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Seculosity: A Conversation with David Zahl

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A Conversation with David Zahl about his book—Seculosity—talking about enoughness, "religions-that-aren't-religions," & what to do about it.

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Holy Trinity warmly invites you to join us for a conversation with very special guest David Zahl about his new book, Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It.

Tickets are free and the event is open to everyone, but space is limited. Ticket includes a conversation with David Zahl about his book Seculosity and a small reception to follow. Books will be available for sale and a free-will offering will be taken for David.

The Diocese of New Jersey's Office of Congregational Development has generously underwritten this event. Holy Trinity thanks them for their support and for making this event possible.

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In Seculosity, Zahl explore the trend of people leaving organized religion, but “the marketplace in ‘replacement religion’ is booming.” He explores popular varieties of “religions-that-aren’t-called-religions” in his new book, Seculosity. Religious observance hasn’t faded way so much as migrated. “We’re seldom not in church,” Zahl says. The yearnings for hope, connection, and meaning that religion addresses don’t go away; instead everyday pursuits like work, exercise, and romance become the path to salvation. Zahl coined the term seculosity as “a catchall for religiosity that’s directed at earthly rather than heavenly objects.” Zahl defines religion as “that which we rely on not just for meaning but for ‘enoughness.’” The real religious crisis of the 21st century is that we are more religious than ever, about too many things. Performancism, the idea that we are defined by what we do with its constant scorekeeping and comparison with others, leads to anxiety and stress, not to contentment and peace. Food, romance, technology, and other objects of seculosity aren’t in themselves bad. They turn toxic when they are co-opted for self-justification, or become arbiters of salvation. Zahl takes a thoughtful and entertaining tour of American seculosity, unmasking the competing pieties around which so much of our lives revolve.

David Zahl is the founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries, editor-in-chief of the popular Mockingbird website, and co-host of "The Mockingcast." He and his family live in Charlottesville, VA, where he also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church. David is the author of A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock n Roll and co-author of Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints).

"At the heart of our current moment lies a universal yearning," writes David Zahl, "not to be happy or respected so much as enough—what religions call ‘righteous.‘ To fill the void left by religion, we look to all sorts of everyday activities—from eating and parenting to dating and voting—for the meaning once provided on Sunday morning. Seculosity takes a thoughtful yet entertaining tour of American ‘performancism.‘ Ultimately, Zahl brings us to a fresh appreciation for the grace of God in all its countercultural wonder.”

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