Mapping the Religious Pluralism in Rochester, NY

April 16, 2003

Source: Democrat and Chronicle

On April 16, 2003 the Democrat and Chronicle reported that "sprinkled among Rochester’s [NY] numerous Christian churches and Jewish synagogues are signs of Rochester’s growing religious diversity -- Tibetan, Laotian and Vietnamese Buddhist temples, a Sikh Gurdwara and a handful of botanicas, or shops, catering to, among others, followers of voodoo and Santeria... A group from Monroe Community College is trying to document the growth here of such faith groups as part of a nationwide effort being led by Harvard University's [Pluralism Project]... Through an anthropology course being taught this spring by Professor David Day, students are doing ethnographic research of the faiths and churches that are making inroads here. Armed with notebooks and cameras, the students are attending services and talking to followers in order to document them."