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14 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Church changes needed to reach Generation X, speaker By TONY STALEY Catholic News Service DE PERE, Wis. ICNS) -- The church is going to have to think and act in a whole new way if it 4 hopes to meet the needs of Gen- L eration X, said an assistant pro- fessor of religious studies at St. Norbert College. It will be a difficult task because those in Generation X persons born between approx- imately 1965 and 1985 -- see Christianity "as just another home page," said the professor, Howard Ebert. This is because Christianity has become just another voice, rather than the formative voice in our society, Ebert told the monthly Claude Allouez Forum, which is co-sponsored by the Green Bay Diocese and the The- ological Institute at St. Norbert College. Ebert ticked off several sug- gestions for meeting the spiritu- al needs of Generation X: -- Listen to what its members are saying. It will require think- ing about the faith in a different way. It's not about marketing the faith, but about developing a new form of Christianity. Acknowledge and affirm the questioning and restlessness they feel. -- Return to the basics of the faith -- God, Jesus and the church -- rather than debating the ranks of angels. TEC #22 Teens, observers and team members for Teens Encounter Christ gather for a group picture during TEC weekend #22 in the Diocese of Evansville: from left, first rou; Elaine Spalding, Kandice Smith, Jake Lampert, Curt Klein, Gala Linette, Mary Engelland, Sarah Chappel; second row, Diane Fehrenbacher, Eugene Schmitt, Theresa Donis, Natalie Seger, Janelle Leinenbach, Adrienne Koral, Camille Matheis, Audrey Betz, Chad Blessinger, Mark Hoff- man; third row, Mark Messmer, Andy Froehle, Danielle Merder, Mindy Fuesler, Jason Eck erle, Alexa Chappel, Erin Grannon, Betsy Hopkins, Drew Sills, Andy Witmeier, Father Gor- don Mann; fourth row, Chris Wiekman, Patrease Woodside, John Spahn, Erin Goebel, Alissa Halter, Erin Schweiss, Kate Grampp, Michelle Goelzhauser, Katie Loehrlein, Sarah Endress; fifth row, Chad Lueken, Tracy Merkel, Sarah Debes, Ann Kempf, Stuard Gibbs, Brian Wathen, Mary Fromme, Carole Spacinsky, Diane Kempf, Terri Hildenbrand, Elaine Morris, Margaret Steckler; s/xth row, Brian Blackgrove; Jim Peregoy, Gary Schueler,Deborah Neufelder, Rick Etienne, Dan Schenk, Bob Oberst, Jack Thompson, Ralph Propes, Sharon Vogler, Dianne Klein, Sister ]Vlerry Marcotte, Father Dick Wildeman, Joe Dotterweich. TEC #22 was held at St. Mary Church, Ireland.  Peop.les lrust Company SOUTH MAIN STREET P.O. BOX 191 LINTON, INDIANA 47441 Wade Funeral Home ! 19 S. Vine Street, Haubstadt. IN 768-5210 Call about pre-necd counseling. Robert J. Wade Alan J. Wade i i --Avoid being dogmatic. This is a group that doesn't believe much can be said with complete certainty. -- Retrieve the diversity in the Christian tradition. Show that the faith makes a difference in the human expe- rience. Ebert also called for recover- ing the mystery of God. Instead of trying to use words to capture God, he said, realize that God is a mystery that cannot be defined. "God is not in the answers, but in the questioni6g," Ebert said, suggesting that God be seen as the enabling ground for the free- dom to ask these questions. Catholicism also needs to stress the relationship between God and the world, how God' is connected with us, with suffer- ing and with the environment, Ebert said, adding that Genera- tion X is comtPortable with seeing the world as God's body. Generation X is clamoring to get to know Jesus, particularly the human Jesus, the suffering Jesus, and it prefers the Gospel of Mark to tion X i of Jesus and wants operating in The of appeals to that of hierarchy ty. Generati ed in time, but in healing. They good music Nor should the t itself as family, since tion X that can broken, abusive tional families, he s church needs to be open ready with Ebert said. ii:i The 21 Washington, IN Business: 254-7794 00ertJi00e anb Ph: 482-1125 Please Support Tbt Message Advertisers "' .f ,THE EVANSVILLE CATI LIFE CONFERENCE CELEBR BLESSING OF GARDENSAN0 Continue Your Education at Saint Meinrad UPCOMING OFFERINGS" APRIL 14-18 (Retreat) The Gift of Story: An Exploration of the Effects of Stories in Ministry, by Rev. ml Mueller, OSB, and Rev. Louis Mulcahy, OXB APRIL 23--9;00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Prayer Walking: A Stroll with Your Soul, ty Linus Mundy MAY 79:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Crisis Intervention Workshop, by Raphael Smith, Ps):l) tl | . R(gLtration is requested one uI'ek in advdnce "t'register cff for a complete list of offerings, contact: Office of C(mtinuing" Education Saint Meinrad ,kh()l of "ltwology ,"it. Mvinrad, IN ,i75T7 " (HI2) 357-6rJg, (JO} 730-t)10 FAX (4412) 357-(1, c-mail: (t)m'dNp i net t School of Theology Ii I l. II t' $ -$ ._ .:-,.,;==.- 7 MONASTERY IMMACULATE., April 1'5,1997, 7.00 PLEASE BRING YOUR SEEDS A Sponsored by CONCEPTION and ST, FE