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Are Baby Boomers Returning to Religion?

Are Baby Boomers Returning to Religion?

"Are baby boomers, part of the first generation to lead the contemporary exodus from organized religion, returning to their religious roots? The ninth wave of a multigenerational study that began in 1971 finds a little more than one in five boomers became more religious in the transition from their 50s to their 60s. Older boomers cited several reasons, from seeking solace in life after the death of a spouse to finding other sources of meaning after the loss of a job to a desire to pass on religious beliefs to their grandchildren.

Percentage of Religious and Non-Religious People by US County

Percentage of Religious and Non-Religious People by US County

When the topic of religious participation arises, the opposite topic often comes up as well: What about people who aren’t religiously involved? Since the 2010 U.S. Religion Census includes data for 236 different groups, it is possible to compute how many people are claimed in individual counties*. In the map below, that computation was made by summing the adherents** from all the groups, then calculating the percentage in each county who were not claimed by any of those groups.

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A Pilgrimage through Latin America

Tom Smith, of St. Rita Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky, discovered the experience of a pilgrim as he traveled in various Latin American countries in order to understand better the cultures and religious practice of his Hispanic immigrant parishioners and why they have chosen to immigrate to the United States.

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The Importance of Paying Attention to Family in Ministry

For the past two decades, the Lilly Endowment has supported several projects among religious institutions designed to empower and serve families.

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