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Diversity in the Twin Cities takes the stress out of finding a place to worship.

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Whether steeped in religious tradition since childhood or left to discover a belief system on one’s own, faith can be a fundamental piece of life for many, improving their overall quality of life. Residents in the Twin Cities are no different, and they represent a beautiful diversity when it comes to religion.

In its most recent Religious Landscape Study, Pew Research Center reports that 46 percent of Minnesotans are religious or view religion as an important aspect of their lives. In the Twin Cities alone there are more than a dozen faith traditions represented by places of worship and members.

While our Twin Cities were once dominated by European immigrants with roots in Protestantism, we now have a multi-ethnic and multi-religious backdrop that continues to grow each year. Take, for example, the rise of St. Paul’s Hmong-American population, which now exceeds 80,000. With Christian, Buddhist and shamanistic influences, Hmong religious traditions encapsulate the versatile faith journey that the Twin Cities appears to be on. This diversity assures that anyone moving to the area will find a faith family.

 

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