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Religion on the Move in Los Feliz

Religion on the Move in Los Feliz

Religion on the Move in Los Feliz

The current era of religious flux in the United States is often depicted  through photographs of empty pews in mainline Protestant churches during a typical Sunday service. But the ongoing evolutions in American religious culture are much more dynamic and complex than that simple formula–disaffiliation equals empty pews–is able to convey.

CRCC senior writer Nick Street visits Los Feliz, one of the most religiously diverse communities in L.A., to see how religious growth and decline shape the neighborhood’s built environment. We learn that new religious and spiritual groups are putting down roots where older institutions once flourished, and declining groups are literally gaining a new lease on life when they divest themselves of buildings that they can no longer maintain.