Mark Zuckerberg on Church: ‘We all Want to Find Purpose and Authenticity in Something Bigger Than Ourselves’


The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has given himself quite a personal challenge for 2017: “My personal challenge for 2017 is to have visited and met people in every state in the US by the end of the year.”

January saw him already pay a lengthy visit to the state of Texas where, during one afternoon in Waxahachie, he had lunch with several community leaders to discuss the pride they had in their state along with their feelings of the divisive state of our country right now (his words, not mine). It was his mention of the ministers he met up with in Waco though piqued my interest.

“I met with ministers in Waco who are helping their congregations find deeper meaning in a changing world.”

It should be noted that Zuckerberg, who was raised in a Jewish home, does not lean to any one religion. He did post on his Facebook page last Christmas that he isn’t an atheist, and that he believes “religion is very important.”

Speaking with religious leaders in Waco, TX. | Photo © Facebook/Mark Zuckerberg

There are a lot of other great nuggets to quote from this post on his trip to Texas like this one: “…this trip has helped me understand just how important community is, and how we’re all just looking for something we can trust.” It’s great to see him connect the spiritual “dots” to the importance of community like he has, don’t you think?

Lastly, I found this quote of his to be the most profound:

“We may come from different backgrounds, but we all want to find purpose and authenticity in something bigger than ourselves.”

Could that “something bigger than ourselves” mean God? Something to think about.

You can keep up with Zuckerberg’s “Year of Travel” here: https://www.facebook.com/YearofTravel

Eric Burgess serves as Aplos’ Marketing Director and is passionate about all things digital media. When he’s not writing searchable content for churches and nonprofits to find online, he’s likely spending time with his family or out riding his downhill mountain bike in the Sierra Nevada mountains somewhere. Oh, and he's deathly allergic to tree nuts.

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