Dr. David G. Bromley

Dr. DavidDavid was the King of Israel (c. 1000 BCE) credited with uniting the many tribes of Israel into a centralized kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital. David is said to have planned for the Temple in Jerusalem, which was subsequently built by his son Solomon... Bromley founded the World Religions in Richmond project in 2005. The project began with summer research internships for students at Virginia Commonwealth University and, in 2006, became a course during the academic year. Recently, World Religions in Richmond has become part of a larger umbrella research effort called the World Religions and Spirituality Project. Dr. Bromley teaches in the departments of sociology and religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and is the series editor of Religion and Social Order, a series sponsored by the Association for the Sociology of Religion.

From World Religions in Richmond website:

America is the most religiously diverse nation in the world. There are well over two thousand distinct religious groups in the United States, and the number continues to grow. Richmond, Virginia has played a key role in the emergence of this contemporary religious diversity. It was Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, drafted in 1779 and enacted in 1786, that became part of Virginia’s constitution and the basis for the religious freedom clauses in the U.S. Constitution.

The World Religions in Richmond Project has as its objective chronicling the religious diversity that exists in the Richmond community. There are currently well over eight hundred religious congregationalThe congregational form of Protestant Christianity has traditionally affirmed the autonomy and authority of the local congregation in calling and ordaining its ministers and organizing its affairs. In the 17th century, the English Puritans introduced cong... units in the Richmond metropolitanA Metropolitan is the title given to a bishop, used especially in the Orthodox family of churches today. area representing many of the world’s major religious traditions. This website provides a listing of each of these religious congregations by faith tradition. This listing incorporates an overview of the distinctive history and doctrines of each tradition, information on the development of each tradition in Virginia and in Richmond, and profiles of selected religious congregations. In addition, the project documents how religious congregations representing many faith traditions individually and collectively impact the Richmond community. There are schools and colleges, hospitals and retirement communities, charitable foundations, camps and retreats, bookstores and businesses, aid and relief organizations, interfaith groups, foreign and domestic missions, radio and television programs, musical groups, and public festivals connected in some way to religious traditions located in Richmond. The activities of these various groups are a vital part of the Richmond community.

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