January 9, 2009
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As we approached the first Christmas of the financial crisis, I wondered whether churches near the physical center of the crisis were seeing more attendance. I approached Trinity Church on Wall Street, and St. Bartholomew's in midtown Manhattan, very close to the collapsed Bear Stearns. It turns out both had fuller pews in the weeks and months after the markets crashed in September 2008. One church was even using the financial crisis as part of its marketing campaign.