"What's sacred to you?
'What is your most sacred object?'
How would you respond if a stranger approached and asked you that question? Would you give her a quizzical look? A blank stare? Or would you take a moment to tell her a story about what is most sacred to you, a story you might never have told anyone else?
I set out to see how people in their 20s and 30s would respond to the query. Venturing from the Jewish Community Center on Providence Road to the Islamic Masjid al-Mustafa on The Plaza, from Halal Market & Deli on North Sharon Amity to the Apple Store at SouthPark mall, I posed the question, and people generously shared their stories of the sacred."