Even with the closing of a number of parishes, there are many many more churches in the city of Albany today than at any time in the past.
However, our general interest in and our connections to things religious are at an all time low.
With so much cultural diversity and with many more opportunities and concerns, our society has found ways to think about less spiritual things.
In short, religion doesn't mean today what it did in the good old days!
Contrast today with most of the city's life before the Industrial Revolution (prior to about 1800)
when a church was no worst than the second or third most important social identity in the community.
This afternoon we will consider individually and collectively four important Christian churches in the city of Albany