Hear Us Out: Six Questions on Belonging and Belief

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About the Author

Rev. Dr. Sue Pizor Yoder is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has served in congregational ministry for forty years. Her coauthors, all of whom hail from the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, are Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bates, Rev. Brandon M. Heavner, Rev. Dr. Joanne P. Marchetto, Dr. Jill Peters, Dr. Stephen Simmons, Janet Stahl, and James Stahl. Together they have formed Co.lab.inq, a collective learning laboratory focused on open-ended inquiry.

Stephen Simmons is a cook with extensive work experience of more than 20 years in USA restaurants. He uses both traditional ways of making dishes and advanced and creative techniques and he likes to share his experience with others to inspire them to cook delicious dishes at home like a professional chef. Especially rice recipes. Because his wife has Chinese roots, and rice meals are favorite in their family! For this purpose he publishes books in which he selects only the best and easy recipes accessible to any novice cook. Henry lives in Dallas with his wife and two sons.

Hear Us Out is listening that honors the dignity and worth of the speakers and their stories. The researchers reflect with curiosity and wonder on the potential of relationship and on how to keep the story alive together--the Sacred Story of hope and love, kept alive for generations through reimagination and the kind of generous connection between stories that we experience in this book. Yoder and her team help us to hear, invite us to connect. They challenge their readers to imagine relationships that nurture stories sacred and personal, lived individually and communally, for the well-being of us all. Not for the survival of the church, but for the well-being of us all--which is the story of life. --Sarah Agnew, storyteller and author of Embodied Performance: Mutuality, Embrace, and the Letter to Rome

In a time when so much is changing, leaders are searching for insights to help them navigate the future with confidence. In Hear Us Out, we hear from those most affected by the change and most invested in the outcomes: youth and young adults. This book is a much-needed resource to add to the library of those invested in architecting a future faith that matters. --Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, general minister and president, United Church of Christ

So many churches are "shrinkling"--shrinking in size and wrinkling with age. They say they want young people to return to the church . . . but do they, really? If there's one book I could recommend for churches to take seriously when they consider ways to welcome emerging generations into their midst, it would be Hear Us Out. It combines quality research with deep reflection and wide affection. Your congregation needs this book, and so do you! --Brian D. McLaren, author of Faith After Doubt and Do I Stay Christian?

If we want to know more about what is happening, or not happening, in our churches, we would do well to listen to those who no longer find church meaningful. This is why you need to read Hear Us Out. Sue Pizor Yoder and her colleagues in Co.lab.inq introduce us to the worlds, priorities, anxieties, wounds, and questions of Millennials and Gen Z. Their research and the stories that they have gathered reflect a startling picture of the church. But they also paint a beautiful picture of what the church could be: a place where belonging is at the center of our communities and a meaningful life is possible for everyone. --David M. Mellott, president, Christian Theological Seminary, and author of Finding Your Way in Seminary: What to Expect, How to Thrive

The critical theological question of our age is how we choose to belong to one another. In this age of deep global transformation, our sense of connection defines the boundaries of our courage to change for the better in the face of global warming and geopolitical unrest. In Hear Us Out, Suzie Pizor Yoder and her colleagues deepen our understanding of what is at stake in this moment of human transformation. It's a compelling call to action to share our stories, co-create a more just world, and take seriously the call to Love we hold at the center of the Christian life. --Rev. Cameron Trimble, author of Searching for the Sacred, 60 Days of Faith for Women, and Piloting Church