Reclaiming the Spirituals: New Possibilities for African American Christian Education

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In Reclaiming the Spirituals, Yolanda Smith encourages and aids contemporary African American churches in reclaiming their full heritage as Africans, African Americans, and Christians-their "triple-heritage" -and invites them to draw upon the wisdom of their rich cultural and spiritual heritage as viable and relevant resources for the development of a model of Christian education that will empower African American Christians as they face the challenges of the twenty-first ...

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Overview

In Reclaiming the Spirituals, Yolanda Smith encourages and aids contemporary African American churches in reclaiming their full heritage as Africans, African Americans, and Christians-their "triple-heritage" -and invites them to draw upon the wisdom of their rich cultural and spiritual heritage as viable and relevant resources for the development of a model of Christian education that will empower African American Christians as they face the challenges of the twenty-first century.

While integrating the three distinctive components of the triple heritage, this model of African American Christian education emphasizes and illuminates the central role of the spirituals and the ways in which their usage shows how the triple-heritage can be appropriated as a broader resource for multicultural approaches in contemporary Christian education.

Chapters include:

Ain't Dat Good News? Teaching the Triple-Heritage

Deep River: Exploring the Triple-Heritage

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829815511
  • Publisher: Pilgrim Press, The/United Church Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Yolanda Y, Smith is Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Yale University Divinity School.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction: Roll, Jordan, Roll 1

Teaching through the Spirituals: New Possibilities 1

The Triple-Heritage and the Spirituals 3

1 Ain't Dat Good News? Teaching the Triple-Heritage through the African American Spirituals 9

Defining a Triple-Heritage Model of Christian Education 12

2 Deep River: Exploring the Triple-Heritage 21

A Holistic View 21

Components of the Triple-Heritage 22

Implications for Christian Education in the African American Church 47

3 I'm Gonna Sing: Exploring the Spirituals 55

Nature of the Spirituals 55

Characteristics 58

Historical Background 62

The Spirituals as a Source for Enhancing the Educational Ministry in the African American Church 77

4 This Little Light of Mine: Theology and Christian Education in the African American Church 83

Black Theology, Womanist Theology, and Christian Education 83

Insights from Black Theology and Womanist Theology for a Triple-Heritage Model of Christian Education 95

5 Balm in Gilead: The Theology of the Spirituals 102

God 102

Jesus 103

Holy Spirit 104

Humanity 106

Sin and Evil 108

Eschatology 109

Christian Ethics 111

Insights from the Spirituals for a Triple-Heritage Model of Christian Education 111

6 Let Us Break Together: Using the Spirituals to Teach the Triple-Heritage 116

Dialogue 116

Imagination 120

Spontaneity 122

Rhythm 126

Narrative 130

Nature 132

Ritual 136

7 My Soul's Been Anchored in de Lord: Insights for Building a Triple-Heritage Model of Christian Education 144

Pastoral Leadership 144

Teacher Training 145

Nurture 146

Creative Methodology 147

Creative Programming 148

Curriculum Resources 149

Fun 150

Reclaiming the Spirituals 152

Publication Acknowledgments 155

Bibliography 159

Index 173

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