The task of Christian institutions of higher education is to help young people “consume rightly” by cultivating a Eucharistic way of life.
More and more I’m convinced the current cultural paradigm leaves us too thin. The practical and objective approach to reality doesn't attend to the complexity and mystery of the created world; it doesn't attend to the complexity and mystery of our humanity.
In the 2000 presidential election I voted for Ralph Nader, a decision that brought ridicule from all sides. I had grown weary of the inability to think outside the box.
The best thing we can do to prepare to read and hear the biblical story is to exercise our imagination.
Increasingly, for young people, no longer is God confined to a particular location—a church, a liturgy, even the sacraments or scripture; they no longer believe the pastorate or the priesthood is a higher more spiritual calling. Instead, God is found in the experiences of this world—a postmodern spirituality in which the sacred is intricately woven into creaturely life.
More thoughts on the Pew Research Center's findings on the decline of youth in the church: "We need to remember that the life and existence of the church doesn’t depend on us. The church is not something we have to anxiously preserve; the church is created and sustained by God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Our task is to BE the church, to live as the new humanity in and for the world."