I’m interested in picking up a new book titled Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims (edited by James L. Heft, S.M., Fordham University Press).
The book is reviewed by Thomas Groome in the October 15, 2007 issue of America magazine. it is a collection of essays from a symposium held at the University of Southern California that asked the question, “how do we pass on religious tradition to youth in the context of the contemporary culture of the United States.”
Groome says that the formulas for success described in the essays are surprisingly obvious and he identifies them as the needs for young people to:
- have a life-giving faith community in which they feel included and respected and in which they can actively participate;
- have a sense of ownership and to be met where they are;
- participate in both personal and communal religious practices;
- have a thorough grounding in their own faith tradition;
- be able to bridge in an open and dialogical way the ever-increasing pluralism of the contemporary world;
- participate in the works of justice and compasion;
- have parents who reinforce all of the above.
I’ll have more to say when I get my own copy and read it (I’m a slow reader so don’t hold your breath waiting!)