October 8, 2023


In my first semester at the San Francisco Theological Seminary, where I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling, I took a class called “The Spirituality of the Nones, Dones and SBNRs.” I couldn’t have wished for a better introduction to a progressive seminary education.

That was 2017, and since then, the Nones, Dones and SBNRs have garnered media attention worldwide, as evidenced in this extraordinary report by the Associated Press. As the website introduction states:

“In a sweeping package of stories, photos and video, The Associated Press Religion Team takes an in-depth look at how this phenomenon is playing out in several of these countries. The package also looks at regions where openly being a none is rare or even dangerous.”



Terri Daniel

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