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Beyond Sundays

By Terri Byrd

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Just one block west of historic Five Points South, in the middle of downtown Birmingham, Ala., sits an imposing but beautiful structure that is Southside Baptist Church.

Established soon after the founding of Birmingham, Southside has been at the center of the city’s physical and spiritual community for more than 120 years. The church’s stated mission is “… to build an inclusive community of grace, fi rst in our own community and then in the world.”

Commitment to that mission continues to shape the congregation’s presence in the inner city.

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