Community Capacity Building in African American Churches
Chapter 5. Strengthening the Bridge Between Us: Intergenerational Capacity Building in Contemporary Black Faith
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Intergenerational Capacity Building in Contemporary Black Faith
We present church as somehow holding, stifling, keeping youth from really experiencing life. When a child’s been hearing that for 14 years, they think that there’s just some great, “golden apple” outside of the church walls. “And I’ve got to go get it!” And that unfortunately becomes dangerous…. Youth don’t care about Tupac [Shakur] or Biggie [Smalls]. They care about who’s successful…. And when we present Christianity as not being able to be successful, then that brings the challenge.
—Youth Pastor Carlyle Hampton Cathedral Redeemer Church
Critical analysis can help us explore individual and communal hypocrisy, betrayal, and miseducation… requir[ing] of others that which we [do] not do ourselves…. Change requires disruption…. Empowerment helps the Hip Hop generation come to know and love their authentic selves…. We need to listen to one another and learn to communicate so that we can engage in intergenerational dialogue.
—Cheryl Kirk-Duggan and Marlon Hall1
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