Generation Gap: a lack of communication between one generation and another, especially between young people and their parents, brought about by differences of tastes, values, outlook, etc. – Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition Unabridged
Episcopal Generations is a project of the Formation and Vocation Ministries Team at the Episcopal Church Center. As followers of Christ we recognize the potential for transformation when Lifelong Christian Formation and Vocational Discernment are intentional practices in a faith community. Ever faithful to our call to leadership as members of the Body of Christ, the Episcopal Generations Project strives to:
- help the church engage a healthier pattern of inclusion and integration rather than segregation along lines of chronological age.
- identify rigid generation gaps that can result in disenfranchising rising generations and prevent older generations from sharing their gifts as mentors and leaders.
- bridge the gap to help congregations recognize the opportunities for transformation in transitioning to multigenerational, integrated, creative leadership in non-threatening ways.
We take the following statements as foundational to our work:
As adopted by General Convention: “We affirm that life-long Christian formation is foundational to the success of any church, and in the case for our own, is an integral part of the process by which we will rebuild The Episcopal Church. Our congregations will grow in numbers and health when they are supported by leaders – of all orders of ministry – who know their identity in Christ and are able to access their tradition for the purposes of proclaiming and living our the Gospel.” (from the explanation to resolution A082 2009)
As adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council. “The Five Marks stress the doing of mission. Faithful action is the measure of our response to Christ (cf. Matt. 25:31-46; James 2:14-26). However, the challenge facing us is not just to do mission but to be a people of mission. That is, we are learning to allow every dimension of church life to be shaped and directed by our identity as a sign, foretaste and instrument of God’s reign in Christ. Our understanding of mission needs to make that clear.” – Anglicans In Mission (MISSIO report 1999)