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Christian Courier bridges generation gap with new Heritage Project

Volunteers needed to join in unique storytelling initiative

CC graphic designer Kathryn de Ruijter used a lighthouse in the Heritage Project's logo as a symbol of guidance. “Those who come later don't need to discover the terrain again,” she says, “but rather can depend on the wisdom of those who have already been there.”

A thousand Canadians retired today. Another thousand will retire every day for the next 14 years, as the Boomer generation transitions to the golden years. Lyrics by young Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel strike a cultural chord:

My generation’s crying out for you,  
They’re just looking for someone to look up to

As I have written in these pages before, seniors need the idealism, passion and energy of youth; and youth need to realize that others have figured out all the hard stuff before. That connection can further the Kingdom of God.

In order to share the wisdom of our elders with a wider audience, Christian Courier is launching the Heritage Project. And we are looking for two groups of volunteers from across Canada to participate: young adults to conduct interviews and seniors to be interviewed. Ideally we will connect members of each group to each other based on geographical proximity. (You are also welcome to interview someone you already know.) Conversations can be held in person or by phone.

The next step
Young adults will receive a set of questions from our project coordinator to help guide discussion. This is a great opportunity for aspiring writers, journalism students, youth group members or grandchildren – a chance to glean the accumulated wisdom of a lifetime. Answers need to be typed and sent back to CC along with a photo of participants. We will collate the results and publish a series of articles in 2017 based on the findings. Please email Christy Janssens, project coordinator, at moc.liamg@snessnaj.ytsirhc if you are interested in participating. Specify your location and date of birth. Space may be limited so we cannot guarantee that everyone who volunteers will be contacted.

Our society tries to convince us that only new things matter, and everything old is irrelevant. But God is continually making all things new (II Cor. 4:16). A biblical vision of aging contradicts cultural norms, as Rob Bell says in The Village Elder. Age brings more free time, wisdom and sometimes resources, all of which are needed by younger generations.

Christian Courier currently reaches a diversity of readers of different ages in print and online. In that sense we are already bridging the gap between generations; now we’re taking it a step further. We are pleased to be partnering with the Christian Reformed Church’s Faith Formation ministries for this initiative. Help us foster stronger inter-generational connections through the Heritage Project!   

And my generation’s reaching for your hand.
Won’t you open up your heart and mind to them?


  • Angela became Editor of CC in 2009, having learned English grammar in Moscow, research skills in grad school and everything else on the fly. Her vision is for CC to give body to a Reformed perspective by exploring what it means to follow Jesus today. She hopes that the shared stories of God at work in the world inspire each reader to participate in the ongoing task of renewing his creation. Angela lives in Newcastle, Ontario with her husband, Allan, and three children.

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