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Two Questions: Mary Hawes

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Mary HawesNational Children and Youth AdviserChurch of England     In each edition of GenOn Connect, we ask someone the same two questions about intergenerational ministry: “What keeps you up at night?” and “What gets you up in the morning?” What keeps you up at night? I keep wondering, “When will churches get it?” Throughout my many years of ministry, children and young people have been seen as "the future of the church," but the church of today seems unwilling to embrace them or recognise the gifts they bring. And it closes its ears to the prophetic challenges they present. God welcomes...

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Youth Gatherings Become Intergenerational with LIFT

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Rev. Sara Krhla Church of Christ, Congregational, UCC Goshen, Connecticut The Church of Christ Congregational in Goshen has been holding intergenerational activities for many years.   After attending the InterGenerate Conference in Tennessee in May of 2019, I realized that, although we were offering intergenerational activities and providing experiences that were accessible to all ages, most of it was not intentional.  Sunday LIFT helped me bring some intentionality to our experiences together and made a lot of the planning less intense.  LIFT encouraged a change in format to our Confirmation Class gatherings. One of the biggest questions I left the...

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Becoming Intentionally Intergenerational

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Rev. Dr. Christian D. Boyd Pastor, Southminster PC (USA), Waukesha, Wisconsin Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Milwaukee PC (USA)         Southminster Presbyterian Church (USA) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, four years ago discerned its core values and practices as a part of its 50-year anniversary and the kickoff of strategic planning. One of the core values articulated was around Christian formation for all ages and participation in God’s mission. In short, Southminster is called to be intergenerational. The ramifications of this are rethinking how we do Christian education and Sunday school, especially in light of the multiple time commitments of...

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Step by Step

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Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries     Nearly five years ago, I hiked a portion of The Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) in Northern Spain. It was the most difficult prolonged thing I’ve ever done (except maybe parenting), but so worth it. I had limited knowledge of the weather, limited luggage space, and limited room for day-packing with no access to the rest of my stuff until dinnertime. It was a discipline in deciding on the basics—sturdy, comfortable shoes and socks, layers of clothing, rain gear, water, cash. The basics included more than what I packed. The basics were...

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Buen Camino

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My "wires crossed" new Scottish friend said to me that many people don't start the Camino for religious reasons but most end up that way. I think she's right. A few religious truths I learned or re-learned...

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