Spirit of the City
These faith communities represent the diversity of the city and their volunteers support causes ranging from combating homelessness and food insecurity to assisting the formerly incarcerated with re-entry into community life.
GALLERIES: Spirit of the City
In a bank-turned-sanctuary with no pews or altar, nor a single stained-glass window in sight, a full band complete with guitar, drums and a bass plays Christian music to a beat that sounds closer to a rock concert than a church hymn.
Members' support extends beyond shared worship at the ornate and beautiful church. It means providing meals and volunteer labor for meal centers in the city, and donating to causes important to the Greek Orthodox community.
While Congregation Beth-El is much diminished, the Jewish community in the city — knit together by a history of oppression and a shared culture — still includes numerous city business and civic leaders.