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Racial Diversity Among Religious Groups

A new study conducted by the Pew Research Center revealed that racial diversity among various religious groups varies widely.


The study, which included Christianity, Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu religions, scaled each denomination or religion on an index. A 10.0 would mean that each of the five racial groups (Hispanics, non-Hispanic whites, blacks, Asians and another category of other or mixed ethnicities) was evenly distributed. A religion with one racial group would have a 0.0 on the index. For comparison, the racial average in the United States is a 6.6 on the index.




Seventh-day Adventists are the most racially diverse denomination with a score of 9.1 percent. This is defined as 37% white, 32% black, 15% Hispanic, 8% Asian, and 8% other or mixed ethnicities.

Muslims, Jehovah Witnesses, and Muslims were the next three most racially diverse religious groups, at 8.7%, 8.6%, and 8.4%, respectively.


The least racially diverse groups are the National Baptist Convention, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, with .2%, 1%, and 1.2%, respectively.
What do you derive from this study?
How can we bolster racial diversity in our churches, synonagogues, temples and mosques?

Below is a link to an interactive map of racial diversity by state, region, and metro areas.


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