Geoffrey Nelson-Blake, the creator of the “On Mission and Chavez” series for Spectrum, co-wrote an op-ed published in the Washington Post. Titled “Why young people are setting time aside for faith,” Nelson-Blake, who is a Seventh-day Adventist pastor and community organizer, wrote the following with a Rabbi friend, Adam Greenwald.
For those of us who came of age in the past decade, two forces have us racing to keep up: First, we are immersed in a 24-hour cycle of news and information with a constant flow of tweets and text messages, cellphones clutched tightly in our hands like Linus’s blanket. And second, we’re starting our adult lives in a world without enough decent-paying jobs, where we might become the first generation in memory to have less opportunity than our parents.
So it’s no wonder that many people our age struggle with the depression, anxiety and disconnection that come with living at a breakneck pace. As a 28-year-old Conservative rabbi and a 30-year-old Seventh-day Adventist minister, we’ve found that many are coping, at least in part, by turning to a rather old-fashioned prescription — religion and, in particular, observance of the Sabbath.
Read the rest here. It will be published on Sunday in the paper version of the Post.