21 Houses of Worship in Birmingham

Over at MagicCityReligion.org I just published a semester’s worth of work with some fifty-four Samford students. They explored twenty-one religious communities in metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama.

The communities ranged from A (the Abbey, a coffeehouse-church that is a mission of the Episcopal Church) to Z (Zion Star Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God, part of a small Holiness, Oneness denomination). You are invited to join their explorations by reading their profiles of these houses of worship.

The oldest congregation profiled is the 147-year-old First Baptist Church of Birmingham, the youngest, the 2-year-old Alabama Buddhist Vihara. The vihara in McDonald Chapel anchored the western corner of our range, Zion Star A.O.H. Church of God in East Birmingham the northern, the Sikh Temple of Alabama in Bessemer, near the old crossroads of Genery, the southern, and the mother campus of Church of the Highlands, near old Grant’s Mill, the eastern.

Read the whole introductory post here. More places will be studied in the spring semester of 2020.

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