The functions.php file for the child theme is empty.
And the child theme appears and I can make *some* modifications to it. However a lot of the functionality (typography, layout, menus, etc.) is gone. And GeneratePress settings no longer appear under the Appearance section. The plugin is present and activated.
Also, on the site itself, the front end, there is the dread white screen of death.
The reason for creating the child theme is because I am converting this site from Genesis Streamline Pro and there is a three-widget box on the home page which is using a featured page widget. I would prefer not to hard-code this as these items change periodically. I also want a different sidebar for pages than for posts. Is there some other way to achieve these two things?