Sometimes, I just get hit with moments of clarity. I was writing an email to a person in the Diocese and a reader of this blog about the reconciliation process in the Diocese and my presentation, what that person thought of it, and so on. In any event, in trying to encapsulate into words that the current controversies in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion had very little to do with sexuality despite the fact that most folks think this is the case, I decided that the controversy really has to do with who Jesus is, the authority of scripture, and the Global South and Generation-X giving the liberal baby boomer mostly lilly white elitist Episcopal Church a good dose of “what for”.
Generation-X is a pretty fluid term. In the broadest definition, Generation-X encompasses folks born from 1960 to 1979.
Take a look at the Anglican blogosphere. Kendall Harmon, for example, was born in 1960. I was born in 1971. I don’t know when, exactly, Sarah Hey, Matt Kennedy, the Ould brothers, Binky, Mike the CaNNet ninja, the Confessing Reader, Baby Blue, and Greg Griffith were born, but I have hung out with them a good bit and we are all in the same generation, that being Generation-X.
On the “other” side of the Anglican blogosphere are hard core baby boomers like Mark Harris, Elizabeth Kaeton, Jan Nunley, and Jim Naughton.
Well, there is Sarah Dylan Breuer. Definitely a Gen-Xer. The conservative Anglican blogosphere’s favorite liberal, with whom many fruitful discussions are had on StandFirm and her blog by conservatives. The liberal lady who promotes biblical literacy and thinks pew bibles are a good idea in your average Episcopal Church. Why does Dylan even visit places like my blog and StandFirm to dialogue and why is she so well liked, respected, and understood? Well, she is chatting with her fellow Gen-Xers.
I say all this to say things I’ve said before. Generation-X really isn’t all that interested in re-inventing the Episcopal Church from a faith or liturgy perspective. Frankly, considering the wing-nutty times we grew up in along with some of the wing-nutty baby boomers with whom we’ve had to contend as parents, teachers, preachers and leaders (depending on who you are and where you have been), we’d like a little bit of stability, please, and we are really interested in walking in a more traditional way. Further, we really believe this stuff about Jesus being the way, the truth, the life, that He died for our sins, and so on. Otherwise, we’d not be in church, at all. We aren’t real impressed with the Spongian-Borgian church, can’t really tell the difference between that and the ever so popular Swedenborgian church, and aren’t really impressed with the desire to have a church that baby-boomer liberals can belong to while denying everything that their parents believed and put stock in. The church is way bigger than that.
Oh, and as I’ve mentioned before, Nashotah House has the youngest student body of any seminary in the Episcopal Church, which before had been viewed by the Episcopal Church as that strange little small high church seminary, as that body is made up of a bunch of Generation-Xers with small children and so they have this great children’s choir now, family student housing, and so on.
But, there is one new point to make.
While the real battle in Anglicanism in the USA is probably among various members of the silent generation and the boomers, as they are of the age to be power-brokers in this struggle, if you look at who is really trying to speak out and make a difference in this “new” media called the internet, it ain’t them, and the voice is conservative and orthodox, even on the liberal end, compared to where things are now.
I think not.
But, I could be wrong. Tell me what you think…