Special Issue "Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 October 2020).
Interests: Development of youth & young adult ministry issues within Christianity; Liturgical and sacramental issues concerning youth & young adult ministry practice; Questions and concerns regarding LGBTQ youth & young adults; Christian discipleship
This Special Edition of Religions will concentrate generally on Christian youth (ages 14-18) and young adult (ages 19-30) ministry and development, but more specifically youth and young adults in the Catholic tradition. Authors will focus their scholarship on a variety of issues that are pertinent to Catholic youth and/or young adult ministry or youth and/or young adult development and spirituality.
The scope of this issue is to provide influential writings that feature authors across the landscape of Catholic youth and young adult ministry; experts and specialists who function as theologians, pastoral practitioners, and developmental and spirituality scholars. This special issue will hopefully touch upon theology, anthropology, ecclesiology, and perhaps Christology; however, it will address, more specifically, the importance of adolescents, emerging adults, and young adults in explicitly Catholic theological and ministerial means, and in ways that shape models, methods, and practices of doing youth and young adult ministry in the Catholic tradition.
The purpose of this special edition is to have some passionate scholars and leading experts in the field of youth ministry and young adult ministry write about the various questions, issues, and developments which are taking place in these two closely related, but different fields. The time is ripe for such a scholarly approach of youth and young adult ministry literature with the advent of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on young people titled Christus Vivit (2019). The majority of the contributors for this issue come from the Catholic tradition and this can be seen in the writing and perhaps the terminology that is used; nevertheless, this issue is thoroughly ecumenical and Christian. My hope is that this volume will further inspire academics who study and research youth and young adult ministry, as well as stimulate those who do teaching and training with youth and young adults in the “trenches.”
This special edition will further enhance Christian youth and young adult literature because there is no such journal that only has Catholic authors contributing to a major academic journal to this important and particular subject. There are a two highly respected academic youth ministry journals; however, they do not always have Catholic authors write regularly and do not always have articles on young adult ministry, albeit both journals are open to such contributions. This particular issue of Religions will accomplish both those needs and it will be an enormous contribution to Christian youth and young adult ministry as a whole, but more specifically to Catholic youth and young adult ministry in particular, which desperately needs its own academic voices and arena for such voices to be herald.Dr. Arthur D. Canales
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Catholic Adolescents
- Youth Ministry
- Emerging Adults
- Campus Ministry
- Young Adult Ministry
- Youth Development & Spirituality.