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Sep 26, 2017 - seattlemet.com - 1
Is Seattle the Birthplace of a New Religion?

Turns out "post-Christian" Seattle is fertile ground for new church starts.

Sep 21, 2017 - theatlantic.com - 5
Listening to Young Atheists: Lessons for a Stronger Christianity

When a Christian foundation interviewed college nonbelievers about how and why they left religion, surprising themes emerged.

Sep 14, 2017 - prri.org - 1
America's Changing Religious Identity

A seismic survey of American religious and denominational identity—the largest of its kind ever conducted—chronicles changes in the US religious landscape.

Aug 29, 2017 - theconversation.com - 4
The changing nature of America's irreligious explained

Americans are increasingly choosing not to identify with any religious tradition. But this group of irreligious people is a complex one – with different relationships to religion.

Aug 16, 2017 - collegevilleinstitute.org - 2
"Cheesy" and the Church: Cultivating Space for Authentic Emotion

Spiritual but not religious people are looking for places of worship where genuine emotion is celebrated, not mocked as "cheesy."

Jul 18, 2017 - fullerstudio.fuller.edu - 1
Growing Young - Fuller Studio

College degree freshly in hand, Alexis moved from the Midwest to Washington, DC, convinced she was going to change the world. Like so many young professionals, she was drawn to our nation’s capital by its high concentration of nonprofit organizations and the chance to influence national and global policy.

Jul 14, 2017 - fullerstudio.fuller.edu - 4
Where Do Twentysomethings Fit in Our World Today? - Fuller Studio

Young, tech-savvy, fashion-forward people in their 20s seem to be the envy of both young and old. So why would we wonder where they fit in our world today? As I have been researching, pastoring, and parenting “twentysomethings,” it has become evident that this group is having a hard time fitting into our social structures, our churches, and our families. They don’t lack the desire to fit in; they lack the navigational resources, markers, and support to find their way in an adult world.

Jul 10, 2017 - nytimes.com - 0
Opinion | The Golden Age of Bailing

Flaking out on commitments has become so easy.

Jun 23, 2017 - nytimes.com - 0
When Helicopter Parents Hover Even at Work

The father of the basketball star Lonzo Ball has taken an assertive role in his son’s career, reflecting a larger trend as millennials come of age.

Jun 23, 2017 - nytimes.com - 0
Opinion | Mis-Educating the Young

Why don’t schools prepare students for life?

Jun 07, 2017 - wsj.com - 1
Why Old-Timey Jobs Are Hot Again

Millennials are driving a resurgence of age-old crafts, choosing to become bartenders, butchers and barbers in part as a reaction to the digital age.

Jun 05, 2017 - americamagazine.org - 3
The uncertain future of parish life

T. Howland Sanks, S.J. reviews "Great Catholic Parishes," "Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century," "Parish Leadership," and "Seminary Formation."

May 18, 2017 - religiondispatches.org - 2
Douthat's Wager: Go to Church, Even If You Don't Believe

If you are a secular liberal who made your twice-yearly trip to church on Easter Sunday, you took an important step toward improving your life, your political philosophy, and your community, according to New York Times columnist Ross Douthat. The next step is to go back, not just at Christmas, but every Sunday from now on.

May 18, 2017 - theatlantic.com - 4
America’s Empty-Church Problem

The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.

May 18, 2017 - nytimes.com - 1
Opinion | How to Leave a Mark on People

Some organizations are thick, and some are thin. Some leave a mark on you, and some you pass through with scarcely a memory.

May 18, 2017 - thisamericanlife.org - 0
Ask a Grown-Up

Stories from people who need a grown-up. Featuring teenage girls asking for advice about their love lives and Ira's tribute to his very grown-up friend Mary.

May 18, 2017 - crcc.usc.edu - 6
Reimagining Religion: The 10 Qualities of Creative Communities

The following was edited from Brie Loskota’s opening remarks at Reimagining Religion: A Conversation about the Future of Religion, held at University of Southern California on February 9, 2017.

May 18, 2017 - npr.org - 0
At U.S. Seminaries, A Rise In Millennials Answering God's Call

The Catholic Church in the U.S. has been aging, along with its dwindling priestly ranks. But in the increasingly secular world, there's been a recent uptick in younger men studying to become priests.

May 18, 2017 - pewforum.org - 2
The Changing Global Religious Landscape

More babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion in recent years. Less than 20 years from now, however, the number of babies

May 16, 2017 - nytimes.com - 1
What Could I Possibly Learn From a Mentor Half My Age? Plenty

How Snapchat lessons from a younger colleague, whose job didn’t exist five years ago, stretched a New York Times editor professionally and personally.

May 16, 2017 - americamagazine.org - 1
Changed, Not Ended: A view of religious life from a young sister

Some people, focused almost exclusively on numbers, are concerned that religious life is in decline. This narrows our ability to see what God is doing.

May 16, 2017 - journal.christandcascadia.com - 4
Pacific Northwest Religion: Doing It Different, Doing it Alone Part II

Patricia O’Connell Killen is the primary editor of the book Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest.  Professor Killen has worked regularly with Northwest pastors, congregations, and community organizations on understanding the religious ecology of the region and how it shapes both individual and institutional religious sensibilities and possibilities. She is a nationally recognized scholar in American religious history and is currently serving Gonzaga University as its Academic Vice President. She was kind enough to sit down with Christ and Cascadia’s editor Matthew Kaemingk for an interview about her findings. Thank you for joining us for the second part of her interview.

May 16, 2017 - journal.christandcascadia.com - 4
Pacific Northwest Religion: Doing It Different, Doing It Alone Part I

Patricia O’Connell Killen is the primary editor of the book Religion and Public Life in the Pacific Northwest.  Professor Killen has worked regularly with Northwest pastors, congregations, and community organizations on understanding the religious ecology of the region and how it shapes both individual and institutional religious sensibilities and possibilities. She is a nationally recognized scholar in American religious history and is currently serving Gonzaga University as its Academic Vice President. She was kind enough to sit down with Christ and Cascadia’s editor Matthew Kaemingk for an interview about her findings.

May 16, 2017 - americamagazine.org - 3
The 'Nones' Are Alright: What we can learn from a generation seekers

What we can learn from a generation seekers