Discover how young people are finding the sacred in unexpected spaces

Do young people even want to come back to places of worship?

Our research has consistently shown that young people’s inner lives are far more complex than the “religious or spiritual” conversation tends to illustrate. Our new report, The State of Religion & Young People 2023: Exploring the Sacred, uncovers answers to the questions you’ve been asking—answers given by young people themselves. 

The secret uncovered by our findings? Young people are looking for sacred experiences . . . they just might not be finding them in places of worship. 

You can learn more about how we collected the data for this report on our methodology page and explore the data through The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA).

“Young people don’t care about religion.”

The Truth is . . .

Inside the report, you’ll find:

  • Up-to-date research showing national trends that reflect what young people are experiencing . . . and how leaders like you should respond 
  • Actionable steps to make your space a place where young people can seek the sacred and experience belonging and connection
  • Insights generated directly from thousands of young people themselves, including interviews, surveys, videos, and podcasts

Dispelling the myths 

The State of Religion & Young People 2023: Exploring the Sacred uncovers the truth and dispels the myths surrounding young people and religion, spirituality, and the sacred. Not only are young people looking for sacred experiences, but they’re cultivating a Sacred Sensibility through connection, relationships, and community.

Find out how you can help young people encounter the sacred 

Relationships. Connection. People. The sacred, for young people, is about connecting. To build spaces where young people can encounter sacred experiences, leaders need to build spaces where connection thrives—spaces for belonging.

Get the full story and start cultivating Sacred Sensibility today