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A Peek Inside– Preface
Churches in the U.S. are grappling with unprecedented change. Financial challenges, globalization, the digital revolution and church-dividing topics are taking a toll on the institution and membership. Americans are increasingly not affiliating themselves with any religion, including one third of adults under 30.
In light of all this, what is the future of the churches? In For Such a Time as This: Young Adults on the Future of the Church, Christian young adults offer an invigorating, new, and timely word on issues such as eco-justice, immigration, interfaith relations, peace and justice, and inclusivity of those on the margins.
Lohre and her contributors -- representing a broad spectrum of cultures, races, and Christian traditions -- offer a mutual exchange of ideas, experiences, and insights. More than a collection, however, this project is designed for intergenerational study and discussion. It offers a starting place for thinking about and moving towards the future together. Enter in and discover fresh wisdom, fresh thinking, and fresh ideas for the churches in the twenty-first century.
• A thought-provoking ecumenical collection that peers into the hearts, minds, and souls of the Millennial generation and their perceptions on the new role of the church• Balances diverse themes with male and female voices, denominations, and perspectives that encompass a global view• Invites readers to dialogue intergenerationally and collaboratively• Divided into two major themes, re-envisioning Christian identity and relationships and renewing hope for the church's witness today and into the future• End-of-chapter discussion questions for small-group and Bible studies
Kathryn Mary Lohre is Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations in the office of the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. From 2012-2013 she served as president of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, as the first Lutheran and the youngest woman. Previously she served as assistant director of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, a premier research project on religious diversity in the United States. Kathryn received her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 2003. In May 2011, the Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity to Kathryn, "in recognition of her contributions to women's interfaith issues and pluralism."
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