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quote of the day

From author Lauren Winner's blog:

"Yesterday, I was in Kentucky, speaking at an amazing Episcopal Youth Conference. One of the Scripture passages for the day was this, from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “1Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

God bless the lectionary. This reading made my task a bit easier, for there is plenty to say to teenagers about no longer being infants, and about being supported by, and supporting, all the other ligaments in the body. I was also able to get up on one of my favorite soapboxes—the too-frequent ghettoization of teens in parish life.

Sometimes our churches don’t do a very good job of recognizing that high schoolers are no longer infants. We often say that teens can acolyte, and participate in youth group, and…that’s it. I find this limited vision of teens-in-church very frustrating. After all, the teens in my church are confirmed Episcopalians. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be lay chalice bearers, why they shouldn’t serve on the altar guild or on church committees. Sometimes we grownups in the church fall into the mistaken idea that teenagers in church just need to be entertained. But that’s a mistake.

For high schoolers who learn that church is not a place where you come to serve, but rather a place where you go to be entertained grow up into adults who learn that church is not a place where you come to serve, but rather a place where you go to be entertained."
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