Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, author of “Tribal Church,” “Reframing Hope,” co-host of God Complex Radio and blogger for Christian Century and the Huffington Post is leading the annual Theologian-in-Residence lecture series at Tusculum College.
Technology is quickly evolving, causing significant changes in culture that affect churches as they seek to engage younger generations, according to Merritt.
Merritt said that, although church members from other generations don’t have to embrace the technology and methods of communication used by those in their 30s and younger, it is important to have an understanding of how those technologies and cultural changes affect how the younger generations live.
“Many churches were formed in a certain time period, and now we must realize that this is a time when the family structure looks different, work structure looks different and our society looks different,” Rev. Merritt said, “It is difficult and oftentimes it can cause intergenerational tension.”
Three things that often get in the way when churches try to minister in a new time and a new way, she said, “are the differences between customs and traditions, the “invisible rule book” and desecration of the sacred.
Merritt will continue her discourse on Feb. 19 with a session about the importance of stories to younger adults.
The series will conclude Feb. 26 with a look at how churches can faithfully respond to changes in culture.
The sessions begin at 10 a.m. in the Chalmers Conference Center in the Niswonger Commons on the Tusculum College campus.
There is no charge to attend the lecture series, but reservations are required because lunch is provided in the college’s cafeteria.