4. The Rise Of The Nones

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Dunigan has the support of the Presbyterian Church, which agreed to ordain her as an "evangelist," a designation rarely used these days for clergy serving Americans. That ordination is already affecting the views of her ad hoc congregation. Says Dunigan: "It allows the folks that I spend time with to say, 'If organized religion is willing to try something new, maybe I should give organized religion a chance.'"

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