Planning for Higher Education Journal

The Multi-faith Center

Practical Considerations for an Important Campus Facility
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From Volume 41 Number 1 | October–December 2012
By Karla S. Johnson

A popular response to meeting the diverse spiritual and religious needs of constituents of educational campuses is to provide a multi-faith space. Users of these facilities have a wide range of cultural and aesthetic expectations for worship space. For planners, administrators, and designers, this variety of space needs and expectations can be daunting. Historic examples of multi-faith centers may not serve well as models since they were often designed for just Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish faiths. This article identifies the components necessary in today’s culture to create and evaluate a successful multi-faith space located on a campus of higher education.

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