The stories on young people and the church are so valuable ("Youth or consequences,"
September). I’m grateful for Julie Sevig’s attention to young people as
our “torchbearers” and to Diana Dworin’s lifting up of important new
research and practices for companioning young people in faith. The main
article seems to suggest that the most compelling motive for welcoming
and nurturing young people is the survival of dwindling youth groups
and congregations. Isn’t the primary motive baptismal and doxological:
inviting young people into the fullness of dying and rising with Jesus
Christ? The article also seems to locate the primary energies for this
renewal of youth ministries in the new understandings and approaches of
adults. Aren’t the youth themselves sources of prophetic wisdom and
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