Have you ever wondered what's inside a sacred space in your community? Maybe it's the Hindu temple in the hills, a chapel on the local college campus or a mosque downtown in the business district that you've always been curious about.

10/11/2010

Have you ever wondered what's inside a sacred space in your community? Maybe it's the Hindu temple in the hills, a chapel on the local college campus or a mosque downtown in the business district that you've always been curious about. Perhaps you've admired a beautiful Zen garden or lily pond and wondered how it came to be? Sacred Spaces Tours reach across cultural and religious boundaries and use architecture and physical space as a way to appreciate the many different paths to spiritual fulfillment that comprise America's pluralistic society.

Original Gothic baptismal font outside Zion Lutheran Church, Portland -- designed by architect Pietro Belluschi (Credit: Tidza Causevic)

Original Gothic baptismal font outside Zion Lutheran Church, Portland -- designed by architect Pietro Belluschi (Credit: Tidza Causevic)

Of course you don't have to be part of an organized group to enter a sacred space in your community. Did you know that many religious and spiritual sites are routinely open to the public? Some are actually designated historical and civic spaces.

Download our free "Visiting Sacred Spaces: A How-to Guide" for tips on how to plan a visit to sacred spaces in your area. Written by Deirdre Colgan, executive director of Sacred Space International especially for the God in America national outreach campaign, the handbook is filled with tips for individuals and groups and covers everything from etiquette and dress to questions to consider about the architecture. The guide also includes a list of national organizations and a detailed glossary of terms from altars to zendo. Whether you're planning a community-wide event, or hoping to visit a sacred space you walk by every day, this guide is a valuable resource.

Source from: http://www.pbs.org/godinamerica/outreach/tour.html