Saturday, November 21, 2009
Here's a view of a section of the front entrance way of the Immanuel Baptist Church. This beautiful brownstone church complex sits at the corner of High and Deering Streets. In a former life, I lived nearby and passed it a couple of times a day. Many times I used to venture inside to the courtyard area and take in the cascading sunshine, till an locked iron gate established to keep a few 'ladies of the evening' from establishing their trade in the alleyways was added to the front entrance. Inside, it's quite serene, peaceful and exactly what you'd expect to find in a fine old house of worship. This coming year, 2010, it will celebrate its bicentennial, having set its roots in the Forest City 200 years earlier…in 1810. It is 'welcoming and affirming', but shouldn't every church, regardless of denomination be this? Sometimes I'm puzzled and bewildered by this spinning world of ours.