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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Shortly after, he started searching for a new church home. It proved to be a tough task.

“I’m picky,” he said. “I don’t think one size fits all.”

He eventually found his home at New Life Church.

He admits there aren’t a lot of single, young professionals like him in the church. All of the young people are married with kids. Still, he was drawn to the church for its pastor, Randy Blankenship.

“I really like that he teaches straight from the Bible,” he said. “It wasn’t his own doctrine. Either you believe it or you don’t. It’s straight with no chaser.”

Podgorski said he attends church as often as he can, which with his work schedule is not as often as he’d like. He meets with his pastor to talk about his faith regularly, though, and prays twice a day.

“I take my faith seriously,” he said.

STEPHEN GREEN

Twenty-three-year-old Stephen Green has faith in only one thing: the here and now.

“I live in the here and now,” he said. “I’m doing what I can right now to be the best person I can be.”

The only thing he’s certain about is his life here on Earth. The afterlife just doesn’t make any sense to him.

He considers himself agnostic. He doesn’t believe in a deity or divine being, but he concedes that he might be wrong. There’s a chance that someday his beliefs may change.

“I keep all of my options open,” he said.

Green grew up in a Catholic family. He prayed regularly and wore a crucifix around his neck. His family didn’t often attend church, though, and faith rarely came up in their day-to-day conversations.

He said his family is probably 95 percent secular.

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