The Meaning of a Building: St Bene't's at Its Millennium

St. Giles' Church, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

This is one in the series of free lectures hosted by the Friends of St. Giles' Church, given every second Thursday of the Month at 11am in St Giles' Church. Refreshments are served from 10.30 am. Full details of each lecture are normally given three weeks in advance.

The speaker this month is The Revd Dr Zachary Guiliano.

Summary: Sacred space lies at the heart of most world religions, but the Christian Church has a distinct understanding of what it means to dedicate land and build lasting monuments of faith. St Bene't's has been such a dedicated space for 1000 years, and holds a special place in the heart of Cambridge. This talk will consider the theology of church architecture and the marking out of parishes, along with the unique symbolism of St Bene't's architecture, windows, and furnishings -- those long hallowed and those soon to come.

Bio: Zachary Guiliano is assistant curate at St Bene't's Church, Cambridge, an associate editor of The Living Church magazine, and a church historian. An American, he came to Cambridge in 2012 to complete a PhD at the University, and has been lucky enough to remain in Cambridge since then. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews in church history, theology, and mission.