While in college, I took a fair number of courses in theology and ethics and also lived in a residential Christian community. The latter was a fascinating experience but definitely a mixed blessing during the wide-open seventies. Faith at that time was tilted very heavily toward social justice and political correctness, but light in personal piety, e.g. walking with the Lord.
Once out of grad school, I was fortunate to start my college teaching career, and spent several years in a beautiful but remote rural area in a very small college.
After a prolonged and frustrating engagement fell through, I lost heart and drifted away from church involvement, blaming God for not giving me my heart’s desire. Also, I had noticed in the few times I went to church, that a single person goes unnoticed, since a couple is the smallest visible unit and a couple with children is even more visible. Single people know what I am talking about here, I suspect.
Oops, looks like I am running out of space, so you’ll have to ask me about North Carolina and the rest of the story.