Friday, November 1 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Breakout 1.04: Religious Education and Youth

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Language of Hope in Europe
Monique Dijk-Groeneboer (Tilburg School of Catholic Theology)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] In Europe, the diversity in religions, cultures, languages and historical backgrounds is enormous. A longitudinal study amongst secondary school pupils from 1997 onwards revealed the language young people use for the things they value in live and which inspire them. Since 2017, the same study has been conducted in different European countries. A language is being developed rising above differences in religions and cultural backgrounds, starting a dialogue in the classroom across their differences. A pedagogy of hope develops that teaches peaceful coexistence in the classroom and in the world.

From Roots to Wings: Recasting the ‘Wedge Model’ of Youth Ministry into a Sacred Pedagogical Form
Jodi Hunt (University of Dallas)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] As neo-traditionalists continue to press forward a return to ‘how the Church once was’ postmodern religious educators worry that those who already live in the margins will continue to disaffiliate or disconnect from Christ’s liberating love. Using an inductive approach, this paper will outline the wedge model of youth ministry, deconstruct it, and then reconstruct it (in conversation with lived experience) as a sacred pedagogy centered upon teaching youth and young adults how to connect to and practice the liberating love of Christ.

Hip-hop As a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for Religiously Educating Youth
Sharise Wigfall (New York Theological Seminary)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] One significant reason that accounts for the lack of engagement with biblical content among young people is related to cultural relevancy. One option to consider when exploring alternative methods for biblical engagement is the significance and relevance of the cultures that are shaping and influencing the lives of urban youth. Hip-hop culture, preferably. Hip-hop is one of the most popular cultural movements and one of today’s most lasting and influential forms of art. Hip-hop, I argue, is a cultural relevant pedagogy essential for religiously educating youth.

Keywords: culture, disaffiliated, diversity, europe, hip-hop, language, neo-traditional, pedagogy, post-modern, religious education, sacred pedagogy, youth, youth , youth ministry.

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Jodi Hunt

Professor, University of Dallas

Friday November 1, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
Algonquin C Holiday Inn, Toronto International Airport, 970 Dixon Road, Rexdale

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