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The Religious Lives of Older LaywomenThe Last Active Anglican Generation$
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Abby Day

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739586.001.0001

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The Last Active Generation

The Last Active Generation

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The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen

Abby Day

Oxford University Press

This chapter brings together the book’s findings to conclude that Generation A may be the last active generation in the Church of England. This will affect the sustainability of the church through the loss of ‘belonging’. Generation A organizes and leads from the pews to create belonging through seven stages from strangeness to internalization. Current and future generations may lack that expertise. The role Generation A has had in socializing the baby-boomers and less religious future generations is often overlooked. Values of interdependence, commitment, respect, and authenticity combined to create visible, perhaps unforeseen, consequences. Impact on the wider community will be felt as gendered care becomes less practised. While church growth projects emphasize attracting young people, the impact of their presence in conducting the invisible labour of Generation A is likely to be minimal. In the meantime, the baby-boomers and Generation Xers are missing, leaving a gap.

Keywords:   socialization, labour, future generations, baby-boomers, sustainability of the church

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