The Common Good
September-October 2001

Temples, Shrines, Mosques, and Churches

by Rose Marie Berger, Susannah Hunter | September-October 2001

One of America's greatest strengths is our diversity of faith traditions. New research suggests we're getting stronger every day.

One of America's greatest strengths is our diversity of faith traditions. New research suggests we're getting stronger every day.

  • 85 percent of Christian congregations have a social ministry.
  • LA has the world's greatest variety of Buddhist communities.
  • 30 percent of American Muslims belong to the Nation of Islam.
  • American Muslims outnumber Presbyterians, Episcopalians, or Jews.
  • 45 percent of Christian churches have ecumenical worship.
  • Detroit is the center of urban Islam.
  • The first Hindu society in the U.S. was founded in 1894.
  • 8 percent of Christian congregations have interfaith ministries.

    Compiled from research at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research and The Pluralism Project.

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