Nothing impressed the 2014 awards jury (which met last July to review 134 submissions) as much as the sheer diversity of the submissions across the categories, and the overall high quality of the work. The outstanding excellence of projects put forward for awards made the jury’s work challenging, and it resulted in one of the highest number of winners in recent memory—a total … [Read More...]
Congregations across the U.S. are searching for an answer to a fundamental question: how will they survive at a time when attendance in mainline denominations is in a downturn? It is a quandary that cuts across faith traditions, and is most acute in aging communities, particularly in urban places. Congregations are a shadow of what they once were. Places of worship and ancillary spaces –auditoriums, schools, halls, basements—sit empty for much of the week, or are used only a … [Read More...]
In the end, the interlocking corridors, repeating doorways, proliferating walls and fields of columns created an antithetical affect. At once envisioned as a site of dynamism, the plenitude of options created paralysis. It was uncommon to look up at the intricate vaulted ceilings; there were too many thresholds afoot to negotiate and traverse. The ceilings were constructed too high and the walls too many; they bred the sensation of sinking. Debris easily accumulated down the narrow corridors and in the … [Read More...]
When I look at a masterpiece, I lose myself in it. I take a journey, find an escape, a chance to get away. “If you get lost, you can always be found.” I hear the echoes encircling this magnificent space, as my curious self begins to wander. What is it about this space? What makes me recall it after my body has crawled out of its shelter through space and time? Why does it leave a mark that neither space nor time can erase? Why does my heart fly right back and become lost in … [Read More...]
We recently broke ground for a new campus focal point at Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, situated on more than 500 wilderness acres in upstate New York. This complex of buildings and infrastructure—referred to as Agape, after the ancient Greek word meaning “pure love”—will support programs for children and adults to help them grow physically, spiritually, and communally. Most important, Holmes seeks to infuse children and adults alike with a deepened … [Read More...]
What's ahead for stained glass? ...it's not all rosy. Read the Wall Street Journal article to find what Faith & Form editor Mike Crosbie and others in the field think is in store for stained glass.