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.

Raising the ‘Tent of Meeting’

Xavier Chérrez

In September, 2017 I received a text message from Father Cristóbal Jiménez, a young Jesuit priest who is the director of the Centro de Espiritualidad de Salamanca (CES) in Spain. He was in search of ideas to renovate two chapels and suggested we visit. We … [continue]

Creating the Dargah

Overlooking the Rio Grande River Gorge

God is beautiful and He loves beauty. Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad A Dargah is a special place that houses the mortal remains of illuminated souls, also known as saints. These sacred shrines are places of pilgrimage and reflection. In the Islamic tradition … [continue]

Chapel of Contemplation

Entry to the chapel, as it faces the water.

Ten architects representing as many different countries were invited to each design and build a chapel located in a wooded area on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, Italy. Together, these chapels formed the Vatican City’s pavilion for the 2018 … [continue]

Renewal of a Manhattan Retreat

The Cross of the Good Shepherd and three suspended columns

Louise Nevelson’s Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Saint Peter’s Church is a singular treasure by many measures—as a work of art, as part of a private-public partnership, and as a retreat in the heart of Manhattan that is open to all. It was the fruit of a … [continue]

‘Rested Bodies and Stirred Spirits’

Windows at Christ’s Peace House

The design of retreat centers can help or hinder the experience, an experienced retreatant reflects. It was late into the long, summer afternoon. Sunlight slanted across the meadow from a sky the color of faded blue jeans. I sat on sun-warmed grass, my … [continue]

Room for Reflection

Gilchrist Hospice Care is Maryland’s largest hospice organization, serving thousands of families annually through its in-patient facilities and at-home hospice care services. Additionally, Gilchrist provides support services for patients’ families during and … [continue]

A Different Kind of Place

Welcome center at the Zen Mountain Monastery.

A retreat is a time, and a place. A religious retreat is a withdrawal from daily life for the purpose of approaching a more meaningful existence. It is a temporary respite from clamor and chaos in exchange for peace and simplicity. It is a separation for … [continue]

2018 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

Note: you can use your left and right arrow keys to navigate this slideshow. A total of 127 Submissions to the awards program this year represented an increase of about 7 percent over the number of last year’s entrants—good news indeed. One thing that … [continue]

Sacred and Civic Synergy

Neighborhood House entry connector

Christ Church’s dramatic transformation of its Neighborhood House into a community asset The transformation of Christ Church’s Neighborhood House in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia powerfully exemplifies the aims of the Sacred Places/Civic Spaces … [continue]

Creating Connections Between Arts and Faith Communities

Brian Sanders JUNK dancers

In cities and towns throughout the country, many shrinking congregations have room to spare, while artists are looking for affordable places in which to create. Why not bring them together for mutual benefit? How do congregations with space they are not fully … [continue]