“Let’s Stop Building Cathedrals”

Jay M. Price

in Temples for a Modern God

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980482 | DOI:
“Let’s Stop Building Cathedrals”

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During the 1960s and 1970s, a new model of religious space emerged, based more on the assembled community than devotional worship. These innovations, however, faced the misfortune of timing. They emerged just as the great building boom of Protestants, Catholics, and Jews wound down, and denominational architectural offices gave way to new priorities, especially ones related to social issues and ecumenical ventures. In the decades since, mid-century groups and publications faded, and several significant individuals passed from the scene. What started as a promising venture to make institutional religion more relevant and meaningful developed just in time to get caught up in an entire reorientation and rethinking about American spirituality, including worship space.

Keywords: Vatican II; church in the round; non-church; Sovik; Interfaith Forum on Religion; Ritenour; consultant

Chapter.  11280 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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