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 […]
March 5, 2018

Pope Seeking Input through Social Media

Pope Francis is using Facebook and other social media to cast a wide net in hoping to learn more about the experiences of young people, both inside and outside the Catholic Church. The effort comes in anticipation of an October […]
March 2, 2018

Marjory Stoneman Students and the Responsibility to Speak

One of the findings of the recent Saint Mary’s Press study on the dynamics of church disaffiliation in young Catholics is the felt need of young people to speak and be heard regarding matters of faith and belief. One of […]
February 20, 2018

Why I Encourage Questioning Religion

Rachel Schmidt (The following reflection, “Why I Encourage Questioning Religion,” originated as a post by Rachel Schmidt, Spiritual Life Coach, on her blog site. It is reprinted here with permission.) I was raised to be religious and now I’m not. Well, […]
February 14, 2018

Some Young Adults Feel Unwelcome in Church [Interview]

Young adults who once identified as Catholic are leaving the Catholic Church at an alarming rate. In January 2018, a national gathering convened in Baltimore to explore the reasons why. A key focus of the three-day event was findings of […]
February 8, 2018

Church Must Become a Better Listener

  One of my mom’s many fond recollections of my dad, who died 23 years ago, is the patience he always showed with us kids. An example she likes to share has Dad sitting up until late-late on a work […]

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