First published in August 1967, Faith & Form, the only interfaith journal in America devoted to religious art and architecture, is read by artists, designers, architects, clergy, congregations, and all who care about environments for worship.
Faith & Form is dedicated to improving the quality of art and architecture for places of worship of all faiths. By supporting the idea that the best of the arts and architecture is achieved through a forum of opinion, the journal publishes articles by architects, clergy, artists, educators, liturgical consultants, landscape designers, and artisans to articulate the interrelationships of faith, theology, architecture, and art. This worldly vision makes us aware of the differing needs of faith communities and the need to serve them. Faith & Form has included articles on religious facilities for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and many other groups. Features have appeared on the Hispanic Church and an entire issue was devoted to African-American religious architecture and experience.
Faith & Form seeks to illustrate that buildings of excellence exist because those who had a part in the design strive for a divine quality. Often religious buildings have been in the avant-garde of architecture. Faith & Form’s readers are among those who contribute to this excellence.
Faith & Form’s readers include architects, stained glass artists and lighting engineers whose work allows us to enter a world of defined color and shape as well as to enter past and present history. They include the musicians and those who select the organ, the carillon, and the bells. Faith & Form’s readers select the furniture of the sanctuary, not only for comfort, but recognizing the role furnishings play in liturgy. The role of the woodcarver, the weaver of fabrics, the metal worker, the sculptor–every creator of sign and symbol enriches the environment for worship. Faith & Form’s articles describe the work of these participants to enlighten the larger group and expand the magazine’s readership.
Today, much of the work of the architect, artisan, and craftsperson is involved with reconstruction, renovation, and historical preservation. As a result, Faith & Form’s readers have a new appreciation for those manufacturing historically derived products, reproductions and new materials, and for the variety of engineering disciplines and construction companies that can act as partners in the redevelopment of religious art and architecture.
Faith & Form publishes feature articles that may be tied to a theme, or consider an important issue in the creation of sacred places. The magazine provides a Notes & Comments column that features news and items of interest from a variety of sources. Book Reviews stimulate further study and offer practical help guides. The Artist and Architect Directories provide an opportunity for referrals to active professionals in fields of interest for those seeking services.
Faith & Form reaches a broad spectrum of building committees, church administrators, clergy, artisans, architects, liturgical design consultants, artists and lay persons concerned with the design and furnishing of houses of worship. As a nonprofit magazine, Faith & Form seeks the support of advertisers to sustain only the costs of publication. Faith & Form answers a pressing need and provides an extraordinary opportunity for those in related industries to reach this select audience.