Religion, goes the oft-paraphrased Karl Marx slogan, is the opiate of the people. Now, Wi-Fi is. This according to new research by Allen Downey, a computer scientist at the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts who analyzed more than two decades worth of the data on the demise of religiosity in the U. Based on data from the General Social Survey GSS —the University of Chicago sociological survey that has been used to evaluate the structure of American society since —the heathens are taking over. In , about eight percent of the U. By , just two decades later, this percentage had more than doubled to 18 percent.
It turned out that in advertising itself, Pilgrim Faith had a much tougher task than anticipated. It wasn't just about us. We had to sell the idea of attending any church at all. Out of the 46 million Americans with no religious affiliation, 13 millions are self-described atheists and agnostics, but another 33 million are people who ascribe to some faith -- just not to any house of worship. The old rhyme where you manipulate your hands to look like a church and congregation might need a revision:.
Today is no exception. We offer below a brief overview of some of the opportunities and challenges we see today. This is the context in which adult faith formation must become our chief catechetical priority. We see in this society a widespread spiritual hunger—a quest for meaning and for a deeply personal experience of God and of community.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Faith Formation Office with any questions. Rachel Collet , Faith Formation Director — smcff nycap. Kim Parker , Faith Formation Secretary — smcsecff nycap. Weekly sessions for the elementary grades K through 5 are held on Sunday from am and on Tuesday from pm.