Formation: Building Stories
November 17 @ 10:15 am - 11:00 am
An event every week that begins at 10:15 am on Sunday, repeating until November 24, 2019
Sacred Spaces in the Church
Dr. Mark Ardrey-Graves and Prof. Matthew Phillips and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Frank
Join us for a 4-week exploration of how our sacred stories change when we confront obstacles and change in our lives, and how God invites us, all the time, to rewrite and claim our own individual sacred stories.
Nov. 3: The Burning Bush: Spaces for God
Scripture tells the stories of special spaces in which people meet God. What does it mean for space to be sacred? We’ll explore what makes space “holy” or “sacred” and what we do to honor God in those spaces.
Nov. 10: The Gardens: Renewal and Connection
The Garden of Gethsemane echoes the Garden of Eden in scripture: stories from very different places that point to God’s work to bring people into closer communion. There are surprising spaces that try to do the same thing, from the contemporary Coventry Cathedral, built around the WWII-bombed ruins of the medieval cathedral, to the “Oculus” near the World Trade Center, creating a hopeful and holy space in the middle of New York City’s bustle.
Nov. 17: The Temple: Projects for a Generation with special guest: The Rev. Dr. Thomas Frank
Taking care of sacred space is a labor of love. The renewal of Notre Dame Cathedral has cast light on this question: is rebuilding in a building’s original image always the way to go? How do sacred spaces adjust and grow to fit the dynamic needs of God’s people to connect?
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Frank is University Professor and Associate Dean for Continuing Studies in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Wake Forest University. He is an active member and former chair of the board of Partners for Sacred Places, which helps churches steward historic spaces.
Nov. 24: The Language of Space
Did you ever wonder why so many churches are built in the Gothic style? Why choirs usually face each other rather than the congregation? As Anglicans, our worship is shaped by the historic spaces in which we come together, but our spaces in turn are informed by the ancient liturgy. This is so deeply true that St. Paul’s historic R.A. Cram building has two instruments literally built into it: the bells call to worship and the organ sustains congregational singing. We’ll pull together the topics of this series to explore how liturgical space has its own particular language that supports worship and connection.