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Parents understandably worry about social media use by their kids. Adults across the board worry about the Generation Z, the first generation to grow up online. Here's the truth: they're logging off. Social media use among younger people is on the decline.  A recent survey of Gen Z (born after 1995) reports that half have quit or are considering quitting social media altogether.

Why?

“You start doing things that are dishonest,” says Amanuel, who quit social media aged 16. “Like Instagram: I was presenting this dishonest version of myself, on a platform where most people were presenting dishonest versions of themselves.”

I have noticed this trends with my own kids and their peers.

"A little child shall lead them..."

Gen Z is exquisitely attuned to authenticity. They quickly and easily identify insincerity. What does this mean for adults? It means our ability to lead and pass wisdom to the next generation requires an intentional effort towards authenticity.

Do you have an authenticity plan? Have you identified concrete ways you can become your most authentic self, your truest self? Do you have relationships or practices which cultivate your authenticity or reward you for not evolving?

The path to authenticity is the path to wisdom.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” 
― Socrates

If Socrates is right, we should be asking lots of questions. We should be expert interviewers. Our best wisdom will be transmitted not through talking, but asking good questions and listening.

Here's a start: Ask someone, "At this stage of my life, what questions do you think I should be asking?"

On the path with you,

Sean

 

 
Parents: There will be no Parents of Kids lunch this month in light of Blue Ribbon Sunday 9/16.

three highlights

9/11 Concert with James Montgomery

Saturday, September 08, 2018 FBC will host James Montgomery and Friends for the annual tribute to Paige Hackel and all those who we lost on 9/11.  

A blues harmonica player, Montgomery has toured with Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band calls him "the John Mayall of New England". It will be another great night to introduce your friends to our corner.

FBC has a limited number of comp tickets. Email Kate@fbcnewton.org for more info.

Learn about James Montgomery here.



 

Sun 9/16 Blue Ribbon & Backpacks

On Sunday, September 16, we will launch into another school year with Blue Ribbon BBQ and the Blessing of Backpacks. Children of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks and receive a blessing for the new year from Senior Minister Sean Witty. A collection will be taken to benefit school-aged children on school lunch programs who need help with meals on weekends. It will be a special day to be out on the lawn.

Sun Sept 23 Open (& Affirming) Mic Night!

A special kind of open mic: an Open (and Affirming) Mic night.

A space for people across age range and ability to come and celebrate a gift they have or want to explore. Although there may be some of that, you don't need to be an "expert" or be on Broadway to come up to the mic. Sing a song, play an instrument, tell a story, perform an act, speak about your art. Anything you are passionate about.

We will affirm and celebrate all ages and abilities. 10 people. 4-5 minutes each.

Read more here: http://www.fbcnewton.org/blog/open-and-affirming-mic-nights

Interested in signing up or displaying your art? Email john[at]fbcnewton.org
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