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Keynote – Adam Bucko

October 21, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am


The first characteristic of this new spirituality is that it is deeply ecumenical, interspiritual and post-traditional. In an article in Los Angeles Times, Philip Clayton, a dean of faculty at Claremont School of Theology, talked about the fastest-growing religious group in the United States, sometimes called “the nones”, “nonaffiliated,” or “spiritual but not religious”.  As he pointed out, 75 percent of Americans between the ages of eighteen and twenty-nine now consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.”  Young people are not necessarily rejecting God, they just simply feel that “religious organizations are too concerned with money and power, too focused on rules and too involved in politics.  It is for this reason that Philip Clayton feels that the rise of “spiritual but not religious” is not a sign of spiritual decline but rather “a new kind of spiritual awakening.”  

A second point is that this new spirituality is contemplative and experience based.  It starts from life rather than concepts. Nonetheless, concepts are celebrated as tools to connect the dots and deepen the experience.  So this new spirituality is lived in a constant dialog between experience and concepts, where one informs the other, thus leading to subtler and subtler understandings. 

A third point in this new spirituality is that practice goes beyond traditional contemplative exercises.  People still practice meditation and contemplative prayer, but this new spirituality understands that the journey needs to include good psychology and shadow work, as well as integration of the body through things like yoga, sacred sexuality, and deep human relationships.  This includes conscious romantic relationships as a path into life and into spirituality.  Basically this new spirituality expands the focus of transformation from just one dimension of our being – the soul – to all aspects of our being. 

Point number four – this new spirituality says that spirituality that does not include action is no spirituality at all.  But it’s not just about any action – it’s about action that comes from one’s deepest calling.  This spirituality does not accept the reality of living a divided life, such as complete withdrawal or a separate career divided from one’s soul and its deepest aspirations.  Those dualities of the past no longer apply here.  For young people today, the sense of vocation and the sense of calling become the very doorways into spirit.  So this new spirituality also realizes that the new world can be created only if people incarnate their unique gifts and callings in the world and employ them in the service of compassion and justice. 

From ‘Occupy Spirituality’ (co-authored by Adam Bucko and Matthew Fox)


Adam Bucko  http://www.adambucko.com/

Adam Bucko is an activist, spiritual director to many of New York City’s homeless youth, and co-author of "Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation" (North Atlantic Books 2013) and "The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living"(Orbis Books 2015).

He grew up in Poland during the totalitarian regime and spent his early years exploring the anarchist youth movement as a force for social and political change. At the age of 17, Adam immigrated to America where his desire to find his path towards a meaningful life led him to monasteries in the US and India. His life-defining experience took place in India, where on his way to a Himalayan hermitage, he met a homeless child who lived on the streets of Delhi. This brief encounter led him to the “Ashram of the Poor” where he began his work with homeless youth. After returning to the US, he worked on the streets of various American cities with young people struggling against homelessness and prostitution. He eventually co-founded The Reciprocity Foundation, an award winning nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City's homeless youth.

In addition to his work with homeless youth, Adam established HAB, an ecumenical and inter-spiritual “new monastic” fellowship for young people which offers formation in radical spirituality and sacred activism.

He collaborates with spiritual leaders across religious traditions and mentors young people, helping them discover a spiritual life in the 21st century and how to live deeply from the heart in service of compassion and justice.

Adam is a recipient of several awards and his work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, New York Daily News, National Catholic Reporter, Ode Magazine, Yoga International Magazine and Sojourner Magazine.



October 21, 2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
1950 Trumbull Ave
Detroit, MI 48216 United States
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