Early Roman Christians called them courtyards or atria. Bernini expanded it to a piazza at St. Peter’s Basilica. In the 20thcentury, Environment & Art in Catholic Worship called it “a concourse or foyer or other place adequate for gathering before or after liturgies”. It’s also been called a commons or even a lobby. Whatever you call this place for gathering, it is a very important part of church design, where it serves both a liturgical and relational role.
We invite you to join liturgical consultant Ken Griesemer and architect Jim Hundt as they present an illustrated discussion of gathering spaces and the liturgical and relational roles of these important spaces in today’s and tomorrow’s places of worship in this ACLS Webinar.