Gathering The Next Generations: A project for Episcopalian clergy in the United States, born between 1961 and 1981. There’s a book of the same name edited by Nathan Humphrey – a collection of essays well worth reading. For an online review check out the Alban Institute Congregations Journal review by Bonnie Perry
The first section deals with issues surrounding the process for selecting and training the church’s clergy as they relate to Generation X. The second section looks at curacy as mentoring, campus ministries and bivocational ministry. The third section looks at four groups whose presence in the ordained ministry has grown significantly in GenX: Xers, African Americans, Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transexual persons, and women. The fourth section addresses issues directly related to parish ministry by members of Generation X.
Gathering the Next Generation, available from Amazon
By the way, I’ve just started another blog – Duncan’s Ad Land – focusing on TV adverts online – www.tvadverts.blogspot.com
(Note – in 2006 Duncan’s TV Ad Land moved to www.duncans.tv. In August 2008 the site became The Inspiration Room Daily.)
Friday – another day in Paradise with temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius. We’re looking at heading into the Queensland outback this weekend – just a short two day trip inland to St George and Cunnamulla. Ennis wants to experience driving for hours without seeing anyone – the ultimate introvert pasttime. She’s got some books on CD to play on the way, out of the local library.
Another find in the generations angle yesterday – material by Henk A. Becker of Utrecht University. Becker’s a sociologist looking at the impact of generational change, particularly in the area of digital technology. He’s published some of his material in the Club de Budapest in France.
Talked to our daughter Merrin (14) in Japan last night. She’s having a great time over there with her school group. She’s off to Hiroshima this weekend – has been busy making paper cranes. Lachlan (16) has had some friends over to stay – they’re busy making software and using others. Caitlin (8) is on her 3rd read through Lord of The Rings, and has breaks by playing Age of Empires II and visiting her friends. I had an SMS conversation with my younger brother yesterday in NZ – over theories on holes in the ozone layer.
Thursday – working from home today – sharpening up a proposal for a D.Min dissertation on generational culture, theological reflection and ministry formation.
Last night searching online I found Generations, Culture and Society, a decent study on generational theory from a sociological perspective – written by June Edmunds & Bryan S. Turner, sociologists at Cambridge University, UK. What looks so good about this material is that it provides a reflection on Karl Mannheim’s theory of ‘generational cohort’ that is not based in the USA, and looks at applications to gender, race and ethnicity.
Check it out at
Postscript. See my January 2006 review of the book.