From 1996 to 2002, we used a community-academic collaboration to explore and understand the ways in which religion and community have shaped each other in Greater Indianapolis. In the process, we compiled the largest collection of meaningful religious data ever gathered on one American city. Working through community-based partnerships, we cultivated public inquiry and civic conversation about the role of religion in this exemplar metropolitan community. This 7-year study of religion and community in Indianapolis was funded by grants from Lilly Endowment, Inc.
The project created a civic arena for examining issues of religion and community. We presented project results to the community in many formats, including newsletters, a scholarly book series, two internationally distributed video series, and more.