Sacred Sites -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
What makes for an appropriate sacred space? A log church on the frontier or a Gothic Cathedral? Could it be a nondescript auditorium sans any religious imagery? In other words, is space important to worship, and if so do different forms appeal to different people? As churches face decline and demographic shift few churches (religious buildings in general) are being built. More often they are being refurbished and redesigned. Some buildings seem to transcend time, others seem not to. The cathedrals of England continue to inspire, while some modern churches built in the 50s through 70s have not aged very well (those orange carpets and windowless walls seem to be lacking something). In this piece Martin Marty points us to the current conversation and has some sites worth visiting to see some interesting designs. Take a read and offer your responses.