In 2001, 19% of people aged under 24 identified as not religious. By 2016, the figure had increased to 35%. We're losing our religion – fast. What might we be losing along with it? And what's it like to be a young believer in an increasingly secular society?
For this conversation, we're bringing together three young people from different faiths to discuss the role religion plays in their lives. They'll discuss their earliest experiences of faith and describe how their beliefs guide their decisions, their habits and their daily lives. They'll talk, too, about the ways media and political figures engage with religion, from stereotypes to religious freedom laws.
Can religious institutions change the way they talk to young people? How does religious faith enrich the lives of young Australians? How is faith tested or altered during adolescence and young adulthood? And how does faith intersect with questions of race, gender and sexuality?
Nevo is a Jewish, queer, non-binary writer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/Birraranga/Melbourne. With a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex, culture and sexuality, they run workshops in schools and workplaces around trans issues. They are also the author of the award-winning book Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition, and a contributor to Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA stories.
Brooke Rutherford is a Christian who works in marketing in Melbourne. Growing up as the daughter to two Baptist pastors, faith plays an integral role in her life, giving Brooke a unique insight into Christianity as a both a family tradition and a worldview.
Amal Ibrahim is a writer, poet and educator based in Melbourne. Her work explores the way identities intimately intersect. She has read her work at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Digital Writers Festival and the Emerging Writers Festival, among others.
Fatima Measham is a writer, speaker and aspiring conservationist from a Filipino Catholic background. She was previously an editor and columnist at Eureka Street. Her work has also appeared in Meanjin, Right Now and the Big Issue.