11. How Churches Are Failing Young Christians: Why Millions Are Leaving the Church and Some Are Committing Suicide


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21% of Gen Z identifies as LGBT according to a 2022 Gallup Poll. Both parents and churches are failing to keep them safe.

Research tells us there are surprisingly large benefits to health and wellbeing associated with church attendance. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to religion, particularly for some young Christians and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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References and URLs

21% of Gen Z identifies as LGBT according to a 2022 Gallup Poll:

· https://news.gallup.com/poll/389792/lgbt-identification-ticks-up.aspx

“Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered" Catechism of the Catholic Church:

· http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/para/2357.htm

Franklin Graham quote:

· https://christiansforsocialaction.org/resource/what-are-christians-to-do-with-those-pesky-gay-children/

The benefits of church attendance for women (Harvard study):

· https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2521827

· https://ifstudies.org/blog/religious-service-attendance-marriage-and-health/

Benefits of church attendance for young adults (2ndHarvard study):

· http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/religious-upbringing-adult-health/

· https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/187/11/2355/5094534

The association of religiosity and suicide in queer youth:

· http://www.huffpost.com/entry/queer-youth-religion-suicide-study_n_5ad4f7b3e4b077c89ceb9774

· http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(18)30050-3/fulltext

Falling church attendance – Barna Group research:

· http://www.barna.com/research/changing-state-of-the-church/

Falling church attendance – Pew research:

· http://www.pewforum.org/2019/10/17/in-u-s-decline-of-christianity-continues-at-rapid-pace/

Friendly and Welcoming Is Not Affirming:

· http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2018/4/03/difference-between-welcoming-church-and-affirming-one-huge

Trans godparents forbidden in the Catholic Church:

· http://www.hrc.org/resources/stances-of-faiths-on-lgbt-issues-roman-catholic-church

· http://www.newwaysministry.org/2015/09/13/did-the-vatican-really-ban-transgender-godparents/







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