There's so much wrong about the hand-wringing and lip-smacking towards adults who declare no religious identity, and it needs to stop. (I was prompted to write this after seeing Dan Harper's latest blog post, but not to suggest that I find these bad habits in him.)
- If I was in a group of a group of people dubbed "Nones" (even as shorthand) I would read that as demeaning and minimizing.
- And while adults who declare no religious identity are assumed to be young, it seems more like a Boomer value, church-going habits notwithstanding.
- Really: do y'all listen to the lyrics of John Lennon's "Imagine" when you sing them? (They fill me with a kind of unspeakable dread.)
- And since when has it been commonplace for young adults to flock to churches?
- While people around my age (44) who've lived a while, and known growth and loss -- people who might want a church life -- barely get a missological peep.
- But it's not like Unitarian Universalism is really like a real religion or anything? So we deserve the so-called Nones? That's the implication, and what hurts the most.
So stop it if you're doing this. We're all better than that.