The term ‘Bible-Belt’ is sometimes used to describe the religious landscape of Central Texas. However, to characterize Waco as a community full of carbon-copy churches is to do a disservice to the heterogeneous character of the houses of worship present in the city. While Waco’s spiritual past is largely Judeo-Christian, remarkable variation exists within the two faith traditions. For more than one hundred years, multiple Protestant denominations have coexisted with Catholic congregations and synagogues within the city. Racially diverse and comprised of prominent and lay citizens alike, these bodies of faith offer their respective congregants worship experiences unique to their needs. What unites them is their long-term investment in the development of the greater community of Waco.
This tour introduces some of Waco’s landmark religious institutions and invites you to explore the role public faith has played in the history of Waco.