Who knew that architecture was a great way to promote understanding about other faiths? I found this out first-hand in Chicago recently where I was attending RC Congress and took in a sacred space architecture tour.
The way it works is that for each location, someone from that faith explained the key points of the faith and the worship experience, then this woman who knew a ton of stuff about architecture talked about the building.
It got me thinking—this kind of indirect communication was pretty effective. People who maybe wouldn’t sign up for a multi-faith seminar might very well do an architecture tour.
Here’s another example of this back-door communication, one from my tradition. The United Church of Canada is trying to do this in a creative way (OK, so I’m biased) in its Paint Your Faith project. They brought artists together to create these giant murals/graffiti collections/artworks on the walls of public buildings in Toronto and Vancouver to get people talking about faith.
The Vancouver Paint Your Faith project is taking place as I write. Check out some of the photos from it on their flickr site.
So how else could we apply this?