The Changing Contours of the Immigrant Religious Life

  • Peggy Levitt


Evidence of America’s increasing religious diversity is at every corner. The sign at the local Protestant Church now includes a line in Korean or Chinese to attract newcomers to the ethnic congregations that worship there. In between the Subway and Dunkin Donuts at the strip mall is a new Swaminarayan meeting hall. Religious groups that were once tightly connected to one immigrant community have become “disengaged,” abandoning their commitment to that particular group in favor of a more universal and inclusive approach. The Catholic Church has backed away from its national parish strategy toward multiethnic congregations. Pentecostals proselytize among all groups, regardless of race and ethnicity. The White House hosts Divali and Eid1 celebrations each year, sending a clear signal to the country that the American religious rainbow has added more colors.


International Migration Religious Diversity Religious Life Religious Pluralism International Migration Review 
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