Since the 1960s, Catholicism in Canada has sought to adjust to shifting socio-political realities. This has given rise to different movements and approaches in the Church intended to stifle the loss of its members and reassert its prominence in the socio-political landscape. One such movement is a weekend conference called Journey to the Father where 500 Catholic youth congregate in rural Ontario to discuss, experience, and (re)discover their faith. Journey is designed to allow for an e motional religious experience in the hopes of converting “cultural” Catholics into socio-religiously active Catholic neophytes. This presentation underscores how Journey acts as an “alternative” public site for the inculcation of an evangelical Catholic identity in Canadian youth in order to challenge the liberal values of a modern and diverse Canadian society. This chapter emphasizes how the young Catholics who attended Journey to the Father negotiate (i.e., appropriate or negate) evangelical Catholic values and experiences when forming their social, political, and religious identities in order to understand their socio-political position in a diverse Canadian society. This presentation also seeks to understand how youth actively negotiate the convergence of evangelical worldview with their engagement in a pluralistic social landscape. It seeks to see how young people are striking their own path through this discursive wilderness of religious identity.
Edited by Paul L. Gareau, Spencer Culham Bullivant and Peter Beyer
Youth, Religion, and Identity in a Globalizing Context: International Perspectives investigates the ways that young people navigate the intersections of religion and identity. As part of the Youth in a Globalizing World series, this book provides a broad discussion on the various social, cultural, and political forces affecting youth and their identities from an international comparative perspective. Contributors to this volume situate the experiences of young people in Canada, the United States, Germany, and Australia within a globalized context. This volume explores the different experiences of youth, the impact of community and processes of recognition, and the reality of ambivalence as agency.