Sacred space

Investigation of Sanctuary in a Diverse World

Author
Graham McWilliams
Abstract
In a diverse world the provision of opportunities for sanctuary is essential. This practical theological investigation employed preaching and Focus Group discussions to explore four motifs of sanctuary provision: God's provision and protection; A place of God's Name and Glory; Access to the Divine: Relationship; The Sacred Within. Current praxis was explored before reflecting on the most significant way forward using the Action-Reflection Cycle. A theology of sanctuary opened the way for a developing theology of conversation.

Radical, gospel, transformative hospitality of place

Author
Jacqueline E Madison-McCreary
Abstract
The author studied radical, gospel, transformative hospitality of place as a means of revitalizing and reenergizing the church for effective ministry in the community. The purpose of this project was to discover the importance of space in a church's ministry of hospitality. Twenty-four persons from the congregation attended a six-week course during which they completed four assessments that were designed to measure their knowledge and skills in offering hospitality and evaluating the quality of the church's place for extending hospitality. The results confirm the author's supposition that place is as important as people in extending God's welcome.

Reharmonizing Babel: a sacred and creative cultural journey

Author
Beatrice N Moreaux
Abstract
The main purpose of this study was to identify and examine causes of conflict on the locked brain injury unit of a hospital in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. A qualitative methodology using observation, narratives, face-to-face interviews, and a survey was employed. The findings suggest systemic and organizational issues concerning policies and procedures which include a neglect and lack of positive rewards, reduced staffing and high turnover rates, differing approaches to care planning, constant policy changes, lost leadership, and staff refusal to float. This project recommends creating a sacred space which provides opportunity for the creation of harmony.

The principles of architectural theology in relationship to the church

Author
Michael C Looman
Abstract
This project investigates the biblical basis for an architectural theology and provides an overview of how architectural theology has developed. It includes case studies of five New England churches and analyzes the overriding principles that contribute to architectural theology in the churches. The principles can be used to design sacred space within any environment.

Exploring beyond the stained glass windows: recovering the use of outdoor sacred space for Lutheran spiritual formation through the use of participatory action research

Author
Keith A Spencer
Abstract
This project documents the experience of seven participants in a Lutheran congregation in Pembroke Pines, Florida, who engaged in a participatory action research study in order to better understand how outdoor sacred space provides opportunities for spiritual formation. Results from the study suggest that outdoor sacred space is an important locus for spiritual formation. Among the important themes that the group identified were: sacred presence, struggle, defining sacred space, response to the sacred, individual versus communal experience, and visibility and perception. The collaborative dimensions of PAR led to greater participant engagement and broadened the group's perceptions and increased their creativity.

Preaching: the naming and claiming of sacred space

Author
Edwin J Higginbottom
Abstract
Preaching can open a portal to timeless sacred space through which we may experience God's presence. Sermons guide worshippers to a safe place where God's transformational power is encountered and change, that may be ritually affirmed, occurs. Eight sermons enabled one congregation to discern that which it considered sacred. Physical and liminal spaces within church and home were named and claimed as sacred, most notably a newly constructed annex became a sacred precinct. Perceptions of sacredness increased as preaching guided the congregation toward its mission, fostered a cadre of leaders and provided the vocabulary for spiritual dialogue.

Holy places: sacred sites in Washington, DC, and the surrounding region

Author
Deborah Luethje Mariya
Abstract
Following an examination of the concepts of sacred sites, sacred space, and holy place, the author looks at the birth of three new sacred sites as a result of the events of 9/11 (the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA). The project reviews their birth in the light of history, tradition and Scripture as well as personal experience and discusses sacred sites at length. This review and analysis of sacred sites is followed by a guide for visiting sacred sites in the Washington, DC area.
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