Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Last night I attended the National Honor Society induction ceremony at Appleton East High School, where a large number of teenagers were being honored as new members of the Society. For each new member, a few lines were read telling something significant about the student: college plans, personal interests, etc. I was surprised at how often I heard references to religion: "volunteers with her church," "active in her church," "interested in religion," "has a strong faith," etc. Some kids that I know to be religious didn't mention religion, but it was surprising how many others did. I'm guessing 25% or more. This just seemed much different than past events of this kind that I have attended over the years. Is interest in religion more socially acceptable than it used to be among teenagers? If this is part of an actual trend, it's a welcome one.
Posted by Jeff Lindsay at 10:14 PM