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Shaping the Assembly: How our buildings form us in worship


Edited by Thomas O’Loughlin

‘An important little book…a breath of fresh air’ La Maison Dieu

compelling and absorbing… the essays are varied, but all of interest.’  Church Times

‘This book would fascinate and stimulate all who have an interest in how worship is enabled and affected by space…well-written, timely and prophetic. Thomas O’Loughlin has served us well.’   Methodist Recorder

a superb workbook for parishes and religious communities about designing liturgical spaces that are inclusive and formational, with plenty of insights and concrete ideas’.    Transforming Worship News

‘an erudite collection, which should reach a wide audience’.  Intercom

‘richly insightful, full of interest and new ideas and  some insights into the past. Nothing will replace the real enrichment of mind and spirit that will come from reading it.’  The Irish Catholic

Every religion has used buildings as part of their worship: from Newgrange to classical temples to churches built of steel, concrete and glass. And it was this concern of the Second Vatican Council that led to the changes in the arrangements in Catholic Churches in the 1960s and 70s.

Shaping the Assembly: How our buildings form us in worship brings together nineteen Christians – liturgists, pastors, architects, artists – from several churches and from around the world who all address the question of how space affects us in worship.

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Shaping the Assembly: How our buildings form us in worship

Thomas O’Loughlin is professor emeritus of historical theology at the University of Nottingham. He has written extensively on the history and theology of worship and currently teaches for the Mirfield Liturgical Institute.

210x 140mm