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Young, Woke and Christian

Words from a Missing Generation

Young, Woke and Christian

Words from a Missing Generation

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334061533
Number of Pages: 160
Published: 28/02/2022
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

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.

Acknowledgements vii Prologue ix Anthony Reddie Poem: When Black Goes Breathless xiii Samuel Nwokoro 1. Introduction: ‘Coming Out as Christian’ 1 Victoria Turner 2. Climate Crisis: Grief, Anger and Hope as I Look to the Future 17 Liz Marsh 3. Racial Inclusion: Guidelines to Being a More Racially Inclusive Church 27 Nosayaba Idehen 4. Queer, Christian and Tired: Why I’m No Longer Talking to Cishet Christians about Sexuality 39 Josh Mock 5. When Did I Start Calling my Body ‘it’? Purity Culture, Trauma and Learning to Embody Liberation 52 Molly Boot 6. Comfortable Feminism is Not Enough: Following Christ’s Call for Abundant Life 62 Kirsty Borthwick Poem: Smashed 74 Laura Cook 7. Trans and Christian? 78 Jack Woodruff 8. Waking Up to Ableism in Christian Communities 90 Chrissie Thwaites 9. Food Poverty: Bread of life? Or Bread for Life? 104 Anna Twomlow 10. The Relevance of Mental Health for the Faith of Young People 116 Annika Mathews 11. The Intentional Integration of Homeless and Formally Homeless Communities Radically Transforms the Life of our Church 129 Shermara J. J. Fletcher 12. Interfaith Engagement as Social Action: Going Beyond Sharing Samosas to Realizing a Common Humanity 142 Sophie Mitchell 13. Our Call to Real Peace 155 Annie Sharples Contributors 168

Victoria Turner

Victoria Anne Turner is Researcher, Tutor and Council for World Mission Scholar at the University of Edinburgh.

"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

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