African Americans--Religion

CHRISTIAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN IDENTIFYING CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION AS A UNIQUE RESPONSE TO THE CALL OF CHRIST

Author
Bryan Hodges D.Min.
Abstract
CHRISTIAN AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN IDENTIFYING CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL FORMATION AS A UNIQUE RESPONSE TO THE CALL OF CHRIST

Christian spiritual formation responds to the call of Christ. This project makes its contribution to Christian spiritual formation as it relates to Christian African American men.

This project initiates: (1) biblical and theological reflection regarding Christian spiritual formation; (2) To think critically through societal, cultural and familial influences in relation to their spiritual formation; (3) To implement a biblical and theological vision for Christian spiritual formation; and (4) To create a personal Christian spiritual formation program.

This project consisted of surveys and interviews to measure Christian spiritual formation influence. After three months of follow up a summation is specified.

A Christian Exploration of African American Masculinity

Author
Clarence Lanely
Abstract
A Christian Exploration of African American Masculinity examines the cultural complexities of masculinity by investigating manhood acts and how they are enacted by African American men in their quest to obtain masculine (patriarchal) power. Those with cultural power, mostly white men, deny power to white women, men and women of color. In this project, biblical, cultural and theological insights are explored that offer African American men a life giving and progressive masculinity. The incarnation of Christ offers an image of masculinity that frees men to follow Him, allowing men to be in relationships with others in intimate and meaningful ways.

iHomiletic: Preaching that Clicks

Author
Dominique A Robinson
Abstract
Like many other churches the absence of youth and young adults is painstakingly obvious in the Black Church, and I contend that a unique homiletical approach that incorporates preaching and social media and offers hope can re-engage Black Millennials to the Gospel and the Black Church in creative and compelling ways. This unique and new approach is iHomiletic.

AN EXPLORATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A MEN'S TEACHING MINISTRY WITHIN BLACK EVANGELICAL CHURCHES

Author
Gregory A Carthan
Abstract
This project explored a teaching ministry within black Evangelical churches to equip men for their roles as husbands, fathers and leaders.National surveys indicate a drop in the number of intact black households to 34%. Absent fathers have had a destructive effect on the home and community. It's important that African-American men understand and assume their roles as leaders in the home. Governmental programs to stem this destruction have failed to address the root issue. The clear declaration of the gospel changes people's hearts (1 Cor 1:21). This project explores turning the hearts of fathers to their children (Mal 4:6).

Christian identity influences at the workplace discovering behaviors of African American women

Author
Marlene Vernicia Fuller
Abstract
The project discovered the extent to which Christian identity influences the workplace behaviors of a group of African American women. The online questionnaire invited Christian African American women to respond to questions about themselves, internal and external to the workplace, and their challenges. The results discovered that the challenges faced are not unique to Christian African American women, but are relevant to all African American women. However, responses indicate that the resolution for addressing these challenges should be shaped by Christian values and ethics as defined by her Christ-identity.

How can the tradition of black gospel music continue to provide meaning and hope in the African American community?

Author
Sheila Robinson
Abstract
The purpose of the dissertation seeks answers to the question, How Can the Tradition of Black Gospel Music Continue to Provide Meaning and Hope to the African American Community? The scope of study examined formations of African American sacred/religious music and influences of African melody/song. The methodologies were: (1) source materials, texts, journals, articles, other resources, (2) interviews, (3) observing/participating in various Black church worship practices, (4) a 30-year radio broadcasting career in Black gospel music. The conclusion revealed a generational divide between traditional and contemporary Black gospel music preferences, prompting the Curriculum of Dialogue project as a potential resolve.

Christ-centered preaching in Hip Hop culture

Author
Thurman L Williams
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to explore how pastors prepare and deliver Christ-centered sermons that address the "core concerns" of young African American males in an urban context. The assumption of this study was that a significant need and opportunity exists for the church in ministering to the young African American male demographic. This study focused on six pastors who are working with a significant number of young African American males in urban contexts. This study utilized a qualitative design conducting semi-structured interview as the primary source of data gathering.

Research findings: ethnography of the African American resistance to hospice care

Author
Cary E Johnson
Abstract
Every culture and religion needs to address the subject of death and dying for its people. A review of literature on the ars moriendi tradition reveals common themes of hope, compassion, and patience. For the African American community, the Bible continues to be the source for understanding death. Among this community, acceptance of hospice services has been slow. The project was developed to help the African American community embrace hospice care. An end-of-life care workshop that partnered hospice caregivers and African American church leadership was developed. From this experience, a strategic plan was developed for wide-scale implementation of similar partnerships.

Understanding shame-based issues in African American adolescent males

Author
Gwendolyn Dianne Lewis
Abstract
Unresolved shame can lead to personal, social, moral and spiritual maladies. Shame must be attended to, or ita has the probability of manifesting in many harmful ways. Healing shame-based personalities is a sure way to find healing and wholeness. Shame is a deep social problem leading even more so to profound social, emotional and personality disorders. The purpose of this research is to bring attention to the plight of African American adolescent males and their problems with shame. The author provided this research in hopes that it will generate more attention to the effects of shame on the socialization and psyche of African American adolescent males.

The African-American and the LGBTIQ spiritual communities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in search of a prophetic and welcoming voice: a case study in music, liturgy, and worship

Author
William Thomas
Abstract
The African-American community and the gay, lesbian, bsexual, transgendered, intersexed, and questioning community of the Christian Church *Disciples of Christ) are often mutually wary. However two Christian communities that are both marginalized by mainstream Christianity further divide God's realm if they are distrustful of each other. To move from suspicion to agape love, each community must find common ground on which to begin to speak prophetically and compassionately to each other and the General Church. This project creates a worship service devoted to healing that was designed by members from both communities. Then by means of a questionnaire the project examines whether working together to create and execute this service had any impact on the theology of praxis of interaction between the two communities both from their respective viewpoints and from the viewpoint of the white heterosexual members who comprise the majority of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Finally it makes some inferences as a result of the project, offers some materials for further study and interaction along the way, and lists possible starting points from which decisive action may be taken.
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