Some people who cannot accept church doctrines and dogmas have found other things in Christian congregations that may be better than believing:
- Being part of an extended family with "brothers and sisters" who care about you.
- Participating in the life of a community where your concerns make a difference.
- Locating companions with whom you can work to help bring to the world a greater measure of social, economic, and environmental justice.
- Finding your roots in the rituals and traditions of a people with a history.
- Growing in awareness of your personal values and your potential as a human being.
- Increasing your capacity for open and honest relationships with other people.
- Approaching God directly through disciplined meditation and prayer.
- Having a place to celebrate the joys of birth,
marriage, and success as well as to find support in the tragedies of death, divorce,
The first version of this list appeared in a 1974 flier circulated by St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Washington, DC's Capitol Hill, the congregation I served as rector 1966-1996.