An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation

All are seeking a place to belong and share their faith. This is a great reflection on how the church is losing young adults–it is straight talk from someone with strong faith. Thank you for sharing this Sharon!


Rows of Sharon

candlelightA blog post from “I said I don’t know” that points to how the church is failing young adults . . .

I’m writing this because I’m worried about the safety of the Church. The Church keeps scratching its head, wondering why 70% of 23-30 year-olds who were brought up in church leave. I’m going to offer a pretty candid answer, and it’s going to make some people upset, but I care about the Church too much to be quiet. We’re scared of change. We always have been. When scientists proposed that the Earth could be moving through space, church bishops condemned the teaching, citing Psalm 104:5 to say that God “set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved.” But the scientific theory continued, and the Church still exists. I’m saying this: we cannot keep pitting the church against humanity, or progress. DON’T hear me saying that…

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2 thoughts on “An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation”

  1. good argument, though it could present the church’s side with more empathy. You won’t change any minds unless you show that you’re listening.


    1. Good point — most of my priesthood has involved listening (which is part of the job description!). There is a significant conversation right now about church in the 21st century. Change is always a hard word for ‘the church’.


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