Segregated in a Whole New Way
Ageist worship also deprives older parishioners of the opportunity to improve their patience when dealing with rambunctious young families. The older folks at my congregation fret when the toddlers stand on the kneelers at our Communion rail or make too much noise. Including all age groups in congregational life teaches everyone to live together in love and forbearance.
The desire to reach young adults—or any other targeted demographic group—is noble, but we pander to them when we segregate worship. We should avoid such overreactions and trust the gospel as the creator and preserver of faith for all people of all ages.
The fact is that aging, dying, and death itself are realities of life. Jesus Christ has conquered death and the grave for us. This is what we hear at funerals at my church, and this Good News is, as my friend said, cool indeed.
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Previous columns by Mollie Ziegler Hemingway include:
Sin: The Rest of the Story | What the snark-infested news media just don't seem to understand. (October 26, 2009)
White Flag in the Mommy Wars | The theology that many parents are missing. (September 28, 2009)
'Honor Thy Father' for Grownups | Or, how not to be a deadbeat son or daughter. (July 1, 2009)
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- Flunking Pew's Pop Quiz
- The Parent of All Virtues
- Faith Unbound
- Same Sex, Different Marriage