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The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans$
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Almeda Wright

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190664732

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190664732.001.0001

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(p.237) Conclusion
The Spiritual Lives of Young African Americans

Almeda M. Wright

Oxford University Press

Fragmented spirituality among African American adolescents has been fostered and shaped in US society and African American churches, amid sometimes inadequate theology and pedagogy. However, the text concludes with the assertions that young African Americans are both in need of a vision of abundant life and capable of integrating spirituality. These young people have not given up on churches or on the importance of spirituality in their lives. However, many still do not know or believe that churches exist that value their voices and their lived realities. Therefore, churches and concerned adults must respond by working with youth to live life abundantly.

Keywords:   hope, high expectation, church, African American youth, integrating spirituality

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