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.

Construction as Prayer

Niches for laser-cut “graffiti”

The Making of the Sukkah The design and construction of architecture is a product of human thought and labor. Whether practiced by talented professionals or inspired amateurs, the act of conceiving a design and then acting upon materials to bring it … [continue]

From Ashes to Resurrection

The morning of April 5, 2014 was like most Saturdays during the Lenten season at St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton, Ontario. There was a service planned for that morning, and likely spring cleaning and preparations for the Easter services two … [continue]

A Sermon in the Form of Architecture

In 1990, a dynamic Methodist associate pastor, Adam Hamilton, was appointed to create a new church in Leawood, Kansas. The bishop who arranged the appointment, excited by the young pastor’s vision for the new Church of the Resurrection (then, fittingly, … [continue]

Back to a Stained-Glass Future

The ‘Angels’ piece uses overlapping imagery.

The work of Scott Parsons at Our Lady of Loreto Church and Gothic stained glass. In March 2016 I visited Derix Glasstudios in Taunnusstein, Germany, and saw the fabrication of windows designed by Scott Parsons for Our Lady of Loreto Church in Foxfield, … [continue]

The Nature and Relevance of ‘Sanctuary’

A recent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York called “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter,” focused on the tens of thousands of children, women, and men worldwide who, right now, are traveling precariously by land and sea searching for … [continue]

Safety and Security

What Every Faith Community Should Consider Benny M. Burrell is a retired police officer and a crime prevention specialist based in Virginia. He consults in the realm of security and safety. Over the years he has completed extensive training in crime … [continue]

On the Case

Caravaggio’s ‘Nativity with Saint Francis and Saint Lawrence’

Solving the theft of art (some of it sacred) around the globe The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) formed a rapid deployment Art Crime Team in 2004, partly as a result of the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad’s looting problem. … [continue]

When they go, what is left?

Fresco chapel dome

Rejoining separated religious artworks and architecture. In July 2000, a 71-inch-by-47 inch painting depicting five vignettes of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden, created by an unknown artist circa 1728, was removed from a church in San … [continue]

Bracing for the Storm

Members of St. Joseph’s Church

Blending restoration and safety in the design of worship spaces Over the past 15 years we have received several RFPs from church communities that have been the target of disaster both human-caused and natural. In many cases the congregation was faced with … [continue]

Protecting Sacred Space at the World Trade Center

St. Nicholas National Shrine

Questions about safety are rife at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan because of the site’s unique history and the sheer number of people there on any given day. To get inside the heads of garden-variety pickpockets and those with darker motives, the … [continue]