Sharing spaces returns with Augustana tour

Staff Writer

The Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council is resuming its Sharing Sacred Spaces tour this month. This second round of tours will be held monthly through May.

On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3:30 p.m., the council will lead a tour of Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park, 5500 S. Woodlawn Ave. The congregation was formed in 1903 and gathers in the Woodlawn Avenue building, which was designed in 1968 by Edward Dart, a Chicago architect well known for designing churches and homes.

“The purpose of the tours are to nurture interfaith dialogue and conversation,” said Alice Dan, member of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council and coordinator for Sharing Sacred Spaces in Hyde Park.

In addition to a discussion about the history of the congregation guests will be able to view the building and learn more about its architectural design, Dan said.
Dan said highlights of the tour will include a view of the courtyard; a performance on the church’s new organ, built by Appleton, Wisc.-based Wahl Organbuliders; and other artistic expressions of faith.

The Sacred Space tours in Hyde Park started in the fall of 2012 with tours at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel in October and Ellis Avenue Church in November. Dan said the council plans to host 12 tours total within the next two years.

The council will host another tour on Feb. 17 at the new Chicago Theological Seminary building at 1407 E. 60th St. Visitors will be able to see the sustainable qualities of the building, which has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status. Additional tours include St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 S. Kimbark Ave., on March 10 and First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., on May 5. On April 21, the Interfaith Council will present its annual Earth Day Interfaith Worship Service.

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