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Reimagining Religious Places: Worship @ The Water

Reimagining Religious Places: Worship @ The Water

By Joel McDanal, Georgia State University…..So, when my mother suggested going to the Flora-Bama lounge, at first I thought she was joking. To call the Flora-Bama a beach bar is really underselling it. It is a Redneck Riviera institution. Heck, Jimmy Buffett has even sung about it. Come to find out, my mother wanted to go to church. Worship @ The Water it’s called. For two years now, every Sunday morning the Flora-Bama has provided the space, and, Perdido Bay United Methodist Church has provided the service. A large tent lined with beer flags and a small stage that probably featured live music and late night revelry just a few hours earlier has been transformed into a sanctuary. Rows and rows of chairs have been set up and supplied with copies of The Honky Tonk Hymnal.