Judith Valente is an on air correspondent for the national PBS-TV news program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. She worked previously for The Wall Street Journal and The Washingon Post. She is the author of the poetry collections Discovering Moons and Inventing an Alphabet, selected by Mary Oliver for the national Aldrich Poetry Prize, and co-editor with her husband Charles Reynard of the award-winning anthology Twenty Poems to Nourish Your Soul. She resides in Chicago and Woodford County, IL, where she and her husband own an alfalfa farm. In her spare time, she is training to become an Illinois Master Naturalist, a program of volunteers dedicated to conserving Illinois' prairie and wildlife.
Bio last updated June 17th, 2021.
Articles by Judith Valente
Our Religious "Nones" Wait For Us
By Judith Valente
October 11, 2012
But as a journalist who covers the religion beat, I feel I can safely say the issues chasing people out of the pews is largely the same for Protestant churches as well In fact, there are now more "nones" than there are people who identify themselves with any Protestant religion—whether Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Church of Christ, or non-denominational Christian It is that sense of community, that message of being part of something larger than ourselves that churches are failing to communicate to our young "nones