“Yes, I am – spiritual but not religious” That’s a mantra that many people chant these days. You’re hearing it in bars and boardrooms. From soccer moms, grandmas and pop-pops. It seems that everywhere you turn, someone is turning on to a new kind of spirituality that has nothing to do with clergy and buildings, and everything to do with happiness, health, and good behavior. Oh, yeah – it’s about God too.
Huh? What Happened?
That ‘ole time religion just doesn’t work for everyone anymore. We’re not whining about it. Instead Prayables is pitching in and we’re doing our part to make sure EVERYONE who is spiritual but not religious can be comfortable with a community that loves and appreciates them. Let’s look at the facts.
42% Defy Labels
History was made when the Pew Research Center did a religious study and introduced a new religious non-affiliation. The Nones; young independent spiritualists who believe in God but don’t accept the trappings of organized religion. At least not the type of religion being offered in most churches, synagogues and mosques today. 42% of the population defy religious labels as we know it, yet are connected to the Divine.
The End of Religion? Not so Fast.
From pulpits and news shows we hear that the souls of our children cannot be saved. The future of religion is coming to an end. Yet, look online every day and night and watch millions of young people across the globe who are “liking” God, “plus one-ing” scripture, and “tweeting” prayers. The median age for this audience? 20-30 years old.
Short & Sweet: Yes! Long & Boring: Heck No!
The spirituality being served up on the web is short and conveniently located. Need an inspirational hit from Matthew? It’s in your newsfeed. Feeling blue? Click through a slide show about “Owning Your Disappointment.” It’s better than a sermon. Share 30 second bursts of God and your spiritual sweet spot is satisfied. That’s what’s working. Here’s what scares young people off.
Old People with Rules
Older people sitting in churches, synagogues, and mosques telling the next generation to follow their rules just doesn’t work anymore. It’s a new world. A start-up nation of bright young spirits looking to serve God in a new way. It begins where they live: online. But it doesn’t end there. A few progressive religious leaders are getting wise.
The New Way to Engage
Clergy in-the-know are finding their future congregants online and enticing them to join their off-line community. They’re offering alternative musical services where the melodies of Mumford & Sons trump an operatic Ave Maria. Technology infused study groups with a Simpson’s video teaching morals, ethics, and values. Social action projects that appeal to a young person’s entrepreneurial spirit.
Alive and Well Online and in Your Neighborhood
The future of religion is being shaped right now. It may not look like it has in the past, but it still looks darn good. Have faith. Religion is here to stay. Clearly present and evolving over time. After all, God is timeless – not stuck in time.
Is This You? Spiritual But Not Religious?
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