ENGAGING THE “REBELS WITH A CAUSE”

CHALLENGES IN THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY

  • Edwin B. Odulio Ateneo de Manila University
Keywords: Church and Social Issues, Gen Z, Justice and Faith, “Mechanical Type” of Learning, Religious Education, Youth

Abstract

This article talks about the challenges that religion educators face in teaching the current generation of young people — the Gen Z or Generation Z. Being born in the mid 1990s to mid-2000s, the Gen Zs comprise the population of students in the Catholic schools today. Recent studies on the characteristics of the Gen Zs show that this generation of young people is very much aware of social issues. Generally, the Gen Zs are passionate to be involved in the promotion of social justice and want to make a positive impact on the society when they join the work force. While the Gen Zs’ passion for justice is a favourable opportunity and resource in religious education, there are some challenges that are needed to be addressed to hopefully help the young people today in appreciating the relevance of the Christian faith to their passion and actions toward a more just society.

Author Biography

Edwin B. Odulio, Ateneo de Manila University

Edwin B. Odulio is a faculty member of the Theology Department of the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. He teaches theology subjects for the undergraduates and religious education courses for graduate students who are under the Formation Institute for Religion Educators (FIRE) program of the same department. He is actively involved in giving Catholic social teaching seminars and workshops to religious and non-government organizations that are in coordination with the John J. Carroll Institute on Church and Social Issues (JJICSI), an institution in the Ateneo de Manila that works on community building, social justice, and people empowerment advocacies and projects. Email: eodulio@ateneo.edu

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Published
2018-12-31
How to Cite
B. Odulio, E. (2018). ENGAGING THE “REBELS WITH A CAUSE”. Asian Horizons, 12(04), 700-711. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2431