Young Drift

Here’s a fascinating NPR story on why the young leave their faith traditions. Though not a ‘study,’ it’s good material to mull for those whose work in the church reaching out to young people. I recommend listening to the ~7 minute audio.

One-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated — higher than at any time in recent U.S. history — and those younger than 30 especially seem to be drifting from organized religion. A third of young Americans say they don’t belong to any religion.

NPR’s David Greene wanted to understand why, so he gathered a roundtable of young people at a synagogue in Washington, D.C. The 6th & I Historic Synagogue seemed like the right venue: It’s both a holy and secular place that has everything from religious services to rock concerts. Greene speaks with six people — three young women and three young men — all struggling with the role of faith and religion in their lives. Read more…

4 comments on “Young Drift

  1. […] Here’s a fascinating NPR story on why the young leave their faith traditions. Though not a ‘study,’ it’s good material to mull for those whose work in the church reaching Source: Neal Obstat Theological Opining   […]

    • Dian Barry says:

      This story makes sense to me. My children were never baptized & don’t attend any church. The only exposure they had was when they were very young & we attended a baptist church for a short period of time. Their were vibes of unhappiness in that church & my children picked up it right away. Now it is 40 some years later & they think I am out of my mind & trying to push religion on them since I converted to the Catholic faith. I guess I have been. I just want them to find the happiness I have found through my faith & new friends. All I can do is pray now.

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