I met Rev. Jud Hendrix at the Young Adult Ministries Team meeting last month in Portland, OR (where we’re planning Come to the Feast May 24-29). He is a Presbyterian, who dabbled with Universalism while at seminary in the South. He is co-directing the Spirituality Project, a year long study of the spirituality and practices of young adults age 18-40. He also has an awesome last name, what young adult wouldn’t be down with talking to a Reverend Hendrix complete with coffee cup? While funded and staffed by Presbyterians (who are based in Louisville, KY where Jud serves as co-organizing pastor of Covenant Community Church, a new start in PCUSA with a foundation similar to our UU Small Group Ministry vision), Jud told me personally that they’re expecting a wide range of theological and religious backgrounds in their study. He was excited about the idea of UU Young Adults participating. You can start by taking a 15 minute survey.
How will we research such a topic as spirituality? Recognizing that
there are so many ways to look at this topic, we have identified just
five lenses through which we will be analyzing information:
Spirituality & Practices, Spirituality & Ecclesiology,
Spirituality & Theological Worldview, Spirituality &
Experience, and Spirituality & Sociological Context.
I’m excited by this project and plan to encourage the participation of UUs. This work seems to be bubbling up recently, with the Spirituality in Higher Education Study by UCLA recently published in 2005. The 8 page Executive Summary is a great, fast read. Here is to good research!