Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Home In the Heart of Our City


This is Birmingham's First Presbyterian Church, "First Pres".  The first church in the new city of Birmingham, it calls itself " A Home in the Heart of the City" and it certainly is.  Surrounded by Birmingham's financial and business district this historic church has too many wonderful outreach ministries to mention.  May I inject a personal note that their First Light program is one for which I have a special interest and respect.  A historical note that I think you will find very interesting,  their long time former pastor, Dr. Edward Ramage, was one of the pastors to receive Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s  Letter from the Birmingham Jail.  So as you can see, this church has a long history of acceptance and service to our community.


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22 comments:

angela said...

Lovely, solid building there. I love the look of the windows..can you get a shot from inside I find stained glass so appealing..

It's always heartening to read of churches that actually do good in the community. It's not always so common.

jill said...

Beautiful building, and your post shots are great.

Marc said...

Interesting post and beautiful building. Sounds like an oasis of peace and comtemplation inside the wordly rush district. I would like to see the stained glass too, if yu get a chance to photograph it.

JM said...

It really looks fantastic and the historical note was worth telling.

Nathalie said...

What bright red doors - I can't remember seeing such a color in church doors before. I love the way you describe the church's past and dedication to service. It makes you want to push the door and go "home".

Nathalie said...

I also loved your Barber Shop photo yesterday and the tale of hands before that. Hands do tell tales, don't they?

I'm sorry that your Paris blog is now going to sleep for a while but it's such exciting news that it will be revived in the not too distant future!

Knoxville Girl said...

beautiful red doors!
Hey, V, BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

Wayne said...

Cute church V.

Jan said...

Virginia: I just located your daily photo blog and love it. My husband and I have started a daily photo blog in Greensboro, NC and we were looking for daily photo blogs in southern cities. Birmingham holds a place in the civil rights movement, as does Greensboro. We are trying to find ideas for upcoming posts and especially enjoyed your post of Charles Moore.

Please stop by if time permits

www.greensborodailyphoto.com

Jan

Virginia said...

Jan,
Welcome to the CDP blog community. Oh what wonderful friends you will make as well as learning an awful lot about cities around our world. I will most definitely jump over and see your blog and hope all my visitors will as well. BTW, a dear photography friend attended the exhibition and gave me an autographed copy of CHarles Moore's book. What a treasure!! I decided tonight that I need to take a trip to the Civil Rights Institute some day soon and take some photos. I have several from Kelly Ingram Park across the street.
V

Virginia said...
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Virginia said...

Jan,
Can't seem to leave you a comment on yours. Email? Help!

slim said...

Great post. I like the interesting slate roof of this church building. Thanks for reminding me of Michael Dulin's music ;)

Halcyon said...

It is a beautiful church. I got used to the old cathedrals and whatnot in France, but there are a few jewels here in the US - just not as old! But they've made history in their own right. :-)

Virginia said...

Halcyon,
Thanks and aren't we lucky to have these old churches in our midst!

Babooshka said...

An image that could be from B'ham Uk, minus the graffiti and not so clean. That really is a very redbrick building. Is that local? How curious these images are to me. I almost feel like this is a place of my youth because of that brickwork. Strangely evocative images.Would appreciate a more about the civil right's and B'ham. I'd definitely enjoy those posts.

Virginia said...

B,
Since this is the first chuch in B'ham don't know what I can tell about the brickwork. Glad you enjoy it and it brings back memories for you. I think it is much like churches elsewhere.
V

Bob Crowe said...

V, this is really good architectural photography. The colors are very rich and the composition conveys a sense of place. Nice that you didn't shoot it on a sunny day. The tones are so much softer and more saturated in this light.

PJ said...

Before I started blogging we stayed at the Tutwiler and went touring in the nearby area, I don't know if I saw this church but it looks like many of the beautiful buildings, many of them churches, that we saw. Beautifully done, V.

D.C. Confidential said...

VJ: I really like the framing on the last photo. Very nice.

Bob Crowe said...

Very nice. You used some of Bobbi Lane's outdoor portrait tips: backlight sun bringing out the highlights in the hair of the girl in the center and getting the white jacket of the girl on top to act as a reflector, brightening the middle girl's face. How would this look with a tighter crop to emphasize that?

Virginia said...

Well I'll just have to crop again and see. I fooled around with the crop last night but I'll have a go at it again and see. You're usually right you know! And thanks for assuming I knew what I was doing on the "jacket reflector"! I did note the sunlight down her back!

BTW, We are both on the wrong post but noone will care!HA