For years, he still called himself a Catholic, but at some point, he realized he just didn’t believe in God anymore.
Green rarely talks about his beliefs for fear that he will be judged by others. He stepped out of his comfort zone recently to attend Ahmad’s interfaith event.
He talked about the values that are important to him and said he thinks there are valid points to every religion.
He knows he’s probably practicing components of many religions without even knowing it. Green works in IU Kokomo Director of Diversity Maria Ahmad’s office. Sometimes the two of them will talk about their philosophy on life.
“Sometimes Maria will say, ‘That’s a tenet of Islam you just said,’” Green said.
Not everyone is as open and understanding as Ahmad, though, Green said. People tend to misunderstand non-believers.
“I’m not in the majority here,” he said.
Twenty-seven-year-old Aimee Dershowitz knows a thing or two about being a minority.
She’s a young, Jewish woman living in a community with a small Jewish population.
She moved to Kokomo in September to start her career as a psychologist. Dershowitz immediately found the temple in town, a little piece of home away from home. When everything else was new and different, at least that was the same.
“No matter where you go in the country, the services are basically the same,” she said. “That’s nice.”
The congregation meets about once a month at Temple B’Nai Israel on Superior Street. The reform temple was established in 1942 to preserve Jewish life in Kokomo.
The temple’s members are much older than her. One member’s son is close to her age, and the student rabbi who travels from Cincinnati to teach at the temple is 23. Everyone else is over 50, she said.