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Online resources representing places of worship or ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan are the focus of this category, although any topics related to faith, spirituality, or religion within the city are appropriate here.

Traditionally, Grand Rapids has had a strong Dutch Christian background, although it is becoming more religiously diverse.

The first European-American settlement of the area was a small Baptist mission founded in 1822. Originally intended as a mission to the Ottawa tribes, the mission later served early European-American settlers. Although this church has changed considerably over the years, it is represented today by the Fountain Street Church near Main Street.

In the late 1840s, the Christian Reformed Church gained influence in the community through Dutch settlers who brought Dutch Calvinism. The headquarters of the Christian Reformed Church moved from Holland, Michigan to Grand Rapids.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids was recognized by Pope Leo XIII in 1882, and several Catholic churches were built in Grand Rapids and the surrounding region, many of them formed to meet the needs of various immigrant groups. Saint Mary's Catholic Church began as a German Catholic parish, the Basilica of Saint Adalbert served the Polish Catholic community, and Saints Peter and Paul was a Catholic church for those who had immigrated from Lithuania.

Various Protestant churches were also formed to meet particular immigrant groups, such as Grace Evangelical for the Ethiopian community.

While Christianity still represents a large majority of the religious population of Grand Rapids, the city has a temple for Reform Judaism in Temple Emmanuel, which was founded in 1857, as well as Ahavas Israel, a Conservative Jewish congregation founded in 1892. The Al-Tawheed Islamic Center serves the city's Muslim population, the West Michigan Hindu Temple serves Hindu residents, and the Grand Rapids Buddhist Temple and Zen Center focuses on American Buddhism.

Grand Rapids hosts the annual Pagan Pride Day, and the city is also the headquarters of the Center for Inquiry in Michigan, which is an atheist organization.

According to a recent survey, 55.0% of respondents in Grand Rapids cited an affiliation with a religion. This compares to 41.9% of all Michiganders, and 49.4% of Americans.

Of those with a Christian affiliation in Grand Rapids, the largest group were the Catholics, but they were followed closely by the Presbyterians, and distantly by the Methodists, Lutherans, Baptists, Pentecostals, Mormons, and Episcopalians, although several Protestant groupings were not part of the survey, and 12.7% of respondents cited an affiliation with various Protestant denominations that weren't included in the survey or with non-denominational churches.

Respondents citing Islam as their affiliation was represented by 1.4% of respondents, various Eastern religions were cited by 0.4%, and Judaism by 0.2% of respondents in Grand Rapids.

Regardless of the religion, denomination, or sect, websites representing places of worship or ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan are appropriate resources for this category.



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