"I was surprised and thrilled that such a group existed in Carroll County," participant Mike Davis wrote in an email interview. "My previous impression of the county was that it was religiously one-dimensional. The Faith Club teaches understanding, learning, respect and tolerance, qualities so desperately missing in our world. While so many practice bigotry and hate in the name of religion, this group celebrates our different beliefs and works to educate each other about different ideas. We have explored numerous religions from many perspectives. Everyone is free to respectfully express thoughts and opinions."