For Generation Y, born after 1982, Margaret Thatcher is a piece of social history, relationships happen over the internet and music marks their territory. How does this generation think about the world? What does their spirituality look like? And what implications does this have for the Church?
Based on original research, Making Sense of Generation Y explores how young people aged 15-25 draw on popular culture to shape their worldview and spirituality. The results of this research suggest that many of the Church's previous assumptions about this generation have been wrong.
How can the Church begin to reconnect with this generation? Making Sense of Generation Y grapples with this challenging question and suggests ways forward.
This title is essential reading for clergy, youth workers and all those wishing to engage with young people.
Dr Sara Savage is Senior Research Associate with the Psychology and Christianity Project, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge and lecturer in the Cambridge Theological Foundation. Dr Sylvia Collins-Mayo teaches at Kingston University and completed her PhD on young people's faith at the University of Surrey in 1997. She has extensively researched the relationship between young people and religion. Revd Dr Bob Mayo was previously Director of the Centre for Youth Ministry at Ridley Hall, before becoming vicar of St Stephen's and St Thomas in Shepherd's Bush, London. The Rt Revd Graham Cray is Bishop of Maidstone and was chair of the working party that produced Mission-shaped Church (CHP, 2004).