By Corinna Nicolaou
The emerging inhabitants often called “nones” for its members’ loss of non secular association is altering American society, politics, and tradition. Many nones think in God or even stopover at areas of worship, yet they don't determine with a selected religion or belong to a religious group. Corinna Nicolaou is a none, and during this layered narrative, she describes what it truly is like for her and millions of others to stay with no faith or to be religious with out committing to a selected faith.
Nicolaou additionally excursions America’s significant conventional religions to work out what, if whatever, one may well lack with out God. She strikes via Christianity’s denominations, studying their tenets and worshiping along their fans. She travels to l. a. to immerse herself in Judaism, Berkeley to coach herself approximately Buddhism, and Dallas and Washington, D.C., to familiarize herself with Islam. those encounters end up the numerous position faith nonetheless performs in smooth existence. in addition they exemplify the colourful courting among faith and American tradition and the long-lasting worth it presents to immigrants and outsiders. even though she is still a religious none, Nicolaou’s studies exhibit issues of touch among the spiritual and the unaffiliated, suggesting nones should be noticeably revising the perform of religion in modern occasions.
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Extra resources for A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam
It comes from the Latin word for mutual participation. I don’t know that I can consider myself as having properly shared in worship if I refrain from shoulder to shoulder like a band of kindly gangsters. As they pass a basket of bread, each takes a piece. Together they eat it. Next, the thimbles of wine pass, and those go down the hatch. Then, in a well-choreographed routine, each of the elders takes a basket of bread and a section of audience and oversees the distribution. The mounds shrink as they glide down each row, handed quickly from one person to the next, and soon everyone has a hunk.
Furthermore, I have options to improve the quality of my eternal life. For example, I can give money to one of the traveling religious oﬃcials collecting donations to take back to headquarters in Rome and, depending on how much I give, the number of days that I have to wait to gain admittance into heaven after I die will be reduced, which seems like money well spent if you ask me, as I will have an oﬃcial certiﬁcate of this purgatory-reducing transaction. But the most important reason I’m here is to participate in the holiest of the holy: communion.
She explains that these will be taken to the homebound. She carries the communion-to-go kit down the aisle and hands it to a woman who stands and accepts it with a slight nod. I think how nice it must be for the recipients of this small token. Even if Jesus is just the excuse, even if some people are more eager to see the person than the goodies she brings, it’s such a beautiful gesture to sit and spend a few minutes with someone who is not well. Healthy and sick, individual and community, the ordinary and the unexpected—communion inspires worlds to collide.