God And The Gangs

God and the Gangs PDF
Author: Robert Beckford
Publisher: Darton Longman and Todd
Category : Church and social problems
Languages : en
Pages : 130
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Violent crime including gang warfare and the use of firearms affects many urban communities, with a growing number of alarming incidents reported in the media. Churches often struggle to find appropriate ways to respond to these crises and the pastoral needs that arise from them.Robert Beckford, lecturer in Black Theology at the University of Birmingham, attempts to provide some much-needed theological tools for an understanding of the rise of disaffection among black urban youth. Offering a clear analysis of the cultural and political factors at work, he argues for an approach based on reflection and action to seek life-transforming responses. Accessibly written, God and the Gangs is essential reading for those seeking to resource themselves for urban work or ministry. Includes a foreword by the Archbishop John Sentamu.


Homies And Hermanos

Homies and Hermanos PDF
Author: Robert Brenneman
Publisher: OUP USA
Category : Religion
Languages : en
Pages : 294
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Using the tools of sociological theory, Robert Brenneman seeks to discover why a pot-smoking, gun-wielding "homie" gang member would want to trade in la vida loca for a Bible and the buttoned-down lifestyle of an evangelical hermano (brother in Christ) - and to what extent this strategy works for the many youth who have tried it.


God Gangs And Grades

God  Gangs  and Grades PDF
Author: Jennifer Dawn Lucko
Publisher:
Category : Ecuador
Languages : en
Pages : 398
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God S Gangsters

God s Gangsters  PDF
Author: Heather Parker Lewis
Publisher:
Category : Gangs
Languages : en
Pages : 166
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For the first time prison gang members have permitted an outsider to record the gang sabela - an esoteric combination of Afrikaans and African languages - and to capture their mythological narratives and initiation rites.


Secure The Soul

Secure the Soul PDF
Author: Kevin Lewis O'Neill
Publisher: University of California Press
Category : Social Science
Languages : en
Pages : 304
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“I’m not perfect,” Mateo confessed. “Nobody is. But I try.” Secure the Soul shuttles between the life of Mateo, a born-again ex-gang member in Guatemala and the gang prevention programs that work so hard to keep him alive. Along the way, this poignantly written ethnography uncovers the Christian underpinnings of Central American security. In the streets of Guatemala City—amid angry lynch mobs, overcrowded prisons, and paramilitary death squads—millions of dollars empower church missions, faith-based programs, and seemingly secular security projects to prevent gang violence through the practice of Christian piety. With Guatemala increasingly defined by both God and gangs, Secure the Soul details an emerging strategy of geopolitical significance: regional security by way of good Christian living.