Friday, April 15, 2005


I don't know if you've ever had an experience like this, but... one point this morning I was standing at the kitchen sink, when I saw myself in a church building I've never been in, very traditional in its basic construction (the stone pillars, the stained-glass windows) - but this church building had been radically internally redesigned. I only got a fleeting glimpse, but enough to 'sense', if not 'see', banked seating that created an intimate space for story-telling or forum-style debate; eating space - round restaurant tables as one came in, and the promise of a high-quality kitchen behind-the-scenes to match; a glass entrance in a town-centre location, drawing in workers on their lunch hour, who associated the building as a place to get good food and, if desired, the option of sensory stimulation - of sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch all being engaged, experiencing connection between creature and Creator. A building not designed around a Sunday service at all, but rather around creating a sanctuary space for the people who work in the surrounding shops and offices. An inviting space.

I have no idea whether this building exists. If it does, and you know of it, I'd love to hear from you. If not, I'd love to be involved in its creation...


  1. I work in the city centre and it sounds great - let us know if you find out it's somewhere that already exists!

  2. Ben - when it happens, I might just have to come to you for ideas on what goes on there...