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Tree Cathedral in Italy Celebrates Nature

From the Sagra Familia in Barcelona, to the Buddhist cave temples, architects and artists around the world have used nature to inspire beautiful places of worship. But Italian artist Giuliano Mauri has taken the connection between nature and spirituality a step further. In his Cattedrale Vegetale (or Tree Cathedral), the church is not just a […]

December 8th

Schubert and Creating a New Nature Zeitgeist

Last month a rare getaway to Lenox, Mass. offered up an unanticipated evening pleasure — a “Schubert Soiree” in the beautiful, Lenox Trinity stone church. The power of Schubert’s bold compositions took ownership of the chapel. Like other 19th-century romantic composers, Franz Schubert’s imagination was not merely captured by nature, but possessed by it. Schubert’s […]

September 15th

West Virginia Church Makes Solar History

Last week in West Virginia, Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church members, project organizers, and local leaders held a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new solar installation at the church. While the church’s installation is by no means the first of its kind, the residents and businesses who made it possible have also made history. They launched a new […]

September 5th

Anglican Church in Calgary Goes Green

We’ve reported on the good work churches from Berkeley, California to Raleigh, North Carolina have been doing for the environment. The Anglican Church of Canada has also been a strong advocate for the environment since the early 1990s. Their commitment is based on their “marks of mission,” or guidelines, that the church must strive to […]

August 18th

WATCH: Why Pray Outside?

It’s hard to deny the divine, unearthly feeling looking at the high ceilings and bright, colorful windows of churches like the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. And as I ran my hands along the pillars of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul or reverently walked along the ruins of Israel’s ancient synagogues, I felt a tie to the many […]

July 24th

Architecture for the Planet and Soul: Thorncrown Chapel

Many congregations around the nation have adopted environmentally friendly initiatives, making them a part of the community activities. But one church takes this green movement to a whole new level. Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a place of worship like no other. It is a church that looks like a tall greenhouse set […]

June 30th

Calif. Church Boasts Huge Rainwater Collection System

California is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Significantly below-average winter precipitation, combined with record heat, is causing one-third of the state to experience “exceptional” drought, the worst level. While some churches have encouraged their members to pray for rain, others are taking a more proactive approach to water conservation. The Episcopal […]

June 20th

Methodist Church Goes Solar in North Carolina

On June 15 members of the Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina will come together to celebrate. No, they’re not celebrating some obscure Christian holiday or Father’s Day (although their celebration will be honoring the Father in a way). They’re coming together to dedicate the church’s new solar array — an installation that […]

May 19th