UPDATE: Sam Fletcher will no longer be able to participate in this panel.
Recent research shows 20 percent of Americans don't affiliate with a particular religion.
However that doesn't necessarily mean they aren't spiritual. Many of these people, called nones, practice their faith independently, which could be why we see shrinking congregations.
In this changing society, where does religious community fit in? Is it still relevant?
CastroLang argues that religion is about community, “…it is about human beings who decide to organize themselves around something they share or that bonds them.”
Fujiura has written about being his need for a Buddhist sangha, or community.
Oberst has studied the nones and contends that the church and the nones need to find a way to work together.
Brown is chipping away on an article about a spiritual community she's helping create in the West Central Neighborhood, dubbed The Green House.
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.