Why Millenials are leaving the church

Loving this article from Rachel Held Evans, well well worth a read
“What millennials really want from the church is not a change in style but a change in substance.
We want an end to the culture wars. We want a truce between science and faith. We want to be known for what we stand for, not what we are against.
We want to ask questions that don’t have predetermined answers.
We want churches that emphasize an allegiance to the kingdom of God over an allegiance to a single political party or a single nation.
We want our LGBT friends to feel truly welcome in our faith communities.
We want to be challenged to live lives of holiness, not only when it comes to sex, but also when it comes to living simply, caring for the poor and oppressed, pursuing reconciliation, engaging in creation care and becoming peacemakers.
You can’t hand us a latte and then go about business as usual and expect us to stick around. We’re not leaving the church because we don’t find the cool factor there; we’re leaving the church because we don’t find Jesus there”

Retreat in September

Roots, Rhythm and Flow Retreat
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I am going on retreat in September in Ilam (pronounced ‘i lam’ but capital i looks like an L) at Dovedale house. Looks like a great chance to get some soul space in beautiful surroundings …. details below in case you would like to benefit from this too.
Roots rhythms and flow flyer.pdf
Roots Rhythms and Flow BOOKING FORM 2013.pdf

The Soul of Adolescence

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Have just ordered “The Soul of Adolescence” by Patricia Lyons having being sent this link, looks useful:
“I ask students to define the word “soul” because of all the terms associated with faith or spirituality, it is the one with which they are the most comfortable. It never fails to open a window into their deepest spiritual ideas and experiences. The word is so ubiquitous in our culture – used to describe anything from food and music to perfume and cars – that kids feel free to employ it themselves. Teenagers have an infinite number of definitions for this word, but these beautifully varied definitions point in most cases to something meaningful that enhances life, establishes human dignity, and transcends the physical world”

Location

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“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”
Adams