Maybe those leaving the churches and synagogues are packing their bags when they can, and bringing God into focus in faraway places.
It's really hard to explain what is so sacred about that space if you haven't been there. I can only hope that the photos communicate at least a little bit of the moment.
Few things attract people to move to a new community like beautiful parks. If there is such a thing as "secular religion" in America, our parks are its chapels.