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Aug 10, 2018

The Metaphysical Study of the Ages: The Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials

By Dr. Jim Turrell

Our teaching applies to everyone. All of creations power is in the One Spirit and available to all. So why do we create what looks like differences in our generations? I’ve been thinking about how our generations tend to define behavior, acceptance and rejection. How we get a long or don’t get along? How we create obstacles in our communication because different generations interpret the world they live in so dramatically dissimilar.  Therefore I have decided to give a series of talks about how we see or don’t see each other. This will include music from four different generations that will vividly demonstrate our differences, and how they affect our perception. And maybe, just maybe change a few minds that have walled themselves in to a point of view that has no access to the conversation that can blend our difference into a new way of life, acceptance, and creativity.

First Sunday will be, The Silent Generation. This generation was born between 1925 and 1945. The end of World War II. We know them for their loyalty, work ethic, respect, and traditions. Their world, shaped by a major economic depression between 1928 and 1930 and World War between 1940 and 1946, challenged everything they knew about survival and loss.

Second Sunday will be, The Baby Boomers. This generation was born between 1946 and 1963. This is my generation, which grew up during the 1950s with the Korean War, the atomic bomb, folk music, rock’n roll, beatniks, hippies, the Cuban Missile crisis and the beginning of Vietnam.

Third Sunday will be, Gen X. This generation was born between 1964 and 1981. They saw the end to the Vietnam war, the beginning of free love, Woodstock, the impeachment of a president, the oil crisis, and Disco. This generation had to absorb and work through the drama of drugs, education, racial violence and civil rights.

Fourth Sunday will be, The Millennials. This generation was born between 1980 and 2000. They lived through and grew in an environmental challenge, a digital revolution, and the trophy generation. We all are alive because this generation decided to look at the bigger picture of global economics and territorial disputes.

You might ask, “What’s this got to do with our teaching?” A very reasonable question with a simple answer. It’s our differences that make us unique and provides a much clearer picture of where we are connected and where we must grow. If you join us, I guarantee we will have fun, learn a lot, and maybe discover that are differences are more about our fears than our faith.

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