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.

Paradise Present

The imagined and manifested images of Paradise in Islam The aspiration of paradise was embedded in the daily consciousness and imagination of Muslims through their prayer, scripture, and invocations to God. The brilliance of paradise described in the Qur’an … [continue]

A Reflection on ‘Care for Our Common Home’

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square

“A sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer … [continue]

Malleable Mosques

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

As a 24-year-old student of Physics I am fascinated with how the elements of the physical world can potentially enthrall us. As a photographer for the past five years, I am drawn to document the material places that capture culture in creative ways. In my … [continue]

A Dialogue on Sacred Space

Al-Hidaya Center and Mosque, Latham, New York

Editor’s Note: The Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the Muslim-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the Capital District of New York took place on June 2, 2015 at the new Al-Hidaya Center and Mosque, Latham, New York, designed by Reza Hourmanesh. The event was called … [continue]

Finding the Funding to Bring Renderings to Life

Robert Evans

Creative architectural renderings for houses of worship tend to excite my visual imagination. I am particularly interested in how architects tackle the challenge of renovating and repurposing an existing space for contemporary uses. Renderings frame … [continue]

A Sterling Restoration

Cleared of display cases, desks, and card catalogues, the now-empty nave at dusk is especially lovely, even welcoming. The lighting is now pronounced, revealing especially the stained American oak coffered ceiling and the re-discovered colors of the ceiling in the ‘crossing.’

The term “sacred-secular” refers to environments that convey a sense of spirituality for purposes that are otherwise not connected to an organized religion or recognized faith tradition. For example, over the past half-century modern art museums have often … [continue]

From Crystal to Christ

The baldachin is a horizontal ‘canopy’ that floats about 30 feet above the altar. A large carved crucifix hangs from the open center of the structure.

An epic transformation of the historic Crystal Cathedral to a new cathedral for Catholic worship Renderings by Shimahara courtesy Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios In the late summer of 2013, our Los Angeles-based firms, Johnson … [continue]

Hide and Seek

Franco Pisani

A Kid’s Tale Around the Highway Church “What my eyes saw was simultaneous; what I shall write is successive…Something of it, though, I will capture.” Jorge Luis Borges, The Aleph The Highway Church, la Chiesa dell’Autostrada, is the nickname that is … [continue]

Can Chartres be Saved?

Alexander Gorlin

Of all the sacred places on earth, certainly the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, just southwest of Paris, ranks near or at the very top of the list. Upon entering the dark, cavernous interior, the jeweled light of the 13th-century stained glass transports … [continue]

Sacredness in the Suburbs

Ethno-spiritual architectures and emergent heterotopias in the context of ex-urban sprawl “Behind the wall of the city, life rested on a common foundation, set as deep as the universe itself. The city was nothing less than the home of a powerful god. The … [continue]