Churches Must Move the Furniture to Avoid Being Part of Heritage Theme Park – Search Colloquium Hears

By Lynn Glanville

Search Colloquium

Have we become the caretakers of great monuments and should greater emphasis be put on redesigning churches to suit the liturgy? This was the question addressed at a colloquium in Dublin on Saturday.

A large gathering of people filled Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub for Re–Pitching the Tent: Re–Ordering the Church Building for Worship and Mission which was organised by Search Journal and the Church of Ireland Chaplaincy at TCD. The keynote speaker was Richard Giles, a facilitator of creative worship and consultant in liturgical design who has worked all over the world. He spoke on the theme: ‘Moving the Furniture: Trivial Pursuit or Gospel Imperative?’

Other speakers included Dean of Leighlin,
the Very Revd Tom Gordon, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, the Right Revd Michael Burrows and conservation architect, Margaret Quinlan. They addressed the work which has been carried out on St Laserian’s Cathedral in Leighlan to preserve the essence of the building while adapting it to meet current and future need. They also touched on the obstacles which must be overcome when attempting to move the furniture.

Richard Giles contended that at a time when the Church was undergoing liturgical renewal, it had stopped remodelling its worship spaces to …read more

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