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Sullivan 1 Greg Sullivan Christianity Past and Present Prof. Rhodes April 6, 2008 A Visit to All Saints Episcopal Church Part I: The Site Itself For my off campus site visit, I attended the All Saints Episcopal Church located in South Burlington, VT on 1250 Spear Street. My self and three other classmates Mike, Courtney and Matt attended mass on Sunday March 30 th 2008, which happened to be the Sunday after Easter. We attended the 10 a.m. mass, but there was also an 8 a.m. mass available. We decided on All Saints Episcopal Church because after looking it up online we noticed it was close by, of a different denomination and the website was quite inviting so we thought to give it a try. The online website that was available gave me the impression of a very open church community welcoming visitors at all times. Having seen the churches enthusiasm for newcomers made it a lot less nervous of what to expect once we were to arrive. Part II: Initial Impressions As my class mates and I filed in to All Saints Church last Sunday, none of us had any idea what to expect. Going to a church of a new denomination was different for all of us who grew up going to Catholic Church. As we walked in and proceeded to the pew’s, the very first thing I noticed applying to the building itself, was the color blue. It seemed as if there was a blue hue hovering like a very thin cloud of fog over head. The blue stained glass was the catalyst to this blue haze, but I didn’t seem to mind it. The color almost instantly calmed me and I felt very welcome with the combination of the relaxing color scheme and the smiling faces around me.
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Sullivan 2 The church itself was quite traditional and the roof formed into a triangular shape with a steeple protruding from the back. Besides the blue stain glass windows which also doubled for the churches walls, there wasn’t much art or iconography. Only a bare crucifix, a picture of what seemed either to be Jesus himself and hanging in the back was the American Flag. I was surprised not to see any visual Episcopal symbols that mark the churches denomination. The altar and nave located in front of all the pews was traditional Catholic, yet it was quite bare without any iconography or symbols, probably so that people would divert there attention more so toward the words being spoken, and not the artwork around them. Overall, I would say the building itself was very formal and quite different then what my Catholic Church at home in Connecticut is like. A quote that I found online from the architect of the church is as follows, and I believe it sums up the atmosphere of the church in a nutshell; “We think of a church as being deeply rooted with thick walls reaching deeply into the earth. A very safe place. But I was looking for something different by surrounding the entire space in glass. The space would be more like a canopy, held up by slender supports giving a sense of disconnection from the earth, and moving toward paradise.” (Marcel Beaudin)
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course RS 101 taught by Professor Rhodes during the Spring '08 term at Saint Michael's College - Colchester, Vermont.

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