Today's trends in religious and spiritual identity
In 2008, I founded Still Harbor based in part on the 2007 research from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life that demonstrated a trend of people in the United States leaving organized religion while maintaining a belief in God and/or some recognition of a spiritual life.
This year, the Pew Forum on Religion and Pubic Life has released new data that show how the number of religiously unaffiliated people continued to grow over the past five years, with a full third of people between 18 and 29 falling into this category. Read the full report here: “Nones” on the Rise: One in five adults have no religious affiliation.
Still Harbor has managed to grow over the past five years despite the economic downturn and generalized suspicion about spirituality being brought out of the closet and into public life. It seems to me that this national trend away from organized religion may have something to do with our success. We continue to be an organization that serves those with religious affiliations and without them. We aim to offer neutral space for all who have spiritual questions, religious faith and doubts, and a desire to more intentionally integrate beliefs and values with behavior and action in the world.
It has been important for us to recognize that the move away from organized religion presents the challenge of isolation for some people. Given this, we especially open our doors to those who desire connections, community, and accompaniment in living out their spirituality.
Check out the report and let us know what you think this data means about spirituality in the world today.
Ed, Executive Director