Youth and Culture Symposium: What Do Teens Think About Religion?

A symposium on youth and culture, examining the religious practices and beliefs of teens, will be held Thursday, April 11 on the campus of Spartanburg Methodist College. The symposium will feature Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean, Professor of Youth, Church, and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church.

In addition, Dr. Darwin Glassford, a well-known and respected speaker on youth ministry and culture, will join Dr. Dean for the one-day symposium. Dr. Glassford is director of the M.A. program at Calvin Theological Seminary and Book Review Editor for the Journal of Youth Ministry.

“With all the anxieties of raising young people in today’s world, we believe the symposium will be timely and enlightening,” explained Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, President of Spartanburg Methodist College. “We are thrilled to have such respected experts, Dr. Dean and Dr. Glassford, joining us at SMC.”

Dr. Dean’s book, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church (Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press, 2010) was written in response to the National Study on Youth and Religion ( and offers readers a chance to reflect on how the church and parents can address the findings of the study with their own children.

“Teachers, pastors, youth pastors and parents of teens will find the symposium particularly enlightening,” explained Dr. Keith. “We will talk about faith and trust. How these attributes effect change, quell anxiety and inspire hope.”