1. rebmoti
    November 14, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

    Hm, I understand the point you’re trying to make but I’m not sure I agree with the analogy. Republicans are famous for vilifying those not like them, and also for their “closed-loop” thinking which makes them think they’re winning (and that climate change isn’t real, etc.) Whatever you can say about MLPs, they try to be inclusive (whether they are effective or not is a different story) and they are self-reflective, even to a fault.

  2. Rebekah Simon-Peter
    November 14, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    Agreed Reb Moti on the self-reflective nature of MLP leadership. Yet there still persists the belief that we can make it as we are, or we don’t need to change. While that comes from a different space than the GOP leadership’s trend toward vilification or closed loop thinking, it’s still problematic.

    In the church, misunderstanding how the generations differ in relation to church is an issue. Boomers “came back” to church when they had kids or other milestone markers in their lives. But Gen Xers and Millenials are much less inclined to do so. Especially if they were never introduced to the practice of church attendance to begin with.

    The other issue is fear of change which is prevalent in smaller churches and small communities. And of course the fear of “other.”

    Thanks for reading, and for your comment!