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Spirituality & the Nones

Oct. 9, 2018 - Oct. 30, 2018

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Time: Open-online course
Location: Online Course
Price: Free ($95 for non-members of Oates)
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What is it like to do ministry and care for the spiritual needs of people in a post-religious era? This Oates Institute course, taught by Gail Henson,  will look at our ministry in light of data about the state of religion and spirituality in the United States. Pew Research studies on America and Religious Life document the rise of the nones, those folk who are affiliated with no religious tradition—20% of the United States population and over 30% of people under 30.  However, over 50 million unaffiliated adults are religious or spiritual in some way, 58% having a belief in nature and the earth (58%),  37% being“spiritual” but not “religious” and 21% praying every day. In addition, most religiously unaffiliated Americans think that churches and other religious institutions benefit society by strengthening community bonds and aiding the poor. Considerable literature has been written on faith in a post-modern world.  How do we use this evidence in our work?

As a result of this seminar, participants will:
Develop a fact-based understanding of the landscape of religious in the United States, including the rise of the unaffiliated, develop an understanding of the rise in active spirituality in the United States that outside of organized religion, and suggest the implications of state of religion and spirituality for their work and vocation.

1.2 CEUs

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