African-American Children at Church: A Sociocultural by Wendy L. Haight

By Wendy L. Haight

In African-American little ones at Church Dr. Haight offers a necessary description of kid rearing in a Black group within the western usa. dependent upon an in depth, naturalistic examine of adult-child interplay, the e-book describes the ideals and childrearing practices of profitable African-American adults, concentrating on the position of faith in kid's improvement. The ebook contains descriptions of adult-child storytelling, clash, and play in Sunday university and describes how examine effects have been used to enhance a preventive, academic intervention for kids.

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Black revolutionaries such as Nat Turner and Gabriel Prosser were devout Christians who saw their own enslavement as inconsistent with the freedom they believed a Christian life required. The conflict between European-American and African-American interpretations of Christianity resulted in the eventual withdrawal of many blacks from white churches and the establishment of large numbers of independent black churches (Lincoln, 1999; Fitts, 1995). By 1865, more than 205 formal, separate black Baptist churches – some numbering thousands of parishioners – and many other less formal plantation congregations had been organized (Sobel, 1979).

The value of children as active participants is exemplified by children’s multiple opportunities for meaningful involvement, for example, in the children’s choir, as ushers, and as junior deacons and deaconesses (Mitchell, 1986). In this chapter, I first will consider psychological and ethnographic data suggesting that the church is an important context of participation for African-American children. The literature on African-American history and culture provide a perspective on how and why the AfricanAmerican church gained its importance.

Tranese: Everybody. sj: The community. This is us. . How do you think Jesus wants this church to work? . He wants all of us to do something! We’re not just supposed to come into this church and sit down! And just lo – ok! He wants us to do something. He gave us . . gifts! . We all have certain gifts – and we’re supposed to find out what they are . . [What are we] supposed to use them for . . javarius: [to] build the church. sj: [to] build the church! This boy is sha–rp! He’s o–n it. ” Within this community, children are valued as resources and opportunities are created for their increasing participation.

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