A film by Robert Knight Screened in conjunction with the show of photography by Robert Knight, Sacred Spaces In Transition.Friday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.n at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica NY
According to The Pew Forum, the past 40 years have seen a dramatic and steady weakening of Americans’ ties to organized religion. How are America’s religious spaces adapting and what are the implications for our local communities?
In God’s House explores the sacred spaces of the rustbelt city of Utica, New York, once a thriving port on the Erie Canal and now a key refugee relocation center. In the midst of changing demographics, the buildings of bygone eras continue to be adapted by the current users that embody them.
This 50-minute documentary examines how religious groups have and have not changed, and reveals a resiliency across religious communities and a surprising flexibility with regard to the nature of each group’s notion of “sacred” space. Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Buddhists have worked with each other in the transformation of spaces, and this ability to adapt in the face of significant adversity ties together these diverse groups, and seems to stand as a hallmark essential for their survival. Free to the public. For information call Kim Domenico, 315 735-4825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.