Concert Across Generations

Kara Powell

Irene Cho, one of the great members of our FYI staff team, saw this 60-second video and thought immediately of Sticky Faith.  I can sure see why.

The video is based on what is purported to be a “true story” that I have heard many times before.  To the somewhat dismay of a crowd gathered to hear an accomplished piano player, a young child starts climbs onto the stage and starts playing a simple tune on a piano.  The professional pianist approaches the child, and instead of removing him or lecturing him, accompanies him.  The two together create a beautiful melody.

Neither I nor FYI are endorsing the Foundation for a Better Life (which is hosting this video), nor are we confident about the veracity of this beautiful piano duet (there’s some debate about whether it’s an Urban myth or not).  But the video aligns with many of our Sticky Faith themes:

  • Parents are vital in raising kids, but they cannot do it alone.  They need the help of others.
  • When adults and children interact in intergenerational relationships, both can experience and/or create something far greater and better than they would have separately.  What it might lose in sophistication it gains in poignancy.
  • Those who observe such intergenerational relationships are also encouraged.

As you talk with parents or leaders about the Sticky Faith invitation to build greater intergenerational connections, perhaps this video can be a healthy conversation starter or illustration of cross-generational connections.  


Published Mar 26, 2012
Kara Powell

Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a youth ministry veteran of over 20 years, she serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties. Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women You Should Know", Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Sticky Faith, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.

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