There is a very good post from Mark Harris, member of Executive Council of The Episcopal Church, on his blog PRELUDIUM, entitled, “Moving from corporate governance to incorporated governance.”
Is the change they perceive/believe taking place really the change that is actually happening? I disagree with Fr. Harris, I think. I posted a response on his blog, and it is below ——-
This is a good post, but I want to detail some thoughts that keep rolling through my mind as I read more and more stuff from the generation currently in power. I will say from the beginning that I could be absolultely wrong, so your responses are requested and welcomed. I’m sincere in this and don’t want to come across as accusatory or demeaning, even though I will probably sound like it.
To start, I read and hear again and again from Gen X/Y’ers that Baby Boomers keep insisting that they understand, but they absolutely do not – they don’t listen.
What I hear in this post is the insistence that there is a move afoot from an Episcopal form of governance to what might be closer to some form of egalitarian or “congregationalist” governance seated in the Executive Council. And that the justifications for such a change are being formed by the Baby Boomers in power as if coming out of what they perceive to be going on within the younger generations (notions of “Networked Societies,” being an example).
It also sounds to me too much like the Baby Boomer imperative of opposition to whatever currently is and the inclination to tear it down in order to rebuild it into their own image regardless of the consequences. I think this is a generational inclination that comes near to being an obsession.
I think that many Baby Boomers assume they understand the inclinations of later Gen X and Y’ers in their Postmodern thinking and being. It seems to me that this is often more about the taking of Gen X/Y, Postmodern sensibilities and trying to find a way to force them into hipper forms of justification for “Age of Aquarius,” Modernist sensibilities. Do Baby Boomers really understand? When I hear Gen X/Y’ers who are away from Baby Boomers, they say, “No!.”
I wonder whether for too many Baby Boomers, the idea of taking off the rose colored glasses warn by their generation to honestly understand Postmodernism or the younger generations’ sensibilities and way of dealing with the world and one another can occur. I don’t know.
This is an issue, I think, for Baby Boomers. Postmodernism is the way of thinking and understanding for later generations. Baby Boomers may well understand this objectively, but perhaps not subjectively. It is very difficult for anyone to jump out of their fundamental formational model of conceiving (enculturation). So, Baby Boomers make connections between aspects of Postmodernism and their “Age of Aquarius” notions too often wrongly. This may be more than simply the common differences experienced between generations.
Postmoderns are certainly living into “Networked Societies” and do not respond to authority in the same way as do Moderns, but Baby Boomers in their anti-establishmentarianism and rejection of the strong informing force of times past seem to insist that this means there is justification in the usurpation of power from established norms.
The problem is that Baby Boomers are now “the Man,” and later generations are rebelling in their own way against them and their way of thinking – which includes the strange sense of egalitarianism that results in the pulling down of anything they don’t like. How about younger generations actually preferring traditional language, liturgy, music, and architecture?
The war between the “Conservatives” and the “Progressives” in TEC, as an example, is really a battle between people of a generation. Most Postmoderns I know think it is a lot of ridiculous they way you all are acting that results in the tearing apart of TEC and traditional Anglican sensibilities. That’s just what I hear.
Executive Council may well take upon itself new powers and new authorities not specifically granted to it, but what is described here as a glorious happening is not really a Postmodern reaction, but a very generationally specific Modernist one.