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Multigenerational webinar (1)

  1. 1. The Workshop Will Begin in a Moment The Workshop Will Begin in a Moment
  2. 2. Midwest UU Leadership Faith Formation 2020 and the Multigenerational Community
  3. 3. Introductions
  4. 4. This Conference Is Being Recorded
  5. 5. Faith Formation 2020 and the Multigenerational Community Midwest UU Leadership Barb Friedland, Director of Religious Exploration, Thomas Jefferson Unitarian, Louisville, KY Nancy Combs-Morgan, Faith Development Director, Heartland District of the UUA
  6. 6. “ Who are We and Where Are We Going?” <ul><li>The first question to consider…is your congregation articulating a goal to be intentionally multigenerational …in worship, service, and religious education? </li></ul><ul><li>If so, what then informs your next steps and/or further steps in realizing this goal? </li></ul><ul><li>For valuable insights look at, “Faith Formation 2020” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Multigenerational Focus <ul><li>What could faith formation look like in 2020? </li></ul><ul><li>Specifically, how can congregations provide vibrant faith formation to address the spiritual and religious needs of all ages and generations over the next 10 years? </li></ul>
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  10. 10. Driving Forces <ul><li>Driving forces are the forces of change—social, economic, political, technological, educational, cultural, and religious—that are most likely to affect the future shape of faith formation. </li></ul><ul><li>The trends in this study indicate a need for congregations to incorporate a greater intentionality around multigenerational programming. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Will trends in U.S. culture lead people to become more receptive to organized religion, or will trends lead people to become more resistant to organized religion? </li></ul><ul><li>Will people’s hunger for and openness to spiritual life increase over the next decade or will people’s hunger for and openness to spiritual life decrease . </li></ul>Two Critical Uncertainties
  12. 12. 4 Scenarios for the Future
  13. 13. Multigenerational Strategies <ul><li>Targeting generations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iGeneration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Millennials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gen X </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Targeting young families </li></ul><ul><li>Empowering the community to share their faith </li></ul><ul><li>Online & digital faith formation </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Generationally-Specific </li></ul><ul><ul><li>iGeneration (2000 - ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Millennials (1980-1999) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generation X (1964-1979) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boomers (1946-1964) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Builders (up to 1945) </li></ul></ul>What does
  15. 15. <ul><li>digital natives: web, social networking, digital media </li></ul><ul><li>formed by media & visual learners </li></ul><ul><li>ability to use technology to create a vast array of content </li></ul><ul><li>openness to change </li></ul><ul><li>desire for immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>learning style: active, engaged, creative (project-centered), visual, practice & performance, digital </li></ul>What does
  16. 16. <ul><ul><ul><li>Expressive Communalism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emerging adults have embedded their lives in spiritual communities in which their desire and need for both expressive/experiential activities, whether through art, music, or service-oriented activities, and for a close-knit, physical community and communion with others are met. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><ul><ul><li>Expressive Communalism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>expressive/experiential faith activities (worship, learning, rituals, prayer) and physical community with others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a faith that makes cognitive sense to them and that is also an expressive, embodied spiritual experience </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Creating deeper community through small groups </li></ul><ul><li>Making a difference through service </li></ul><ul><li>Experiencing worship – reflecting their culture and revering and revealing God (visual, musical, artistic, experiential) </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring religious tradition with depth, questioning, and applying faith to life </li></ul><ul><li>Utilizing the technology to communicate the message and to connect people </li></ul><ul><li>Building cross-generational relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Forming the spiritual life – spiritual practices & disciplines </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Desire first for community and belonging, and second for personal fulfillment. </li></ul><ul><li>Truth, for Xers, is best conveyed through stories and myth , and is authenticated through the lived experience of themselves and others, rather than through the pronouncements—and propositional arguments—of external authorities. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Generation X is moving from written text to narrative and image as a basis for religious belief. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a move from the essentially individualistic spiritual quest that characterizes baby boomers to a religious/spiritual identity rooted in the larger community. </li></ul><ul><li>Greater individual authority in religious and moral decisions. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Religious identity chosen through experience and study. </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing a specific community, rather than committing to a larger denomination. </li></ul><ul><li>Being experientially engaged in a religious community, not “show up and watch” </li></ul><ul><li>interpersonal relationships with people who express and explore their religious identities in similar ways </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>Service : Boomers want to do something interesting and challenging . </li></ul><ul><li>Boomers want service opportunities that have a mission. They want do to do things that give their lives purpose, meaning, and fulfillment. They want to know their contributions truly matter </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Spiritual Growth : Later Adulthood is a season of significant life transitions and people are more responsive to religion. </li></ul><ul><li>A reason adults are open to faith and spiritual growth is their desire for meaningful relationships. