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Generation Y, spirituality and social change


18:30 - 21:00
Mar 7th 2019

Young people are doing faith differently! They are redefining the role of spirituality in social change and reinventing community, leadership and ritual for a new era. Join us for a lively interactive conversation with some of the most inspiring next generation leaders - and peak into the future! Scroll past ticket prices for details.

For more information contact Justine Huxley on 0207 496 1611 or justine.huxley@stethelburgas.org
With a donation towards work with young adults
£10
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Standard ticket
£5
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Book contributor/Invited guest
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Generation Y or Student or Unemployed
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Generation Y are doing faith differently!

Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change is a collection of stories and interviews with some of the most inspiring young adults in St Ethelburga’s networks.  It reflects an exciting evolution in the way people are relating to the sacred.  In this lively evening dialogue and book launch we’ll be exploring emerging trends with the book’s contributors, and sensing into the future of faith.

We’ll also be presenting the Young Sacred Activist of the Year Awards 2019.  So please send your nominations in ASAP!  Closing date is 21 Jan.

With young leaders:  Adam Bucko, James Adams, Camille Barton, Amrita Bhohi, Sukina Douglas and Kishan Shah

And their Allies :  Bhai Sahibji Dr. Mohinder Singh and others TBC.

These are some of the questions we’ll be asking – and we’d love to hear your perspective!

  • Our world is splintering apart – how does that impact our experience of spirituality?
  • Is faith a private, individual matter – or inextricably linked with activism and systemic change?
  • Are young people pioneering a new relationship with the natural world?
  • We live in a global market place where every spiritual tradition is accessible – but does a pick and mix approach actually work?
  • Many of us are growing up in mixed race and mixed faith families, our identities are complex and multi-faceted.  What does that mean for the future?
  • We are globally connected via social media – so do we feel and act like Citizens of the World?
  • Is the future ‘spiritual but not religious’?  What’s the upside and downside of having no one particular tradition?
  • Which religious institutions are still working for millennials and why?  What gets the Gen Y vote?
  • How do the younger generation really feel about the leadership of their elders?  Are elders really listening?
  • How are young people ‘unbundling’ the elements found in faith institutions, and recombining them in organic, self-organised communities?
  • Are you a Gatherer, a Seer, a Steward or a Maker?  What are the new roles redefining the work of spiritual ministry?
  • Is our experience of ‘Something Bigger than Us’ still alive – or is it being slowly strangled by consumerism?
  • What about the G-word?  Still relevant?

Come and join the conversation!

Your speakers, performers and animateurs for the evening include:

Adam BuckoKey note speaker Adam Bucko is co-author of ‘Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation’ and ‘The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living’  and co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation.  He is a powerful voice for the spiritual leadership of the next generation.  Adam has been on the cutting edge of the inter-spiritual and new monastic movements in the US collaborating with spiritual leaders across religious traditions.  He mentors young people, helping them discover a spiritual life for the 21st century, and through sacred activism, how to live deeply from the heart in service of compassion and justice.  He is currently in his third year of training as an Episcopalian priest.

 

James Adams is currently training as a doctor in Manchester. His real passion is social enterprise. At 19 he founded his first charity after realising how poor awareness of common cancer symptoms was among young people. His most recent start-up, ‘Number 11’ is a community centre in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent, providing long term, holistic and relationship based support to vulnerable groups such as the long term unemployed or those struggling with addiction. James’ speaks regularly at conferences, events and churches around the UK. As reflected in his TEDx talk ‘Kick-starting your dreams’, James loves to support both individuals and groups, helping them craft their vision and turn ideas into reality.

 

Camille Barton is a movement artist who brings her passion for social change to life through a variety of art mediums, including dance, film and clowning. Her art practice fuses improvisation, ritual and Afrofuturism to weave new realities inspired by the creativity of the African Diaspora.  Most recently Camille directed and danced in ‘Space is the Place’, a three-minute Afrofuturist sci-fi film produced by Channel 4 Random Acts. The film was selected to play at Sheffield Doc Fest 2018. In 2016, Camille co-produced The Sisterhood, Glastonbury festival’s first intersectional, women only venue. In summer 2018, Camille co-produced and curated the SanQtuary- an intersectional, Queer clubhouse that launched at Shambala festival.

