Teenagers are singing at the top of their voices. They are making enough noise to get the attention of the adults. They have an urgent message for adults: they want to be included in the worship service. Their contributions in this thesis consist of sanitized rap lyrics and other artistic expressions based on stories of their life and of Holy Scripture. As biblical folktales are changing their life, teenagers are asking for the recognition to be able to preach to one another—of course, with adult supervision. Having been helped tremendously both as a youth and as an adult to discover my passion for preaching, I am convinced this is an opportune time to develop peer preaching among youth.
Chapter One examines how I discovered my identity as a preacher with the help of interesting personalities and experiences in my life.
Chapter Two is a narration of some of the stories of the at-risk youth at Tryon Residential Center in Albany, New York. Their stories are disturbing, but their talents speak of hope and the quest for second opportunities to pull their life back on the right path. I can relate to them in the search for my own identity.
Chapter Three introduces West African folk traditions, music and the hip hop culture as useful tools in religious education for urban youth living in a most oral/aural environment. Chapter Four discusses how I worked with some of the youth at Tryon on some biblical texts and gives a sample of their contributions to preaching.
Chapter Five highlights the importance of prayer in the Life of a preacher and invites the Academy to embrace various aspects of urban youth culture as means to reaching the hearts of youth.
|School:||Aquinas Institute of Theology|
|School Location:||United States -- Missouri|
|Source:||DAI-A 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Folklore, Theology, Religious education|
|Keywords:||At risk, At-risk youth, Catechesis, Folklore, Hip-hop, Peer preaching, Rap music as evangelization, Urban youth identity|
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