Zeal for God's House: An Architect's Reflections on Sacred Space

by Henry Hardinge Menzies. January 2012.


Written by an architect, this reflective article asks questions about how God's presence is experienced and the purpose of a religious community's facilities.


what makes a space sacred

Recommended Audience

Christian clergy, lay leaders, and architect



Practical Applications

  • Share this article with congregational leaders and architects before starting construction projects or rennovating worship spaces.
  • Initiate a conversation about your community's facilities and consider if it reflects the presence of God.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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