The Cultural Cost of Unbelief


What Irreligiosity Means to Minority Millennials in the 21st Century

Culture & Identity  •  Fellowships

Photo courtesy April Manalang
Photo courtesy April Manalang

Virginia Humanities

145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville VA 22903

Aprilfaye Manalang teaches Interdisciplinary Studies and research methods at Norfolk State University. Her current research project seeks to investigate how minority millennials perceive, interpret, and construct unbelief: put short, why are minority millennials leaving the church?

Moreover, she wants to learn how that unbelief influences their civic engagement and political outcomes, and how it is expressed across cultures. Finally, she is curious how  Hispanic-American, Filipino-American, and African-American millennials compare in respect to unbelief. She is aware of the marked rise in religious disaffiliation: twenty percent of the American adult population is now categorized as “religious nones”, or report having no formal religious ties. Also, one in three are millennial (under thirty years old).

But scholars do not know why millennials are increasingly leaving the church, especially in the United States, which is arguably considered the most religious industrialized country in the world.

Come to this free public talk by Manalang to hear what her research is uncovering. A casual lunch will be provided.

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