Austin Churches and Places of Worship
St. Mary's Church in Austin, Texas. Photo By Frank Jaquier
Austin, Texas has over 800 churches and other places of worship. The Texas capitol is home to many Christian denominations, and non-Christian religions as well. Some of the churches in downtown Austin have been serving the area for over a hundred years. St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, First United Methodist Church and Central Presbyterian Church are among the historic congregations in the downtown area.
The major Christian denominations have several churches throughout the Austin area. There are also numerous non-denominational churches.
Austin Christian Fellowship is a growing non-denominational church begun in the 1990s. It welcomes everyone to join in learning about the love of God.
Synagogues in Austin include the conservative Congregation Agudas Achim and Congregation Beth Israel, a reformed congregation. Congregation Beth Israel was formed in 1876 and is the oldest synagogue in Austin.
The Nueces Mosque and other mosques serve the Islamic community of Austin. Austin also has a Buddhist temple and a Hindu temple.
Austin churches and faith communities are a vibrant part of their local communities.
Ecumenical efforts among the various faiths are strong in Austin. Father Larry Covington, pastor of St. Louis King of France Parish in Austin, is the current president of the Texas Council of Churches,which promotes interfaith dialogue and understanding. Interfaith Action of Central Texas (IACT) promotes cooperation and understanding between the various faiths in the Austin area; IACT members of all faiths cooperate in service projects such as Hands on Housing, and the CROP Hunger Walk and also participate in interfaith worship services.
People of all faiths can find a worship community that suits their needs in Austin, Texas.
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