Faith in the Northwest

OPB | July 11, 2008 9 a.m. | Updated: Sept. 10, 2013 8:43 p.m.

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Oregonians have developed a reputation for being “unchurched.” Theology Professor Patricia O’Connell Killen has called the region the “None Zone” — since the northwest has the highest percentage in the country of people that identify their religious affiliation as “none.” And while Oregonians may not go to church as often as people in other parts of the country, we’re not necessarily irreligious. By some estimates, only 17% of Oregonians call themselves “non-religious.”

Are you religious? Are you spiritual? Do you find the northwest open or hostile to your ideas and beliefs? How does living here affect the way you express your religious beliefs?

Do you see changes in the way religion is practiced and perceived in your community?

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