Jennifer’s First Communion, 1978
Here is Jenny, a perfect Sunday subject for today’s Chronicles of Jennifer post. This was taken in 1978 at her First Communion in Potomac, Maryland. It’s been made available for sharing via the Blogger share function on Flickr.
I’ve published a lot photographs on this blog depicting the religious life of Gen Xers during childhood. Sunday School, VBS, First Communions and Bar Mitzvahs. And, I’ve followed dozens of campaigns designed to attract Generation X back to parish, temple and church, etc.
It was the parents of Gen Xers who first left religion. Some of them left God, and more of them left each other. Robert Wuthrow, a Princeton University professor once wrote that Generation X with its “pastiche of worship styles and spiritual practices was a generation desperately seeking to be loved.”
But, that love has not come easy for Generation X because community is so hard to build. And, without community it’s very difficult to have a sense of belonging. So, really community is what we’ve been desperate for, not love. Families once provided this, but divorce disintegrated families.
And honestly, if families fall apart and turn their backs on each other why we do expect religious communities to do any better?
Check out this study from the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life: “Nones” on the Rise: One-in-Five Adults Have No Religious Affiliation.
I wonder if Jenny is still Catholic. Did you ever attend a Jennifer’s First Communion?