An inventory of The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project Collection at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Begun in 2008, Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults (SEA) was the final project initiated by Catholic University of America sociologist Dr. Dean R. Hoge (1937-2008). Changing SEA was conceived as a project to study the "spiritual hunger" of young adult Americans, with the purpose of providing information to religious leaders on how to better minister to the needs of this age group.
As originally conceived by Hoge prior to his death, the project was to have been presented in three parts. Part one consisted of a series of 15 essays written scholars from various institutions across the United States on different aspects in the lives of emerging adults. Among the topics explored were finances and occupations, family and friendships, politics, sexuality, race, and spirituality.
The second part of the project involved case studies at religious institutions, wherein researchers examined the success of selected churches that have attracted and maintained emerging adults as members. Both Catholic and Protestant churches were selected for these studies, which were conducted over a period of nine months to one year.
The final part was a survey that was conducted in 2013 adults ages 20 to 29 who could partake in an English-language survey. The purpose of the survey was to gather information regarding social influences that have molded the attitudes and practices of this age group. These survey results, coupled with the essays and ethnographic studies, will form the basis of a forthcoming book for the use of young adult ministers in Catholic and Protestant churches.
Dr. James Youniss, professor of psychology at CUA, was responsible for compiling the information on CSEA to present for financial assistance for the survey from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., a private philanthropic foundation. The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Pogorelc, a sociologist and Fellow of the Institute for POlicy Research and Catholic Studies was asked to oversee the project. Part one of the project was directed by Dr. Tim Clydesdale of the College of New Jersey, while part two was managed by Dr. Kathleen Garces-Foley of Marymount University. The final section has been a collaborative effort of the researchers.
The collection is divided into three series. The original essays on emerging adult issues are included, along with commentaries on the essays, and the ethnographic studies on "model" churches. The first series consists of 15 essays written by scholars at various institutions across the United States on issues facing emerging adults, including politics, mental health, race, sexuality, marriage and family, finances, spirituality, media, and college. While there are single essays on race, mental health, college, and the media, the other issues have multiple essays.
The second series consists of four commentaries written by a church minister, youth organization leader, university professor, and the editor of a Christian faith journal. Each commentary addresses the issues discussed in the essays in series one from the perspective of the author.
The final series contains nine ethnographic studies conducted by researchers from various institutions across the United States. Each study explores a church or religious organization that has managed to successfully retain and even add to its emerging adult membership and offers each institution as a model for other ministers seeking to reach out to emerging adults in the 21st century.
The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project Archive consists of 3 Series:
Restrictions on Access
The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project Collections was given to the American Catholic Research Center and University Archive in 2014 by Father Anthony Pogorelc. The files were sent via electronic mail in either portable document format (PDF) or in Microsoft Word format. PDF access copies were created from the originals for researcher use.
Processing completed in 2014 by Chris Burroughs. EAD markup completed in 2014 by Chris Burroughs.
Dean Hoge Papers
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Anderson, Joan Gray
Barry, Carolyn McNamara
Bartkowski, John P.
Bruce, Tricia C.
Clark, Lynn Schofield
Eisenberg, Marla E.
Hoge, Dean R., 1937-2008
Lee, Elizabeth M.
Madesen, Stephanie D.
Merritt, Carol Howard
Newman, Barbara M.
Regnerus, Mark D.
Tanner, Jennifer L.
Catholic University of America
Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults
New York, NY
South Bend, IN
Church work with Young Adults
Politics and Government
Religion and Sociology
Universities and Colleges
Arnett, Jeffrey J. 2004. Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties. New York: Oxford University Press. Excerpt via Google Books.
Brooks, David. 2007. "The odyssey years." The New York Times, October 9. Retrieved December 21, 2009. Link.
Clydesdale, Tim. 2009. "Wake Up and Smell the New Epistemology." Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23. Retrieved January 5, 2010. Link.
Coberly, Patricia A. (2005, September). [Review of the book On the frontier of adulthood: theory, research and public policy, edited by Richard A. Settersen, Frank Furtensberg, and Ruben Rumbaut.] Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 36(3). Retrieved December 22, 2009, from the American Anthropological Associations' website.
Ericson, Brian. (2008) [Review of the book After the baby boomers: How twenty- and thirty-somethings are shaping the future of American religion, by Robert Wuthnow.] United Methodist Publishing House, May-June. Retrieved December 22, 2009, from United Methodist Publishing House website.
Friedman, Thomas L. 2007. "Generation Q." The New York Times, October 7. Retrieved December 21, 2009 Link
Hira, Nadira A. 2007. "Attracting the twenty-something worker." Fortune, May 15. Retrieved December 21, 2009 Link
Hoover, Eric. 2009. "The Millennial Muddle: How Stereotyping Students Became a Thriving Industry and a Bundle of Contradictions." Chronicle of Higher Education, October 11. Retrieved January 4, 2010 Link
McLaren, Brian. (2007, October 7). [Review of the book After the baby boomers: How twenty- and thirty-somethings are shaping the future of American religion, by Robert Wuthnow.] The Christian Century. Retrieved December 22, 2009, from the Christian Century website: Link
Riley, Naomi Schaeffer. (2009, October 2) [Review of the book Souls in transition: The religious and spiritual lives of emerging adults, by Christian Smith and Patricia Snell.] The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 22, 2009, from the Wall Street Journal website: Link
Ryan, Robin. (n.d.) [Review of the book Souls in transition: The religious and spiritual lives of emerging adults, by Christian Smith and Patricia Snell.] Retrieved December 22, 2009, from the Catholics on Call website: Link
Sarver, Cynthia. (2006). [Review of the book Emerging adulthood: The winding road from the late teens through the early twenties, by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett.] The Journal of the National Academic Advising Association, 26(1). Retrieved December 22, 2009, from the National Academic Advising Association's website: Link
Settersen, Richard A., Frank Furtensberg, and Ruben Rumbaut, eds. 2005. On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Excerpt via Google Books.
Smith, Christian. 2007. "Getting a life: The challenge of emerging adulthood." Christianity Today, November 1. Retrieved December 21, 2009 Link
Smith, Christian and Patricia Snell. 2009. Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults. New York: Oxford University Press. Excerpt via Google Books.
Wuthnow, Robert. 2007. After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Excerpt via publisher's website: Link
Zaicu, Viorel. (2006, January 23). [Review of the book On the frontier of adulthood: theory, research and public policy, edited by Richard A. Settersen, Frank Furtensberg, and Ruben Rumbaut.] Retrieved from the Aroostook Mental Health Center's website.
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