Francisco-Fact #151
August 1, 2019

There was a letter about social events at St. Francis from the Rector and Rob Kerns, what is the background for this?

The background for a revised ministry of Fellowship at St. Francis has to do with "nones,"* St. Francis experience, and our increasingly rapid cultural changes.

"Nones," have now surpassed Evangelicals as a religious demographic in the United States, 23.1% to 22.5%%, respectively. This trend has been observable for decades, and it also puts the Nones and Evangelicals at about the same level of identification as Roman Catholics.

The group that has suffered the most from this trend are the Mainline Protestants, our group. We are now identified as 10.8 % of the population in the Pew Trust cultural surveys.

St. Francis, a product of the seventies and eighties cultural milieu, has experienced this dynamic of changed affiliations. Both a slowdown in home owner turnover and development and changes in what younger residents are now looking for has meant a decrease in our own affiliation rates.

Part of our experience has been what fellowship and belonging has meant to us in attracting members to our community. The Fellowship Events of the Fall are a harkening back to our roots—low cost, simple ways to become part of the community. More needs to be said about this ministry and more will be said.

This September 8, in a kick-off to the fall season, Rob Kerns and members of the Invite*Welcome*Connect Team will be presenting information and explaining thoughts of the Vestry and Clergy concerning this initiative. Plan to be IN Millen Hall at 9:15 and 11:30 AM, Sunday, September 8 to learn more and plan to participate.

 *Religious "nones" is a shorthand used to refer to people who self-identify as atheists or agnostics, as well as those who say their religion is "nothing in particular."