Almost four centuries after the Puritans fled religious oppression to found a “city upon a hill,’’ Boston is home to a multitude of faith communities.
The landscape is constantly shifting. Immigrants create new congregations and transform existing ones. Houses of worship make room for those they’d once shunned.
Despite increasing secularism here and around the country, religious life retains a certain vitality. Hispanic immigrants are revitalizing the Catholic Church. A mosque is thriving in Roxbury, and the Jewish community has never been more diverse.
These are just a few scenes from the Boston area’s rich religious life. View the photo essay here.
- Lisa Wangsness