On Magic City Religion, Samford University students ground their study of religion in the lived experience of Birmingham, Alabama. Beginning in 1871, the city grew like “magic” at the junction of two railroads. Birmingham’s religious citizens are most widely known for their roles in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Its airport is the major airport in the U.S. named for a clergyman, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. But Birmigham’s religious life is about more than segregation and civil rights. Its world famous leaders include not only Martin Luther King Jr. but also Mother Angelica, founder of the Eternal Word Television Network. Today its religious citizens include Catholics as well as Protestants, Buddhists as well as Muslims, the unaffiliated as well as church members.
In fall 2019 religion majors have been exploring the greater Avondale neighborhood, while students in Introduction of World Religions are focusing on eleven religious communities throughout the metropolitan area. The images below are gateways to different aspects of our work. We hope you enjoy seeing what we’ve learned. Please use the comments or email to share your perspectives with us. We hope to hear from you.