Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry

Spring 2014 | Seeking the Light: A New Generation

“Why don’t more young people go to church?” You can Google and get answers, lists of them, in a matter of nanoseconds. The answers and reasons are many and familiar, sometimes contradictory.

Preparing this Spring issue of Reflections has made me more hopeful of the possibilities. In these last several months, talking over coffee or witnessing their worship experiments, I’ve met admirable individuals – young ministers, theologians, musicians – involved in a serious search about the meaning of God and discipleship, a hunger to embody belief with practical action, an impatience to leave behind many of the debates of old. 

Young people are defining their own debates. They’re waking up to a new world every day, one they didn’t necessarily ask for, but they’re entering it with good will and verve. They’re alert to new moves of the Spirit.  - From the Editor: Firewall

I am both hopeful and saddened as I reflect on young people and their connections to Christian traditions and communities. Many young people still consider religion an important part of their...

The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black ’72 M.A.R. is General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, a denomination of 1.1 million members in the U.S. in more than 5,100 congregations. The...

When I interviewed in 2012 for the deanship of Yale Divinity School, Linda Lorimer, Secretary of the Yale Corporation at the time, asked me what most excited me about the possibility and what most...