I think I must be one of those people Adam Hamilton of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection describes as clinging to the extreme center of certain faith issues. All I know is that sometimes it feels awfully lonely here in the middle.
Lately, I have been intrigued by conversations taking place in Methodist circles about “Rethinking Church” and asking “6 Questions”. Since I most often write about older adults and faith, my ears perk up when the words “old” and “young” are used. It’s true I have a tender heart toward senior adults, especially those who are struggling to find purpose in a culture that honors youth, not age. But as the mother of three amazing young adult children, I am also in awe of young adults… their energy and enthusiasm for ministry… and their willingness to think in fresh ways.
I guess what I want is for old and young to really hear and respect each other. Really. Sometimes I wonder if we get old people mixed up with old ideas.
So that’s my thought for today… here in the center. I’m just wondering.