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2 uritan Meetinghouse and Church Architecture, A Study Sanctity of Place Lori Pastor P in

3 Inspirational Chart

4 My Objectives are to Demonstrate: The dramatic shift from English church to Puritan meetinghouse The transitional stage between Puritan meetinghouse and Puritan church The final period of the Puritan church Excel Project

5 The English Experience (Pre-1630) The Anglican Church The Origins of Puritanism The Atlantic Voyage Canterbury Cathedral, England

6 Two Stories Windows Square Plain House-like Central A House in which to Meet ( ) Old Ship MeetinghouseParson Capen House Characteristics:

7 NO MUSIC ALLOWED Puritan Service & Architecture Old Ship Pulpit Galleries and Benches Communion Table Pulpit Old South Interior

8 Old Ship Meetinghouse The oldest extant Puritan meetinghouse

9 The Transition ( ) Branford Meetinghouse Elongation Frontal Tower Characteristics:

10 The Changing Religious Service Benches to Pews The Sound of Music

11 Old South The Transitional Meetinghouse

12 Elongated Flush Tower The Church ( ) Columns & Cornices Belfries & clocks Litchfield Congregational Church Otis House Characteristics:

13 Liturgical and Denominational Changes The Puritan The synthesis between "plain design" and the new religious architecture New pulpitOld pulpit Split

14 First Congregational Church of Litchfield The PuritanCongregational Church

15 Symbols are powerful. At some points in human history, groups have tried to leave symbols behind. The Puritans eliminated all iconography from their stark meetinghouses, determined to reach God only through their hearts and minds. But symbolism crept back in. Rational, intellectual pursuits of the 20 th century are giving way to the human need to express something more than the rational. Hence the quest for spirituality and the rise again of the use of symbols to express that spirituality. It would be nice if we all understood the symbols of religion in the same way. But in our ever-changing, pluralistic world in which every religious tradition has as many splits and differences as they all do, I dont think any of the symbols are normative. They all need careful interpretation so that we do not misunderstand each other. --From Rev. Laurie Hotchkiss, If These Walls Could Talk, First in a series of sermons about symbolism, The First Parish in Milton, September 23, 2001If These Walls Could Talk, Conclusions: The Sanctity of Place

16 Selected Bibliography Produced by Lori Pastor Special thanks to Dr. Thomas Jodziewicz Rev. Laurie Hotchkiss & Tom Thoits T hank you

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