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Millennials and the Myth of a Post-Racial Generation
Originally Posted: 08/14/2014 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

A study came out recently saying that millennials (a category that I apparently fit into) consider ourselves the “post-racial” generation. By and large, young adults think they are the ones who have moved past ...

To the Dying Church: Use Your Words
Originally Posted: 05/07/2014 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

There are people dying physically and spiritually because the church has neglected the good news of the Gospel. If we truly believe that God can transform lives and resurrect the dead then why aren’t we scream ...

If Millennials Leave Religion, Then What?
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

As the Pew Research Center recently found, today’s young people are “less likely than older generations to be affiliated with any religion.” As the Pew Research Center recently ...

Millennials: Antisocial, Selfish, and Afraid?
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:24pm | Type: Blog

I would argue that one of the biggest desires of millennials is that we would be involved in deeply intimate communities that allow us to express ourselves openly, ask the questions to arise in our minds witho ...

How Conservative Evangelicals Misunderstand Millennials
Originally Posted: 04/04/2014 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

The old guard has confused orthodoxy with their political and moral interpretations of Scripture. Yesterday morning, an op-ed piece went live on CNN by a young evangelical author ...

7 Reasons God Just Might Be Psyched About the Millennial Generation
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

As a Christian, I think there is a lot to be excited about in the generation that’s poised to inherit the world … after we move out of our parents’ houses, that is. Millennials ar ...

Up Ahead? Massive Social Change, Experts Say
Originally Posted: 02/27/2014 - 5:49pm | Type: Blog

National attention on a proposed Arizona law allowing business owners to deny service for religious reasons to gay people signals how attitudes on social issues have shifted dramatically in recent years. ...

Poll: Younger Christians Less Supportive of Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

One day after the state of Ohio executed a man for murder, a new poll shows younger Christians are not as supportive of the death penalty as older members of their faith. One day ...

Foster Care for a New Millennium
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Juliet Vedral Christians step up for modern-day "orphans in their distress." I WAS 7 years old when ...

Saving Faith
Originally Posted: 10/31/2013 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

For many, including myself, the past few weeks have been discouraging, given the state of our politics and culture and what many vulnerable people across the country are experiencing. But despite the frustrati ...

If You Build It, Mean It
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

Sometimes I think that "contemporary" or "alternative" services function more like cages in a liturgical zoo rather than a means to encourage participation in the life of a congregation. In ...

Government Shutdown May Drive More Young Christians Away From GOP
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Press

October 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Jonathan Merritt ...

Who’s a Jew? Few American Jews Say It’s a Matter of Belief
Originally Posted: 10/01/2013 - 8:57am | Type: Blog

In the most comprehensive study of American Jews in 12 years, a strong majority said being Jewish is mostly about ancestry or culture, not the religious practice of Judaism. WASHI ...

Different Generations Of Progressive Catholic Leaders Need Deeper Collaboration
Originally Posted: 10/28/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Press

September 19, 2013 Sojo in the News Jamie Manson ...

4 Ways Jesus Was Like a Millennial
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Christians, especially around the blogosphere, are infatuated with 'Millennial Christianity,' but in many ways ‘Millennial Christianity’ is simply a modern-day attempt at reconstructing the example o ...

The Hidden Immigration Impact on American Churches
Originally Posted: 09/30/2013 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

As Congress makes a final attempt this fall to act on comprehensive immigration reform, the debate is focusing on “securing” our borders and offering a path to citizenship to the 11 million residents here with ...

Musings of a Millennial: Removing the Political Baggage from Evangelicalism
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

My generation (the millennials) no longer identify with divisive partisan politics of our country done under the guise of “evangelicalism.” We have seen and heard the long and dirty history of evangelical poli ...

The Thing: Who Do You Say That I Am?
Originally Posted: 08/26/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

This thing that churches are wrangling with, this reasoning about why to gather, who we follow as we gather, and what our lives in the world should proclaim, is not a question for a bunch of Gen X malcontents ...

The American Church: Searching for a New Imprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 10:52am | Type: Blog

Christian congregations in America are dying for many reasons — smugness, excessive infighting, fear of change, aversion to risk, perpetuating ineffective practices — but one reason is this reality of imprint. ...

The Christian Inferiority Complex
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 5:26pm | Type: Blog

Many Christians have a confidence problem. They love Christ but are ashamed of everything associated with him. They want to be known as a Christian — just not that type of Christian. ...

Why I Made My Teenager Go to Church
Originally Posted: 05/06/2013 - 3:44pm | Type: Blog

In this age when the “spiritual but not religious” seem to have more relevance than churchgoers, it’s easy to wonder why church attendance matters at all. But I believe that we need common spaces, more ground ...

'Change the World of Some:' Thoughts from The 2013 Justice Conference
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 2:08am | Type: Blog

While everyone was blowing up the Twittersphere decrying the injustices of the Oscars, as movies like Argo walked away with Best Picture honors, I was sitting in a Philadelphia hotel lobby trying to chew on ev ...

Do Young Voters Need a Business Education, or Are We On the Right Track?
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

A number of polls suggest the economy is actually a top priority for most young voters. As it happens, though, young people seem to have very different ideas on how best to handle economic instability than the ...

The New Evangelical Agenda
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Evangelical can no longer be accurately used to mean “white evangelical.” The day after the election, Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler said , “I think thi ...

Accompanied by Nones
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

As I write this reflection, there are numerous women and men who continue to wrestle with massive questions surrounding spirituality, faith, diverse concepts of God, and the ever-changing role of religion in t ...

