Religion and worldviews
Religious communities and secular organizations in Berlin
In the multicultural metropolis of Berlin with its population of over 3.5 million citizens, organized churches, religious communities and secular organizations play an important role in society.
With its immensely diverse landscape of religious communities and secular organizations, Berlin occupies a unique position in Germany and perhaps even in Europe. The two largest organizations by membership are the Evangelical Church of Berlin-Brandenburg-Silesian Upper Lusatia and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Berlin. Berlin’s Muslim community comprises the third largest group, followed by the Jewish community. Berlin is also home to a variety of Buddhist and Hindu communities, together with Orthodox, non-denominational and other Christian associations as well as Bahá’í and Sikh communities. In addition to these major world religions, the German capital hosts a large number of smaller religious communities. According to current estimates there are more than 250 active religious and secular communities and organizations in Berlin. A range of organizations, social initiatives and projects in Berlin have worked successfully for many years to promote and facilitate inter-faith dialogue and cooperation.
Many of Berlin’s citizens are not affiliated with any particular denomination or religious group. Instead, some citizens have joined together in secular organizations, which fund and operate various social and cultural projects and institutions in Berlin. The largest of these organizations is the Humanist Association of Berlin Brandenburg (Humanistischer Verband Berlin Brandenburg e.V.).