https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archi ... RYPbm9QPHQ
Mormons, or rather, ex-Mormons get a shout out at being one group making this work because the Oasis group (I don't know this group, but maybe people in SLC know it) comprises of people who identify as "ex-Mo" which is itself kind of a cultural identity. Studies showed, though, that churches last when they require sacrifices, and the problem is that once you no longer see those sacrifices as necessary for a higher purpose or sacred, you lose interest in the sacrifices that are required.
Personally, though, I really do struggle with the sacrifices that I don't see as divine. I feel like a shrug sometimes at church. I just can't get too jazzed about a lot of it.For religious communes, the more sacrifices demanded, the longer they lasted; however, this connection didn’t hold for secular communes. The implication, Norenzayan said, was that challenging rituals and taxing rules work only when they’re part of something sacred; once the veil of sacrality is removed, people no longer care to commit to things that demand their time and dedication. “If it’s ‘Come and go as you wish,’ that’s not going to work,” he said. Even if secular congregations could create a sense of the sacred, they tend to attract people who are explicitly looking for a community without costly rituals—one that lets you do what you want.