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Young Faithful


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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 Zisin

Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a storyteller, esteemed educator on transgender topics, TEDx speaker, poet, workshop facilitator in schools and workplaces, and award-winning author of Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition and The Pronoun Lowdown a useful guidebook on all things related to pronouns. ... Read more

Brooke Rutherford

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. Church has helped create a foundation for ... Read more

Amal Ibrahim

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

Fatima Measham is a writer and speaker living west of the Werribee River on Wadawurrung country. Her recent work focuses on nature, conservation, and the tensions inherent in our claims of love for animals. She is also a conservation volunteer. She was formerly a consulting editor, columnist and pod... Read more


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