There was not a place to
park in sight. Rockford
residents filled churches to worship on Easter Sunday. Erv Zuehlke was one of them.
He believes religion is on the decline in the Stateline. "Our environment, less
and less people go to church, less and less people pay any respect for
religion." Says Zuehlke of Beloit
A recent Gallup Survey
found that only thirty percent of Rockford
residents consider themselves religious. Nearly twenty nine percent consider
themselves moderately religious. Finally, a whopping thirty five percent say
they are not religious at all. Sue Cram of Rockford says "it's sad to say that if the
statistics say thirty five percent of people are not religious, you know maybe
their beliefs have wandered or maybe they need to come back."
Cram is an usher at the United Methodist
Church in Rockford. She says she has seen a decrease in
attendance. She thinks it's due to people getting into routines such as family
and jobs, which make them, ignore religion. She says the church is working to
hold more events such as their annual Thanksgiving dinner to bring people back
into the church.
John Kerney was raised
in a Catholic neighborhood. As he matured, he noticed many of his friends
getting away from their religious roots. He does not see many of them
seems to be less religious when everything is going smooth." Says Kerney who
attended Easter Mass Sunday morning.
Religious people say it
is a shame more people do not attend church. They believe churches help build
better communities. Zuehlke says "every week they should go to church and
behave themselves as good neighbors and good friends and help their fellow