November 13, 2018

Congregations Getting to Know Neighborhoods, Young Adult Neighbors

Congregations participating in the Riverside Innovation Hub (RIH) practice four “artforms” as a means to discerning how they might best “innovate new connections with young adults at the intersections of their faith and their public lives.” (RIH) Those artforms are […]
November 6, 2018

Let’s Make It Easier to Talk About God

Forty years ago, I spent a year teaching English at a Benedictine girl’s high school in the city of Muroran, on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan. I was in my early twenties, fresh out of college, with very modest […]
October 30, 2018

Faith, Public Life Intersect at the Riverside

The Riverside Innovation Hub is convinced of two things. First, we are fairly certain young adults do not want to be targeted by efforts to win them back to church. They would much rather be participants and leaders in efforts […]
October 22, 2018

The Shared Table

(In this week’s blog, Richard E. McCarron responds to an earlier blog, This Dinner Party Nourishes Lives after Loss.  McCarron is associate professor of liturgy at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL. His current research project focuses on an engagement of liturgy […]
October 16, 2018

Unlearning, Unknowing, Compassion and the Religious Quest

Two articles that crossed my desk recently brought to mind the religious and spiritual egalitarianism that typifies many young adults today. I was reminded that to label this egalitarianism as either belief in nothing or just wishy-washy relativism is both […]
October 9, 2018

Pope to Synod on Young People: Dream, Hope, Accompany, Listen

The Synod of Bishops on Young People is now underway at the Vatican. This as young people in growing numbers are stepping away from the Catholic Church (and institutional religion in general), with many characterizing the church as outdated, patriarchal, […]
October 2, 2018

Maintaining Spiritual Well-being Takes Resilience, Says Educator

“Most people instinctively want to have purpose, meaning, and a sense of spiritual well-being,” says veteran educator and author Connie Fourré. And when that sense of well-being gets compromised or dealt a blow, “spiritual resilience” is required. Fourré is currently […]
September 17, 2018

Religion Might Learn Something from Business

In a recent article published on LinkedIn, Nikhil Deogun, SVP/Editor-in-Chief at CNBC, reflected on the changing role of modern corporations. Institutional religions, including the Catholic Church, might learn from insights he shared. Prompting Deogun’s reflection is that he is leaving […]
September 11, 2018

This Dinner Party Nourishes Lives after Loss

Life has its pivotal moments: birth, coming-of-age, marriage, death. Traditionally people have marked such moments with family, friends, and for many, a faith community. In recent decades, however, and especially for young adults, the faith community connection has weakened, if […]
August 30, 2018

Parish Place to Engage Young People, Says Expert

As young adults disaffiliate from the Catholic Church—and institutional religion in general—at an accelerating rate, they often seek out other places they see as providing the relationships, activities, and values they prize. This quest may bring them to CrossFit, SoulCycle, […]
August 21, 2018

“We Are All Sisters and Seekers,” Nun Says of Millennials

A seed group for a growing effort that brings together women religious and religiously unaffiliated Millennials—nationally called Nuns & Nones—knows itself locally by another name: Sisters & Seekers. “We are all sisters and seekers,” says Sr. Barbara Hanson, OP, who […]
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 […]

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