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Barna, young people and the church

Barna, young people and the church

A somewhat patronizing video from the folks at Barna, who nonetheless have good data, and a knack for spotting trends. What do you make of it?

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Kristin Fontaine

I think this is vague to the point of being completely not helpful.

I grew up in the church, but have been very sporadic in my attendance for over 20 years now. Part of that has been bad church experiences and part of that is my own life.

However I still see myself as not only a christian, but as an episcopalian. I give money to my local church as well as to national organizations and I try to live my life by my baptismal vows.

I do think the church will change, but it will happen organically as did the change from the early church into the cathedral builders of Europe.

It will be very interesting to see what form the church takes by the time my son is my age (assuming I'm still around to see it). I think the message of Christ speaks to enough people that it will persist, much like the works of Shakespeare.

However, congregations in their current form may cease to exist at some point in the future.

Share the good news and the stories of the faith with friends and family as best you can, but remember that all things on earth fall to dust eventually.

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Ann Fontaine

Always react badly to "we need to" or "they need" - do we -- do they? Started out great though. Patronizing - yes but true - probably.

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Rob Huttmeyer

where is the link? I get a page not found error.

[Editor's note: Sheesh. Thanks for pointing this out. Had neglected to fill in one particular box on the back end. Should work now.]

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