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Open letter to the church

Open letter to the church

In An Open Letter to the Church from my Generation, a college student, Dannika Nash, pleads with the church:

I’m writing this because I’m worried about the safety of the Church. The Church keeps scratching its head, wondering why 70% of 23-30 year-olds who were brought up in church leave. I’m going to offer a pretty candid answer, and it’s going to make some people upset, but I care about the Church too much to be quiet.

….I’m saying this: we cannot keep pitting the church against humanity, or progress. DON’T hear me saying that we can’t fight culture on anything. Lots of things in culture are absolutely contradictory to love and equality, and we should be battling those things. The way culture treats women, or pornography? Get AT that, church. I’ll be right there with you. But my generation, the generation that can smell bullshit, especially holy bullshit, from a mile away, will not stick around to see the church fight gay marriage against our better judgment. It’s my generation who is overwhelmingly supporting marriage equality, and Church, as a young person and as a theologian, it is not in your best interest to give them that ultimatum.

Read it all here.

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John B. Chilton

What does she mean by The Church? A church? Which denomination?

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Rob Huttmeyer

When will the day come when everything in the world, church, country (choose your grouping) wil not be blamed on GLBT folks. These letters are kind of getting old.

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billydinpvd

I'm very suspicious of anyone who claims to speak/write for a whole generation, or attempts to appropriate widely distributed characteristics (like the ability to smell bullshit) for a particular group of people.

Of course, everyone in my age cohort agrees with me about this...

Bill Dilworth

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Ann Fontaine

Another take on this letter here.

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