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A deep strain of tribal politics is dividing societies around the globe. Organized religions are also coping with scandals, disappointments, and polarizing ideologies. The history of Christianity reveals that such frictions deeply wound the church. Fr. Richard S. Vosko recognizes that liturgical buildings are metaphorical expressions of the people of God. He proposes, in a relational way, that when all physical and psychological boundaries in a place of worship are removed people will discover a common ground. Building on theological foundations and design principles, Vosko envisions what an egalitarian "servant church" can look like. In a bold but thoughtful manner, he presents progressive insights into the fields of church art and architecture.
|Title: Art and Architecture for Congregational Worship: The Search for a Common Ground|
By: Richard S. Vosko
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2019
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X 0.375 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW684719
egalitarian places of worship' and social justice—although without exploring a <I>dynamic</I> use of the traditional distinction between nave and sanctuary—gently turns towards the core of a common ground: the healing, reconciling wound of the paschal mystery that transforms worshipers into the Body of Christ and the places they shape intoministers of hospitality and hope' in this world."
"An exquisite fusion of faith, social conscience, and sage advice leavened by four decades of hands-on experience. This book is for everyone who wonders why churches look the way they do. For those charged with designing, funding, and renovating older houses of worship or building new ones, it will prove an exceptional resource."
Judith Dupré, New York Times bestselling author of Churches
Michael J. Crosbie, FAIA, Editor-in-Chief, Faith & Form: The Interfaith Journal on Religion, Art, and Architecture
Vosko stresses Christocentric gathering places of worship and action built around the Eucharistic banquet table, which unites the body of Christ, the true Church."
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"This book is timely. Vosko's powerful call for unity and his desire to build common ground are inspiring for anyone in these turbulent, polarizing times; but they are particularly poignant for those of us who seek to support and harness the potential power of spiritual communities to bridge our divides through architecture. His words engender ideas about the worship environment that are rooted in the past but look toward the future. In this era of a not-so-subtle ebbing of church membership, it is ideas like Vosko's that will serve and engage a new, diverse generation by reimagining what
going to church' can be."<BR /><B>Joan M. Soranno, FAIA, Design Principal, HGA</B></DIV> <br /><br /><DIV><DIV>"Richard Vosko's book is more than a search for common ground. It is a thoughtful, scholarly, and pastoral approach to what is arguably the most basic question for worship today. Drawing on the rich resources of Christianity's historical past, weaving them together with the thinking of theologians, cultural critics, architects, and social ethicists, Vosko achieves what many might consider an unrealistic goal. With provocative questions and rich images, he leads the reader to search with him and find common ground even in today's polarized society. We arrive there more steeped the history of Christian art and architecture, enriched by having our minds and hearts expanded, and more confident that the People of God in Vosko's wordsyearn to move forward and to pitch their tents in the land of hope.'"
"Art and Architecture for Congregational Worship: The Search for Common Ground represents a lifetime of integrative practical and theoretical wisdom of one of the premier liturgical designers of North America. Richard Vosko's opus work on liturgical environment and art embodies his comprehensive reflection on the changing field of the aesthetics of worship and the challenges of finding common ground in shaping a house for Christian liturgy. This book is a must-read for individuals and groups involved in the ministry of church building and renovation. Moreover, Vosko's reflections help the reader fathom the deeper developments in the meaning of liturgical symbol in our contemporary age."