Faith in the Occupy Generation: Balancing Concept and Experience

A makeshift altar at one of the Occupy encampments

We started this series of posts by looking at the first of seven themes that we’ve seen in our intensive interviews with many of the coming generation’s evolving mystics and prophets. We witnessed the deeply ecumenical nature of the Occupy generation’s evolving spirituality…a spirituality that we feel will become the template for faith in the 21st century, moving away from the forms of institutional religion to embrace the one underlying reality at the root of all faith traditions.The second … [Read more...]

Bypassing Institution for Essence: Young People Seek a More Authentic Spirituality

"The Occupy generation is being initiated into a new kind of spirituality, one that is ready to replace the God of Religion (or a God of any other morally bankrupt institution) with a God of Life. This spirituality is democratic, transformative, and dedicated to the healing of ourselves and our world. It is an active and all-encompassing spirituality that leaves nothing untouched, but rather it completely transfigures people and society." - Adam Bucko, in Occupy Spirituality

What is the spirituality of the younger generation? Are they falling away from God as they leave the churches, or are they discovering – and creating – a new form of spirituality, one that goes back to the mystical roots of the Church? As we interviewed a wide range of young people in our research for Occupy Spirituality, we found them to be intensely spiritual as mystic activists, with seven common themes showing up among their beliefs and practices. We’ll share these themes over the next po … [Read more...]

A Radical Vision for a New Generation

"'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." - Acts 2:17 paragraphAs ministers and educators, we hear a great deal from parents about the need to pass spiritual values on to our young people. But over the past few years, we've seen the young people of the world taking the lead in teaching Christ-like values of love, compassion, justice and mercy...and most … [Read more...]

Encountering Jesus from a New Perspective

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So who was Jesus the revolutionary? To answer that question, we need to look at the Historical Jesus from an entirely new perspective: as a mystic, and as a prophet.  And this new perspective requires Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time – which is the title of a marvelous book by Marcus Borg. I like that title a lot, because we all think we’ve met Jesus, we all think we know something about Jesus. Well, Borg was a pastor for many years, and for many years he was a theologian, and all that … [Read more...]

But What Appeal Does the Christ Path Have for the Spiritual but Not Religious?

We've heard some inquiries from people who are not walking a Christian or Christ-based path - who identify with other faith traditions, or call themselves "spiritual but not religious," and who are skittish about a workshop identified with Christ in any context.So, we felt it would be good to have a planning team member share her experience as an Earth-based spiritual edgewalker who's clenched her teeth, swearing silently "I will not bolt,  I will not bolt" when she's heard ministers edging … [Read more...]


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