Navigating Uncertainty with Young People

The Distillery Season Six

How are young people navigating uncertainty? Josh Packard is the executive director of Springtide Research Institute. He is a sociologist with a background in teaching, speaking, and writing. Springtide Research Institute specializes in researching people between the ages of 13 and 25 years old. Each fall, they publish a document called, “The State of Religion and Young People.” This episode of The Distillery explores what they’ve learned about the faith lives of these young people as they’ve moved through such a season of incredible uncertainty.

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Dr. Josh Packard, executive director of Springtide Research Institute, is an accomplished researcher and speaker on young people in America, specializing in their spirituality and their relationship with religious groups and faith leaders. A talented speaker and writer with over ten years of teaching experience, Packard has been a guest on numerous podcasts and radio shows as well as a sought-after speaker at conferences, events, and workshops. He has been interviewed and published widely in both academic and popular outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christianity Today, The Huffington Post, Deseret News, CBS, USA Today, and more. Packard earned his PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University and did his undergraduate work in English at Texas Lutheran University.

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