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 a community”

Everybody needs a 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 […]
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

Find the Safe Space to Disagree

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

On the Experience of the Shunned: A Conversation with Vince Guider

Following a national conversation in Baltimore on the disaffiliation of young Catholics from the church, January 2018, Saint Mary’s Press Research Group (SMPRG) sat down with Vince Guider, director of the North Lawndale Kinship Initiative, a community development partnership between Chicago’s […]
February 8, 2018

Listening and Being Heard

  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 […]
February 2, 2018

A National Conversation on Religion and Disaffiliation in America

The following post by Fr. Carl Chudy, SX, Interfaith Outreach media director for Xaverian Missionaries USA, first appeared on the website Catholic Global Mission, January 14, 2018. Reprinted here with permission of the author. By Fr. Carl Chudy, SX Some […]
January 22, 2018

Deep Listening

I am struck by the wonderment of Dr. Elizabeth Drescher at Santa Clara University, who has spent time listening deeply to the stories of young adults who are unaffiliated from religious institutions, and who challenges the church to think about […]

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