According to the Pew Forum, those who see their spirituality as “unaffiliated” make up 16% of Americans, but they are the fastest-growing segment of spiritual life in the United States. Why do you think so many Americans are moving away from religious affiliation?
It does seem that a certain number of people are moving away from religious affiliation and focusing more on spirituality. I think one reason for this is the recognition that religion and spirituality actually depict two different experiences. In other words, the two terms are not interchangeable. Another reason is that some have been disappointed by their faith community.
Spirituality can be described as a personal quest for meaning and purpose in life. It usually leads to the discovery of a higher power or God, which helps the individual to experience hope, love, peace and understanding. This discovery also contributes to the formation of our inner belief system.