Colleen Carroll Campbell Describes "The New Faithful"
at Young Adult Event
Nov. 8, 2004, ST. LOUIS, MO. -- Growing numbers of America's young adults are
out a demanding, life-changing faith that includes mystery, a traditional
morality and service, reported keynoter
Campbell at a Nov. 8 Young Adult Event sponsored by the
National Council of Churches on the eve of the Nov. 9-11
NCC/Church World Service annual General Assembly.
She is author of "The New Faithful: Why Young Adults are Embracing Christian
Orthodoxy." Among characteristics of their faith:
Hunger to know and experience the richness of their own religious tradition
-- and to share their faith, resulting in not only Protestant evangelicals
but also evangelical Catholics and Orthodox Christians.
Rejection of a materialistic culture that does not seem to care about
protecting life. As a result, nearly all oppose abortion. Unless the
culture welcomes life at its earliest stages, they reason, it certainly
won't welcome and protect it later. Some reject artificial
contraception and are choosing to have large families.
A tough, "highest common denominator" ecumenism. "They bring everything they
are to the table, including the most controversial parts of their faith,"
Campbell said. "This is truth worth fighting for, not just holding
hands and getting along."
Service to the poor that grows out of the conversion experience. For
the most part college educated, some
join religious orders demanding absolute poverty, chastity and obedience;
others form their own small groups committed to service; others do pro bono
work or take jobs in rural or low-income communities.
Campbell, an award-winning journalist and author, served as a speech writer
for President George W. Bush in 2003 and returned recently to St.
Louis, where she works as a fellow for the Ethics and Public Policy Center,
a Washington, D.C.-based research institution.
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