Millennials' Reflections on the New American Values Survey
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

On Tuesday, the religion, policy, and politics project at Brookings and the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) hosted a forum to release PRRI's fourth American Values Survey (AVS), a large national ...

Meet the Nones: Politically Active
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Blog

PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly has launched a new mini-series on the rise of the unaffiliated. Editor's Note: Sojourners has launched this new blog series to hel ...

Young Evangelicals, Election 2012, and Common Ground
Originally Posted: 10/16/2012 - 3:48pm | Type: Blog

What culture war? At a survey release of young evangelicals and proceeding panel discussion, common ground was the pervading theme. What culture war? At a survey release of young ...

The Nones: Skeptics Are the New Religious
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

In fact, the latest data from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life say that a record-high one in five Americans -- and one in three adults under age 30 -- are religiously unaffiliated. Why? ...

The Disillusionment of Our Youngest Voters
Originally Posted: 10/08/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

The candidates’ religion isn’t the only factor affecting young peoples’ voting patterns. Another issue is a lack of voter engagement in the political process altogether. Young mil ...

Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Eboo Patel on Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election Eboo Patel on Millennials and the 2012 Presidential Election ...

Millennials: A Generation Left Behind?
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:35am | Type: Blog

Writing for Newsweek Magazine, Joel Kotkin wonders if the Millennial generation will be remembered as the "screwed generation."   Writing for  Newsweek Magazine ...

Losing the Mainline Mojo?
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 12:05pm | Type: Blog

Is the Mainline Liberal Church in decline? Numerically, sure. Absolutely. But what this means, I cannot say. Is the Mainline Liberal Church in decline? Numerically, sure. Absolute ...

Our Values ... Charted
Originally Posted: 06/28/2012 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

The Atlantic provides some insights into its recent American Values Survey. The Atlantic provides some insights into its recent American Values Survey, conducted in conjunctio ...

Time for the Next Generation to Form New Economic Agenda?
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

The emerging generation needs to push its own new agenda for economic growth. Writing for The Daily Beast today, Joel Kotkin argues: The developed world’s youth s ...

Christianity As Impurity Cult, or It's Okay to Leave
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

I guess I should offer a caveat right from the start. I know I'm privileged.  I know that my white, southern, maleness may make the following invalid to many. Still, I'm in The Body known as the Church, too. So, here's some mu ...

A New Way of Being Christian in the Public Square
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

Christian Millennials are now coming of age and recognizing the flawed strategies and broken agendas embraced by their forebears. They've seen how the religious right (and the religious left, for that ma ...

Young Evangelicals and the 2012 Election
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

Young evangelicals are different from their parents and any generation that has preceded them. On Thursday, Sojourners launched its 2012 election campaign, Voting For Us , ...

How Do We Engage Young Millennials?
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

What is clear is that new modes of thinking are essential to approach a generation that has been devastated by their examples of Christianity and political leadership. As part of ...

Both Parties Have 'Work Cut Out For Them' Attracting Millennials
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 6:40pm | Type: Blog

The newest generation of adults is checking the “unaffiliated” box at a rate of one in four. But young adults aren’t just showing apathy for religion—it’s politics as well. In a ...

Millennials Find Distinction Between Personal Morality and Common Good
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 8:22am | Type: Blog

College-aged adults are not letting their moral beliefs on social issues filter into their politics. College-aged adults are not letting their moral beliefs on social issues filte ...

Q Conference Hopes to Present a Different Face of Evangelical Activism
Originally Posted: 04/10/2012 - 1:26pm | Type: Blog

Gabe Lyons thinks Christian culture warriors are on the wrong path. His sixth annual Q Conference, which opens today in Washington, D.C., is an attempt to do things differently. With 700 participants gathered ...

Four Reasons Why I Came Back To Church
Originally Posted: 03/26/2012 - 6:38pm | Type: Blog

I’ve written a couple of pieces recently that have gotten a lot of attention about why younger people tend to walk away from church. Some readers suggested I might also post a piece about why young adults come ...

Seven Reasons Why Young Adults Quit Church
Originally Posted: 03/11/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

From time to time I revisit the question: Why are young adults walking away from religion? Although the answer(s) vary from person to person, there are some general trends that I think apply in most cases. ...

Don't Blame College for Young People Leaving the Church
Originally Posted: 03/01/2012 - 12:51pm | Type: Blog

The “war on religion” has become a frequent bogeyman among Christian and political leaders. But the reason church leaders have failed to stem the tide of a generation heading for the exit door is that they kee ...

Two-Thirds of Americans Say They're Both: "Pro-Life" AND "Pro-Choice"
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

A fascinating new study by the Public Religion Research Institute found that two-thirds of all Americans identify with both the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" labels simultaneously. ...

Viral: "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus"
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:27am | Type: Blog

Are you a Christian who spends a lot of time online? Then perhaps you've heard of Jeff Bethke. Bethke, aka bball1989, is a spoken word poet whose rhymes and videos are capturing the attention of thousands ...

Justin Bieber's Ecce Homo
Originally Posted: 01/11/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

You might not have a clue who Bieber is. Or, if you are aware of the existence of the crown prince of Stratford, Ontario, you might not give two hoots about him. But I’m guessing that there is a young person i ...

Millennials to the Church: Wake Up or We're Outta Here
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

Young people are thirsting for social justice, and simply not finding those principles in the pews. Most vexing of all is that this trend isn’t surprising. But it should be. ...

Evangelicals: By The Numbers
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

What are "the evangelicals," you ask? Certainly not a political or ideological monolith, as recent polling and survey numbers demonstrate. What are "the evang ...