Soon after Lynn Kelly and her husband moved from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Bethesda in 1985, they realized what they missed most was neither bagels, Times Square nor the subway.
They missed their church.
That loss would have been unimaginable a few years earlier. Back then, the couple was typical of many thirty-something baby boomers. Mrs. Kelly was a lapsed Lutheran, and her husband, John, no longer attended Roman Catholic church. Moreover, neither was searching for a spiritual home when a baby sitter suggested they take their children to a Brooklyn Unitarian Universalist church.
"We went for our kids -- to give them a religious education, and we found it suited us to a T," said Ms. Kelly, a business consultant.