Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.
Chapter 7: Religion in African American Families
Religion in African American Families
Religion has always played an important part in African American family life and the rearing of children. A strong spiritual core has always contributed to the vitality of the African American community. Spirituality is a central component in close personal relationships, and a spiritual sense can be found in African Americans'; warm and interactive body language, their consistent love of music and dance, and the joy they take in everyday life. All of these elements can be seen in most African American churches during Sunday morning worship, as participants praise and thank the Lord.
There have been in the past and are now African American Catholics, Muslims, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, and practitioners of African traditional religions. ...