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Spirituality on the rise on college campuses
Post-Gazzete ^ | Ann McFeatters

Posted on 04/14/2005 9:38:42 AM PDT by Asphalt

WASHINGTON -- Today's colleges are hotbeds of religiosity and prayer where compassion may be on its first major campus upswing since the 1960s, according to a survey released yesterday by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The poll of 112,232 freshmen at 236 colleges and universities found eight in 10 saying they attend religious services, believe in God and care about spirituality. More than two-thirds pray.

(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: academia; generationy; highereducation; spiritualjourney

1 posted on 04/14/2005 9:38:43 AM PDT by Asphalt
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To: Asphalt

A little ray of hope for our youth.....in the face of the faithless, valueless left of academia.


2 posted on 04/14/2005 9:41:44 AM PDT by EagleUSA (Q)
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To: Asphalt
I teach PT in a small, private New England college.

I get regular emails from the Christian group on campus announcing meetings, prayer groups, etc.

Both students and faculty are involved.

Not sure what denomination, but apparently their services involve pizza.

3 posted on 04/14/2005 9:42:21 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Asphalt

I attend a state school (The University of Texas) and am proud to announce that the Christian presence is surely felt here.


4 posted on 04/14/2005 9:42:54 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on.....)
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To: billorites

My sister is at Princeton, arguably one of the most liberal schools in the country, she attends several christian groups, and I believe there are others.


5 posted on 04/14/2005 9:44:40 AM PDT by Asphalt (Three can keep a secret if two are dead.)
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To: Asphalt
?...... The poll of 112,232 fresh-men at 236 colleges and universities found eight in 10 saying they attend Creator-God religious services, believe in Jesus Christ and care about praying in His (Jesus) name (spirituality). More than two-thirds pray in Jesus name?

....sure....

/PETA

6 posted on 04/14/2005 9:52:46 AM PDT by maestro
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To: Asphalt

I'm at the UW in Seattle and whenever the campus groups are out on the lawn, the religious groups are very well represented.

Considering this is left-of-Lenin Seattle, where spirituality consists of praying to the gay rain god or some such, it looks like they're doing pretty well.


7 posted on 04/14/2005 9:53:22 AM PDT by radiohead (revote in washington state)
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To: Asphalt
?...... The poll of 112,232 fresh-men at 236 colleges and universities found eight in 10 saying they attend Creator-God religious services, believe in Jesus Christ and care about praying in His (Jesus) name (spirituality). More than two-thirds pray in Jesus name?

....sure....

/PETA

8 posted on 04/14/2005 9:53:30 AM PDT by maestro
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To: Asphalt

I attend mass at the Newman Center at a University on occassion. The place is always packed. They baptize several students each year. Often they are roommates of someone who is religious and never experienced religion at home. They see these students with a purpose and a sense of peace and want this in their lives too. Some of these students have branched out into the neighboring parishes and are doing great things.


9 posted on 04/14/2005 9:55:50 AM PDT by PrincessB
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To: Asphalt; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
According to the UCLA survey, 80 percent of students are interested in spirituality, 76 percent are searching for meaning in life, 74 percent discuss life philosophies with friends, 81 percent attend religious services, 79 percent believe in God, and 69 percent pray.

Catholic Ping - Please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


10 posted on 04/14/2005 10:10:59 AM PDT by NYer ("America needs much prayer, lest it lose its soul." John Paul II)
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To: NYer

Did you see the Divine Liturgy, or did you program your VCR/DVR to record it? I missed it because I was at a lecture where the son of Blessed Karl of Austria was speaking.


11 posted on 04/14/2005 10:13:46 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: Asphalt

>> According to the UCLA survey, 80 percent of students are interested in spirituality, 76 percent are searching for meaning in life, 74 percent discuss life philosophies with friends, 81 percent attend religious services, 79 percent believe in God, and 69 percent pray. <<

Not credible. 69% pray, but 81% attend religious services? What is the question, "Have you ever attended a religious service?" "Yeah, sure, when my step-father-in-law married my step-mom-third-removed for the fifth time, I went to the service."


12 posted on 04/14/2005 10:14:15 AM PDT by dangus
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Don't get me wrong... I'd love to believe this, but it just isn't consistent with reality.

And to people writing saying how the Neumann Center is packed, or something like that... Are we talking a center that holds 1,000 students out of a university of 87,000 students, 40% of whom are Catholic? Get my drift?


13 posted on 04/14/2005 10:16:07 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus
Wiccans consider themselves "spiritual".
14 posted on 04/14/2005 10:19:43 AM PDT by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: Asphalt

Great news. I know in my son's case that this is true.


15 posted on 04/14/2005 10:22:03 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Pyro7480
Did you see the Divine Liturgy, or did you program your VCR/DVR to record it?

Watched it in streaming video at work with the volume turned down to 1 ;-D. Will post a Novendiales thread later with images from the liturgy - the commentator kept marveling at the colorgul liturgical garments worn by members of the various Eastern Churches and how chant was such an integral part of the liturgy.

If you missed it, the program will be repeated this evening at 10pm. It was truly awesome to hear the Maronite chants - especially the Qadeeshat (even with speakers down low), emanating from the Vatican.

16 posted on 04/14/2005 10:31:31 AM PDT by NYer ("America needs much prayer, lest it lose its soul." John Paul II)
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To: Asphalt

The Catholics here at Florida State University are unbelievably on fire, its incredible.


17 posted on 04/14/2005 10:42:13 AM PDT by mike182d ("Let fly the white flag of war." - Zapp Brannigan)
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To: Asphalt
I know first hand that there is Truth in this.
My daughter goes to an extremely liberal college.I was quite worried because she is ultra Conservative.
Within 4 months a large group of Christians were able to find each other.
Christian parents should not underestimate our children.
18 posted on 04/14/2005 11:05:15 AM PDT by pro610 (Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains.Praise Jesus Christ!)
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To: pro610
While students regularly engaged in religious practices were far more likely to be politically conservative than liberal, religious skeptics were more likely to be liberal. Those who go regularly to church are much less likely to believe that abortion should be legal, that sex out of marriage is permissible, that gays should be married or that marijuana should be legalized. Forty-four percent of those highly engaged in their religions favor increased military spending, compared with 30 percent who are less involved in religious practices.

INteresting... and obvious, really.

19 posted on 04/14/2005 1:40:38 PM PDT by It's me
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To: Asphalt

Good post. Thanks for the uplifting news.


20 posted on 04/14/2005 1:43:22 PM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: Pyro7480
I was at a lecture where the son of Blessed Karl of Austria was speaking.

Lucky you! Which one? Where? Tell me more about this.

21 posted on 04/14/2005 4:10:31 PM PDT by royalcello
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