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Praying Between the Lines: Prayer Practices of the American Nones

On Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m., Dr. Elizabeth Drescher will present a talk entitled "Praying Between the Lines: Prayer Practices of the American Nones."

When asked what practices they find "spiritually meaningful," only one traditional religious practice – prayer – is consistently mentioned by the religiously unaffiliated, including Nones who self-identify as agnostic, atheist, or humanist. What does it mean when Nones report that they "pray?" The talk will take place in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne campus and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Drescher has written for the Washington Post, Sojourners, and Salon and has been highlighted by NPR and the BBC. She is the author of Tweet If You ♥ Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation and the forthcoming Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America's Nones. She holds a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and teaches religious studies and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University.

Her talk is sponsored by the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation and is offered in conjunction with a course developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Enduring Questions Program, What Does Prayer Do? www.whatdoesprayerdo.net

For more information, contact the McDevitt Center at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu or (315) 445-6200.
posted on: 8/14/2014