04/08/2012 09:20 am ET

Detroit's Historic Churches Still Thriving, Helping City

By Niraj Warikoo

At Historic Trinity Lutheran in Detroit, you'll find architectural gems inside the sanctuary, a rare edition of a German-language Bible from the 1700s and a striking bell tower that soars 104 feet above Gratiot Avenue.

But the pastor of this neo-Gothic cathedral near Eastern Market wants you to see his church as a dynamic house of worship, not some old artifact.

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