A hot button issue in religious dialogue lately has been the hemorrhaging of millennials from their institutional religions.  The general hypothesis for the reasons why center around social issues.  I don’t qualify as a millennial, but this prevailing progressive attitude is something I identify with.  It seems like what young people want from religion is more openness and few rules about what righteousness looks like.

And then there is this article, which I found so interesting.chart

Apparently atheists and agnostics also have a retention problem.

For my part, I find it heartening that people are rejecting institutional policies that do not sit well with their conscience.  And I find it even more heartening that many are, nonetheless, still not choosing to abandon faith altogether, and finding faith even when their parents have not.

To me this seems ideal.  I imagine this Utopia where we all just focus on faith and love, without judgment and exclusions.

You may say I’m a dreamer…

Leah Marie earned a BA in Political Science, and a Masters in Public Administration. She is currently working towards her PhD in Public Policy. She is wife to an English professor, and mother to 3 beautiful boys.

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