Buddhist Churches of America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

Outpost of the largest of the many Japanese Buddhist groups, the Buddhist Churches of America was begun by missionaries who arrived in San Francisco in the 1890s. Having the continental United States as its territory, it is in fellowship with the Buddhist Churches of Canada and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1940 - 46 70,000
1946 - - 70,000
1950 - 47 73,000
1953 62 48 63,000
1954 65 49 63,000
1955 67 48 -
1956 71 48 -
1957 72 49 10,000
1958 80 51 10,000
1959 80 52 20,000
1960 - 53 -
1961 90 55 60,000
1965 130 93 92,000
1967 45 35 -
1968 100 59 100,000
1970 101 60 100,000
1973 95 60 60,000
1974 86 60 60,000
1975 108 60 60,000
1983 115 62 100,000
1984 115 100 100,000
1989 107 67 19,441

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]