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And so this is Easter, 2011

April 24, 2011
Greek Orthodox church

Bellingham's Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox church (Orin O'Neill photos)

The state of Washington has the lowest per-capita church membership of any state in the U.S. That doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of churches, however.

Church of the Assumption

The Church of the Assumption on Cornwall Avenue is very much in the traditional vein of church design.

First Baptist Church

OTOH, the First Baptist Church, located between the Whatcom Museum and the Mount Baker Theatre, employs traditional church elements in unexpected ways.

St. John's Lutheran

Saint John’s Lutheran Church is a completely unremarkable building, one you’d easily miss if you weren’t looking for it.

Garden St. United Methodist

You can’t help but notice Garden Street United Methodist at the corner of Garden and Magnolia. I pass by on the way home from bowling every Sunday.

First Presbyterian Church

Further south on Garden Street is the imposing First Presbyterian Church.

Slavic Baptist Church

I’ve mentioned that in Bellingham you can often overhear conversations in Russian. Here’s where some of those folks go to church.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

It’s not far from Saint Paul’s Episcopal, located on Broadway where W Holly Street becomes Eldridge Avenue.

I am sure Bellingham has places of worship for other Christian denominations, and other religions. Their buildings don’t seem to stand out the way these do. For me, anyway. Favicon

  1. April 24, 2011 4:42 pm


    Thanks for the collection of church pictures. I love to look at these buildings — inside and out. Architecture aside the subject of religion is something I wrestle with on a lot of levels.

    Earth day… that’s everyday right?

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  2. April 24, 2011 6:11 pm

    I’m trying to picture Steve Williams wrestling—a sweaty wifebeater and sweat pants perhaps, with a tennis band round his forehead?

    They tell us Key West has more churches per capita than any other US city though how they figured that out, and what good it does, I’m not sure. There have to be more bars, too.


  3. Jack Riepe permalink
    April 25, 2011 1:17 pm

    Dear Orin:

    Happy Easter, belatedly. Despite being labelled the “scourge of God,” I am a fairly religious person. I find it amazing that the cornerstone of western civilization was born, lived, and died in the Middle East. I too have an appreciation for traditional eccleseastical architecture. I love the catherdrals of Europe, especially Notre Dame in Paris.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  4. May 2, 2011 7:50 pm

    Love the church pictures, My grandparents lived on Young Street (2113) just around the corner from B’Ham high and The Church of the Assumption. Went to mass there many a time.

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