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.

Kabbalah and Architecture

Kabbalah, the mystical aspect of Judaism, dates back to the Middle Ages. It means tradition in Hebrew: what is received, and was ignored with the rise of a more rational Rabbinic Judaism in the 19th century. It is theosophy, a theory of the elaborate structure … [continue]

The Architecture of Eco-Theology

In 1998, the Passionist Community of Canada decided to provide a new legacy for St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, a Roman Catholic parish in Toronto, Canada, that it has served for more than 53 years. In November of 2006, this legacy was realized with the … [continue]

Houses for Worship: Emerging Trends

What factors give architectural and artistic shape to church buildings in the U.S.: tradition, style, response to current events? Do they have anything to do with religion at all? Identifying emerging trends in architecture for worship is not an easy task. The … [continue]

Art Chapels of the Plains

Six small “art chapels” sit on a spit of green space in the middle of a shopping mall’s parking lot in Fargo, North Dakota. Small signs stuck into the ground let shoppers know that the structures and the art inside them belong in this unlikely location. In … [continue]

The Aural Environment for Worship

What are one’s expectations upon first entering a worship space? They vary according to one’s religious denomination, cultural values, experiences, and tastes. A few common elements, however, are powerful influences: the sense of space (intimate or grand); the … [continue]

From Brown and Gray to Green and Yellow

Editor’s Note: Artist Helle Scharling-Todd of Ventura, California was asked to decorate the interiors of two Danish churches to reinvigorate the spaces and, by extension, the congregations. You can see more photos of these projects on Faith & Form’s … [continue]

Photographing the Sacred Feminine

An Interview with Cindy Pavlinac of Sacred Land Photography Photographer Cindy Pavlinac has captured glimpses of the sacred feminine in her work as she has traveled the world. I sat down with Pavlinac to talk about her photos, her inspiration, and how her … [continue]

A Temple Reborn

The Komyo-ji Temple is a reconstruction of a Pure Land temple (Pure Land is a dominant form of Buddhism) dating from the Edo period (1606-1867). Its site is on the eastern side of Saijo City in Ehime Prefecture. A small city on the Inland Sea, blessed with a … [continue]

A New Journey: The Stations of the Cross for Our Time

Hanging on the wall of my painting studio in New York is a newspaper clipping of a hooded man, his arms outstretched, standing on a box in almost a pose of crucifixion. Wires run from his hands and from beneath the rough robe covering his body. Next to this … [continue]