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.

Practice as Ministry: The Inclusive, Religious Architecture of Stanley, Love-Stanley

The practice of William J. Stanley, FAIA, and Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, has been one of inclusiveness, hospitality, and connection to the community. This is especially true of their work with faith communities, which is how their practice started more than 35 … [continue]

2014 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

2014 Jury

Nothing impressed the 2014 awards jury (which met last July to review 134 submissions) as much as the sheer diversity of the submissions across the categories, and the overall high quality of the work. The outstanding excellence of projects put forward for … [continue]

MEDITATIONS: “A Low Condition”

In the end, the interlocking corridors, repeating doorways, proliferating walls and fields of columns created an antithetical affect. At once envisioned as a site of dynamism, the plenitude of options created paralysis. It was uncommon to look up at the … [continue]

The Sacred in the Secular City:
A Conversation With Harvey Cox

Harvey Cox. Photo by Michael J. Crosbie.

No one book has done more to influence the concept of and the conversation about the presence of the sacred in our cities than The Secular City by Harvey Cox, published in 1965. That same year, Cox arrived as a professor at the Harvard Divinity School, helping … [continue]

The Digital Cathedral

Distributed and Situational Sacred Space Those who believe that in Christ God has brought life out of death, hope out of sorrow, and love out of cruelty are now called to see the world, the everyday and ordinary, with new eyes, the eyes of faith—and to live … [continue]

A Mirror for Brooklyn

Interior of St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral

The Marian Murals and American Saints of St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral Cross the Brooklyn Bridge to the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush to SHoP Architects’ Barclays Center and you’ll see a crossroads packed with rush-hour taxis and pedestrians rushing for … [continue]

Sacred Space in the City: Adapting to the Urban Context

For thousands of years, sacred space has shaped and provided deep meaning to cities and urban communities as well as to the health, well being, and quality of life for the inhabitants. For the first time in history, a majority of the world’s population is now … [continue]

Urban Sacred Places: What Are They Worth?

St. Paul's Cathedral

What is the value of an older church, synagogue, or temple to its neighborhood or town? If that value is significant, can we use it to persuade the larger community to help preserve the building and all the public good it houses? In an era when so many … [continue]

Mecca: ‘Hyper-identity’ of a Sacred City

Abraj al-Bait

Any discussion of the relationship between the sacred and the city today ought to address the evolving transformation of one of the most influential holy cities in human history—Mecca. Of the world’s major religions and the sacred cities associated with … [continue]

‘Re-Pitching the Tent’ Downtown

A congregation shares space in an innovative design that makes the most of meager resources. North Presbyterian Church houses a unique congregation in urban Cleveland, Ohio. With dwindling or relocated congregations, urban churches from a variety of … [continue]