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.

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]

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]

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]

A Sanctuary for Interdependence

Snyder Sanctuary

What is the role of religion today in a world torn by strife? In many instances young people now see organized religion as a problem, not a solution—a force in the world that divides people, that is intolerant, that builds walls around ideological camps that … [continue]

Sacred Architecture as Solace in an Uncertain World

Demountable church structure that is part of a trio of ‘Pop-Up Places of Worship’

In the summer of 2016, the Chilean Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena pressed architects to move beyond “business as usual” to address the relationship between architecture and humanitarian needs such as housing shortages, migration, and environmental … [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]

Art for Refugees

Painter Jason John’s ‘Don’t Worry Ricder’

New York-based Sara Green was an international professional dancer for over a decade. In 1999, when her change-of-career leanings coincided with the Balkan Yugoslavia crisis, she knew she wanted to help people. Her brother, a war correspondent and journalist, … [continue]

Learning from Aleppo

Destruction of the Temple of Baalshamin

Endangered, damaged, and destroyed World Heritage Sites As an architect in the Midwest, I am easily horrified by the destruction of sacred sites far away from here in the Middle East. By now, the civil war in Syria and the City of Aleppo has crept into the … [continue]

2016 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture

This year’s 28 award-winning projects were selected from a larger pool of entrants than the previous year: 135 in total were submitted, which might be an indication of the award program’s growing visibility and stature. Over the past few years winning projects … [continue]

What Is A ‘Stabilized Relic’?

Completed stabilized section of the monument’s upper portion; removed masonry has been stored in anticipation of a future complete restoration.

Many congregations and cemetery associations own historic assets that play an important role in the organization’s mission, offering not just ornate architecture but also a sense of timelessness and spiritual consolation. Caring for these assets on nonprofit … [continue]