5 Hot Holiday Worship Spaces

Traditions are great, but they can be stifling. Sometimes things get so rote we tune everything out, including the whispers of the Divine. Take a moment right now. Think about your plans. Listen to the still, small voice. What is it telling you? I’ll tell you what it’s telling you. ‘Cause God told me to tell you what She wants to tell you. It is this:

“This holiday season, get the heck out of your boring wooden pews and head for Concrete Country.”

I don’t know why. When the Holy Ghost tells me to do something, you know what I do? I say “yes.”

Here are five great suggestions holy houses full of the refreshing joy of concrete. These suggestions rained down on me in tongues of fire, BTW, but I was OK since the concrete protected me.



St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco



Eglise Sainte-Anne, Saint-Nazaire, France



Synagogue of Military Academy, Negev Desert, Israel

Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul

Jian-Ji Temple, Osaka

Thanks to the Brutalist Appreciation Society for the information. And the good times.


Mary Valle lives in Baltimore and is the author of Cancer Doesn't Give a Shit About Your Stupid Attitude: Reflections on Cancer and Catholicism. She blogs on KtB as The Communicant. For more Mary, check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.