Moving to Austin and trying to find a new Austin church or other place of worshipcan be challenging. Yet it is both exciting and comforting to find people and places that are familiar during this exciting adventure of change. Austin offers a large selection of churches synagogues temples and other houses of worship to help make the transition to your new community smoother.
Finding a comfortable place to worship in Austin during your move will make starting a new life that much more rewarding and help create a deeper bond with your new friends and neighbors.
Contrary to a perception that Austin residents possess a more secular mindset according to BestPlaces.net “44.47 percent of the people in Austin Texas are religious meaning they affiliate with a religion.”
The city is also a center of faith beliefs. The Liberal Arts College at the University of Texas at Austin features its own Department of Religious Studies which is set to expand its program to covering multiple religious traditions to include MA and PhD degrees. Other institutions that offer outstanding religious studies include the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Concordia Lutheran Huston-Tillotson the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest College and St. Edward’s University and the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest. The LDS Church also operates its own center for faith-based learning called the Austin Institute which serves multiple institutions including several of those mentioned above.
There is a large Protestant Christian presence in Austin with Methodist Baptist Episcopal Anglican Lutheran and Presbyterian churches represented throughout the region. The Eastern Orthodox Church Jehovah’s Witnesses Non-Denominational Christianity as well as Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Unitarian and Unity faiths are Christian sects that also find a home in Austin.
The Catholic Church also has a large following in Austin. A suffragen to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston the Diocese of Austin resides over 125 parishes in 25 counties across Central Texas with a population of some 450000 parishioners and runs six private high schools. Its center point Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Austin is listed on the national Register of Historic Places.
Furthermore large Jewish Muslim and Buddhist communities exist in Austin as well as substantial Sikh and Hindu communities in the Capital Area and its surrounding suburbs. In fact the Austin Hindu community—which now numbers some 8000 devotees—in 1995 opened Barsana Dham one of the largest and most ornate Hindu temples in the United States. Some 20 Buddhist congregations exist in Austin as well and the vibrant Jewish population runs the extent of that faith to include reform conservative and orthodox.
Find a sampling of mainstream and alternative congregation listings here including Baptist Catholic Christian Episcopalian Hindu Islamic Jewish Lutheran Methodist non-denominational and more. Interested in a denomination that’s not listed? Log on to www.churchsearch.com/austin/ for more information or check your phone book.