“Live a Life that Matters!” series:

“It’s Time to Be Uncool. To Be Radical. To Be Different.”


Dear Grace Church family,

In a time, when a group in our church family is beginning conversation as to what the future possibilities of Grace Church are, I came across this May 13, 2015 blog which was thought provoking. Below are portions of the blog entitled “Dear Church: An open letter from one of those millennials you can’t figure out,” by millennial Jonathan Aigner.

[Full article: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2015/05/13/dear-church-an-open-letter-from-one-of-those-millennials-you-cant-figure-out/]

Excerpts from blog:

Be inclusiveTear down silos. Save us from ourselves. We don’t need more youth group lock-ins, more Sunday School options for each age group, more senior adult outings on beekeeping and genealogy. We need more of each other. We need to look into the faces of old and young, rich and poor, of different colors, races, and ethnic backgrounds, so we can learn to see Jesus in faces that don’t look like us. So we can remember that the kingdom is bigger than our safe, suburban bubble. That’s right, we need community, not bound together by age or economic status or skin color, but wrought with the hammering of nails on a wooden cross. Our internet connectivity is just fine. The rest of our lives is a different story. We are hopelessly disconnected. Church, you can be a powerful remedy if you stop posing as a Fortune 500 company scheming to sell a product.

Welcome the toughest, deepest, grittiest, most desperate, most shocking questions. We have lots of questions. More and more, what we see in the world doesn’t jive with what we grew up hearing from the pulpit. You have done more damage by requiring politeness, by refusing to engage, by brusquely rebuking honesty and vulnerability. You’re better than that, church. At least you should be. You should be a safe place for struggling, grappling, doubting. Allow us to be real with each other, to avoid the temptation to gloss over the crap going on around us with easy, tidy, Jesusy clichés‘. You’ve always taught us how the world is black and white, just like The Andy Griffith Show and I Love Lucy. But, and excuse us for noticing, the world is mostly gray, gray like Ricky Ricardo’s dinner jacket and Barney Fife’s nightstick. Let’s embrace that grayness together. So no more three points and a take home. No more self-help. No more marriage and parenting advice. No more anger management pointers. We don’t need you to be our therapist, we need you to be our church. We need you to grapple with us, to push back. We need you to show us how to be the hands and feet of Christ, to struggle with us in making it more on earth as it is in heaven. It’s not too late, church, but your tactics aren’t working. It’s time for a new strategy. It’s time to be uncool. To be radical. To be different.

Over the next few weeks:

Engage others in the church and in your network of friends who are not involved in a church as to how we can help people, who are hopelessly disconnected, connect or reconnect.

Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit each day – and before and after these conversations.

Share with me what you discover through your conversations.

Together we are open to the work of the Holy Spirit as we consider a future for Grace Church!



Anne Pruett-Barnett




Reverend Anne Pruett-Barnett, Senior Pastor  
Dr. Neil Harmon, Director of Music   
Diane Olin White, Interim, Director of Community Building & Programming Ministries 
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