May 15, 2013

The Spirituality of the Millenials


While it is true that religious affiliation among young adults is down and declining, it is also true, according to recent surveys, that many “non-religious” young adults pray daily and desire a closer connection to God. 

There is increasing evidence that practices in the Christian contemplative tradition are attractive to young adults as a path toward prayer, depth in life and an awareness of the presence of God. Across college campuses groups are forming that invite the non-religious to explore ways to deepen their experience of God. The openness of contemplative practices like meditative prayer, lectio divina, labyrinths, journaling, body prayer and group spiritual direction encourage young adults to express their ongoing experiences of God without judgment or perquisite knowledge. Such gatherings seem to unlock participants to the larger reality of God in their lives and in the world around them. 

Increasingly the retreats, workshops and programs at St. Mary’s Sewanee include numbers of millenials. They come like others who are religious unaffiliated or dissatisfied seeking ways to connect more deeply with God and realize greater purpose and meaning in their lives in a community of fellow sojourners.  

This Fall St. Mary’s Sewanee plans a new offering designed especially for young adults that will create an opportunity for spiritual experience and development.  It will be for those who think of themselves as spiritual but not religious. Drawing from the richness of the Christian Contemplative tradition it will introduce practices that will cultivate a regular prayer life, greater self-awareness, spiritual companionship and authentic service to others.  

Details about this bold new program to nurture the spirituality of the millenials are coming soon!

-Thomas R. Morris