Josh Packard

Josh Packard is an author at Religion News Service.

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Anime is packed with spirituality and gaining popularity among Gen Z

By Josh Packard and Kaitlyn Ugoretz — October 31, 2022
(RNS) — Anime, filled with Japanese spirituality, is part of a massive boom in the popularity of East Asian media.

In faith communities, Gen Z minorities struggle to find belonging

By Josh Packard and Hannah Turner — September 20, 2022
(RNS) — Young BIPOC enter faith communities with certain hopes and expectations for how these communities will support congregants of color.

Gen Z mixes abortion politics — like all their politics — with spirituality

By Josh Packard — July 15, 2022
(RNS) — College-age Americans resist fixed definitions for what it means to be religious.

Young Black Catholics are still here and flourishing more than their peers

By Josh Packard and Byron Wratee — April 1, 2022
(RNS) — A new study found Gen Z Black Catholics are more traditionally religious than their Catholic peers of other racial groups.

There is hope for youth ministries, but they must innovate to survive

By Josh Packard and Abigail Rusert — February 28, 2022
(RNS) — Gen Z is no longer engaging with religious institutions in prototypical ways, though majorities say they’re religious or spiritual.

‘Refusal to engage’: Gen Z sees gap in support of LGBTQ+ rights among faith groups

By Josh Packard and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza — January 3, 2022
(RNS) — Those looking for accepting communities may need to look outside of traditional houses of worship.

Gen Z is looking for meaning this holiday season, but maybe not where we expect

By Josh Packard — December 10, 2021
(RNS) — Three ways to spend quality time with young people at this time of year.

If faith leaders want to reach Gen Z, meet them in the streets 

By Josh Packard, William J. Barber II, and A. Kazimir Brown — October 21, 2021
(RNS) — New data show that 20% of ‘very religious’ young people say they engage in acts of protest on a daily basis. 

Gen Z is keeping the faith. Just don’t expect to see them at worship.

By Josh Packard and Casper ter Kuile — September 23, 2021
(RNS) — Young people’s trust in religious institutions is low, but trust in relationships with religious people is still extremely high.
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