Thinking Out Loud

July 17, 2012

Why Youth Are Leaving The Episcopal (Anglican) Church

Filed under: Church — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:50 am

Logical non sequitur department: Rachel Held Evans posted this on the weekend and credits it to Julie Clawson:

“I’m finding amusing all the articles blaming the Episcopal Church’s demise and lack of younger congregants on its being “liberal.” Because accepting women and gays as (mostly) equals is obviously far more unacceptable to today’s youth than antiquated language, liturgy, robes, stained glass, and droning organ music…”

Exactly. The “liberal” issue is very real, but let’s not overlay that on a demographic issue where it doesn’t apply.

1 Comment »

  1. It’s interesting to note that many of the younger generation are actually being attracted back to the liturgy of more orthodoxed denominations. I have several friends myself, who, having come out of a non-denominational, contemporary church environment, are being drawn more into deeply orthodox denominations. However, the core values of a church or denomination are probably what tends to repell or attracted most believers, I would think, more than the outward trappings. Things like a church’s stance on homosexuality, for example. The outward stuff may draw someone in initially, but the deeper theology is what keeps them, or doesn’t. That’s just my take on it.

    Comment by J. Randall Stewart — July 18, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

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