Thursday, August 02, 2018

Xer, generation X, Religion, spirituality

Flory, R., & Miller, D. (Eds.). (2000). GenX Religion. New York: Routledge.

During their formative years (adolescence and early adulthood), Xers experiences rootlessness (highly mobile family, high divorce rate among parents), diminishing economic and career opportunities, digital technology, multiculturalism, (Flory & Miller, 2000)
Generation X is seeking love rather than salvation; spiritual seeking is rooted in community, rather than personal quest (boomers); prefer race/ethnic/gender inclusive religion (Flory & Miller, 2000). Xers religion emphasizes the sensual and experiential, combining the sacred and the profane, incorporate text, image, music, dance, and the body as venues for the expression of religious beliefs; Xers religion is entrepreneurial in finding cultural and institutional space to create new religious expressions based on their existing lifestyle interests. Xers religion emphasizes personal identity, religious experience, spiritual seeking; but Xers roots the quest for religious identity in community (rather than boomer’s personal spiritual request); race, ethnic, gender diversity and inclusiveness is an explicit goal of Xer religion. Experiential religion (experiential and participatory dimension over the more passive, rationalistic, or propositional form of previous generations); create individual identity in the religious community (boomer purely personal religious quest, Roof, 1993, 1999), identity in religious community; race-, ethnic-, gender-inclusive religion; Flory and Miller contend that Generation X religion emphasizes sensual and expressive aspects of religious beliefs more so than other generations; Gen X religion is creative in their attempts to locate opportunities to exercise their lifestyle interests.; feelings, young people need each other, subtle and individual spirituality toward nature, community, voluntary acts of service, mysticism; not attend traditional mainline churches, medium that communicates messages change radically; seeking meaning and purpose; avoid inauthentic attempts to mediate the sacred, loneliness in their childhood, seek love and relationships, visual self-expression; postmodernism, reject unified or universal reality, absolute truth; quality of communal practice and experience of the faith; religious pluralism; no dogma/no doctrine; religion is a feeling sometimes expressed as a relationship; religious dabblers; not being saved, but being loved; warmth and feeling of community; quality of community, genuinely care for one another; need for group cohesion and belonging; music, art as medium, worship is multisensory; breaking down traditional dichotomies between the sacred and profane, seek encounters with mystical, transcendent realities;  (Flory & Miller, 2000)
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