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Celebrating Lent: Why non-religious millennials are choosing to sacrifice

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CRCC Research Director Richard Flory has been quoted in an article appearing on the KPCC website. Flory discusses the ways that non-religious young adults still take part in some traditional religious practices like Lent.

The report was written by students in the USC Annenberg Knight Program on Media and Religion, headed by Annenberg Professor Diane Winston.

An excerpt from the article:

"Many non-Catholic and non-religious milliennials are now observing Lent — the traditional season of sacrifice in many Christian denominations, leading up to Easter — as a way to give up something inhibiting their greater good. In this, the young people may be trying to reconnect with their inner spirituality outside of the confines of traditional religion.


'There is something about trying to create a space for yourself to pursue some sort of broadly construed spirituality that helps keep you grounded,' Flory says. 'A lot of what we hear from post-baby-boomers is about authenticity and about being who you are. This is a way to link back into parts of their identity without buying into the larger institution.' ”


Read the rest of the article.