I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the phrase I’ve used for the title of this post: “We’ll Get What We Are.” It’s something that Christian Smith said in his book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, and it was repeated in the Faith Formation 2020 report from Lifelong Faith Associates. The basic concept behind the phrase is simple: when it comes to raising children as lifelong members of any faith tradition, you can tell how well you’re doing by seeing how seriously the adults with whom those children interact take their faith. And for most families, those adults are the parents.

So, how are we doing when it comes to raising lifelong Unitarian Universalists? The answer might be found by asking, “How seriously are the parents of our children taking their Unitarian Universalist faith?” I’ve got some ideas about how congregations can get both children and parents to take their faith more seriously, and I’ll be sharing them with you in the coming weeks.