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A Pew Research Center survey reported that the number of adults in the U.S. who say they are
spiritual but not religious (SBNR), has grown rapidly in recent years, up to 27% in 2017. Who
are the people who make up this group? Why are their numbers growing? What does their
spirituality look like? What are their particular challenges, gifts or strengths? What is the
nature of the spiritual care needed for those who identify as SBNR? In this 2-day course
elective, participants will explore different forms of ministry that may serve the SBNR. We will
consider where SBNR interfaces with social justice, science, and the personal growth
movement. Collectively, we will look at where the SBNR community is found, or emerging, and
envision ways to nurture this part of our communal spiritual landscape.
1 credit hour