Young, Woke and Christian
Words from a Missing Generation
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Young people are often referred to as the church's 'missing generation'. But perhaps it is not them that are missing from God's mission, but the church itself. 'Young, Woke and Christian' brings together young church leaders and theologians who argue that the church needs to become increasingly awake to injustices in British society. It steers away from the capitalistic marketing ideas of how to attract young people into Christian fellowship and proclaims that the church's role in society is to serve society, give voice to the marginalised and stand up to damaging, dominating power structures.
Covering themes such as climate change, racial inclusivity, sexual purity, homelessness, food poverty, sexuality, trans identity, feminism, peace-making, interfaith relations, and disability justice, the collection is a cry for the reform of the church to not ally with 'woke' issues because they are popular with youth, but because they are gospel issues. With a powerful prologue from Anthony Reddie.
"The thing about prophetic voices is that they provide deep and profound challenge, upset the status quo and say things that are uncomfortable but that need to be heard. I found this book deeply challenging and learnt something new from each of the chapters. The Church cannot let young people be voices crying out in the wilderness, but draw them in and listen to what they have to say. What we find in this book is young people from diverse backgrounds crying out for justice, a justice rooted in the authentically radical nature of the kingdom of God. They are calling on the Church to do better. It's time we listened." -- Chine McDonald, writer, broadcaster and director of Theos think tank