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Passion 2013

January 1, 2013


No, I’m not attending. But I will be following the Daily Miracle blog and the live streamed sessions.

This will be a large gathering of young adult and college-age Christians who are, well, passionate. An estimated 43,000 attendees will descend on Atlanta “Passion City,” Georgia to hear from big names in evangelicalism. Last year, students raised over $3.3 million to fight human trafficking, and will likely match or exceed that this year. But you wouldn’t know it from reading non-Christian media!

We’ve heard recently that the number of “religiously unaffiliated” people under 30 is at a record high in the US. We’ve also heard that young people are disenfranchised with organized religion, and mainline liberal churches have been in decline. But what we don’t hear about is the Passion Generation.

This is a mountainous group of young people who, whether or not they are registered members of a church, are passionate in ways that evade easy categorization. Perhaps that is why the events go almost entirely un-noticed in the media.

Type in “Passion conference” in google news, and a few odd articles about sports conferences come up. It seems reporters don’t quite know what to make of these remarkable people, who raise money and spend out of their own pockets to hear from pastors and teachers who the media have characterized as firey, wrathful fundamentalists at best.

I only found one report from last year’s Passion conference, written for CNN’s Freedom Project. The article referred to 42,000 “college kids” raising millions of dollars to end human trafficking. Did it mention the fact that this is an explicitly Christian conference? Did the article even include the word “Christian” or “evangelical”? Nope.

I wonder what makes these “college kids” so passionate?

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