At Passover seders and in Christian churches this week, families will gather to observe the religious holidays. While some adult children will join in, many will do so out of a sense of obligation rather than practice. More than one-third of all millennials say they are “religiously unaffiliated” today, the highest percentage ever in Pew Research Center polling.
It’s not just a rite of passage. Both Gen X and boomers were significantly more religiously affiliated as young adults. So why are millennials so disengaged when it comes to religion? For some answers, we turned to Brie Loskota, managing director at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California.