All posts by James Hundt

Balancing sight & sound in heritage worship buildings – Dan Clayton

Dan Clayton of Clayton Acoustics Group discusses the acoustician’s dilemma: “what we see may not be what we hear,” as acquired acoustical expectations are upended by actual conditions. This webinar describes these differences and explore approaches to acoustical enhancement within limitations of the buildings themselves plus further constraints of contemporary preservation practice.

May Webinar – Staying True to the Journey: The Quest for a Liturgical Vernacular with John Buscemi

When immersed in the day to day decisions of our work, sometimes it is good to step apart, take a breath and reconnect to that original idea that first captured our imaginations. This webinar with John Buscemi hopes to do just that.

It will explore the uneven history of searching for the true vernacular which is the language, forms and artistic expression of a particular group or people. Celebrating the liturgy of the church in the vernacular is the mandate of Vatican II. It has been the consuming work of liturgists and artists before the Council and for the last fifty years. In the webinar we will look at the various pathways of this quest and the implications that animate our work as consultants, liturgists, architects and artist. Above all, to get a glimpse of where we are today. Our hope is that the participants will come away with renewed clarity and sense of purpose.

About the Presenter:
John Buscemi has been around forever, or so it seems. He was smitten early by the creative possibilities of the Second Vatican Council. Luckily, he was soon able to transition from felt and burlap banners to other liturgical art forms. Some would say he should have stuck with banners. John applauded the original 1978 document on Environment and Art in Catholic Worship. He was a founding member of the Form/Reform Conference, the liturgical consultant program at CTU, the Georgetown Center for Liturgy, Spirituality and the Arts as well the ACLS. As they say: “He knows where the bodies are buried.” Now, in retirement, he continues to be passionate about this work of a lifetime and the quest to find those intersections where liturgy, spirituality and the arts meet.

Please register for Staying True to the Journey: The Quest for a Liturgical Vernacular on May 16, 2017 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8336529429923261441

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

April Webinar – Designing Flexible Prayer & Worship Space for Single- & Multi-Faith Users

Please register for “Designing Flexible Prayer & Worship Spaces for Single- and Multi-Faith Users”, on Apr 18, 2017 1:00 PM EDT.

There are many times when a prayer or worship space must be designed to be flexible. It may be to allow for seasonal rearrangements of the space or it could be a multi-purpose space that must be completely reconfigured for a different use. There are also spaces that are used by more than one faith and need to accommodate the various rituals of those faiths in a comfortable environment that supports those rituals.

Interfaith chapel

Come join the members of the ACLS Communications Committee for a presentation of four case studies related to this topic. The case studies will range from spaces designed to predominantly serve Catholic liturgies to those designed to serve a wide variety of faith traditions. The presentations will be followed by a live panel discussion with the presenters and the attendees.

About the presenters:

Marilyn A. Morgan is the chair of the ACLS Communications Committee and has served as President and Vice President of ACLS in the past. A graduate of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, she has been a practicing Liturgical Design Consultant since 1996.

Paul Barribeau is a registered architect with the WI firm of Groth Design Group, Inc. In his work, Paul’s goal is to involve as many parish members as possible according to their individual capacity, while being respectful of parish traditions, the budget, and the identified programmatic needs.

Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. directs the Liturgical Space Consulting Service, a non-profit firm based at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He brings a professional background in Architectural Design and Liturgy to assist congregations plan for the future.

James Hundt, RA is the president of Foresight Architects in Schenectady, NY. His firm, which specializes in religious architecture, has worked with almost 100 different congregations of various faiths throughout the eastern United States. Jim is also a Past President of ACLS.

Please register using the link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/380895398607727874

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.