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Author(s): Sara Savage, Bob Mayo, Graham Cray, Sylvia Collins-Mayo
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.
The Revd Dr Bob Mayo is the vicar of St. Stephen's Church, Shepherd's Bush, is a Trustee of the Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey, and is the chaplain Queens Park Rangers. He was previously Director of the Cambridge Centre of Youth Ministry. His other publications include Gospel Exploded (SPCK, 1996), Ambiguous Evangelism (SPCK, 2004) and Divorce - A challenge to the Church (BRF, 2008). He also regularly contributes to the Church of England Newspaper.
Graham Cray was the Principal of Ridley Hall theological college in Cambridge before being appointed Bishop of Maidstone in 2001. Graham left this ministry in 2008 when he was appointed Archbishop's Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions. He chaired the working group which produced Mission-shaped Church and has contributed to several other books regarding the future of the Church including Mission-shaped Youth, The Future of the Parish System and Making Sense of Generation Y.
Sara Savage is a Senior Research Associate with the Psychology and Religion Research Group and the current Chair of the British Association of Christians in Psychology. She is the co-author of The Future of the Parish System and Making Sense of Generation Y.
Dr Sylvia Collins-Mayo is Principal Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University. She completed her PhD on young people's faith at the University of Surrey in 1997. Her post-doctoral research interests have continued to focus on the relationship young people have with religion with particular reference to the everyday faith of young people from Christian backgrounds.
'Making Sense of Generation Y is astonishing. Putting it bluntly it suggests that many of our assumptions about young people, their worldview, and quest for spirituality are wrong. This has implications for the future of mission, youth ministry, and the Church. A must read.' - Jonny Baker, Mission Advisor for Youth and Emerging Church, Church Mission Society
'This important book does us a great service in giving us an insight into the world view of Generation Y... and I commend it as a starting point for those wanting to proclaim Christ afresh in this generation.' - Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York