catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Sacred Space, Safe Space

vol. 12, num. 20 :: 2013.11.01 — 2013.11.14

Throughout history, human cultures have delineated sacred space in a variety of ways, from architecture to artifacts to rituals.  And yet, sacred spaces haven’t always been safe spaces—sometimes they’re marked by who feels excluded, marginalized or frightened.  What’s the relationship between a sense of the holy and a sense of hospitality, both within and outside of the institutional Church?



A prayer, a dream, a sacred space

On spaces of encounter at the University of Toronto.

“Sacred” space, desecration and reconciliation

16 theses toward understanding sacred space in the context of the biblical narrative.


In the shadow of sacred space

Walking the pilgrim’s path between the cathedral and the bar.


Open doors on a dark night

Notes from a three-hour vigil in a downtown Columbus church on September 11, 2001.


A pilgrimage begins at St. Patrick’s in New York City.

Into the desert

Searching for transformation in Joshua Tree National Park.

Sacred places

A Christian walks into a Buddhist temple...


Life after college, sleeping in the church basement.


In case you missed it the first time

Under my skin

A period of service in Haiti leaves a language arts teacher transformed.

Sacredness in the margins

On the characters who teach us how to accept life around the edges of a big story.

Weaving the web

Dream palace of the revolution

Sam Kestenbaum reports on the spaces of protest in Yemen.


21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas: A review

Richard Cummings on a surprisingly lovely addition to the community that boasts the WalMart headquarters.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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