John Morehead, the editor of Sacred Tribes Journal, presents an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Drescher about her research into "The Nones," those respondents to the Pew Forum on Religion who expressed no affiliation with religious institutions. Drescher is is a scholar, researcher, and writer. She is a faculty member in religious studies and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University. She holds a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and an MA in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University.
Dr. Drescher is also a senior correspondent for the online magazine Religion Dispatches. She has also published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Sojourners, and CrossCurrents, as well as other popular and academic publications. Her work has been highlighted by the Atlantic Monthly, the Utne Reader, the Daily Beast, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Australian Radio National, the BBC, CNN, State of Belief Radio, and other national and international news outlets.
Dr. Drescher is the author of Tweet If You ♥ Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation (Morehouse, 2011) and, with Keith Anderson, Click 2 Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse, 2012). Dr. Drescher’s current book project, Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones (Oxford University Press, 2014), explores practices of meaning-making, self-fulfillment, ethics, and self-transcendence among America’s fast-growing religious demographic, the religiously unaffiliated.
Her website can be found at www.elizabethdrescher.com, and Sacred Tribes Journal, an online journal on religion, can be found at www.sacredtribesjournal.org/stj/.