Text: Luke 4:14-21
If you could start a new religion that would change the world for the better, what would it look like? That is the challenge question being asked by the 92nd Street Y in partnership with radio podcast and website On Being. And if you can come up with a compelling proposal, you could win $5,000. And $5,000 would really help our budget right now.
If that $5,000 cash prize got your attention let me share a bit more information with you. The 92nd Street Y (92Y) is a multifaceted cultural institution and community center located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, at the corner of East 92nd Street and Lexington Avenue. Its full name is 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association. It is not part of the YMCA. Founded in 1874 as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association by German-Jewish professional and businessmen, 92nd Street Y has grown into an organization guided by Jewish principles but serving people of all races and faiths. The diverse programs offered through the 92nd Street Y serves more than 300,000 people annually in New York City.
Asha Curran, Director of the Center for Innovation and Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y says that the whole point of this latest challenge of creating a new religion seeks to “empower people to think about solutions and explore how religion can act as a powerful force for good.” The “Challenge for a New Religion” she writes “invites people to imagine a religion or philosophy that cuts across boundaries, strengthens our sense of community and acts as a force of good.” Those who wish to participate in the challenge can design a new philosophy to live our lives, a framework for a new belief system—or a reimagining of an existing one.
This past Tuesday, I presented this challenge to the Pullen young adults. As you can imagine [Read more…]