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

Better understanding, not apologetics, will best serve ‘nones’

What if our catechetical models allowed for, embraced, and respected the questioning, doubt, wonderment and curiosity that is a natural dimension of being human? Read more here: Better understanding, not apologetics, will best serve ‘nones’ on National Catholic Reporter online (ncronline.org).
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 […]
August 6, 2018

Disaffiliated youth present challenge, opportunity

In case you missed it, St. Louis Review published an article citing Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics. The article, “Disaffiliated youth present challenge, opportunity” (Aug 2, 2018), can be found here: https://www.archstl.org/disaffiliated-youth-present-challenge-opportunity-2760
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 […]

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