It’s not surprising that Carroll County is home to so many places of worship and religious organizations. After all, for many in Carroll County, faith and religion are the foundation around which their social and community lives are built. But what may be surprising to some is how diverse the religious offerings are in Carroll County.

 

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Colby Petry is baptized by Terry Petry during an end-of-summer festival at the Uniontown Bible Church in Union Bridge.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Colin Kitzinger being baptized by Frank Taylor.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Lakshmi Sahithi, 6, celebrate at a Varalakshmi Vratham Festival.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Smita Wariyar celebrate at a Varalakshmi Vratham Festival.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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The Greater Baltimore Hindu-Jain Temple in Finksburg provides a place of worship for Hindu and Jain congregations as well as an educational and cultural center for the community at large. Anusha Sahithi with daughter, Lakshmi.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Rabbi Sholom Ber Cohen reads from the Torah at the Chabad Jewish Center of Carroll County in Eldersburg.
PHOTO BY MATTHEW KOHN

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Pastor Amb Ross plays bass guitar while leading the parish and choir in song at Strawbridge United Methodist Church in New Windsor.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Usher Kathy Brunfield prepares to hug Early Herndon, Jr. during a church service.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Father Hilario Avendano holds a Spanish Mass at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Jeronima Fernandez serves the Eucharist to Selvin Escobar.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Maria Laiges and daughter Bianca Medrano make pupusas for the Hispanic Kermes Festival.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Members of the Islamic Society of Carroll County in Westminster gather for a celebration of Eid al-Adha. Hasar Richan helps Abdul Gafoor.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Members of the Islamic Society of Carroll County in Westminster gather for a celebration of Eid al-Adha. Community members enjoy a meal following the service.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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Members of the Islamic Society of Carroll County in Westminster gather for a celebration of Eid al-Adha. Sarwar Kawsar takes a family photo after the service.
PHOTO BY WALTER P. CALAHAN

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