Religion, faith, and spirituality are a part of daily life for many people, but in Southern Colorado, it seems to be a part of the very culture of the region. This month we’re taking a closer look at many of the faith traditions here, and examining how they inform our lives. Today, we’ll talk about these topics, including a roundtable on evangelicalism in Colorado Springs and a visit to Crestone, known for its spiritual residents.

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