IFYC Releases New Report on Emerging Interfaith Trends

A new report is available from Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) on what college students think about religion.  The Interfaith Diversity Experiences & Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), a project of IFYC with Professors Alyssa Rockenbach of North Carolina State University and Matthew Mayhew of The Ohio State University, tracks a group of students over the course of four years to examine the impact of college on students attitudes and engagement with others with diverse religious worldviews. Emerging Interfaith Trends is the first report released from this study, providing insight into student behavior and engagement with interfaith issues prior to coming to college. The study will continue to follow this group of students throughout their time in school.

To learn more, download the full report here, and join IFYC in an upcoming webinar to learn more about the findings.  The webinar will be offered at October 5 at 1 p.m. ET, and again on October 13 at 1 p.m. ET.

Food for Thought Friday: Global Poverty & Income Around the World

Pew Research Center has released a new and interesting research analysis on global poverty and the global middle class, as well as a great interactive map displaying the world population by income. Through their analysis, they found that in 2011, a majority of the world’s population (56%) continued to live a low-income existence, compared with just 13% that could be considered middle income by a global standard.  Although there was growth in the middle-income population from 2001 to 2011, the rise in prosperity was concentrated in certain regions of the globe such as China, South America, and Eastern Europe.

Check out Pew Research Center’s new research analysis and interactive map for a closer look at their findings!