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Boston's Hidden Sacred Spaces Gallery Visit and Presentation

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Call Visitor Services at 617-720-7612 to register
Free and open to the public

Boston's Hidden Sacred Spaces

Gallery Visit and Presentation

11 a.m. Gallery Visit, Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery at Boston City Hall
12 p.m. Presentation, Boston Athenæum
In addition to the historic churches, temples, and mosques that dot the Boston skyline, sacred spaces are hidden around the edges of the city, just out of view. Some are familiar and accessible. Others are truly hidden from public view. All invite passers-by to pause, sit for a moment, and reflect.

Sociologist Wendy Cadge and photographer Randall Armor have documented more than 60 sacred spaces in and around greater Boston. This remarkable project provides a glimpse into the life and history of the city from a sacred edge and an appreciation for what these spaces offer, both literally and symbolically, to residents and visitors alike.

Join Wendy Cadge and Randall Armor at the Mayor's Neighborhood Gallery at Boston City Hall at 11 a.m. to view Armor's photographs. Then return to the Athenæum to hear Cadge and Armor discuss their project, including why they are documenting these hidden spaces, and what these spaces can tell us about the city of Boston, its residents, and its visitors. 

Guests are welcome to join us for either or both of the events.

Wendy Cadge is a Professor in the Sociology Department at Brandeis University. She is the author of Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, and is a co-editor of Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion. Her exploration of Boston's hidden sacred spaces is part of a broader project focused on chaplains in the greater Boston area historically and in the present. 

Randall Armor is a longtime Boston-based commercial photographer and educator, and has directed career certification programs at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts and at New England School of Photography. In recent years, he has intensified his pursuit of what he calls Road Work, an eclectic mashup of street, travel, and documentary photography.

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