In the News: Religion and Young People: Relational Authority and Potatoes in the Basement
Springtide Research Institute was recently featured in Interfaith America, the blog for Interfaith Youth Core. This article, Religion and Young People: Relational Authority and Potatoes in the Basement by Research Advisory Board member Kenji Kuramitsu, is reprinted in part below, but we encourage you to visit their site to read the piece in its entirety.
The inner lives of young people today abound in apparent paradox. The most wired generation on record is also the loneliest; desire for non-partisan political exchange is soaring even as opportunities to engage in it are shrinking; traditional religious labeling is popularly eschewed, while other markers are retooled and reclaimed. Our standard categories also fail to capture the nuance of young peoples’ experience of meaning and belonging. Many of the denominationally “affiliated” disclose intense mistrust in their own faith institutions – even as many “disaffiliated” youth report startling rates of spiritual interest.
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