Our Faith, In Our Words
What does it mean to be young and spiritual todaywhen the New Age isn't exactly new, when female rabbis and ministers are no longer unusual, and when Eastern religion’s ideas and practices are no longer considered exotic? Who are the faces behind today’s fresh approaches to faith, approaches that are destined to shape the future of spiritual life in America?
"Religion is not a crutch for the weak-minded. It is merely spirituality in its simplest, most rudimentary form. We have witnessed the hypocrisy, the moral and spiritual mediocrity of succumbing to tradition for tradition’s sake. In an age when there are books on everything for dummies, my generation has opted to find out for themselves. I am a new adult, with decisions to make about my identity and my future. I am not about to surrender this newfound privilege. I am content with discovering my spiritual self through my own avenues. I am not in need of a crossing guard."from God Within
God Within represents citizens of the twenty-first century who are faced with a dizzying array of spiritualities: believer, seeker, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Wiccan, to name just a very few. The result of a nationwide challenge extended to young adults born after 1974, in this book they share their experiences with all of these beliefssome confident, some questioningand introduce us to many shades in between.
Sometimes irreverentbut more importantly, always relevantthis thought-provoking collection of writings, poetry and art showcases the voices that are defining the future of religion, faith and belief as we know it.
About the Author
SkyLight Paths is the publisher of many award-winning personal growth books for people of all faith traditionsand none.
Jon M. Sweeney is an author and editor recognized for his ability to communicate religious ideas and history in uncomplicated language. He is also the author of The St. Francis Prayer Book and editor of The Road to Assisi: The Essential Biography of St. Francis , a Literary Guild, Crossings, and History Book Club selection. He was the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Skylight Paths Publishing for several years before joining Paraclete Press as associate publisher. He lives in Vermont with his wife and their two children.
Read an Excerpt
Let me be frank: I am scared.... As I open myself to the light of Allah,
what flaws will it reveal, what corrections will it require? Heroes and
prophets have come and gone; the poor are still with us, and they are more
ragged than ever. Can I face the immensity of this injustice, call it my
responsibility, and taste the rust of my own powerlessness in the face of
it?"-Eboo Patel, contributor and executive director of the Interfaith
Table of Contents
1. Love and Strategy, by Eboo Patel2. Simply Complicated, by Lindsay Keipper3. Two Stars, by Elizabeth Ochs4. Nestled in the Lap of the Goddess, by Pamela Dawn deForest5. Spirituality vs. Religion, or Why the Atheist Crossed the Road, by Ian Giatti6. A Spiritual Orphan, by Arlene Helderman7. An Unauthorized Autobiography, by Sumi Loundon8. Jesus H. Christ, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Church, by Emlyn Bean9. Oy, Estherla, by Jodi Werner10. Letting Our Spirits Free, by Jennifer A. Johnson11. Moving from Judaism toward Christ, and the Christians Who Tried to Stop Me, by Lauren Winner12. The Journey to the Alligator Juniper, by Shana Lanzetta13. Living at the Crossroads, by Eboo Patel