Generations are hard to pin down. For one thing, we must be careful about over-categorizing people and the individual human experience. We also must take care not to define a person or a group of people from a distance since that is so often what we use to water the seeds of racism, ageism, sexism or any other -“ism” that “others” a group of people different from ourselves.
The lines of delineation can feel kind of fuzzy on either end. Older members of each generation often identify more with the characteristics of the generation before and younger ones often feel and act like members of the one following. This is the case in every generation, and only serves to confuse things further.
Having said that, there are some things that happen in the course of history that can’t help but have profound and long-lasting effects on those that are still in their formative years (namely childhood through young adulthood) during those happenings. There are also some very good and helpful things that can come from defining and delineating generations, particularly when it comes with a heart for better understanding people for stronger relationships. In the church, this understanding is crucial as we seek these relationships with all of the members of our Christian family, no matter their ages, experiences and levels of wisdom.
This week at PVUMC, we continue our SHIFT worship series with a look at what is widely considered the most forgotten and misunderstood generation of our time: Generation X (those born roughly in the mid-1960s until the early 1980s.) Join us as Pastor Eve brings us a message from her generational tribe.
Rev. Eve Williams, Associate Pastor