‘Spiritual but not religious’: What does it mean?

WASHINGTON — It's almost reached the level of cliche in American society: You ask someone why they don't go to church, and they reply, "Oh, I'm spiritual but not religious."

But what does that mean? A survey conducted jointly by the Public Religion Research Institute and Florida State University doesn't provide hard-and-fast answers, but it offers clues.

Women religious at assembly urged to face crisis with contemplation

Sister Marcia Allen, a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas, and president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, delivers her address Aug. 10 to attendees at the LCWR assembly in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — About 800 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathered in Atlanta for their annual assembly Aug. 9-12.

With the theme of "Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation," the sisters considered where God is moving in today's world as they face smaller and graying communities.

"The whole assembly is about listening to the movements of God, not only individually, but collectively," said Sister Annmarie Sanders, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who is LCWR's communications director.

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