vol. 7, num. 15 :: 2008.07.25 — 2008.09.12
Our houses are places where many of our deepest values become incarnate in wood and glass and brick and stone. What does a house faithfully built look like? What are our limitations?
How the variety of buildings in which we worship reflect larger tensions and ideas, particularly for multi-generation families.
What is the effective difference between a cathedral and an auditorium? A sparse Protestant dais and Orthodox iconography?
A renovation project sparks ideas about the interplay of images and values embodied in bricks and mortar.
Why we need sustainable building solutions now.
A reflection on the purpose of a home and how to be attentive to the story it tells.
On learning to see a space through the eyes of hospitality.
How making a first home can be a re-discovery of self.
An unconventional film about community and a magazine about cultivating an earth-friendly home.
Building your own home can be a rewarding adventure when you apply your values.
A coffeehouse in Sheboygan, Wisconsin serves locals with more than just delicious treats.
Can a concert be more healing than a visit to the doctor?
Architect David Greusel on why the design of a built environment should matter to thoughtful Christians.
The findings of a new study may surprise “seeker-friendly” congregations.
Resources and success stories on making church buildings more attentive to creation.
Reflecting on a year-long experiment in time off.
The family — which then and now includes tribe, clan, father’s house — is an odd and vulnerable counter-force. It does not have available impressive modes of power, either to persuade or coerce. What it does have, however, is day-to-day access at the crucial nurture points of hurt and amazement. The social location of the family … is not in accommodation to the dominant values, not as a band-aid operation to keep people functioning, but as a daily proposal and glimpse of another way to live in the world. It is not then a privatized or domesticated romantic scene, but it is an area in which deliberate and intentional alternatives are articulated and practiced. I propose then that we understand the family, in light of biblical faith, as a counter-culture operation that finally means to subvert the dominant values. If we do not want our children enmeshed in the available values of positivism and technical reason and all they bring with them, then the family is a peculiar chance to construct another world that has more vitality, credibility, and authority in the long run. But it must be a public world, not a private world of escape.
The Practice of Homefulness
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