The Loneliness in America Project 2020

A Resource of All Saints’ Episcopal Church

 

We welcome you to explore the digital resources of the Loneliness in America Project, an awareness and education destination to help you, your family, your church, or your community group understand the prevalence and impact of loneliness in America. One out of four Americans is chronically lonely and chronic loneliness is surprisingly damaging to our physical health.  We are all at risk and five common habits of mind and lifestyle are leading us toward greater social isolation. Click through to find materials you can print out and share with others, digital presentations that are perfect for small group learning and discussion, and information about bringing a Loneliness in America Project speaker to your group. 

 

About

The Loneliness in America Project is the ministry focus of Deacon Patrice Al-Shatti Taylor, MSW. Patrice is a retired medical and geriatric social worker and the survivor of a family member’s suicide, so she has seen loneliness in many forms, including its most tragic manifestation. Lonely people often feel embarrassed to talk about their feelings and may hide in plain sight, under the radar, around us, among us. All Saints’ Episcopal Church is passionate about sharing this content with you because we believe that loneliness is one of the biggest social and spiritual challenges facing us in the 21st Century. When we start to understand how easy it is to slip into isolating habits and how much they can harm us, we take an important step in making ourselves and our communities stronger.

 

Loneliness affects half of Americans, who tell researchers that they sometimes or always feel alone, and four in ten of us say that we literally have no one with whom to share important news. Awareness is important because many of us don’t know that loneliness moves far beyond stereotypes. For instance, in 2018, 18-22-year olds were the loneliness generation, not the elderly. And the highest suicide rate, a reasonable gauge of chronic loneliness, is among middle aged men, not young adults.

 


 

Resources

The downloads available here at the Loneliness in America Project are yours to keep and share with others. Please send us feedback about how you use them and what other content you’d like to see. Click on the Contact page to arrange a free presentation at your church or community group if you are in Arizona. Currently, we have two forms of digital downloads available, printable flyers and brochures, and PowerPoint presentations to use with small groups. In the months to come, you will find teaching modules for children’s groups, modules for a four-week adult educational group, and materials for a four-hour adult workshop, so check back periodically. Spreading the word about loneliness is literally lifesaving. Let us give you the tools you need to educate yourself and others. We are not alone if we act together.

  • A variety of topics including individualism and self-reliance, over-scheduling and busyness, reliance on technology, modern work, youth and loneliness, midlife loneliness, late life loneliness, and more. 

  • For Adult Sunday School, Children's Sunday School, 4-Week Small Groups, and 4-Hour Workshops

  • PowerPoint Presentations on Loneliness, Belonging, Digital Simplicity, and more. 

Contact Us

The Rev. Patrice Al-Shatti Taylor

Deacon

All Saints' Episcopal Church

6300 North Central Avenue

Phoenix, Arizona 85012-1190


602.279.5539 office

palshatti@allsaintsoncentral.org