Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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April 13, 2014

Diverse beliefs mirror national trends

Young people in the community are the new faces of faith

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Mullett wasn’t always an atheist. She went to church for a few years as a teen. Her family is ultra-religious, she said.

After she had her son in 2004, though, she had an epiphany of sorts. Though she didn’t want to discuss the specifics, she said it led her to start researching science and history. Before long she was convinced there’s no God out there.

Mullett doesn’t often talk about her beliefs. It’s a little scary, especially in a conservative area like Kokomo, she said.

“It’s sometimes hard to say you’re a non-believer because of the connotations that come with it,” she said. “There are definitely negative connotations. I’ve lost family because of it, but I haven’t lost friends.”

BRANDON PODGORSKI

Brandon Podgorski grew up in a family that had very little religious involvement.

They went to church only on Christmas, Easter and Mother’s Day.

“I was Christian probably in name only,” the 34-year-old said. “I did not get serious about my faith until I was a junior in college.”

His brother was a college sophomore at the time. They both attended Indiana University.

Podgorski’s brother started going to church regularly. Then he testified to Podgorski and started witnessing to him. Podgorski felt in his heart that God was calling him to start attending church, too.

He considers himself a non-denominational Christian. The basic tenet of his faith is that Jesus Christ is Lord.

He explained that using a passage from the Bible.

According to Acts 4:12, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Podgorski moved to Kokomo late last year when he took over as athletic director and director of the new fitness center at IU Kokomo.

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