The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation

Study Guide for Half-Day workshop

  1. Define the Baby Boom Generation and religious landscape into which they were born. Contrast with 80s and 90s data on Boomer church membership.
  2. View the videotape "Spiritual Seekers: Stories of the Lifetime Journey".
  3. Group Discussion: Identify some of the cultural influences and religious changes of the 1950s-1980s which have influenced the generation’s spirituality and its relationship with the institutional church. Handout quotes.
  4. Identify three themes often found in the spirituality of Baby Boomers: distrust of institutions, tendency toward mysticism, and a search for authenticity.
  5. Group Discussion: What is the impact of the Boomer generation’s spirituality on our culture’s conceptions of religion and spirituality, and perhaps on our understanding of the sacred?