Generation Y, spirituality and social change

18:30 - 21:30
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! Email to go on waiting list.

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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:  James Adams, Camille Barton, Amrita Bhohi, and Sukina Pilgrim.

And their Allies :  Professor Ursula King, Revd Trey Hall and others.

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:

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 Pilgrim is a Spoken-Word, Playwright, Workshop Facilitator and Event Organiser and co-founder of Muslim female Hip Hop duo, Poetic Pilgrimage. She has facilitated creative writing workshops across the world empowering communities to use the written word as a tool for dialogue and as a means for accessing their authentic voice. She has launched a workshop series called The Art of Speaking from the Heart that she has delivered around the world.  Sukina has played an intrinsic role within the British Muslim creative communities as a performer and events organiser and has created platforms for many national and international Muslim artists to express themselves and launch their careers.  Her work has been featured on the BBC News, World Service and Asian Network, ITV, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera and has been written about in the Huffington Post, Daily Mail, The Voice and many other international media outlets. In March 2015 Al Jazeera screened a documentary about her group called Hip Hop Hijabis.  Sukina made her theatre debut in 2016 in a production called Malcolm X at the KVS (Royal Flemish Theatre) in Brussels which was critically acclaimed and is currently writing a play for the KVS Theatre called Afropean / Human Being.  In 2017 she delivered a Tedx Talk on healing potential poetry has.  Sukina holds a she holds a BA (Hons) Degree in English Literature and Caribbean Studies and is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Industries and Cultural Management.


Amrita Bhohi leads the Spiritual Ecology Programme at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in London. The programme seeks to embed a deeper connection to the sacred into the urgent environmental and social change efforts to protect, heal and regenerate our relationship to our living earth. She teaches and facilitates public workshops and events sharing the spiritual ecology curriculum. She also manages the Spiritual Ecology Leadership Programme, which supports the next generation of emerging leaders to embed spiritual values into their practical work and leadership. She holds an MA in Ecological Economics from Schumacher College. In 2013 she organised TEDxWhitechapel, named as one of the most popular and radical TEDx events in London. She is a Fellow of St Paul’s Institute and a friend of the College for Real Farming and Food Culture.

Adam Bucko

Adam Bucko is unable to join us but will be sending a video message.





Trey Hall is a church planter and revitalization strategist, marathon runner, and failed improv comedy student. For 16 years, he has pastored churches in the United Kingdom and in Chicago, where he led successful church revitalization projects and most recently planted Urban Village Church: a new inclusive Gospel community that has launched four sites in six years, reached mostly Millennial and Gen X people, and – with more than 800 people regularly involved – is one of the fastest growing congregations in Chicago. Trey currently coaches and resources the church planting and church revitalization movement in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. His transatlantic experience informs his coaching across the spectrum: from conventional to niche projects, on the cutting edge of innovation but also grounded in the political realities of leading change in long-existing communities.


Allies for the next generation

Ursula King, STL (Paris), MA (Delhi) PhD (London), FRSA, is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol.  Educated in Germany, France, India and England, she has lectured all over the world and published numerous books and articles, especially on gender issues in religions, method and theory, modern Hinduism, interfaith dialogue, spirituality, and on the French thinker, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  She has held several visiting chairs in the USA and Norway, and been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Edinburgh (1996), Oslo (2000), and Dayton, Ohio (2003).  In 2000, she organised the Colston Research Symposium on Spirituality and Society in the New Millennium at the University of Bristol, and subsequently published its papers as a book (2001).  Among more recent publications are the edited volume on Gender, Religion and Diversity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives  (2005) and The Search for Spirituality: Our Global Quest for Meaning and Fulfilment (2009).


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