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.

The Voice of Abraham’s House

The Abrahamic God — worshiped by Jews, Christians, and Muslims—is often called the “invisible” God. When compared to others worshiped during the inception of Judaic monotheism, the Abrahamic God is devoid of a visual presence or image. Abram is introduced to … [continue]

Churches for Change: New England Meetinghouses as Sacred/Secular Prototypes

New England’s meetinghouse churches constitute a diverse and distinctly American architecture of community and change. Born in turbulent times, these churches resonate powerfully with contemporary discussions of multi-faith and sacred/secular models. The Old … [continue]

Making A New Inner‑city Church

Redeemer Presbyterian Church is unique is several ways. It is the first new church to be built in Manhattan in over 20 years, and it involved the adaptive re-use of a 1910 parking garage. This new church built in the midst of a dense city and expensive real … [continue]

Evolving Stained Glass

Trends in religious architecture have made a significant shift away from the aesthetics we associate with the sanctuaries of the 19th and 20th centuries. Many new houses of worship are foregoing ornate design and traditional liturgical architecture. This shift … [continue]

Flesh and Form

Light and the Sacred at the Chapel Notre-Dame-du-Haut In the 20th century, theologians and philosophers observed a notable decline in the sacredness of religious art running parallel to science’s increasing mechanization of vision. Mircea Eliade writes, … [continue]

Searching for New Sacred Space

A design studio explores the changing definition of what makes a place sacred. Over the past few decades, particularly in the West, the concept of sacred space as a setting for the rituals of organized religion has been changing, some might even say … [continue]

Sacred Presence in Architecture and Landscape

An Interview with Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe The architecture of Toronto-based firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects connects landscape with architecture, probing the spiritual dimensions of both. Partners Brigitte Shim, Hon. FAIA, and Howard … [continue]

A Procession of Sacred Green Space

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s new Cathedral Campus Sacred landscapes are perhaps the earliest example of human place making. They represent the recognition of a special place in the world—the genius loci—that is significant for the contemplation of … [continue]

Landscape and Sanctuary: Grace Farms

The relationship of landscape to religious architecture was re-addressed in fertile ways in the period following the Second World War. Vincent Scully, for example, following from his book The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods, sought to treat landscape and … [continue]

Sacred Landscapes: Meanings and Contradictions

Land and landscape are two very different things. A parcel of land as a commodity, defined by its borders and judged by its economic potential, describes a different world than the landscape of nature seen as a vital part of the earth. The landscape … [continue]