Yesterday we blogged about Rachel Held Evan’s contention that church growth techniques designed to reach Millennials–contemporary worship, attempts to make church relevant, efforts to make Christianity seem cool–do not, in fact, work. Her suggestion instead: “Keep worship weird.” That is, recover the sacraments. “The sacraments,” she says, “are what make the church relevant.” [Read more…]
I really enjoy my Kindle. But when it comes to reading scholarly works, I need to flip back and forth, mark pages, study illustrations, and generally read more carefully. I kind of need hard-copy printed books to do that.
Now it turns out that the Millennial generation, computer-literate and screen-oriented as they are, are the same way, maybe more so! Their preference for reading old-fashioned books is overwhelming.
See why, with details about the mental difference between reading on paper and reading on a screen after the jump. [Read more…]
Rev. Erik Parker, who blogs at The Millennial Pastor, has written a thoughtful piece on why he and others of this millennial generation prizes liturgical worship. He does not attack contemporary worship, and he writes in an irenic tone, summarizing the various attempts the church has made over the years to attract “the younger generation” and citing his own experience in and out of the church. He then explains how and why “Liturgy can engage the young people.” [Read more…]
Contrary to the conventional wisdom that paints the Millennial generation as being the new base of Democratic party liberalism, studies show that their political beliefs are much more complicated than that. As Kirsten Power points out, Millennials are more likely to support gay marriage than other demographic groups, but they are less likely to support abortion.
Their main political characteristics are independence, changeability, pragmatism, and disdain for static ideologies. That means Democrats can’t take them for granted and Republicans have a shot at their votes. [Read more…]