Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Uns/Nons Desire Spiritual Freedom ; FRESH AIR COMMUNITY

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Uns/Nons Desire Spiritual Freedom ; FRESH AIR COMMUNITY

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We need each other. We do. I am sending that message out to the fastest growing segment in the world of theistic faiths, the "Uns" and the "Nons". They are the unaffiliated and the non-committed.

The Uns/Nons are people of faith who no longer attend organized worship. Their reasons for stepping away from church are legion and logical. They have been wounded, rejected, misinformed, misunderstood and bored to tears, to name just a few. The Uns/Nons desire the freedom to experience and express their spirituality anywhere and any way they see fit, not because they are arrogant or isolationists, but because they are open to a deeper and more personal relationship with the Sacred Divine.

Many are they who long to worship and study their sacred texts employing both the heart and the mind. This is important because Uns/Nons embrace the compelling facts of science along with the ancient wisdom of the ages. For them truth is not either/or but both/and. These open souls view the world as a global village and the creatures upon it as kindred spirits.

To quote our Fresh Air worship leader, Warren Hale, these are "My Peeps." Uns/Nons are The Peeps that love God, enjoy deep faith and see the sacred in all things and it is to them I say, "We need each other. We do."

I say this because I think community is vital. Being a part of something is central to a whole and healthy life. Our spiritual DNA is galvanized by human interaction. In community we are inspired, informed, warned and warmed by the presence of others.

You see, we are hardwired for connection. That is a scientific fact! (See study by UCLA's Matthew Lieberman entitled Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired To Connect). We flourish and thrive in community. Church, at its best, can provide that positive connection called community. Church, at its best, can become a safe, sacred space where ideas are exchanged, diversity is celebrated and messages sung and spoken are helpful, hopeful and interesting. Church, at its best, can be that place where everyone knows your name, your past, your present and your heart and no one judges. …

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