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Old 06-13-2014, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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People in the South just don't go to church in the morning, usually it is until 2 or 3 in the afternoon, that's how my church works, 8:30 to 1:00 p.m
Here, Lutherans moan for weeks about having to go to a Catholic wedding/funeral, because they last an hour+. Just a different world...
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:49 PM
 
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I've only lived in one other place and that was springfield, il for school. I love springfield, but the people there didn't seem really friendly or welcoming. So yes, it may be the friendliness of the people make the town resonate more with you. Because as much as I loved springfield, it wasn't because of the people
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Griffin, Georgia
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Are Midwestern churchgoers more sincere about their religious faith? Because that would make a difference to me.

Where I'm from, it seems like smoke and mirrors. People like to spout off about what good Christians they are, but when push comes to shove-the girls I know of who are sitting in the pews on Sunday were clubbing and bar-hopping the other two nights before, like it was going out of style.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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Different kind of "churchy," though, not the same as the Bible Belt AT ALL. People go to their Catholic/Lutheran church and get drunk watching the Packers afterward. You may have lived here your whole life, but I'm not sure you have much experience with the South - we're talking a whole different world.
Well, I live in SE Michigan and grew up in NW Ohio, which I consider to be the Upper Midwest, but it really isn't like that here.

I think that WI is much more Lutheran overall than Michigan or Ohio, because while we have a lot of people of German descent here, I don't think the proportion is nearly as high as in states like WI and MN. There are a lot of Methodists here, and actually quite a few Baptists. We also have many, many of those huge, nondenominational mega churches, and they seem to be thriving and growing more and more.

The Roman Catholics here seem to be mostly in the larger cities where people of eastern European descent settled; Polish, Hungarian, etc. There may be a small parish in some of the smaller towns, but they are outnumbered by Protestants by quite a large margin in the rural areas and small towns.

In the small farming community where I grew up, most people have a church affiliation and conservative Republicans outnumber Democrats at least 2:1.

And you're right, I haven't had much experience with the South, having never lived there and having no immediate family who live there, but there are a lot of Southern transplants in my area and they are very, very religious and attend Southern Baptist and Independent Baptist churches, of which there are a surprising number here.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:06 PM
 
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Are Midwestern churchgoers more sincere about their religious faith? Because that would make a difference to me.

Where I'm from, it seems like smoke and mirrors. People like to spout off about what good Christians they are, but when push comes to shove-the girls I know of who are sitting in the pews on Sunday were clubbing and bar-hopping the other two nights before, like it was going out of style.
Good fellowship just depends on where and how you look for it. Not a regional difference in my opinion. I really think (almost) no matter where you go, you can find like-minded people. There are both 'sincere' and 'insincere' churches/groups all throughout this country. Being in a highly religious community doesn't necessarily mean there are more 'sincere', 'genuine' or 'true' Christians - in my experience.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:23 PM
 
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I did find the people in the Midwest to be incredibly warm and welcoming though. Contrary to what has been said here, I did not meet a single person from the South my entire time there. In fact, in many of the "rust belt" cities, they have been losing population and the younger generation has been leaving in droves. That made it feel very close-knit yet inviting at the same time. Which is a big difference from many areas in the South which see huge numbers of transplants.

I also found the accents to be very harsh. Which I know will sound kinda of crazy coming from a Southerner. But I felt like I was stuck on the set of Fargo... and not in a good way. But years later I find it endearing and think that on women especially the nasally, Ohio accent is cute.

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Old 06-15-2014, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Griffin, Georgia
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Wonder if the people there say "yah?" after ever sentence? I've seen Fargo and that Upper Peninsula accent is unlike any I have ever heard! Do they exclaim "Uff da!" like I have heard? (A Norwegian-American's way of saying "Oh,my!")

Older Southern ladies sound pleasant when they speak. I like the "drawl" and can see why others like it as well. Classy Southern ladies speak this way.But the younger girls's accents just make me bust out laughing at times! To think that the phrase "my man" has three syllables ! LMAO! That crazy twang some 20-year-olds use, you can cut it with a knife.

Prairie Home Companion anyone?

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