Martin Luther King, Jr., often noted that churches are the most segregated institutions in America. A church
in Birmingham is changing all that. Beloved Community Church gathers people from all walks of life, bridging
the divides of race, sexual orientation, economic situations and even religious background. Recently, we voted
to become an open and affirming
congregation - letting the gay, bi-sexual, lesbian and transgendered
community know they are welcome at Beloved.
Beloved Community's organizing pastor, Rev. Angie Wright, has been involved in social justice efforts in the
South for over 20 years. She says, Beloved Community will restore a sense of kinship among all people in a city
that continues to be far too divided. Rev. Wright was the founder of Alabama Arise, a citizens group that lobbies
on poverty issues. For the many years, she served as program coordinator of BEAT, a very successful
community revitalization effort in Ensley. See our "justice" page for more information on Beloved
Community's current involvement in justice related issues.
Beloved Community has developed a very dynamic and diverse music program that will appeal to people of all
races and ages. The director of music is LeNard Brown, a long-time member of the nationally known R&B
band, The Controllers, and a partner in Cutting Edge Productions, Inc. recording studio.
Beloved Community is located in the old Masonic Lodge building at the corner of 2nd Avenue South and 41st S
treet in Avondale, probably the most diverse community in Birmingham. Services are held on Sunday nights at
Two of our members hard at study.
One of our language students and her beautiful child..