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Personal Interview Questions

What was your childhood religious experience like?

Did you join a church as a teenager? Which church?

How has your religious experience changed over the years? What do you think caused those changes?

What other religions/denominations have you investigated? Do you still investigate other religions?

When did you first learn about Unity?

What Unity programs do you participate in? What Unity publications do you read?

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a Unity church? What influenced your decision to join (or not join) Unity?

(If married) Do you attend church with your spouse/family? If not, why?

Do you find that your church helps you with specific life needs or problems? How?

The Unity philosophy seems to be pretty flexible and open. How do you feel about that?

What do you like or dislike about the Unity philosophy?

Is there anything about the Unity philosophy that you question?

(If a Unity member) Was your previous religious philosophy or practice missing anything that Unity fills?

In your religious or spiritual life, is there anything that you would like to find that you haven't found yet?

Have you found it easy or difficult to practice your beliefs in everyday life? Have you faced any major problems or disappointments which Unity philosophy or some other religious philosophy has helped you deal with? How?

Some people have called Unity a New Age church. What is your reaction to that?

Do you consider yourself New Age? Why/why not?

What do you want from a church? What is the church's role in your life?

As a member of Unity, do you feel like you are expected to give a certain amount of money or time to the church? Does Unity demand very much of members?

What kind of authority do you think God has over your life?

How would you define God?

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual or both?

What are your regular spiritual or religious practices?

Do you feel that God is personally involved in your life?

Explain to me what role the Bible plays in your philosophy. Do you rely on other religious teachings as well?

How comfortable are you about telling your friends about your beliefs?

© 1997, Rebecca Gittrich Whitecotton
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