August 14, 2018

Nuns and Nones: Conversation at Intersection of Contemporary Religious, Secular Life

This blog post is the third of three that Saint Mary’s Press Research is reprinting by Katie Gordon on the subject of “Nones.” It originally posted on The Rapidian on April 11, 2017. In two earlier articles, I wrote about the […]
August 7, 2018

The Rise of the “Nones” Part 2: Rethinking Religious Communities

This blog post is the second of three that Saint Mary’s Press Research will reprint by Katie Gordon on the subject of “Nones.” It originally appeared in the Grand Rapids Press on January 5, 2017. Next week: “Nuns and Nones: Conversation […]
July 31, 2018

The Rise of the “Nones” Part 1: Creating Community in New Ways

This blog post is the first of three that Saint Mary’s Press Research will reprint by Katie Gordon on the subject of “Nones.” It originally appeared in the Grand Rapids Press on December 29, 2016. Next week: “The Rise of […]
July 20, 2018

Millennials Seeking, Creating Alternative Communities

Young adults who disaffiliate from the Catholic Church, or religion in general, typically might be described as thoughtful, caring, community-minded, and principled, vitally engaged in seeking personal and spiritual growth and building a better world. That’s my take-away from doing […]
June 27, 2018

How Do We Honor, Ritualize Change, Absence, Endings?

In Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics, study coauthors John Vitek and Robert McCarty propose “two critical questions to ask ourselves as pastoral leaders as we consider the life stories of those who have disaffiliated from […]
June 7, 2018

Andrea Syverson Left the Church but Not Her Faith

In her book Alter Girl: Walking Away From Religion Into the Heart of Faith (Group Publishing, Inc., 2017), Andrea Syverson chronicles her journey from committed Catholic to spiritual traveler in an ever-evolving relationship with Jesus. In writing this blog and […]
May 25, 2018

Young Adults Prize Values In Where They Work, Worship

The Catholic Church has a clear opportunity to attract and keep young adults, judging from a study of what millennials want most from their workplace. It’s a reasonable inference given the values that young adults say are most important to them […]
May 17, 2018

Church or No Church, Young Adults Living Gospel Values

Katie Hayes has learned a few things from nearly two decades spent ministering with young people. • Don’t underestimate the goodness in young adults. • Listen to them. • Observe and be involved in their lives (you will find God […]
May 9, 2018

Some Young Adults Seeking “Third Space” for Faith

It’s not just the Catholic Church or mainstream Christianity that are experiencing a growing exodus of young adults from their ranks. The Muslim faith also is contending with the challenge of remaining relevant to its younger members. Jenan Mohajir, Director […]
April 19, 2018

The Grace and Inspiration of the Disaffiliated

Young adults are opting out of organized religion at an accelerating rate. Concern over the trend is justified, but is all doom and gloom? Or might this moment be presenting churches both unanticipated grace and an opportunity for new vitality? […]
April 17, 2018

“Everybody needs community”

Everybody needs community. That basic need for fellowship can either draw young adults to affiliate with a church or church group, or prompt them to look elsewhere. And as studies and statistics show, churches aren’t trending so well these days. […]
March 22, 2018

Lauren Mickler: A Questioning, Thinking, and Heartfelt Faith

Lauren Mickler describes her involvement in the Catholic Church growing up as “intense, in a positive way.” She attended Catholic preschool, public elementary and middle school, then Catholic high school. At home Sunday Mass was a given, and everyday Catholic […]
March 13, 2018

What Might an E.P.I.C. Catholic Church Look Like?

As most everything on this Catholic Research website either suggests or states, a growing number of young adults (and not a few older adults, too) have decided to disaffiliate from the Catholic Church. For a variety of reasons, the majority […]
March 8, 2018

Devon Watts: “Loving a Church That Sometimes Doesn’t Love Me Back”

When Sebastian “Bash” Watts was baptized at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in New Orleans, he became the sixth generation from his family to receive the sacrament at the church since it was integrated in 1920. That was the year […]

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