I was raised in a vaguely religious household—prayers at dinner, living by the Golden Rule, and the occasional Bible story—but we never went to church. My dad was the son of a staunch Lutheran but didn’t impose anything other than the basics on us, so I’ve basically only set foot in churches for weddings and funerals. As I get older (I’m in my 30s), I find myself more curious about religion in general. Maybe it stems from feeling lost and looking for an anchor or something similar, and I’ve studied a number of religions (from Christianity to Judaism to Buddhism) from a scholastic standpoint, but when it comes to actually attending church to see if I’m interested in making it a regular part of my life, I literally have no idea where to start. We have one non-denominational church in our small rural town and that’s about it. Can I just show up? Do I need an appointment? How does it work?
—Looking for Faith