I read about the “Gen X?Y” gathering of United Methodists and I wonder, “could I possibly be too old for the edge of United Methodism?”
I approached a group of guys (yes, actually, in this case they were all males) at Annual Conference a couple of years ago. I had meet each of them and built relationships through working senior high camp together at Glen Lake. One of them said to me, “Hey, let’s see what an old guy thinks.”
(They were having one of those conversations that happens regularly at sessions of Annual Conference. Broadly, the topic was, “How can we make this a better Conference?”)
I was stunned. Me, an old guy? Yeah, well, I realized I had at least a decade on any of them. And yeah, I know I’ve been ordained since they were in junior high, but I hadn’t realized there might be such a perceived gap from their side.
After all, they are the one I enjoy talking with. Their souls are young and vibrant, and, most importantly, resistant to maintaining the status quo for no better reason than “we’ve always done it this way.”
Depending on who defines it, I am either a Boomer or an Xer. Born in 1963, I am a cusper. On a very few things I tend to identify with the Baby Boomers. On most things, I am an Xer.
So, what do you think? Where do I fit in the current discussions? Where do you?