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>small group faith formation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>host events that appeal to interests & needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>service opportunities </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Intergenerational Relationships : Developing intergenerational relationships is one of the best ways to break age-related stereotypes, to share faith across generations, and to help the church become more unified </li></ul><ul><ul><li>encourage generations to serve together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>form groups according to similar interests rather than age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ask adults to tell their stories, at events or programs, and capture them on video or in print </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Spiritual enrichment : “spirituality of aging” programs, spiritual disciplines and practices, retreats, rituals to acknowledge life transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Learning : book clubs, classes and courses, Bible study, small groups, trips </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition and wellness : exercise programs, nutrition classes, healthy meals with programs </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational: activities, coaching, mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Service : tutoring, service—local and global, church ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Community : social activities, trips, dinners, pilgrimages </li></ul>
  26. 26. Gil Rendle, Alban Institute <ul><li>As leaders trying to understand generational differences, it is more helpful to back away from all of the … differences…all of these generational cohorts do, in fact, have their own preferences and life lessons that make them different from one another… </li></ul><ul><li>But each of these generational cohorts shares a need for a personal faith lived in community (a congregation), and each of these generational cohorts lives, daily, in a multigenerational environment. “Generational Worship in a Multigenerational World” </li></ul>
  27. 27. Gil Rendle, Alban Institute, cont. <ul><li>In today's congregations such multigenerational voices that speak out of different value systems are commonly in competition, if not contention, making leaders particularly uncomfortable. It is difficult to have it both ways when facing competing preferences. </li></ul><ul><li>Despite the discomfort, such negotiating over worship is a sign of health in the congregation </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Lifelong faith formation that is generationally-specific , developed around the specific characteristics of the five generations in a faith community AND intentionally intergenerational across all generations in learning, service/mission, worship, community life </li></ul>What does
  29. 29. <ul><li>Intentionally Intergenerational </li></ul><ul><ul><li>intergenerational learning: large group and small group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intergenerational study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>intergenerational service projects and mission trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>infuse intergenerational relationships into existing age-group programming , e.g., mentoring </li></ul></ul>What does
  30. 30. <ul><li>Mobilize the Whole Faith Community through an Annual Church-Wide Project. Develop an annual church-wide justice and service project with local-global connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on a project , such as adopting a local or global action project organized by an organization, or focus an annual theme , such as poverty, care for creation, or peacemaking. </li></ul><ul><li>For each annual theme develop a comprehensive set of programs and resources (often available from organizations you partner with) for all age groups, families, and the whole community. </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Develop faith formation (learning, worship/ritual, faith practices) around lifecycle milestones, celebrations, and life transitions to deepen people’s faith, strengthen their engagement in church life, and equip them with practices for living their faith. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Multigenerational Strategies <ul><li>Move from solely having separate age groups using a curriculum to a Lifelong Learning Network approach </li></ul><ul><li>Provide 24 x 7 x 365 faith formation for all ages and generations—anytime & anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate multigenerational faith formation in physical settings—church, home, community—with virtual (online) faith formation opportunities —websites, and on-line learning programs </li></ul>
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  34. 34. Multigenerational Resources <ul><li>The Thematic Church, </li></ul><ul><li>Making Worship Part of Kid’s Lives, Don Skinner, </li></ul><ul><li>  Ten Good Ideas about Multigenerational Worship, Rev. Phil Lund, </li></ul><ul><li>Hardwired to Connect, </li></ul>
  35. 35. Multigenerational Resources <ul><li>“ Creating a Multigenerational Culture,” Michelle Richards, (Interconnections Tipsheet), </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle Richards, Come into the Circle: Worshiping with Children . </li></ul><ul><li>Maria Harris, “Fashion Me a People” </li></ul>
  36. 36. Multigenerational Resources <ul><li>Multigenerational resources at, </li></ul><ul><li>The Multigenerational Congregation:Meeting the Leadership Challenge , Gilbert Rendle, </li></ul><ul><li>Multigenerational:A Family Under One Sky, Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces, NM (website)   </li></ul>
  37. 37. Q & A
  38. 38. Thank You