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International Journal of Practical Theology

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Volume 19, Issue 1

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Youth Worship as Recreation

Dr. Ronelle Sonnenberg
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Published Online: 2015-06-09 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijpt-2014-0024

Abstract

We search for a liturgical-ritual perspective that both describes the observed need for extraordinary or vital experiences in youth worship gatherings, and that explains these in relation to the communication between God and humankind. We argue, on the basis of our empirical study, that the concepts of “recreation” and “juxtaposition” are helpful in this regard. Four recreational dimensions are distinguished in youth worship: “being free and informal”, “enjoying a stirring and silent atmosphere”, “exploring and actualizing the self” and “recharging faith”. These are obviously present in crowded national youth events, but also in local youth worship gatherings. The concept of juxtaposition, as G. W. Lathrop uses it, is operationalized to describe and understand what transforms recreation into Christian recreation from the perspectives of the participants.

Zusammenfassung

Wir erforschen ein liturgisch-rituales Perspektiv, das zwei Sachen macht: es beschreibt das Bedürfnis nach außergewöhnlichen oder vitalen Erfahrungen in Jugendgottesdiensten und erläutert diese in Bezug auf die Kommunikation zwischen Gott und Menschen. Wir argumentieren aufgrund unserer empirischen Studie, dass die Konzepte ‚Erholung‘ und ‚Juxtaposition‘ [Nebeneinanderstellung] in dieser Hinsicht hilfreich sind. Es werden vier Erholungsdimensionen unterschieden. Diese Dimensionen sind nicht nur in massiven nationalen Jugend-Events deutlich anwesend, sondern auch in lokalen Jugendgottesdiensten. Das Konzept der ‚Juxtaposition‘, so wie G. W. Lathrop es verwendet, wurde so operationalisiert, dass aus der Perspektive der Teilnehmer beschrieben und verstanden wird, was Erholung in christliche Erholung transformiert.

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Published Online: 2015-06-09

Published in Print: 2015-06-15


Citation Information: International Journal of Practical Theology, Volume 19, Issue 1, Pages 138–163, ISSN (Online) 1612-9768, ISSN (Print) 1430-6921, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijpt-2014-0024.

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