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What’s Happening To Illinois’ Sacred Buildings In An Age of Decline?

PHOTO CREDIT: SAM DUNKLAU

After devastating fire, historic Parkside church hopes to save its facade and rebuild

MARGO REED
The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

A Reconstructionist Synagogue Weaves Itself Into Manayunk’s Industrial Fabric

PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL BIXLER

Lilly Endowment Awards Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for new grants to save historic churches

ARLINGTON STREET CHURCH

East Liberty Sanctuary Community Gathering Space

PHOTO CREDIT: STEVE MELLON

Four historic Philly churches are the unlikely stages for an important new work of American dance - Philadelphia Inquirer, April 29, 2019

PHOTO CREDIT: JESSICA GRIFFIN

A unique New Jersey church where music, helping hands and historic preservation may offer salvation - Philadelphia Inquirer, April 20, 2019

PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL BRYANT

After Notre Dame fire, Philadelphia’s historic Christ Church demonstrates its ‘water curtain’- Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 2019

PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID MAIALETTI

PHOTO CREDIT: ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS KENDIG PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO CREDIT: NANCY TOVAR

Historic Los Angeles church, once an activist hub, seeks new life
The Christian Century, December 12, 2018

César Chávez once preached at the church, which supported Chicano civil rights organizers. But the church wants to do more than preserve its past.

PHOTO CREDIT: AMIT GUPTA

Learning to love our church’s (expensive) steeple
The Christian Century, November 30, 2018

PHOTO CREDIT: JESSICA GRIFFIN

Congregations sell their deeds in order to survive
Philadelphia Inquirer, September 28, 2018

Read the latest issue of Faith & Form for several articles about Sacred Places and Community:

Sacred and Civic Synergy
by Chad Martin

Creating Connections Between Arts and Faith Communities
interview of Karen DiLossi by Michael J. Crosbie

Sacred Places in Transition
by Rachel Hildebrandt

‘Can you help us find money to take care of our building?
by Chad Martin

The Economic Halo Effect
by A. Robert Jaeger

Parishioners team up to renovate Poultney church
Rutland Herald, August 13, 2018

Sacred Spaces / Civic Places
Context, Summer 2018

Sacred Places are ubiquitous. Yet, we are a critical juncture. The fact that sacred places are at risk isn’t new, however, the pace at which they are closing may become a crisis for all neighborhoods.

Check out the new Sacred Spaces/Civic Places edition of AIA Philadelphia’s Context.

PHOTO CREDIT: CLEM MURRAY

PHOTO CREDIT: IAN DOUGLAS

Grounds that Shout (And Others Merely Shaking)
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is supporting a series of performances that explore the relationships among religion, movement, race, and the body, with a focus on the African American religious experience and Philadelphia’s historic sacred places, June 18, 2018

BETH HILLEL TEMPLE

Kenosha synagogue’s $1 million renovation
Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle, June 6, 2018