At the ordination of Jason Lydon on September 19th, 2010 the Rev. Ian White Maher delivered words addressing the perspective of what he referred to as “the exodus generation.” This is a phrase he cites as being shared by our colleague the Rev. Christana Willie McKnight.
There are some great points made in this address.
Here is a quote to help you make the decision to read it in full. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
We are insular and often irrelevant. Many members in our older generations are plagued with resentments of how they were raised and the younger generations, well, they leave largely because these resentments have impoverished our spiritual life. I am tired of the young generation leaving the movement, because we are not fed here. A colleague calls us the exodus generation wandering without a home. So many of us who came to see you ordained here today grew up with people, friends of ours, who are no longer churched because there is no place for them. There is no place for spiritual adventurism. I don’t think the older generations are trying to trick us into believing that the seven principles are actually theology with this Build Your Own Theology crap. I just think they don’t know any better. The seven principles are not theology. They are a substitute for theology. They are for people who want talk about theology rather than live it. It is not necessarily their fault, but we must get inside so we can change that.
It goes on to discuss the ministry of a Christian Church training you to be “Secret Agents for God” and our need to create space for our prophets and to create a ministry for “those in the exodus generation who need young ministers to demand the older generations deal with their damaged religious pasts so we can have a vibrant and accepting church.”