Sacred Time, Sacred Space

The core of Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book The Sabbath is that the divine can never be found in space, but only in time. Heschel articulates this view of the sacred, based in the Torah and Jewish teaching, as outside of the control of human beings. … [continue]

Millennials’ Views of Religion Take a Dive

Millennials have spoken, and they don’t much care for organized religion. New research from the Pew Research Center confirms that a trend that has been obvious for several years has picked up speed: Millennials’ favorable view of churches and … [continue]

Both Heart and Womb

The atrocity of Paris taunts with its threat of hopelessness. With nearly 130 dead at this writing, it is the worst loss of life in the French capital since the Second World War. The latest slaughter at the hands of intolerance and extremism tempts … [continue]

Whose House is This?

Many designers, architects, artists, and craftspeople see their ultimate calling as the creation of home for humankind through the environments they help fashion. Of course, our day-to-day existence is often filled with the minutia of the making of … [continue]

Architect’s Hour of Power Patron

This spring religious architecture lost one of its high-profile patrons, Dr. Robert H. Schuller, who for years headed the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Schuller was an innovative minister in the Reformed Church in America. Sixty … [continue]

Come Right In

Perhaps the antenna was just more in-tune with the topic of accessibility, hospitality, and inclusivity, but while this issue was being produced it seemed that there was a buzz in the religious architecture world about this subject. We were careful … [continue]

Scattered Treasures

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 … [continue]

‘Strangely Sacred’ Urban Space

Cities are places of concentration, of swimming in a great river of humanity, of chance meetings and sometimes of discomforting jumbles. As more of us in the world live in cities, we are spending more time with “strangers,” people we don’t quite know … [continue]

A Place for All

  We are all broken, in some way. Many feel broken spiritually, which draws us to a faith community, perhaps in the hope that our brokenness will find mending. Others are physically broken: arms and legs that don’t do what we want them to … [continue]

Game On

Are professional sports replacing organized religion? That question was at the root of a recent Washington Post article that pointed out that as membership in organized religion has declined, the number of people who identify themselves as sports … [continue]