Oct. 13, 2010
David Kinnaman, co-author of the book “unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity,” will present a lecture based on the book at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 1, in the Yockey Family Community Room, located in Morningside College’s Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Ave. Kinnaman's lecture is free and open to the public.
Kinnaman is president of The Barna Group, a California-based research firm that studies trends in religion and spirituality. The book “unChristian” is the result of a three-year research project The Barna Group conducted into the perceptions that non-Christian Americans aged 16 to 29 have toward Christianity. The Barna Group research showed that young Americans outside of Christianity have little trust in the Christian faith and low esteem for the lifestyle of Christians.
In addition to the lecture, Kinnaman will participate in a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 2 in the Yockey Family Community Room. Kinnaman’s lecture and the workshop are co-sponsored by the Morningside College Wright Lecture Series and by the Young Adult Ministries Office of the United Methodist Church in Iowa. The Wright Lecture Series, funded by an endowment established by Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Wright, brings preachers, religious leaders and religious studies scholars to the Morningside College campus. For more information on the November 2 workshop, contact the Morningside College Religious Studies Department at 712-274-5309.
Since joining The Barna Group in 1995, Kinnaman has designed and analyzed nearly 500 projects for a variety of clients, including the American Bible Society, the Billy Graham Association, Columbia House, Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Sony, NBC-Universal and many others.
Kinnaman is the son of a pastor and has served in various capacities within congregations he has attended.