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The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The American Catholic Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults
Title: The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project Collection
Dates: 2008-2013
Extent: 28 digital documents; 1.64 megabytes
Abstract: The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Collection (Changing SEA) was developed in 2008 by Dr. Dean R. Hoge of the Department of Sociology at the Catholic University of America as a means of studying issues involving emerging adults in the United States so as to provide religious leaders with information on how to better minister to this age group. The archive includes 15 essays written by scholars on emerging adult issues, four commentaries on these essays, and nine case studies of churches that have successfully maintained their emerging adult membership.
Collection Number: 375
Language: English

Historical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Arrangement

The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project Archive consists of 3 Series:




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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

No Restrictions.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

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 Information

Processing completed in 2014 by Chris Burroughs. EAD markup completed in 2014 by Chris Burroughs.

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Related Material

Dean Hoge Papers

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Anderson, Joan Gray
Barry, Carolyn McNamara
Bartkowski, John P.
Bower, Walt
Bruce, Tricia C.
Cadge, Wendy
Cimino, Richard
Clark, Lynn Schofield
Clevenger, Casey
Dierberg, Jill
Edgell, Penny
Eisenberg, Marla E.
Farrell, Justin
Garces-Foley, Kathleen
Hackett, Conrad
Hoge, Dean R., 1937-2008
Jarzembowski, Paul
Kaell, Hillary
Lee, Elizabeth M.
Madesen, Stephanie D.
Mahoney, Annette
Marti, Gerardo
McIntosh, Hugh
McKnight, Scot
Merritt, Carol Howard
Newman, Barbara M.
Palmer, Ashley
Pogorelc, Anthony
Regnerus, Mark D.
Roberto, John
Tanner, Jennifer L.
Xu, Xiaohe
Youniss, James
Yukich, Grace

Organizations:
Catholic University of America
Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults

Places:
Boston, MA
Dallas, TX
Lexington, KY
New York, NY
Queens, NY
South Bend, IN
United States
Waco, TX
Washington D.C.

Subjects:
Catholicism
Church work with Young Adults
Family
Friends
Marriage
Media
Mental Health
Money
Politics and Government
Protestantism
Race
Religion and Sociology
Sex
Universities and Colleges
Work
Young Adults


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Bibliography

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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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Essays, ca. 2008
This series consists of the 15 original Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults essays, written for the Changing SEA website. The topics include finance, college, politics, sexuality, race, mental health, marriage and family, faith, and the media. The essays were written by scholars from across the United States, including Dr. James Youniss of the Department of Psychology at the Catholic University of America, and Dr. Penny Edgell of the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, who authored two of the essays.
   
    01. Faith and Spirituality among Emerging Adults, by Penny Edgell, ca. 2008
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    02. Emerging Adult Participation in Congregations, by Conrad Hackett, ca. 2008
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    03. Friends and Friendships in Emerging Adulthood, by Carolyn McNamara Barry, ca. 2008
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    04. Refashioning Family in the 21st Century: Marriage and Cohabitation among America's Young Adults, by John P. Bartkowski and Xiaohe Xu, ca. 2008
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    05. Marriage and Family, Faith, and Spirituality among Emerging Adults, by Annette Mahoney, ca. 2008
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    06. Engaging Emerging Adults, by Casey Clevenger and Wendy Cadge, ca. 2008
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    07. Trends in Political and Civic Behavior in Emerging Adults, by James Youniss and Hugh McIntosh, ca. 2008
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    08. Sex in Emerging Adulthood: A Decade in the Sexual Gap, by Marla E. Eisenberg, ca. 2008
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    09. Sexual Behavior in Young Adulthood, by Mark D. Regnerus, ca. 2008
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    10. Money and Debt Issues of Emerging Adults, by Joan Gray Anderson and Barbara M. Newman, ca. 2008
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    11. Work and Careers, by Penny Edgell, ca. 2008
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    12. Media in the Lives of Young Adults: Implications for Religious Organizations, by Jill Dierberg and Lynn Schofield Clark, ca. 2008
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    13. Old School, New School, No School: Changing Paths into, through, and out of College, by Elizabeth M. Lee, ca. 2008
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    14. Racial and Ethnic Dynamics among Contemporary Young Adults, by Gerardo Marti, ca. 2008
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    15. Mental Health in Emerging Adulthood, by Jennifer L. Tanner, ca. 2008
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Series 2: Commentaries on essays, ca. 2008
This series contains 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 1 from the perspective of the author. The commentaries discuss the merits of the essays and how they may be used practically to better meet the needs of emerging adults.
   
    01. Directions for Faith Formation with Emerging Adults: Insights from the Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project, by John Roberto, ca. 2008
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    02. Four Central Themes for an Emerging Adult Ministry Program, by Scot McKnight, ca. 2008
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    03. No More Business as Usual: Changing Realities for Young Adult Ministry, by Paul Jarzembowski, ca. 2008
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    04. Welcome the Wave to Come: Ministry with Emerging Adults, by Carol Howard Merritt, ca. 2008
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Series 3: Ethnographic case studies, ca. 2008
This 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 increase its emerging adult membership. The studies offer each institution as a model for other ministers seeking to reach out to emerging adults in the 21st century.
   
    01. Consolidated Baptist Church, by Walt Bower ca. 2008
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    02. Engaging Young Adults at Catholic Mega-Parish, by Tricia C. Bruce, ca. 2008
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    03. Diversity and Spirituality Drive Young Adults at New Life Fellowship, by Richard Cimino, ca. 2008
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    04. Middle Collegiate Church, by Grace Yukich, ca. 2008
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    05. Clay United Methodist Church, by Justin Paul Farrell, ca. 2008
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    06. St. Peter's Catholic Student Center, by Ashley Palmer, ca. 2008
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    07. Engaging Young Adult Catholics in D.C., by Kathleen Garces-Foley, ca. 2008
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    08. The Crossing: Worship, Community, and Action in Emergent Episcopal Ministry, by Hillary Kaell, ca. 2008
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    09. The Emerging Church Movement and Young Adults, by Gerardo Marti, ca. 2008
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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Essays, ca. 2008

Series 2: Commentaries on essays, ca. 2008

Series 3: Ethnographic case studies, ca. 2008

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