Crossfit. Yoga. Hip-Hop.
Over the last decade, researchers have tracked a rapid increase among Americans who claim no religious affiliation. In the last five years alone, the unaffiliated—popularly known as “the nones”—have increased from just over 15% to 20% of all U.S. adults. This decline in religiosity is most marked among Millennials, young adults born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s. Yet, this decline in religious affiliation has not made Americans less spiritual—we are simply seeking spirituality in places other than the local church. From the rise of social-physical events such as Crossfit and Color Runs to the proliferation of hip-hop, young adults are seeking meaning and transcendence in unlikely places.
In New Testament Greek, kaleō means “to call, to invite”. Where can the Millennial Nones be found in the Denver area? How can churches in the Denver area call out to them, inviting them into life-giving relationships? This is the focus and the mission of the Kaleo Project, Denver Seminary's arm of the Lilly Endowment's Young Adult Initiative.