Detroit, at one time, had more churches per square mile than any other city in the country, serving a population of multiple nationalities and many faiths. “Detroit: The City of Churches” captures the city’s early settlers, as well as the Underground Railroad, automotive boom and civil rights movement to frame how Detroit’s spiritual leaders, their places of worship and their congregations helped guide the city as it is known today. The film also features an important story about the impact the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Felician Sisters had on many congregations. In sharing the spiritual history of Detroit, the documentary delves into origin of stained glass, various architectural designs, the significance of church bells, the historic organs that drive the Sunday services, Pewabic Pottery and the history of Detroit’s Eastern Market.
AFTER THE FILM: On Sunday, Neal Rubin, a columnist at the Detroit Free Press, talks with director Keith Famie.
In partnership with the Detroit Historical Society, a select number of tickets will be available for a tour of two of Detroit’s Historic Churches – Mariners’ Church of Detroit and Basilica of Ste. Anne de Détroit. Your ticket price includes entrance to the film screening followed by motor coach transportation with docent commentary and historical presentations at each church.