Camille is the director of the Collective Liberation Project (CLP). CLP designs educational experiences to help people understand oppression, and how it relates to their lived experience, so they can stop behaving in ways that reproduce oppression, such as racism and sexism. This work is inspired by Camille’s ongoing research into somatics and social justice: exploring how trauma from oppression is rooted in the body and how it can be healed with movement and mindfulness. CLP has worked with clients including Quakers in Britain, Release, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Sisters Uncut, The University of Sussex, SOAS, The Arts Marketing Association, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and peace and Sunday Assembly London.

Sukina Douglas is a hip hop poet, spoken word artist, creative writing teacher, activist and a community leader. She was born in Bristol to Afro-Caribbean parents and converted to Islam when she was a student. Together with Muneera Rashida, she formed the innovative hip hop duo, Poetic Pilgrimage, which used the art of rhyme to deliver a message of peace, unity, interfaith relations and freedom. Sukina edited a Muslim hip hop magazine and presented a lifestyle show on Islam Channel. She later became the manager of a progressive youth-led Muslim community centre called Rumi’s Cave in North West London which blends spirituality, art and social action. Sukina leads poetry workshops and teaches creative writing, using spoken and written word to explore experiences of young people growing up in diverse urban cultures.

 


Kishan Shah
leads the Sacred Activism Program at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation and is also a poet and spoken word artist.. His primary work is organising and facilitating interfaith workshops and volunteering experiences. He also helps manage the Associate Fellowship program, which supports the next generation of emerging leaders to embed spiritual values into their practical work and leadership.  He holds a BSc in Mathematics from Aston University. In 2017 he left his teaching position to focus on philanthropic work and completing his fourth book.

 

Amrita Bhohi leads the Spiritual Ecology Programme at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Amrita BhohiReconciliation and Peace. Her work focuses on facilitating training workshops and supporting practical project development, mainly working with emerging leaders in the next generation. She is passionate about working with the energy, creativity and vision of younger generations and coming together in service to a different future. Amrita previously worked on the global Eradicating Ecocide campaign and at the policy think tank, the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). In 2013 she organised TEDx Whitechapel, which was named as one of the most popular and radical TEDx events in London. She holds a BSc from King’s College, and an MA in Ecological Economics from   Schumacher College.

 

 

Allies for the next generation

Bhai Sahibji Dr Mohinder Singh is the third in line of Sikh religious leaders of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ), and since 1995, Chairman of the Nishkam Group of Charitable Organisations, active in spiritual practice and propagation, social regeneration, heritage conservation, and education, health and infrastructure development. He is passionate about empowering individuals and organisations, including the younger generation, with common religious values, through selfless service, education and exposure.  Bhai Sahib is a recognised ‘Interfaith Visionary’, holding the Juliet Hollister Award from the Temple of Understanding whose past awardees have included His Holiness the Dalia Lama and Nelson Mandela.

 


Justine Huxley
leads on vision, strategy, management and fundraising at St Ethelburga’s. Her raison d’etre is bringing people together and co-creating projects rooted in worldview of interdependence. Her biggest achievement has been building a dedicated and passionate team, who she feels privileged to work alongside. She has a Ph.D in psychology and her first job involved training a camel on a small Danish island. Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change is her first book.  It was inspired by the desire to create a platform for the young leaders in St Ethelburga’s community to have their voices heard more widely, and to explore some of the changes emerging in Generation Y asking what they tell us about the future of faith and spirituality.

 

In addition, we have a second senior faith leader and a leading academic attending to present the Sacred Activist awards.
More details to follow – watch this space!

Pre-order the book

Signed, discounted copies will be available to purchase on the day, or you can pre-order here.

Remember to make a nomination for the Award!

Young Sacred Activist of the Year Awards – closing date is 21 Jan 2019.

Come to the one-day conference

Sacred Rebellion: Inner life, activism and our future