Nostalgia. That warm and fuzzy feeling that keeps you connected to a specific time, community, or place. It’s a big part of how people stay connected to our Episcopal camps and conference centers. Is nostalgia ever an impediment to growth? (I can recall many a story from ECCC conferences of camp alumni “gone rogue” on a hiring or building decision.) What can be done to keep nostalgia’s power working to the good — and the future — of our organizations?
Here’s a reflection rooted in church/congregation experiences — do you take anything from this for our camps and conference centers?
Matt Miofsky says that a sentimental longing for the past often distorts a church’s perspective on change and keeps it from seeing new paths. While nostalgia is normal, we need to see it for what it is and not let it keep us from claiming a new future.