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Saturday, November 7 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
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Building Bridges of Hope: The Church's Role in Reaching Disconnected Black Youth
Anne Wimberly (Interdenomination Theological Center, Emerita, Dir., Youth Program) 
Sarah Farmer (Emory University)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] The research paper presents final outcomes of a national study on Black teens' disconnection from organized religion, profiles of these youth, meanings assigned to the term "disconnected youth," often called "unchurched youth," and ministry paradigms that successfully build bridges of connection between these youth and churches. Study findings reveal Black teens' views of shortcomings of faith communities; their needs, hopes, and specific recommendations for churches; and the importance of giving youth voice that challenges churches to reverse their inattention to them.

The Imagination of the Prophets: Reading the Word and the World with Adolescent Girls
Cynthia Cameron (Boston College)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] At its best, religious education is an education for faith that is liberating and just. This is also the task that the biblical prophets took up – calling the people of Israel to participation in God’s justice. They engaged in an educational project of consciousness-raising – of forming the imaginations of the people. For adolescent girls, as a particularly marginalized community within the church, the prophetic call for justice can engage their imaginations. By putting the biblical world of the prophets into conversation with the sexism and ageism of their experiences, girls can cultivate their own prophetic imagination and, ultimately, their prophetic voice.


Cynthia Cameron

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Rivier University
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Sarah Farmer

Student, Emory University
I received my B.A from Berea College (cum laude) in 2001 and my M.Div from Candler School of Theology in 2008. I am currently working on a dissertation entitled, “Hope in Confinement: Moving Toward a Pedagogy of Restorative Hope.” My research examines the concept of hope as it... Read More →

Anne Wimberly

Prof. Emerita, Director Youth Theology Program, Interdenominational Theological Center

Saturday November 7, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
Augusta (Conference Center)

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