While there is no telling what makes for an ideal relationship, if you happen to share the same spiritual philosophy and values with your partner, it is that much easier to have a happy life together. So if you are active practitioner of your faith yourself or simply wish for a partner to have the same values as are upheld in your religion, here are some ways you can meet and date someone suitable.
Your place of worship
Your neighborhood church, synagogue, mosque or temple is naturally the first place where you should look for an eligible partner if you are interested in a relationship with someone who shares your religious values. You can be more or less assured that a single who is regular with the Sunday services or Friday prayers, takes his/her spiritual side seriously and will make a compatible partner for you.
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Yet another good idea to meet religious singles is to attend the various types of religious occasions, festivals and cultural events organized by your religious community. Single Christians from a neighborhood for instance would come together in Church fetes and Christmas parties for children while Hindus of a town would gravitate to a Diwali feast or a Navratri dance celebrated in their community. Better still, offer to volunteer for the organization of these events since that will give you more opportunities to get to know all the single men in your community who share your faith. And should you happen to meet someone you like, you will have an objective way of checking out the guy or girl before you both go out.
Involve yourself in spiritual endeavors that try to make a difference to people who need help. Volunteer to help out in health clinics for the poor in your community or projects which make housing facilities for the homeless. Every religion upholds service to fellow humans as the highest ideal and by committing yourself to selfless spiritual work, you may be able to catch the eye of a single who believes in the same values that you do.
Religious schools are sometimes criticized for clouding the secular vision of a budding mind, but on the other hand they can make a great way to instill values in younger generation. So if you are a single parent yourself and your child is studying in a school of your own religious denomination, why not look here to meet somebody looking for a serious relationship. Be a regular participant of parents’ associations and interact with other students in your child’s class. Moreover what could be a better reason to attend those parent-teacher meetings and open days at your kid’s school? You just might happen to come across a single man or woman who is also a practicing Christian, Jew of Muslim and similarly looking for a potential partner. The best part of such a possibility is that he/she too is likely to be a parent and hence someone attached to their faith and family.
Expand your horizons
Another useful way that the religious – and non-religious for that matter – often meet potential partners is to expand their range of interests. Take up a new hobby or join a class devoted to pursuit of special interests. If you can make these interests relevant to your faith, the chances of meeting the right person will be greater. For instance if you are interested in art, why not take a course on the history of Medieval Islamic painting or architecture? Again if you are media savvy, how about volunteering to launch a publicity campaign for a Christian association like a self-help group for abandoned women or a home for orphaned children?
Internet dating sites
There are several dating websites which cater to requirements of specific groups. So look for a dating site which fulfils the needs of singles from your religion. Many of these sites are a combination of social network, singles club and home groups focused on bringing together men and women who subscribe to religious values and are looking for partners sharing the same faith. While the most reputed among such dating websites are careful not to hand out personal and contact details of their members, ultimately the actual responsibility of protecting your privacy and ensuring your safety lies with you.
Professional dating/matchmaking services
If you have been unable to meet a single who shares your religious values despite looking in many places, why not take the help of professionals? These dating agencies are useful for people who have hectic working schedules and do not fancy running from one date to another. Look for dating agencies which specially cater to singles in your religious community or hire a reputed service provider who have clients of various religious or social groups. Even though they are more expensive that dating websites, the biggest advantage of professional dating services is that they screen out undesirable applicants and introduce you to potential dates that come closest to your requirements. Again if you are serious about a committed relationship, you could also head for professional matchmaking services that meet the specific needs of singles from your faith. Alternately look through personal ads in your community periodicals or town newspaper. Many times men and women are shy about joining local singles groups and doubtful about dating websites. And yet there may be single men and women among them who may prove to be caring and committed partners.
Involve your family
Often the best people to help you know singles would be members of your own family who practice your faith. Ask siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles if they happen to know of decent singles from your religion who you could date. They may already do so but may have been waiting for you to take the initiative. And even if they cannot think of any such men or women immediately, ask your family members to keep a look out since that will widen the circle of people that you are going to know exponentially. Most people, and especially your family, would jump at a chance of playing matchmaker.