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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

CHURCH OF THE EPIPHANY EXTERIOR | CARREN JAO

ERIN BROWN, SUN-TIMES

Work begins to rebuild roof of historic Woodlawn church gutted by 2015 fire
Chicago Sun Times, March 23, 2018

CONOR HUGHES, INDEX-JOURNAL

Unalaska church receives National Fund Award
Bristol Bay Times, November 3, 2017

Retirement Research Foundation releases overview of Accessible Faith Grant program
Retirement Research Foundation, March 15, 2017

The Retirement Research Foundation’s Accessible Faith Grant program helped houses of worship make their facilities accessible. RRF is pleased to share an overview of the Accessible Faith Grant program with funders across the nation and encourages them to incorporate this low-cost, high–return program in their grantmaking.

PHOTO: MARK C PSORAS, PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

Seminaries feel the crunch of a changing faith
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 10, 2017

Fund supports historic congregations
The Christian Century, February 15, 2017

10 great American churches and religious sites
USA Today, December 16, 2016.

Honoring the History of Grand Rapids Church
Christian Reformed Church News, November 9, 2016

Episcopal churches among those receiving preservation grants
Episcopal News Service, November 2, 2016

Basilica of St. Josaphat continues raising funds for urgent repairs
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, November 4, 2016

Basilica of St. Josaphat to receive aid for restoration
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, November 1, 2016

Citizens offer ideas for church use
Times Daily – September 24, 2016

015 Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program
Faith & Form {Deadline is July 15}
Submissions are invited for the 2015 Faith & Form/IFRAA International Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the design of religious architecture, religious arts, religious landscape design, the design of unbuilt religious projects, and student design projects for spiritual environments. More information can be found here.

Partners awarded Knight Arts Challenge

Arts & Congregations Project
Philadelphia Inquirer

Mount Sinai in the Suburbs 
Philadelphia Inquirer

An active partner with Partners for Sacred Places, Beth Shalom Synagogue received designation as a National Historic Landmark. Beth Sholom is Frank Lloyd Wright’s only synagogue, a glazed glass pyramidal tower on a base of reinforced concrete and steel.

US Judge Rules Public Funds Can Be Used for Church Renovations
The Christian Science Monitor

The Structured Thinkers: Partners for Sacred Spaces
Philadelphia CityPaper

Partners for Sacred Places opens new Texas office
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

St. Francis de Sales: Preserving a sacred heritage
Catholic Standard

A Sacred Mission
Newsweek

Church’s Revival a Beacon of Hope and Renewal
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

Listen to Interviews Featuring Partners Staff