I was greatly inspired by David Keen’s post on Fresh Expressions of Bookshop which cites an article by George Lings of Church Army. George has written about the 7 sacred spaces (Word Doc download) found within ‘new’ and old monasticism which express the life of the community. They are:
Chapel – place of public worship
Chapter – place of decision making and ordering community life
Refectory – place of eating and hospitality, community and service.
Cell – place of private prayer
Cloister – ‘inbetween’ space, unstructured, allows for informal interaction
Garden – place of manual work
Scriptorum – place of study.
David goes on to reflect on how these characteristics might be lived out by a church, and then by a Christian bookshop.
But, as someone with an interest in creating ‘sacred spaces in schools’ it also got me wondering about where else we might take Sanctum.