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This exciting new book draws on St Ethelburga’s work with inspiring young leaders around the world.  

‘Walking the talk’ is a collection of interviews and stories from young adults on how the younger generation are engaging with faith, spirituality and social action amid the challenges of our times.

With stories from:
Adam Bucko, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Kara Moses, Dekila Chungyalpa, Ruth Moir, Camille Barton, Nick George, Amrita Bhohi, Sun Kaur, Pancho Ramos Stierle, Sukina Douglas, Abbas Zehadi, Jesse Israel, Orion Stephanie Johnstone, Alice Carder, James Adams, Day Moibi, and many others.

With a forward from:  His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

With supporting stories from elders and senior leaders including:
Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner, Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Archbishop John Sentamu, Martin Palmer, Kingsley L. Dennis and more.  

Spirituality in a time of global crisis
Young people are growing up under the influences of globalisation, consumerism, social media and new technology. They face a future beset with multiple challenges to our planetary stability, such as global ecocide, the rise of religious extremism and the refugee crisis.  The millennial generation are reported to be the least religious that our world has ever known. And yet some surveys show they are simply rejecting organised religion in favour of self-organised spirituality that draws on many different sources.

This edited collection of stories asks: How are young people engaging with faith, religion and spirituality at this time of crisis and transition?

Generation Y are doing faith differently!
For a start, young people have a more global interconnected outlook. They also have more flexible religious identities. They draw on the wisdom of the different religious practices that are available around them and they relate to each other’s traditions more openly.  Many have a deep concern for the Earth, economic justice and a values-based way of life. They are co-creating their own non-hierarchical spaces – either within traditional religious institutions or completely outside them. They build community together and share what nourishes their souls. Most importantly, they cannot separate faith from the need to respond to what they see around them. Spirituality belongs to the inner life but is also the driving force for social action, for building a just and sustainable future.

This book will explore these themes through stories, lively interviews and case-studies of new emerging youth-led communities.  The book also asks what all this tells us about the evolution of faith in the future and humanity’s changing relationship with the sacred.

Get involved
The book will be launched with a one day conference on youth leadership in September 2018.  We’ll be looking for speakers, workshop leaders, volunteers and donors to make that happen.

The event will be on the website soon – watch this space.

Email justine@stethelburgas.org for more info.

Editor:  Justine Huxley.
Publisher:  Jessica Kingsley.
Launch date:  September 2018.

 

CALLING ALL YOUNG LEADERS:

Interfaith Activists:  Leadership for Turbulent Times 

Spiritual Ecology 

Working with refugees 

 

Justine leads on vision, strategy, management and fundraising.  Her raison d’etre is bringing people together and co-creating innovative projects rooted in worldview of interdependence.  Her biggest achievement is building a dedicated and passionate team, who she feels privileged to work alongside.  She has a Ph.D in psychology and her first job (usefully) involved training an impossibly grumpy camel on a small Danish island. Her first book, Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change is a reflection of six years of work with the younger generation at St Ethelburga's.     Justine can give workshops and keynotes on:  faith and the future; sacred activism; building resilience for a dystopian world; peace-making and conflict transformation and the role of inner work in effective social change.  

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