Gary Scott Smith: Pittsburgh a city of faith


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While Pittsburgh is known for its steel industry, sports teams, ethnic diversity, and recent physical makeover and cultural renaissance, it is much less recognized as one of the nation’s most religious metropolitan areas or for its fruitful faith heritage. The Pittsburgh area has hundreds of thriving congregations and parachurch ministries.

Pittsburgh’s first synagogue opened in 1855, and a major branch of the Jewish faith — Reform Judaism — grew out of a conference held in the city in 1885. Today, large Hindu temples grace Penn Hills and Monroeville, and Muslims worship at mosques in Oakland and the Hill District.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which began in the Hill District in 1808, is the…

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