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Kansas City ranks about a percentage point above the US average for religious identity, 49.7% vs 48.78%.[42] Roman Catholic Kansas City's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the cathedral seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City and St. Joseph;[43] The Cathedral of St. Peter in nearby Kansas City, Kansas is the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Eastern and Oriental Orthodox The Kansas City area is home to nine Eastern Orthodox churches, including three Serbian Orthodox churches, two Greek Orthodox parishes, two parishes of the Orthodox Church in America, an Antiochian Orthodox church, and a mission of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The area is home to two Orthodox mission groups, one local and one national. Reconciliation Services is a local mission group aimed at providing assistance and therapeutic services to those in need. It is also the national headquarters of FOCUS North America, a missions group aimed at helping other national Orthodox charities and providing assistance to those in need. Kansas City is also home to one Oriental Orthodox church, a parish of the Coptic Church. Protestant bodies The Kansas City metropolitan area is the seat of the Unity Church, a Christian denomination claiming approximately two million members.[45] The church's headquarters is located in Unity Village, a self-contained, incorporated municipality lying east of the city near Lee's Summit.[46] The Church of the Nazarene, another Christian denomination claiming two million members worldwide, is headquartered in Lenexa, where it moved in 2008 from its longtime headquarters on the The Paseo in Kansas City itself.[47] United Methodism's Church of the Resurrection is the largest church in the metro area, consisting of 15,000+ members and is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States. The Episcopal Diocese of West Missouri has its headquarters at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, downtown.[48] Latter Day Saint gr ups The Temple Lot in Independence, Missouri, just east of Kansas City Several Latter Day Saint organizations make their headquarters in Independence, just east of the city. The largest of these is the Community of Christ, with a worldwide membership of approximately 250,000. Others include the Church of Christ (Temple Lot), the Church of Christ (Fettingite), the Church of Christ with the Elijah Message, the Church of Christ (Restored), the Restoration Church of Jesus Christ, and the Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerite). Movement founder Joseph Smith, Jr. told his earliest followers that the Garden of Eden had been located in Jackson County, and that the New Jerusalem where Jesus will come in the Second Coming would be built in Independence.[49] Some early Latter Day Saints settled west of Independence, inside what are now the boundaries of Kansas City itself. The Latter Day Saints were violently driven from the area in late 1833, after protracted conflict with local settlers, but returned in the late 1860s to a much better welcome. In May 2012 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the largest LDS denomination, dedicated a temple in the Shoal Creek area[50] of Kansas City North. Non-Christian Kansas City is home to a large and vibrant Jewish community, with several synagogues in the city and adjacent communities.[51] Muslims are served by three mosques within the city limits, the largest of which is the Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City,[52] plus additional mosques in nearby towns. Temple Buddhist Center, the Rime Buddhist Center and other Buddhist facilities serve Buddhists in the city, while the Hindu Cultural Center and Vedanta Society of Kansas City serve Kansas City's Hindu population.[53] Kansas City is even home to at least one congregation of Neo-Pagans in the form of Gaia Community.[54] Nonreligious Kansas City has many nonreligious, atheist, humanist, Naturalist and agnostic groups.,[55][56] such as the Kansas City Atheist Coalition.