Mission Center: The Episcopal Church: Community

Intergenerational Activities

"God's Eye" by Pat Redding Scanlon, 2009  


Spotlight Interviews

Spotlight Interviews are designed to help members of your congregation get to know each other better – specifically parishioners with an age difference of 50 years or more. If you are 68 or over/18 or under, please download two of the Spotlight Interview forms below. Keep one for yourself, and give one to a member of your congregation you'd like to get to know better who is at least 50 years older or younger. After you take turns interviewing each other, ask someone to take a picture of the two of you together. Or if you'd like, you might choose to videotape the interviews.

You might also consider organizing a group of older adults in your congregation to do some of these interviews with a Sunday school class or youth group. You could share the results with the congregation as a whole.

If you'd like to share your interviews online, we'd love to post them on the website. Please send both interviews with your picture or video clip to rcollins@episcopalchurch.org. Also, please make sure everyone who is in the photo signs a photo release form, which is on the last page of the downloadable intervew form below. You can scan it and send via e-mail or send it via fax  (212-867-7652) or mail to:

Ruth-Ann Collins
The Episcopal Church Center
815 2nd Avenue
New York, NY  10017


Tips for Interviewing

  1. Choose a quiet location where you can hear each other easily and there won't be too many distractions.
  2. After you ask a question, try to remain silent while your partner answers. Sometimes people need to think for a minute before they speak, so don't worry if there is a silence that goes on for 15 or 20 seconds. Wait it out. Don't be too quick to jump in with something to say to encourage them.
  3. Try not to anticipate what you think someone's answer will be. Keep your mind open and receptive.
  4. Write down your partner's answers word for word as best you can. Try not to paraphrase what he or she says.
  5. Always be polite and respectful.


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