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Overview Welcoming Children develops a theology of childhood both from a theological perspective and from practical experience in children and youth ministry. The author draws insights from classic and modern feminist theologians, pastoral theologians, and contemporary cultural criticism to offer strategies for educational and liturgical practices in congregations that welcome children and contribute to their flourishing. Mercer outlines a feminist practical theology of childhood exploring five basic theological claims: 1) children as gifts and parenting as a religious practice of stewardship; 2) welcoming those who care for children; 3) children as fully human; 4) children as part of God's purposes; and 5) acknowledging and transforming the sufferings of children. Her compelling argument reframes ministries with children as processes through which the church can become the foundation for children forming identities that resist consumerist culture and instead walk in the ways of Jesus.
Publishers Description This book develops a theology of childhood both from a theoretical basis in biblical theology (especially the gospel of Mark) and practical experience in children and youth ministry. Mercer builds on classical theologians such as Augustine, Calvin, Barth, and Rahner as well as modern feminist theologians such as Brock and Russell. She gains insights from pastoral theologians such as Capps and Couture and from contemporary cultural criticism. Mercer challenges approaches to educational and liturgical practices with children in congregations that segregate children from the rest of the church and its key practices of service, mission, worship, care, and learning. She reframes ministries with children as processes through which the church as a "community of practice" forms children into an alternative identity that resists surrounding consumerist culture and walks in the ways of Jesus. This book offers strategies for educational practices with children in congregations as it seeks to address the question, "What might educational practices that welcome children and contribute to their flourishing look like in the context of a faith community where children's learning happens in collaboration with experienced practitioners of faith?" Outlining a feminist practical theology of childhood, it explores five basic theological claims: (1) children as gifts and parenting as a religious practice of stewardship; (2) welcoming those who welcome and care for children; (3) children as already fully human; (4) children as part of the purposes of God; and (5) acknowledging and transforming the sufferings of children.
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Christian Century - 03/07/2006 page 41
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Studio: Chalice Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6" Width: 8.9" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.08 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
Publisher Chalice Press
ISBN 0827242514 ISBN13 9780827242517
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More About Joyce A. Mercer & Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
Joyce Ann Mercer is Professor of Practical Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty at VTS, she served on faculties at San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union, and at Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines. Dr. Mercer has also served as a parish minister, hospital chaplin, and clinical social worker.
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Welcoming Children Mar 24, 2006
This is an excellant book offering new ways of thinking about children in the world and in our worship. It is a great study of the factors children face in a consumer driven world and how the church has fallen prey to the same issues. It is an excellant critical look at how we include children in church and what we can do better.
Theological discussion of children. Mar 9, 2006
Joyce Ann Mercer has done a great job integrating practical theology with the church's ministry to children. The church needs more books that integrates theology with children. I know that many of principles and critiques that Mercer has presented in this book I have taken to heart.
I think that she has presented herself and her material very well. Although I do not necessarily agree with everything in the book, I do agree with the principles calling for the church to purposefully examine their approach to children as being valuable in God's sight. I recommend this book for anyone who is working in children's ministry to be able to evaluate their understanding of theology in light of children's ministry.