Religion and community in the United States

Whatever the faith, communities form around churches, synagogues, mosques and temples.

Congregations meet for weekly services. Families and friends meet for marriages, funerals, holidays and other special events within the community. Even people with no particular religious affiliation gather for spiritually oriented activities.

Jewish man saying morning prayers in synagogue (© David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty Images)
A rabbi recites morning prayers at the Tobin Bridge Chabad in Everett, Massachusetts.(© David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty Images)
Altar boy in mass procession (© Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Altar boys assist at an Easter celebration in Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago. (© Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
Row of Muslims praying (© David Grossman/Alamy)
On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims pray outside a mosque in Brooklyn, New York City. (© David Grossman/Alamy)
People filing out of church doors onto outside steps (© Visions of America, LLC/Alamy)
Churchgoers greet the pastor and each other, a typical scene on any Sunday at the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, Georgia. (© Visions of America, LLC/Alamy)

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