C3: How millennials are creating community and living compassionately in new ways

On Sunday, October 23rd, I was invited to C3: West Michigan’s Inclusive Spiritual Connection to share a teaching on compassionate action in my life. I based the talk on my own journey, as well as the research done by Casper ter-Kuile and Angie Thurston at Harvard Divinity School on how “nones” are creating intentional communities. Below are links to the talk and additional resources:

Millennials Creating Compassionate Community (audio)

excerpt: “Whether within or outside of traditions, my generation is looking to ancient practices and emerging trends to create community in ways that feel authentic and aligned with our values. And I believe, I see, at the heart of this movement – and our communities – is compassionate action guiding our values and visions for the future.”

How We Gather by Casper ter-Kuile and Angie Thurston

excerpt: “Millennials are less religiously affiliated than ever before. Churches are just one of many institutional casualties of the internet age in which young people are both more globally connected and more locally isolated than ever before. Against this bleak backdrop, a hopeful landscape is emerging. Millennials are flocking to a host of new organizations that deepen community in ways that are powerful, surprising, and perhaps even religious.”

Something More by Casper ter-Kuile and Angie Thurston

excerpt: “Something More offers ten case studies of innovative communities from across faith traditions. All use practices and language that align them with a religious heritage, even when they have no formal connection to a denominational body. Most importantly, all cultivate a connection to that which forms the ground of our being.”


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