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Joel Thiessen


Dr. Joel Thiessen is professor of sociology and director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University in Calgary, AB. His latest book is The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age. He is currently working on three collaborative projects focused on religious nones in North America, millennials in Canada and flourishing congregations in Canada.


Main Conference Classes

10. Religious Nones: Canada’s Fastest Growing “Religious” Group
Block A || Saturday || 11:30AM

Religious nones—those who say they have no religion—represent one-quarter of adults and one-third of teens and young adults in Canada. Drawing on recent Canadian data, explore who they are, why they have grown, how they view the world and religion, and where they are going.

55. Passing on the Faith from One Generation to the Next
Block D || Sunday || 8:30AM

Some families and congregations are more effective than others at passing on the faith from one generation to the next. Why? Joel Thiessen looks at religious trends among Canadian millennials and uses empirical research to highlight the central role parents and congregations play in their spiritual direction.