Sacred Places, Sacred Moments
In our latest report, The State of Religion & Young People 2023: Exploring the Sacred, young people say that sacred experiences aren’t necessarily tied to physical places but are more often found in moments.
That said, young people do point to certain spaces and places where sacred moments show up for them.
In which of the following have you experienced a sacred moment on more than one occasion?
Percentages reflect responses from young people who report having had a sacred moment at some point in their life. Respondents were allowed to select more than one option.
In interviews, young people told us where sacred moments had taken place. And while the places themselves were noteworthy, the physical spaces and what happened there set the stage for special moments to become sacred.
Morrigan, 15, noted a sacred moment happened for her while seeing her favorite musical artist in concert:
Sarah, 18, remembered her first time going to a Pentecostal church with her mother and two younger sisters:
Rhett, 22, recalled how a trip turned into sacred experience:
Riley, 24, found sacred moments sitting in movie theaters: