Do youth or adults in the church need more experience of diversity?
Heard a speech here at Annual Conference about a bishop who, thinking it important to open “Christians to diverse expressions of our faith,” began an annual trip to the Taize community.
I am all for helping youth experience a variety of Christian expression. I am, perhaps desperately, opposed to only our youth having these experiences.
In fact, I am fairly sure that encouraging youth to experience places like Taize then bringing them back home to congregations that act as though Eisenhower were still president, and hope their congregations never change anything more than carpet is one of the main reasons we lose so many youth as soon as they are out of the homes of their parents.
As Christians generally, and as United Methodists particularly, we need to take seriously that there are many and diverse expressions and experiences within our faith, and these are valid and beneficial to Christians of ALL ages, not just, not even mostly, our youth.