Six faiths: A rainbow of religions span spiritual spectrum | Living Here 2019
2020年欧冠赛程表Tallahassee is much like other mid-size cities in the American South — it takes its religion seriously. Just under 50% of Tallahasseeans consider themselves religious and practice their faiths.
And in our city, there are many faiths to choose from. From established Christian traditions, including Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical practices to Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Bah’i and Judaism, there is a worship service available.
2020年欧冠赛程表Here are six different religious traditions found in Tallahassee among the many others that inspire our residents’ devotion.
The Chan Center at 1310 Paul Russell Road is the largest of at least eight Buddhist groups in Tallahassee. With its large meditation rooms, yoga facility, gardens and retreats, practitioners there follow the teachings of the 4th century Indian ascetic who came to be known as the Buddha. Through meditation, followers hope to attain personal awakening to the interconnectedness of life; through mindfulness to gain compassion and wisdom; and perhaps one day even to achieve Enlightenment and the release from a cycle of death and rebirth called Nirvana.
2. Greek Orthodox
Each spring Tallahassee residents attend Holy Mother of God’s Greek Food Festival, accompanied by music and folkloric dance. But Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Coptic and other “orthodox” religions are often more about the cultural and interpretive differences of theology than in their actual practices. These divisions occurred when the Early Christian Church split between the Roman tradition and the more Hellenistic and Semitic cultures — Western versus Eastern practices. At Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church, 1645 Phillips Road, gilded icons of saints adorn the altar, incense hangs in the air, and bearded priests give a sense of the ancient Eastern connection to Christendom.
3. Roman Catholicism
2020年欧冠赛程表It is estimated that approximately 66% of Christians worldwide are Roman Catholic, though that figure may be diminishing. Here in Tallahassee, there are six worship venues for Catholics — though of those practitioners, it is likely only about 14% attend services regularly. With its adherence to the seven sacraments and the Bishop of Rome, or the Pope, as the head of the governing body of bishops, Roman Catholicism differs from other Christian faiths.
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2020年欧冠赛程表Of the many different Christian faiths and denominations in Tallahassee, by far the greatest number of churches (51 in 2010) identify as Baptist — though there are subgroups within that category. With core beliefs that often include adult baptism through immersion and the primacy of the Bible as the sole authority on faith, Baptists are seen as one of the earliest of evangelical religious groups.
In Tallahassee, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, a prominent mostly African American church at 224 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., was originally founded in the 1830s when the Baptist church split over the issue of slavery. Today 45% of African Americans identify with a Baptist denomination.
Among the most ancient of religions, Jews revere Abraham as the founder of the faith some 4,000 years ago, and Isaac and Moses among its major prophets. Known as “People of the Book,” worldwide 14 million Jews study Torah, Talmud and other religious texts for their internal meaning. Faith practices differ in the Orthodox, Conservative and Reformed traditions from the very strict to more secular.
There are houses of worship in Tallahassee for each of these: Temple Israel (Reform) 2215 Mahan Drive; Chabad Lubavitch (Orthodox) on the FSU campus; and Congregation Shomrei Torah, (Conservative) at 4858 Kerry Forest Parkway.
Tallahassee has two mosques: The Islamic Center at 1020 Pensacola St. and the Masjid al Nahl at 3617 Old Bainbridge Road. Founded some 600 years after Christianity by the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims believe that revelations from the angel Gabriel were the complete and final versions of the early religions given to other prophets, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. The world’s second largest religion, Islam’s Holy Quran lays out requirements for living in society and for worship. It is believed by Muslims to be the universal word of God. Differences in dress and behavior are often cultural or interpretive with 24% of the world’s population ascribing to Islam.
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2020年欧冠赛程表According to a 2010 count, there were 65 different religions, denominations, or variations in worship practice in the Tallahassee area. Today, there may be more groups that have banded together with no denomination for the purpose of worship in the community of others.
Most (53 of the 65) profess to being Christian, but an overview of spiritual practice in Tallahassee suggests that the city holds its arms wide to those who do not. That sense of inclusion is but one of the ways our city demonstrates its welcome.