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Are American 20-somethings disengaged when it comes to religion? Perhaps. Or maybe it depends on your definition of religion.

According to a recent Pew Forum study, 1/4 of Americans ages 18-29 say they aren’t affiliated with any one religion. Then again, a 2009 LifeWay survey showed that 73% of unchurched 20- to 29-year-olds said they are more spiritual than religious. So perhaps America’s 20-somethings are not so disengaged in religious/spiritual activities as they are disinterested in organized religion/labels.

What GenY is not interested in

Engaged spiritual activity: The LifeWay study looked at Christian 20-somethings in particular. The study found that 65% of Millennials say they’re Christians – yet only 1/3 of those Christians say they attend church regularly and 14% say they are Atheist or Agnostic. Furthermore, young Christians rarely read the Bible if ever and rarely pray if ever.

Labels: This CNN article asked if it’s dangerous to be spiritual but not religious, with one priest saying spirituality can be selfish and that spiritual people simply don’t want to put in the work that religion requires. But some Millennials who define themselves that way say they don’t need to be put into one religious box or because they don’t like the ego/power that’s tossed around in the world’s religions. CNN’s article says religious institutions need to prove their relevancy and show Millennials that it’s ok to call yourself religious.

What GenY IS interested in

Family: The LifeWay survey showed that most Millennials choose family over religion: 61% said family is their top priority while only 13% put religion/spirituality at the top of the list.

Social justice: Check out this article in the New York Times.

What we hope GenY will take interest in

Whether Millennials choose religion, spirituality, Atheism, or Agnosticism, one hopes GenY will not choose Apathy. It is familiarity and engagement with religions and religious folk that open us up to  conversations and mutual respect. Even if you are not a practitioner yourself, it is worthwhile to pay attention to those who are and to become familiar with their institutions. Need more of a reason? Check out our About page.

Created by Religion Transcends, 2010

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