29 July 2011

Brooklyn churches look to tradition, community building to attract young adults

Brooklyn churches look to tradition, community building to attract young adults, by Elizabeth Paulsen (Episcopal News Service, July 25, 2011)

Excerpts:
The ongoing struggle to get young people in the pews at churches across Brooklyn is motivating some clergy in the Diocese of Long Island to develop new ministries that challenge the popular way of how churches reach out to 20-somethings. Predominate tactics -- a rock band, projector screens and altars stripped of traditional decors -- have failed to resonate with 20-somethings. Instead, it's the traditional aspects of the Episcopal faith and its liturgy that young people are now drawn to, clergy say.

The Rev. Robert Griffith, who has been working with St. Paul's Church in Carroll Gardens, has created an initiative called Imago Dei, or Image of God, that is working to understand the Millennial Generation -- those born after 1980 -- and its views of faith in hopes of devising new ways to bringing them closer to Jesus Christ. "It's not that they aren't interested. What they are looking for is the traditional -- silence, reflection, candles," Griffith said.
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