Up with Grups?

He owns eleven pairs of sneakers, hasn't worn anything but jeans in a year, and won't shut up about the latest Death Cab for Cutie CD. But he is no kid. He is among the ascendant breed of grown-up who has redefined adulthood as we once knew it and killed off the generation gap. Also known as yupster (yuppie + hipster), yindie (yuppie + indie), and alterna-yuppie. Our preferred term, grup, is taken from an episode of Star Trek (keep reading) in which Captain Kirk et al. land on a planet of children who rule the world, with no adults in sight. The kids call Kirk and the crew "grups," which they eventually figure out is a contraction of "grown-ups." - From New York Magazine, April 3, 2006 This article prompted an interesting discussion amongst the Catalyst team... and while it is written from a purely "secular" view (warning: this article is rated PG 13 for language and music recommendations), it clearly impacts how the church engages our culture. More and more men and women are showing up to church who look, talk, act, and dress like people who are 22 years old. It's not about a fad but about a phenomenon that looks to be permanent. That's if they show up at all. The author himself identifies with the shift in culture, saying "If being a Grup means being 35, and having a job, and using a messenger bag instead of a briefcase, and staying out too late too often, and owning more pairs of sneakers (eleven) than suits (one), and downloading a hot song from iTunes because it was on a playlist titled "Saturday Errands," and generally being uneasy and slightly confused about just what it means to be an adult in these modern times, in short, if it means living your life in fundamentally the same way that you did when you were, say, 22, then, let's face it, I'm a Grup." How does the Church address the needs of this new generation of grown-ups whose mantra is independence and individuality?