Questions and Answers

Q: My partner and I are not religious, but now that we have kids, we really feel the need for a community to reinforce the values we teach at home. We've been talking about going back to church. Are there alternatives?

A: There are indeed, and those alternatives are increasing in number and in variety. The resources section of this chapter contains websites for organizations with local chapters or congregations, some of which might be a good fit for your family. Not all are available in all areas, and some of them offer more for children and families than others, but this should provide a place to start looking for an existing community that you can join.

Nonreligious families vary considerably in the communities they seek. Some like the congregational model, which can provide many of the positive emotional and social benefits of religion without supernatural claims and dogma. Here are three options on the "congregational" end of the spectrum:

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