Finding religion in Vermont

Today the 7 Days Newspaper, known as Vermont’s independent voice, published an interesting article on finding God in Vermont.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

When it comes to God, Vermont’s just not that into Him. Or Her. Our ranking as America’s least religious state was reaffirmed by a Gallup poll in February that indicated only 23 percent of Vermonters consider religion an important part of their daily lives and attend religious services every, or almost every, week. Among the 50 states, only New Hampshire is as godless…

So how godless are we, really? And what gods do Vermonters worship? According to the Association of Religious Data Archives at Pennsylvania State University, the largest religious group in Vermont, as of 2010, was Catholics (128,293), followed by mainline Protestants (48,029) and evangelical Protestants (22,630). But in smaller numbers, Vermont is home to practicing Mormons, Jews, Christian Scientists, Buddhists, Baha’is, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus, Muslims, Mennonites and Unitarians. And, of course, pagans.

For this week’s cover story, Seven Days sent its staff to places of worship large and small, public and private, to meet the faithful and discover the religious pulse of Vermont…

Check out the rest of Are You There, God? It’s Me, Vermont: Finding Religion in the Most Godless State.


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