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A Look Back at Our Puritan Past

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Connecticut is among the least religious states in the country according to the Pew Research Center. While the number of churchgoers might not be high, religion is a pillar of our state’s history.

Faith in Connecticut is rich and diverse, but this hour, we zoom in on our Puritan past and find out how, if at all, that past still influences our communities today. We speak to a professor and historian and we get the perspective of a pastor from the United Church of Christ -- a protestant denomination that can trace its roots to the Puritan religion. 

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Kelly Jacobs, Public Affairs Representative for the Hartford, CT Temple and Kevin Starr, Coordinator of the Open House and Dedication Committee for the Hartford, CT Temple

Plus, the Mormon Church, formally known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is building a temple in Farmington, set to be completed later this year. We learn about what a Mormon temple represents for Mormons and what it means for other Nutmeggers to have a Mormon temple in our state.


  • Andrew Walsh - Associate Director of the Greenberg Center at Trinity College
  • Reverend Jeff Lukens - Pastor of Lordship Community Church in Stratford, Connecticut
  • Kevin Starr - Coordinator of the Open House and Dedication Committee for the Hartford, Connecticut Temple
  • Kelly Jacobs - Public Affairs Representative for the Hartford, Connecticut Temple

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Lucy Nalpathanchil and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.


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