Young people seek spiritual communities... and can't find them.

Much of what we have done here at Still Harbor is based upon the findings from the UCLA Center for Spirituality in Higher Education. In their initial study, they interviewed over 100,000 college students about their spiritual and religious lives. While interest in spirituality remains high among 18-22 year olds, very few students feel that their colleges or universities are doing an adequate or good job in helping them to address the big spiritual questions they face, like "who am I?",  "where am I going?",  "what ought I to do?", etc. 

While this may not surprise us, the issue that arises in the Center's data is that half the students interviewed consider themselves to be seekers of spirituality but without a religious community or spiritual home and are furthermore disappointed that their schools don't do more to cultivate spiritual community. These young people form one of the main constituencies accompanied by and involved in Still Harbor. 

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On October 28th, the UCLA Center for Spirituality in Higher Education will release a book, Cultivating the Spirit, on their study. With the publication of this book and data, we hope Still Harbor's mission becomes more clear. There is a great demand from young people for space to explore life's big questions both individually and collectively. Still Harbor is responding to that demand in the Boston area in particular at our Center for Discernment & Action but also throughout the country via training sessions, retreat facilitation, and speaking engagements. Since January 2009, Still Harbor has reached more than 2,000 students to help them begin to discover their own spirituality.

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