As a Hen Gathers Her Chicks:
The Impact of Intergenerational Relationships
on the Faith Development of Young Adults
at Sunrise Valley United Presbyterian Church
Laura Elizabeth Strauss D.Min.
Young adults make up a fifth of the worshiping body of Sunrise Valley United Presbyterian Church (SVUP). With the percentage of Americans claiming no religious identity increasing from 15.0% in 2008 to 19.3% in 2012, there is a decline in ecclesiastical engagement amongst young adults, particularly Generation Z. SVUP’s ongoing increase in young adults amongst its membership sets the congregation apart. This project uncovers the role intergenerational Christian fellowship plays in young adults' ongoing faith development. This project uses the language of mothering in light of young adults functioning, in North American middle and upper class, as adolescents still seeking the maternal warmth provided by the church in furthering their Christian development.