Lead the Way

January 8, 2010 @ 05:35 pm by Jacqui Lewis

I was sitting with my god daughter Morgan the other night. She loves to hang with me and my husband and when we all go out in the world, we pretend that this gorgeous café mocha colored child is ours. Morgan is one of those women who look like she could be from anywhere; she gets that from her mother. As stunning as she is to look at, and she is stunning, when I am with Morgan, I think to myself, “I am in the presence of brilliance”. She is so smart! In her last semester of law school, Morgan is smart about the world, smart about politics, smart about torts and other legal things, smart about life, and smart about herself. She is honest, funny, forceful, focused, she takes no prisoners as she speaks her mind. She is at that age when she seems both older than her 25 years and younger (when she seems to be permanently attached to her smart phone).

People this age move from working on who they are to finding strength at standing apart from the parental ethos and a more widely cast net of influencers and influences. She and her peers at 18-30 scoff at hypocrisy and want to see clear evidence that words and actions match. They believe they can change the world, and they can. One of Morgan’s BFF’s decided that she could start a business in Africa, pull some friends in, and not only make a living but make a difference; she did and they do.

This is the Yes We Can generation. They get technology and want their media served quickly how and when they want it. They thumb at the speed of sound– as they text, email and Tweet. They want connections and they want action and they know how to make it happen.

All of these people know a truth: people and institutions that talk the talk but don’t walk the walk are to be suspected. I believe they will wither and die on the vine. This is a newsflash for the church: if we don’t get relevant, if we don’t get with it, if we don’t get meaningful, if we don’t get relevant, we will die.

So we are doing a study of 18-29-year olds. Some of them go to church or synagogue or mosque. Some of them do yoga or chant. Others are recovering Baptists or Catholics. We want to know what they think, how they think about the world, about ethics, about doing the right thing. We want to know what gives them hope and what makes them want to make a difference. We think this generation will change the world and we better get on board or get out of the way.

If you are such a person, 18-29, who wants to get your voice heard in our study, January 29-30 at Middle Church (www.middlechurch.org) or you know such a person, reach out to Trish Sheffield at tsheffield@middlechurch.org. The conversations are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for 90 minutes each. We want to hear what you have to say. No compensation but lots of coffee will be provided.

Change the world, lead the way.

Comments

Ms. Lewis, a couple questions if you don't mind. What does it mean to be "smart at politics?" Also, what are "recovering Baptists or Catholics?" Sincerely, Donald Green

Donald Green on January 12, 2010

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