political, and personal. These representations mediate the experiential possibilities of young people, including spiritual experience. Vocation is an anthropological and religious interpretation of personhood in relation to others and to God. As such, vocation is an alternative framework of lived personhood through which young people, in partnership with the church, can challenge and transcend social practices that distort their realities and limit their possibilities. This article draws upon research conducted by the Youth Theology Institute (Emory University) and the Project on Vocation, Work, and Youth Development )College of St. Catherine(.

Original Publication Date

12-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1080/0034408980930307

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