Katherine Ozment, author of the award-winning Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age, will speak on the topic, Secular Spirituality: The Path to Grace Without God. She will talk about her three-year-long journey to research and document the dramatic rise of the nonreligious across the United States. What accounts for the sudden increase in those who check “None of the Above” when asked their religious affiliation? And what are the so-called Nones doing to meet the human needs which religion has met for millennia? Ms. Ozment will share inspiring examples of the many creative ways which secular Americans are forming and finding new communities rituals and sources of meaning as they chart a path toward grace without God.
Ms. Ozment has worked in publishing for more than 25 years, including as a senior editor at National Geographic, for which she once rode a donkey through the desert of Jordan and Israel on assignment. Her essays andarticles have been widely published, including in such venues as National Geographic, The New York Times, Boston, Salon, and Fitness. Born in Arkansas, she graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English and American Literature and received her Masters in Writing from DePaul University.
The LSUS Annual Meeting for pledging members will follow a shortened coffee hour after the service.