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Insta Clergy and Dolly Parton!

Sarah Butler

21st October 2022

This fascinating New York Times article discusses how many millennials have turned their backs on religious tradition because it isn’t sufficiently diverse or inclusive.

We are told that many people today have found alternative scripture online, through personalities such as Glennon Doyle (the American writer and activist).

According to this article ‘Our new belief system is a blend of left-wing political orthodoxy, intersectional feminism, self-optimization, therapy, wellness, astrology and Dolly Parton.’

How does this notion of social media influencers as clergy fit with postmodern ideas of picking and mixing our spiritual paths? Arguably there is more flexibility in online followings, at a time where ‘it’s nearly impossible to share communion in person’, and to take part we don’t even have to put down our phones!

How does this potential definition of modern day religion sit with you? Does it stretch the definition too far, or would feminism and Dolly Parton be key aspects of the holistic milieu in a virtual Kendal Project?

Read the full article here.

Sarah Butler

Sarah is an experienced Head of Social Sciences, EPQ Coordinator and Sociology examiner.

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