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Old 01-22-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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Is Houston....'churchy'?

Meaning...is this a city similar to other southern cities where 'what church do you go to?' is a common question asked among strangers when they first meet?
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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I don't think so. No stranger has ever asked me that.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Houston
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In a city this size nobody really cares. I've never had anyone ask me either.
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Old 01-22-2009, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh N. Hills / Houston-Clear Lake
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Lived here all my life and never got that question.

I lived briefly inside the loop, a little on the SW side, in Sugar Land, and now in Clear Lake (Houston section). No questions in any of those.

My current neighbors haven't ever posed that question to us in the years we've been here. I haven't witnessed very much nosiness in general.

I've never heard the question in my workplaces in Houston, Sugar Land and the Clear Lake area. Now that I think of it, it hasn't come up at work in Port Arthur either.

SE TX is only partially inside the bible belt. Otherwise church in Houston is huge. Giant non-denominational churches thrive here. So yes it is ''churchy'' but more respectfully than other places.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I say it's as churchy as you want it to be.
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Old 01-22-2009, 10:07 AM
 
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If you want to go to church there are plenty of very large and small ones. I don't go to church and I have never been asked about it or felt like it was an issue. Houston is a large enough city and very diverse...so I think you can do what you want.
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Old 01-22-2009, 11:11 AM
 
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There are a number of church options here in Houston, in all denomonations.....Houston has the largest church in the United States, by membership (Lakewood), has the largest church in the Methodist demonation (Windsor Village/Kingdom Builders UMC) and has plenty of big baptist churches with nationally well known preachers.......there are a whole bunch of non denomonational churches as well here.
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Old 01-22-2009, 12:53 PM
 
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No, the getting-to-know-you question here is more along the lines of, "Where are you from?" because nobody's from here, so I've heard (or if you're from here, "What part of town are you from?"), and "What kind of work do you do?"
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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There's a Church's chicken not far from any location in the city you can think of, if that's what you're asking.
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Old 01-22-2009, 01:41 PM
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As often as I've been in that city, Houston does not have the 'churchy' persona that's often associated with many cities in Texas, yet they have many churches, so it doesn't feel that much different. And, no, I have not experienced any "pressuring" from fellow believers or other, as I'm a believer myself, so no, I have not had that problem.
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