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  •  It is common in Catholic churches (4+ / 0-)
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    for daily Mass to be held in some small convenient space. Usually attendance is small and the main sanctuary would be mostly empty.

    I am going to suppose that the main chapel looks "protestant" due to its lack of any specific symbolism, which is as it should be?


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    by bmcphail on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 08:05:21 AM PDT

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    •  Good question. Found a link to some pictures (2+ / 0-)
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      of the inside:

      I think it is austere.

    •  Well, the impression I left with (2+ / 0-)
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      was that the lower level appeared to be the "special needs" area. I have no doubt that Catholic ceremonies might be performed in the main area as it's certainly generic enough for that (although certainly the honkin' big permanent cross rules out anybody else without a giant backdrop, oy). But as far as I could tell, there is no designated "Protestant" area in the basement and references to the different areas were distinct.

      As a "none-of-the-above", it's a moot point to me, but I was left wondering what current cadet of non-Protestant observance would even want or try to use the main space generally, given the background reports that have been coming out of the Academy. I don't think a 50-year-old structure can be blamed for its design and as with so much else, I'm sure the military has oodles of protocols for generic religious space usage, but I'm dubious whether they would actually get used in that facility.

      •  Wouldn't you love to attend the first gay marriage (3+ / 0-)
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        at the Air Force Academy?

        Oh, if only I get to see that day soon!

      •  I've never visited... (1+ / 0-)
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        But I read about it when it was fairly new (architecture fan). Here's the Wikipedia link, including photos. It's clear that the catholic and jewish chapels are very identifiable as such. It says the All-Faiths rooms are devoid of religious symbolism, but that appropriate accessories are available for use.

        As I noted above, the Academy has dedicated an outdoor space for worship and rituals for Wiccans and others.

        (That sound you are hearing is a paradigm being shifted at Warp Factor Infinity using no clutch.)

        by homogenius on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 04:36:57 PM PDT

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