Mainline religion — of which Unitarian Universalism is a reluctant part — has been struggling with how to attract or retain young adults. lots of experiments. This week our local congregation said good-bye to a few and hello to a few others. Small numbers, probably about thirty at the outside, and of active participants closer to fifteen.
Two of them mentioned the central role, in their hearts, of the Christmas Eve traditions of their growing-up years.
So I’m just saying…
Why is there no central and portable anthology of the brilliant and open-minded Christmas Eves our clergy have put together over the decades?
Why do we assume that what attracts young adults is novelty, the unexpected — which it often is — without remembering that in the ever-more-violent fluctuations of their emerging years, they also yearn for anchors?