Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Gathering the NeXt Generation: Essays on the Formation and Ministry of GenX Priests

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Gathering the NeXt Generation: Essays on the Formation and Ministry of GenX Priests

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Gathering the NeXt Generation: Essays on the Formation and Ministry of GenX Priests. Edited by Nathan Humphrey. Harrisburg, Pa.: Morehouse Publishing, 2000. xxiv + 163 pp. $21.00 (paper). This essay collection is one of the initiatives that resulted from the 1998

Gathering the NeXt Generation, a conference for Episcopal priests under thirty-five. The themes of formation and ordination, formation and ministry, the changing faces of ordained ministry, and mission and ministry for the new millennium frame the discourse.

These essays brim with passionate callings. In the foreword, The Most Reverend Frank Griswold invites the reader to sense the diversity of character and strength of faith within the voices of these GenX priests. In "Youth's Authority: A Spiritual Revolution," Margaret Schwarzer identifies the Episcopal Church's failure to embrace the gifts of student communities and "their ability to create solid Christian communities in neutral or hostile territory" (p. 59). Schwarzer's essay commands the Church to take "their wisdom seriously and risk the discomfort and uncertainty of transition as we welcome them into our congregations" (p. 65). In "A Living Church Serving a Living Lord," Rock Schuler reflects on the critical components of visionary leadership for mission and ministry in the twenty-first century. Schuler challenges the Episcopal Church to address the critical topic of acculturation. In his illustrations, one clearly hears the command for purposeful risk-taking.

These writers dare to declare their distinctive churchview and way of calling. If they are truly eager to be in conversation with all, then much will be gained. In her essay on an Episcopal culture through an Xer lens, Beth Maynard addresses the discontinuities of the Episcopal Church that conspire to keep the GenXer out of the church. …

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