The National Rites of Passage Institute ( and the Black Child Journal welcome submissions from scholars, practitioners, policy makers and religious and community professionals and others for the Black Child Journal Spring 2019 Edition: “Faith and the Black Child”. Submissions that address the developmental health and wellness of the Black child with respect to faith as defined from a variety of perspectives, practices or frameworks with and/or without a religious/spiritual focus are sought. For example, how is the lifelong development of faith, love, hope and meaning first instilled in the child and what is the role/responsibility of the family and community in nurturing and growing such faith? What role has faith played in our people’s ability to survive 400 years of oppression and is there some African foundation for our religious and spiritual convictions that has continued to uplift and sustain our individual and collective lives that are essential for children to know, to learn and to cherish as they grow and become young men and women?

The traditional greeting among the mighty Masai warriors of east Africa; “Casserian Engeri,” means “And how are the children?” It is still the traditional greeting of the Masai, acknowledging the high value the Masai placed on the children’s wellbeing. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer, “All the children are well.” This is actually a sublime affirmation of faith in the people to meet the needs of the children. It is in turn an affirmation of the child’s faith in its parents, its family and its community and ultimately in things real but unseen – to provide love, hope and essential learning that has accumulated over the centuries. How does this happen in today’s world, how do we improve upon our own faith and practices designed/meant to transmit love, faith and hope to future generations as we continue the struggle to sustain and deepen our faith?

We encourage submissions of all types from the broad spectrum of scholars, practitioners, policy makers, religious and community professionals and others.

Members of the editorial staff of the Black Child Journal and the National Rites of Passage Institute will manage the peer review process. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (2009). All parts of the manuscript must be submitted electronically as an attachment to email (“Manuscript Submission” in the subject box) to:

Documents from 6,500 to 10,000 words with an abstract of 250 words should be submitted as MS Word documents (.doc), not converted to PDF’s, without embedded commands or special formatting. All photos should be submitted as separate JPEG files. References, tables, charts, other texts, art-graphics and appendices should be included at the end of the document. These should not be included in the document word-count described above. Submissions must be received by March 15, 2019 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time). Authors are asked to submit a short bio and a black and white JPEG photo as a separate attachment. Notification of papers selected for publication will be made by email in May, 2019.

FAITH AND THE BLACK CHILD will be published in Spring 2019


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