Bahai News - Different faiths often join forces
Published on 6/27/00
Different faiths often join forces
By Advocate staff report
Baton Rouge is a melting pot of religions and places of worship.
There is a place to worship here for almost every denomination.
Congregations are becoming more and more aware of the needs of their
physically challenged worshippers and are making appropriate accommodations
for them, including large-print pew materials, hearing devices and shortened
pews for wheelchair occupants.
Members of the major Christian denominations -- Roman Catholic, Baptist,
United Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran -- will find it easy to locate
a church. Smaller denominations, such as Quakers, as well as
non-denominational, interdenominational and independent groups also have
There are a number of African-American churches, including the Mt.
Zion First Baptist Church on East Blvd., Shiloh Baptist Church on Eddie
Robinson Sr. Drive, Neely United Methodist Church on Thomas H. Delpit
Drive and Greater King David Baptist Church on Blount Road.
The worldwide reach of Baton Rouge is represented by several services
conducted in foreign languages, including Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Hearing services signed for people who are deaf are also available. In
addition, First Baptist Church, the Catholic Deaf Center on Brightside
Lane and Northside Baptist Church in Baker conduct separate services for
the hearing impaired. Other churches have interpreters for the deaf.
Two Jewish congregations, B'nai Israel and Beth Shalom, call Baton
Rouge home. Bahai's, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims also have places of
The once nationally popular Jimmy Swaggart Ministries is no longer
the giant enterprise it once was, services continue at the Bluebonnet
Those looking for a large non-denominational church might choose
Bethany World Prayer Center at 13855 Plank Road in Baker. Bethany will
be building another church in the southern part of the parish.
If a smaller congregation might be more appealing, that's possible
too. Some are so small they meet in homes.
Baton Rougeans don't just worship together. They're also actively
involved with mission projects.
People of different faiths frequently join together for
For example, the Greater Baton Rouge Federation of Churches and
Synagogues was instrumental in starting a Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Plus, the Federation's Helpers for Housing program that works on elderly
people's homes is quite active.
First Baptist has a weekly Bible study with meals on Tuesdays at 11:40
a.m. and First United Methodist has First Monday, which includes vocal and
instrumental presentations plus a meal the first of each month.
Lenten meals are served by St. James Episcopal on Fridays during that
part of the year.
Churches have become known for special presentations during the year.
Zachary First Baptist is out of tickets for its Christmas program almost
as soon as the tickets are offered.
And Istrouma Baptist Church has
become equally known for its living Christmas tree.
Built in 1853, St. Joseph's Cathedral, downtown at Fourth and Main
streets, is the oldest church in Baton Rouge.
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