Category : Architecture

A Chattanoogan Profile of the Church of St. Michael and All Angels in Anniston, Alabama

While the Anniston church is a local architectural and historical treasure and it has some endowment money for help with the upkeep and preservation, the church’s spiritual presence faces a more challenging future.

Not only are mainline denominations like the Episcopal church facing declining attendance numbers, but the Anniston church is located in a secluded and not as fashionable location away from suburban growth or a main downtown street.

Dr. [Hugh] Jones said the church averages about 80 in attendance on an average Sunday, although it had a good crowd on Christmas Eve. Besides catering to its regular worshipers, the church also has some outreach ministries that involve even better its immediate neighbors who may be struggling financially or in other ways.

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Architecture, Church History, Episcopal Church (TEC), Parish Ministry, TEC Parishes

(Post and Courier) Termite damage severe at local Charleston, S.C., church

One of nature’s tiniest creatures has brought havoc to one of Charleston’s oldest churches.

Termites have attacked the wood and skeletal support system at Citadel Square Baptist Church, the yellow stucco landmark adjacent to Marion Square.

The damage is so severe that the sanctuary has been closed for the last two years, forcing the tiny congregation to meet in an adjoining 1950s-era chapel.

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, * General Interest, * South Carolina, Animals, Architecture, Liturgy, Music, Worship

A Prayer for the Provisional Feast day of Ralph Adams Cram, Richard Upjohn, and John LaFarge

Gracious God, we offer thanks for the vision of Ralph Adams Cram, John LaFarge and Richard Upjohn, whose harmonious revival of the Gothic enriched our churches with a sacramental understanding of reality in the face of secular materialism; and we pray that we may honor thy gifts of the beauty of holiness given through them, for the glory of Jesus Christ; who livest and reignest with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Architecture, Art, Spirituality/Prayer

Terry Mattingly–Manifesto explains how sanctuary designs can be updated

“The whole look was both modern and very bland,” said Matthew Alderman, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s classical-design program who works as a consultant on sacred art and architecture.

“It was a kind of beige Catholicism that was ugly, but not aggressively ugly … and these churches looked like they were in a chain that had franchises everywhere. It was that whole Our Lady of Pizza Hut look that started in the 1950s and then took over in the ’60s and ’70s….”

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Posted in * Christian Life / Church Life, * Culture-Watch, Architecture, Liturgy, Music, Worship, Religion & Culture