New book: Understanding College Students’ Spiritual Identities

Jenny Small, alum of the CSHPE and a Forum Legendary Musician published a book exploring college students’ spiritual identities.  Congrats, Jenny, for this important contribution to the field!

Information for her new book can be found here.

This book provides a long overdue alternative to current literatures about the religious and spiritual lives of college students with their over-reliance on Christian frameworks for faith development.
Through research-based illustrations, the volume calls on higher education professionals and academics to more effectively and completely consider a multi-faith frame to view the impact of faith diversity on college campuses. It considers the marginalizing impact of unexamined religious privileging and provides an alternate way of understanding faith and spirituality, with the potential to influence both research and practice in higher education, in the United States and other countries, as well as the lives of religious minority college students.

In their own words, college students explain why faith diversity must be one element of treating all students in a just manner, one that honors their individual needs as learners and community members. The volume is an invitation to those educators who have not yet considered this situation to begin conversing on the topic with those who are already convinced of the need.

Contents: Foreword, Edward P. St. John. Prologue. THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOOK. Introduction to the Current Book. The Questions That Guide Me. Definitions of Core Terms. Religion, Spirituality, and Faith in the Higher Education Context. The Purpose and Organization of this Work. My Perspective. THE DISTINCTIVE FAITH FRAMES OF FOUR GROUPS OF STUDENTS. Christian Faith Frame. Jewish Faith Frame. Muslim Faith Frame. Atheist/Agnostic Faith Frame. Faith Frames Compared. Conclusion. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAITH FRAMES AND DISCOURSE IN INTRA- AND INTERFAITH DIALOGUE. Dialogue and the Christian Faith Frame. Dialogue and the Jewish Faith Frame. Dialogue and the Muslin Faith Frame. Dialogue and the Atheist/Agnostic Faith Frame. Exceptional Discourse Moves: Post-Hoc Positioning and Post-Hoc Face Saving. Summary of Relationships between Faith Frames and Discourse. Conclusion. HE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAITH FRAMES AND STUDENTS’ AWARENESS OF RELIGIOUS PRIVILEGE AND MARGINALIZATION. Three-Tiered Structure of Religious Privilege in American Society. Religious Marginalization Awareness and the Christian Faith Frame. Religious Marginalization Awareness and the Jewish Faith Frame. Religious Marginalization Awareness and the Muslim Faith Frame. Religious Marginalization Awareness and the Atheist/Agnostic Faith Frame. Religious Marginalization Awareness Scale. Benefits from a Closer Examination of Religious Diversity and its Relationship to Privilege. Conclusion. THE IMPACT OF THE COLLEGE ENVIRONMENT ON STUDENTS’ DIVERSE FAITH IDENTITIES. Catalysts for Positive Growth in Faith. Catalysts for Shifting Growth in Faith. Conclusion. IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATORS WORKING WITH STUDENTS OF DIVERSE FAITHS. Utilization of Faith Frames as an Educational Tool with Individual Students and in Intrafaith Settings. Utilization of Faith Frames as an Educational Tool with Multiple Students and in Interfaith Settings. Additional Implications for Morality and Equity in Practice and Research. Conclusion. Appendix. References. Author Index. Subject Index.

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