Springtide Research Institute Explores What Is Replacing Religion for Young Adults
By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune
A record number of teens and young adults are forgoing organized religion, so where are they turning for meaning and connection?
A new research institute has been launched in Minnesota specifically to explore this question, focusing on where 13- to 25-year-olds — from all religious backgrounds — are finding the support often offered at religious institutions.
“We’re not aware of any other research institute in the country that is solely dedicated to the religious and spiritual lives of young people, focusing on ages 13 to 25,” said John Vitek, president and CEO of the Springtide Research Institute, part of the Lasallian Education and Research Initiative based in Winona.