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January 4, 2002 Issue

SNC grads author book chapters


Two alumnae of St. Norbert College, De Pere, Arlene Helderman of International Falls, Minn., Class of 2001, and Jenny Johnson of De Pere, Class of 2000, are among 13 contributors to the book, God Within: Our Spiritual Future -- As Told by Today's New Adults.

Both women majored in Religious studies. Helderman is attending Harvard Divinity School and Johnson is working at Resurrection Center, a retreat center in Woodstock, Ill.

The book is part of a nationwide writing challenge to young adults born after 1974. It asked contributors to report on what their spiritual life is all about and how it might differ from their parents.

The chapter by Helderman is titled "A Spiritual Orphan." Helderman recounts her experiences in seeking a religion and ultimately converting to Catholicism.

"I became a naturally curious questioner," she wrote. "Some of my earliest memories are of trying to figure out faith because I felt such a spiritual sense within." (p. 51)

The chapter by Johnson is titled "Letting Our spirits Free." She tells of her career at Resurrection Center, working with high school students at retreats.

"My passion is to help these students realize, most importantly, that they are valuable in this life, and second of all, that their curiosity and questions about God should never cease," she wrote. "Only when we give up on the questions have we truly given up on our faith." (p. 110)

The publishing company, Skylight Paths, reports the chapters showcase the voices that are defining the future of religion, faith, and belief, as we know it. The book is edited by Jon M. Sweeney and the editors at Skylight Paths.

God Within: Our Spiritual Future -- As Told by Today's New Adults will be sold at the St. Norbert College Bookstore.


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