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The Nones: who are they and how do we reach them?

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St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

2350 East Dempster Street

Des Plaines, IL 60016

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The "Nones" refers to a person who is unaffiliated with any organized religion. The term is from religion surveys in which "none of the above" is the last choice listed. Multiple research groups report that Nones have risen from 7% of the U.S. population in the early 1990s to roughly 25% in 2015. And the numbers continues to climb. In this two-part talk, Dr. Nathan A. Jacobs will share his insights about the worldview of the Nones and the opportunity that this growing demographic represents for Eastern Orthodox outreach. Dr. Jacobs is writer-director of the documentary Becoming Truly Human, which looks at the worldview of the religiously unaffiliated, while recounting his own journey from Nonery to Eastern Orthodox Christianity. In part 1 of his talk, Dr. Jacobs will dispel misconceptions about the Nones and share common patterns that appear across the worldviews of many Nones. Dr. Jacobs will also offer his diagnosis of why so many evangelists and apologists find the Nones perplexing. Yet, contrary to pessimistic reports, Dr. Jacobs will discuss the merits he sees in the shifting worldview that the unaffiliated represent, and offer insights into what outreach to this group should look like, if it is to be effective. In part 2, Dr. Jacobs will turn his attention to why Eastern Orthodoxy has a considerable opportunity to connect with many Nones. Drawing upon his own journey, Dr. Jacobs will highlights those aspects of Western Christianity that many Nones reject, and show that Eastern Orthodoxy is of like mind with the Nones in this rejection. In addition, Dr. Jacobs will explore the various ways in which Orthodoxy connects with the Nones concerning aesthetics, the spiritual nature of the world, and the wholistic nature of personal spirituality. Finally, Dr. Jacobs will share some practical insights learned from the making of Becoming Truly Human about building relationships and trust with Nones.

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