Community Capacity Building in African American Churches
Chapter 3. Reflecting Faith: Service Learning and Community-Engaged Pedagogy
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Service Learning and Community-Engaged Pedagogy
Before I left I went around and talked to some of the [health agency] volunteers. I thanked them for allowing us to participate. It was awesome to see how important the event—as well as the congregation and community—is to them…. What I also thought was interesting was the [church’s] sense of family. Everyone looked out for everyone else. Whether the kids were theirs or not…. The whole experience was quite different than anything I’d done. My church is very traditional and not too exciting. But this congregation was exciting and fun. They made me feel more welcome than my own congregation has done to any outsiders. I’m very grateful for the experience…. In the future I’d like to get more involved and volunteer in other community projects.
— Susan G.Active Faith SLI student volunteer
Effective citizenship should include an ability to analyze problems and engage in action…. Concrete experience moves to reflective observation… then to abstract conceptualization, and back for more experience…. These capabilities are developed through the combination of active engagement and reflection [to] impact student development [in] a continuous learning cycle.
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