Category Archives: Webinar Events

November 2017 Webinar – Collaborative Art: Tapping into the Wisdom of the Faith Community

In this presentation, architects, liturgical consultants and artists will learn about a collaborative process of theological reflection which they can use with their clients to discern meaningful images for the creation of Sacred and Liturgical art. Participants will engage in a brief example of the process. Using stories and illustrations the presenter will also communicate the benefits of community created art, its various forms and uses, and suggest the value of including rigging systems in new and remodeled building projects.

Learning Objectives:
1. To learn about a collaborative method of Liturgical art planning that draws meaningful images and themes from the members of a faith community.
2. To explore various applications of liturgical art, both permanent and temporary, their various challenges, and instances when architects and consultants might want to suggest one or both to their clients.
3. To encourage architects to include rigging systems in new construction or remodeling projects.
4. To make note of my service of creating custom programs for use with faith communities, as well as my availability to facilitate them.

About the presenter: Susan Francesconi holds a M.A in Pastoral Theology and a B.A. in Fine Arts. In addition to writing and maintaining artinthesanctuary.com, the website resource devoted to liturgical art, she blogs about discipleship and Scripture at thegooddisciple.com. Her writing has been published in Faith & Form magazine and the National Catholic Reporter. Susan recently celebrated 32 years of marriage and is the proud mother of two right-brained, adult daughters, and one adorable rescue pup. It is Susan’s belief that the level of engagement of the people in the pews is the truest measurement of a church’s beauty.

Please register for Collaborative Art: Tapping into the Wisdom of the Faith Community with Susan Francesconi on Nov 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1153363892095558914

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

September 2017 Webinar – LIGHT: Making the Immaterial Material in the Sacred Realm

Light is the single most powerful connection we have to the universe. Light not only brings life and warmth, but it also enables us to perceive the eccentric rolling of our planet. The profound use of daylight is possibly the most potent tool one has when designing a sacred space. Light is the key element of both the immaterial and material realm that helps one to capture a sense of the eternal in the built realm.

Through carefully looking at several seminal works of architecture, we will examine the critical role of daylight: how daylight is employed, the benefits and challenges of creating more light-sensitive architecture and why the use of light in each project is profound.

Learning objectives:
1. Define the aesthetic, environmental and psychological impacts of incorporating daylight into modern works of architecture.
2. Discuss and become familiar with powerful light-employing strategies from several seminal projects.
3. Analyze opportunities for incorporating daylight using powerful and memorable methods in new and adapted projects.
4. Confidently share with clients and users the positive and profound impact of incorporating daylight into architecture.

About the presenter:

Jack DeBartolo 3 FAIA is principal and design leader of debartolo architects, an award-winning, critical architectural practice based in Phoenix, AZ. DeBartolo holds degrees from The University of Arizona and MIT, where he received honors for his thesis focusing on the phenomenological qualities of light in the design of an urban sanctuary. In 1996, DeBartolo and father formed the studio of debartolo architects, where for over a decade they collaborated in making ‘significant’ architecture focused on the innovative use of common materials with simplicity and restraint. Now entering their twenty-first year of practice, working on several churches, private houses, adaptive reuse projects and several creative office spaces, the studio continues to gain national attention for the work.

Please register for LIGHT: Making the Immaterial Material in the Sacred Realm, by Jack DeBartolo 3 FAIA on Sep 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6039625451767918083

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

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.

March Webinar – Balancing sight and sound in heritage worship buildings

Buildings for traditional religious gathering and time-honored worship practice require a balance of highly-valued acoustical qualities such as reverberance for liturgical music, ensemble for choral singing, responsiveness for congregational participation, and clarity for intelligible speech. Geometry, dimensions, proportions, cubic volume and boundary materials are critical elements of acoustical success. Many old European worship buildings are admired for their particularly fine blending of these criteria, and often cited as benchmarks for how buildings in the United States should look and sound. Although many heritage US worship buildings look like their European precedents in terms of layout, shape and size, a critical design element was modified, upsetting the acoustical balance. Boundary materials became lighter and thinner, making construction easier, faster and less expensive.

Acoustical upgrade of these existing buildings in the context of historic preservation/restoration brings additional design complexity, requiring equal measures of compromise from owner, users, acoustician, architect and engineers. The acoustician’s dilemma becomes “what we see may not be what we hear,” as acquired acoustical expectations are upended by actual conditions. This paper will describe these differences and explore approaches to acoustical enhancement within limitations of the buildings themselves plus further constraints of contemporary preservation practice.

Dan Clayton

About the presenter: Dan Clayton has more than thirty-five years of experience in architectural acoustics, audio design, pipe organs, theatre and music, and is principal consultant for Clayton Acoustics Group. His firm has undertaken more than 400 projects, the majority for churches and synagogues. His design philosophy and practice are acoustics-centered and engineering-based, adhering to the theory that “acoustics is architecture.” Dan is a member of the ASA, AES & NCAC, and has chaired technical sessions on pipe organ acoustics for ASA meetings.

Please register for “Balancing sight and sound in heritage worship buildings” on Mar 21, 2017 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4452647539571379457

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