ReligionCulture & People
The Dallas Region is a marvelous mix of people of all faiths, Christian and non-Christian alike. Members of every Protestant group will find church homes here, as well as Catholics, Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Unitarian Universalists. Non-Christian faiths represented here include Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, as well as smaller groups such as Bahá’í Faith, Jain, Sikh, Tao, and Zoroastrian.
> MegaFest, a family-oriented inspirational festival led by Bishop T.D. Jakes, drew 80,000 attendees from more than 30 countries to Dallas in 2016.
> Temple Emanu-El, founded in 1875, was the first Jewish congregation in North Texas and is the largest synagogue in the South and Southwest United States.
> Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, in Downtown Dallas’ Arts District, has the largest Latino parish congregation in the nation.
> Dallas hosts the “world’s largest gay church,” Cathedral of Hope, with more than 4,000 members.
> Approximately two dozen Buddhist temples are located in the region, among them the Kadampa Meditation Center, offering meditation classes and workshops.
> There are five Sikh temples — among them the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Richardson.