Featured Articles Archive

For every issue we publish, Faith & Form features one article here on our website. As each new issue is distributed, our home page is updated with the latest featured article. Previously posted articles will remain on the website and will be accessible from this page. Our online article archive goes back to 2006.

Protecting Sacred Space at the World Trade Center

St. Nicholas National Shrine

Questions about safety are rife at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan because of the site’s unique history and the sheer number of people there on any given day. To get inside the heads of garden-variety pickpockets and those with darker motives, the … [continue]

Sacred Architecture as Solace in an Uncertain World

Demountable church structure that is part of a trio of ‘Pop-Up Places of Worship’

In the summer of 2016, the Chilean Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena pressed architects to move beyond “business as usual” to address the relationship between architecture and humanitarian needs such as housing shortages, migration, and environmental … [continue]

A Sanctuary for Interdependence

Snyder Sanctuary

What is the role of religion today in a world torn by strife? In many instances young people now see organized religion as a problem, not a solution—a force in the world that divides people, that is intolerant, that builds walls around ideological camps that … [continue]

Learning from Aleppo

Destruction of the Temple of Baalshamin

Endangered, damaged, and destroyed World Heritage Sites As an architect in the Midwest, I am easily horrified by the destruction of sacred sites far away from here in the Middle East. By now, the civil war in Syria and the City of Aleppo has crept into the … [continue]

2016 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

This year’s 28 award-winning projects were selected from a larger pool of entrants than the previous year: 135 in total were submitted, which might be an indication of the award program’s growing visibility and stature. Over the past few years winning projects … [continue]

What Is A ‘Stabilized Relic’?

Completed stabilized section of the monument’s upper portion; removed masonry has been stored in anticipation of a future complete restoration.

Many congregations and cemetery associations own historic assets that play an important role in the organization’s mission, offering not just ornate architecture but also a sense of timelessness and spiritual consolation. Caring for these assets on nonprofit … [continue]

Of Sounds And Silence

Anechoic Chamber

What is the experience of attending church in the modern era? How has it changed from our childhoods and those of our family a number of generations removed? What is it that earlier people experienced, what do we experience, and what is the experience of … [continue]

Revealing The Acoustic Mysteries Of Byzantine Churches

View into dome of the Church of the Savior

Those who attend musical performances at the world’s greatest concert halls are quick to laud the otherworldly sound of orchestras and virtuoso artists. Assisted by the acoustic properties of the concert hall, a performer can transport the listener from the … [continue]

‘We Are Sound Beings’

Exploring the acoustic mysteries of sacred space and sacred sound As the species Homo sapiens we have a fundamental need for the sacred. In the Paleolithic we chose the most resonant places in caves to paint animals and shaman figures. Acoustic archeologists … [continue]

Enhancing Contemporary Acapella and Sacred Harp Worship

Acapella singers

This article explores a series of spiritual ritualistic experiments to “sacred harp” forms of worship within the Church of Christ in the Intermountain West region. It is primarily focused on youth and college groups and the heightened awareness of acoustics in … [continue]