Religion is believing in the transcendent, the divine, and acting on belief. Religion involves ritual and worship, as I documented at the Redeemer Christian Church, a Jehovah's Witnesses Temple in Brooklyn, New York. On Sundays and during the week, families with children pray, dance and sing for the glory of the Lord. Lay people practicing biodance, yoga or aerobics, these faithful gather in a large hall on Weirfield Street in Ridgewood and celebrate their Christian faith with a discharge of adrenaline. The music is loud, the rhythm is pounding and the energy is unusual, to say the least, for a religious celebration. Among the parishioners there is a Drama Team in charge of inspiring and encouraging celebrations.
The majority of the faithful at the Redeemer Christian Church are Dominicans who, despite having emigrated to the US many years ago, still belong to a very separate social, linguistic and religious group. Outsiders often perceive New York as a multicultural metropolis, but for me, it is a city full of enclaves, mainly faith-based.