The most important insight we have gained from our five years of learning and experimenting at the intersections of church, neighborhood, and young adults is an affirmation of a hunch we had at the beginning of the project. Young adults are not interested in being a target market. They (we) would rather the church be deeply engaged in its context around issues that are threatening our neighbors’ well-being.
We have discovered many young adults are actively seeking to live out a public faith and have vision, insight, passion, and wisdom that the church needs to hear. We are endeavoring on a book project that seeks to amplify these voices through a gathering to distill key themes and then select Young Adult authors, and scholar co-authors will write chapters about each theme, culminating in a book!
Author Selection Process
The Riverside Innovation Hub is reviewing applications for young adult authors (age 23 – 35) to co-write a chapter of a book. In early November, a community of fifty young adults gathered at Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN to identify our deepest held concerns, hopes, and dreams for God’s church at The Threshold Envisioning event. From those conversations, we distilled key themes that Young Adults want the church to know as it moves from the present moment, into the future. Each of those themes will be a chapter of the book. A list of the themes that emerged can be found in this summary document.
The selected young adult authors will work with an established scholar or thought leader with expertise related to their assigned theme. Together, over the course of three drafts and two writing retreats, they will co-author a chapter on their theme. Those who are selected to co-author the book will receive a stipend. The deadline to apply to be an author was December 12, 2022.
The review team will be reading and selecting authors into the New Year, those that applied can expect to hear back from the RIH team in early Jan.
The Threshold: Book Envisioning Event
In early November, a diverse community of fifty young adults gathered Augsburg University in Minneapolis, MN. Together, through small group, large group conversation, and individual reflection we shared our deepest held concerns, hopes, and dreams for God’s church. From those conversations, we distilled [#] of key themes that Young Adults want the church to know as it moves from the present moment, into the future. Each of those themes will be a chapter of a book. The event was co-facilitated by Rozella Haydée White and Jeremy Myers, PhD. Our time together followed the structure of an Ignatius Awareness Examen.
- First Writing Retreat: March 17-20, 2023
- First Draft Writing Period: March 19, 2023 to May 30, 2023.
- Feedback on First Draft: May 30, 2023 – July 2, 2023.
- Second Draft Writing Period: July 5, 2023 – September 22, 2023
- Feedback on Second Draft: September 23, 2023 – November 10, 2023.
- Second Writing Retreat: November 10 – 13, 2023
- Final Draft Writing Period: November 12, 2023 – January 15, 2024
- Editing: Winter 2024
The Augsburg staff will work to edit, promote, and publish the book through a reputable publisher, stay tuned to learn more!
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