Celebrations for the African American Church

Book - 1997
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The beautiful Sankofa bird of Ghana, traditionally depicted turning its head backward, symbolizes the need to recapture the riches of the past. Grenae Dudley and Carlyle Fielding Stewart have done exactly this with their book of ceremonies and celebrations for the black church by providing a wealth of African-based experiences for today's faith community.The church has always been a vital cultural center in the African American community, where ritual dramas have been utilized, performed, and incorporated into the living tradition. Sankofa offers a framework of African spiritual consciousness, provides a blueprint for various ritual ceremonies, and shares some of these celebrations for use in black churches. It will also inspire use of these beautiful and meaningful rituals in multicultural contexts.Sankofa is divided into two parts -- ceremonies and rituals for the stages of life. Each piece includes a brief description and a list of necessary and optional items, followed by a detailed script containing all the necessary information for worship leaders planning such an event. Contents include the naming ceremony, baptism ceremony, celebration of elders, rite of passage, Kwanzaa service, funeral service, Thanksgiving, and Easter sunrise service.The rituals in this book not only historically and culturally reconnect African Americans with their African past; they also ground them in the spiritual traditions of the black church, which remains the most important institution in the African American community.
Publisher: Cleveland, Ohio : United Church Press, 1997.
ISBN: 9780829811797
Characteristics: xii, 154 p. ; 18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stewart, Carlyle Fielding 1951-


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