A few things have caught my attention recently. Time Magazine reported last week about the rise of the "Nones," those who are religious but have no religious affiliation. According the article, these are people who still love God, but are not interested in what organized religion has to offer. They are interested in serving God and even in being part of a community, but not in what has typically been offered in "church." The article's author, Amy Sullivan, writes:
But the hunger for spiritual connection and community hasn't gone away. A 2009 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life asked respondents whether they believed in God, how often they prayed and whether they were affiliated with a particular religion; it found that "40% of the unaffiliated people were fairly religious," says director Luis Lugo. "Many said they were still hoping to eventually find the right religious home."
And then this week Rachel Held Evan has posted on the idea of leaving and staying in the church. On Tuesday she gave15 Reasons I left the Church and then on Wednesday 15 Reasons I returned to the Church.
What about you? Are you in the church and considering leaving? If so why. And if you did leave the church and returned why?