Think the Occupy Movement has come and gone? Not so, claims renowned theologian Matthew Fox, the co-author, along with activist Adam Bucko, of a new book called Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation. Occupy may have been diverted temporarily, Fox says, but the movement is still very much alive — morphing, changing, and deepening — in a new generation of imaginative and passionate young people.
Timed for release just before the second anniversary of the Occupy movement, Occupy Spirituality presents a guidebook for a new era of spirituality-infused activism. Fox, a 72-year old theologian, and Bucko, a 37-year-old advocate for homeless youth in New York City, enter into an intergenerational – and interspiritual – dialogue about activism and spirituality, or “sacred activism,” in hopes of encouraging and inspiring young people (and their elders) to use their talents in service of compassion and justice for a more sacred and just world.Endorsed by other sacred activists such as Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi), Shane Claiborne, Julia Butterfly Hill, Andrew Harvey, and Dr. Vandana Shiva, Occupy Spirituality is a beautiful and important window into a new generation of change and hope being born today.
I had the great pleasure of speaking to Matthew Fox recently over Skype about the new book and the “Occupy Generation.” Not surprisingly, Fox offered great wisdom, insight and encouragement for this generation and the adventure of “spiritual democracy.” There are heartfelt words for the young, the old and everyone in between. Our conversation follows: