Commentaries

Built of Living Stones: Seven Years Later

September 11, 2008

RICHARD S. VOSKO

basikEditor's Note:  The paragraph below is quoted from Richard S. Vosko's article, "Built of Living Stones: Seven Years Later," which was first published in Liturgical Ministry 17 (Spring 2008) 85-91. To read the entire article, please click here to link to the article in PDF form.  © 2008, Order of St. Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.

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"Built of Living Stones, now seven years old, is for many pastoral leaders, committees, and designers the official U.S. resource for building or renovating churches.  However, in my experience of working with congregations, I find it to be inadequate as a comprehensive guide.  What would make it a better pastoral instruction?  There are three major areas, which I believe could make the next instruction more adequate to meet the needs of current church projects."

Richard S. Vosko, PhD, Hon. AIA, has worked throughout the U.S. and Canada as a designer and consultant for worship environments since 1970. He is the author of God's House Is Our House: Re-imagining the Environment for Worship (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2006) and Designing Worship Spaces: The Mystery of a Common Vision (Meeting House Essay #8) (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1996).

Photo credit:  Anne Spenny, Toledo, Ohio (taken at Corpus Christi University Parish, Toledo, Ohio)

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