How We Gather
is Millennial-led spiritual startup collaboration between Harvard Divinity School and the Fetzer Institute.
What began in 2015 as a student-led exploration of how Millennials are finding and building communities of meaning and belonging has morphed into a ground-breaking study of organizations that are effectively unbundling and remixing the functions historically performed by traditional religious institutions.
The early power of the project was in mapping the landscape of innovation that is rising to do this old work in new ways, identifying trends and offering frameworks describing the dynamic practices and purposes that cohere widely diverse efforts.
The team - Angie Thurston, Casper ter Kuile and Sue Phillips - have hosted gatherings of innovative community leaders from organizations as diverse as CrossFit, Afro Flow Yoga, dinner churches, public meditation groups, makerspaces and many others. Across the variety of creative efforts, they all spark some mix of personal and social transformation, community building, creativity, accountability, and purpose finding.