Some of our Institute of Classical Architecture & Art members may find the following conference of interest.


Religious scholars and theologians will join faith leaders from diverse faith traditions to explore the power, purpose and meaning of sacred spaces and sacred clothing in everyday life and worship. What can the ancients teach us about sacred spaces and holy vestments?  In today’s secular environment, how do world religions use temples, mosques, cathedrals, and churches to draw a connection between believers or seekers and the divine?  What imprint have faith traditions left on our communities, and, in shaping civil societies?  Is there tolerance for religious clothing or does it too frequently evoke derision and misunderstanding?

The two-day conference is free and open to the public but registration is encouraged at the links below. It will be held at the University of Southern California Nov. 3 and 4. All sessions Nov. 3 will convene in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom. The Nov. 4 sessions will meet at Our Savior Parish USC Catholic Caruso Center.

The conference is sponsored by the John A. Widtsoe Foundation, USC’s Office of Religious Life, the Academy for Temple Studies, Our Savior Parish USC Caruso Catholic Center, the California Missionary Baptist State Convention, the Los Angeles Greek Orthodox Community, and the Los Angeles Institute of Religion.

The live-streaming links for the “Sacred Space, Sacred Thread” conference are now available. For more information, visit:

Click here for the link to watch Day One:

Click here for the link to watch Day Two: