Thoughts on the ‘Architecture, creativity and the spaces of everyday faith’ symposium. 11th March 2016 – Rev’d Dr. Robert Chapman

Rev’d Dr. Robert Chapman

The Making Suburban Faith project hosted a wonderful day at Royal Holloway’s house in Bloomsbury entitled, ‘Architecture, creativity and the spaces of everyday faith’, and its content gave rise to a compulsion to offer a brief (well fairly brief… ) reflection.
Being the only theologian (and vicar!) present the inevitable opening introductions on the day made by geographers and architects could have made me feel like a gate-crasher at a wedding. However, the insightful contributions of the symposium proved how these different disciplines interwove often in subconscious ways.

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Space for Peace

By Natalie Hyacinth

Vedic temple devotees in Winchester Cathedral

Vedic temple devotees in Winchester Cathedral

Space for Peace is a series of interfaith musical events that gathers together a diverse range of faith groups, choirs, communities and individuals to sing for and reflect on peace. First conceived by Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE in 2005, the events are markedly innovative in their approach. The event sees a varied collection of faith, choir and community groups occupy a space in a place of worship where they sing songs or chants for peace of their choice. Emphasis though is placed upon the harmony and unison between the diverse groups through the shared experience of singing intercultural peace chants in what is aptly called a “musical vigil for peace”.

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RHUL Landscape Surgery: Making Suburban Faith

On January 12th, Making Suburban Faith PhD students Laura Cuch and Natalie Hyacinth presented at the RHUL Landscapes Surgery, and blog reports are now published.

Betty cleaning at Our Lady & St Joseph Church in Hanwell (© Laura Cuch, 2015)

Betty cleaning at Our Lady & St Joseph Church in Hanwell (© Laura Cuch, 2015)

Professor David Gilbert introduced the Making Suburban Faith project

Natalie Hyacinth presented Three Musics…Three Worlds: Religion and affective atmosphere in three West London faith spaces.

Laura Cuch presented Food, Faith, Home: A visual exploration of religious and domestic material culture.