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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Monday, July 28, 2003

Provoking most justly...

Jenni is indignant, and I don't blame her. Apparently, a few folks appearing at General Convention (including classmate Alex), recruited to give a presentation about the Young Adult Service Corps, have not been housed in a manner similar to other invited presenters. Instead, someone has decided for them that, since they are young (read, I assume, under 30), providing them space on mattresses on the floor is sufficient.

I realize that it's been a while since I qualified as a "Young Adult," but I can still remember quite clearly the frustration I felt at stunts like this-- being considered an adult when older folks wanted to offload undesirable tasks, and dismissed as some sort of post-teen kid otherwise.

I'm sure if he had been faced with the choice between his taking the substandard sleeping arrangements, or some arthritic Senior delegate having to do so, that "Anglo-boy" would have graciously acted the Southern Gentleman. However, that does not appear to be the case. Instead, some supposedly mature person has made the unwarranted assumption that "Young Adults" do not need to be offered the same consideration as the rest of the convention visitors.

You know, we need to do more than give lip service to the notion of recognizing and honoring the ministry of all the baptized. I find the idea of someone being typecast and set apart because of age no more acceptable than any other form of discrimination-- and absolutely unconscionable behavior for persons trying to live as disciples in the Body of Christ, together.


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