We seek to understand the ways in which religion and community have shaped each other in greater Indianapolis. Using community-academic collaborations, our studies took place between 1996 – 2002 and 2020 – 2022. In so doing, we have 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 nine-year study of religion and community in Indianapolis, funded by grants from Lilly Endowment, Inc., resulted in a vast amount of information made available to the community in many formats, including newsletters, a scholarly book series, two internationally distributed video series, and more.