Podcast: Children in Worship and The Agency of Children

1 December 2021

What is the agency of children (0-12) in worship and liturgical practices? How does the paticipation of children influence worship and liturgy?

Participation of children in worship

In this episode of the Faith in Youth-podcast a conversation with Lydia van Leersum-Bekebrede. She is a cultural anthropologist at the OJKC and conducts at research on children (age 0-12) in liturgical practices. In this podcast you will hear more about her research on children in worship and liturgical practices, and the agency of children. Also some findings of the research on children in relation to what is called 'material religion', meaning here, how children respond to sound, objects and the environment of a building, particularly ancient buildings, and in what way this influences the participation of children in worship and liturgical practices.

Children's spirituality and children's theology are also topics in this conversation, as well as the question: what do children bring to the worship and liturgy of the community?

Mentioned articles:

In the podcast it the following articles are mentioned:

  • Lydia van Leersum-Bekebrede, Ronelle Sonnenberg, Jos de Kock, and Marcel Barnard (2019), 'Deconstructing Ideals of Worship with Children.' In: Studia Liturgica 49 (1): 26-43;
  • Lydia van Leersum-Bekebrede, Ronelle Sonnenberg, Jos de Kock, and Marcel Barnard (2019), 'Setting the Stage for Children’s Participation in Worship Practices.' In: International Journal of Children’s Spirituality 24 (2): 166-82;
  • Lydia van Leersum-Bekebrede, Ronelle Sonnenberg, Jos de Kock, and Marcel Barnard, 'Children’s Agency in Worship.' In: International Journal of Practical Theology (forthcoming);
  • Lydia van Leersum-Bekebrede, Martijn Oosterbaan, Ronelle Sonnenberg, Jos de Kock, and Marcel Barnard (2021), 'Sounds of Children in Worship: Materiality and Liturgical-Ritual Spaces.' In: Material Religion 17 (5), 557-579;
  • Lydia van Leersum-Bekebrede, Ronelle Sonnenberg, Jos De Kock, and Marcel Barnard, 'Performing God with Children.' (submitted)

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