Who We Are

Beloved Community is a diverse, welcoming, grace-filled community that celebrates all people as precious children of God. We offer a sanctuary for many people who have not felt at home in traditional churches. People from all walks of life come together to grow in relationship with one another and with God. Beloved Community is a gathering of people who seek healing and wholeness for ourselves, our city and our world.

We are an Open-and-Affirming Congregation of the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.

At Beloved Community, we invite you to come as you are, be who you are, and grow toward who you were created to be!

Our Pastor

Rev. Angie Wright is the pastor of Beloved Community Church (United Church of Christ) which she founded in 2000.  A bi-vocational minister, she also serves as the Associate Director for Greater Birmingham Ministries.  She has served on many Boards of Directors; currently she is the Chairperson of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice.

For over thirty years, Rev. Angie has been a leader in community and faith-based organizing for racial and economic justice.  She served as the Associate Director of the Birmingham Center for Affordable Housing from 2000 – 2011 and as the Executive Director for Leading Edge Institute, preparing collegiate women to be leaders in social change, from 2007 – 2009.  Rev. Wright was the Director of the Katrina Resettlement Program of Alabama, creating and managing a $19 million program serving over 2,000 families with a staff of ten.  From 1995 – 2000, she served as the Program Coordinator for the BEAT community revitalization effort in the inner-city of Birmingham.  She was the co-founder of Alabama Arise, a statewide coalition of organizations which lobbies on poverty issues.   From 1989 until 1993, Rev. Wright was the founder of Good Work Self-Employment Project and founding Executive Director of the Durham Affordable Housing Coalition, both in Durham, NC.

Angie received her B.A. from Davidson College (N.C) in 1978, and her Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 1995.  She was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1997.  She has two sons, Frank and Luke Norton, both in college in North Carolina. Rev. Wright was honored as Outstanding Woman in the Community by the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2003.

2014 Church Council

Denyse Thornley Brown, Moderator

Robyn Hyden, Treasurer
Lynn Phillips, Secretary
Carmen Maria Austin
Marianne Dreyspring
Katryna Gholston
Linn Groft
Gary Hyche
Mark Kelly
Joyce Hill Milligan
Nancy Sales
Jennifer Sanders

Beloved Community Church

131 41st Street South

Birmingham, AL 35222 (Avondale)

(205) 595-6080    beloveducc@aol.com

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