I had decided this would be the perfect time to take a walk to the roofless church and labyrinth (that's a later post) -- a time when it was quiet and thoughtful.
It was also a beautiful morning when I came upon the church designed by Philip Johnson. Birds, singing, warm but not yet too hot or humid.
The church was located only a couple of blocks from the New Harmony Inn. Outside you'll find some beautiful sculpture such as this "Angel of the Annunciation."
If one wanted to be literal, you'd describe it as a brick wall surrounding a very large garden. True. But so much more. The heavy entry gates on the main entry give it a sense of greater presence.
With no roof to close one in, the feeling of peace and beauty is simply overwhelming. At this time of day it was very quiet; I was the only one there. The environment felt protected, loved and cared for.
There were spots to sit and contemplate.
Beautiful art was scattered throughout.
The sculpture on the exterior was equally interesting.
Neatly tended gardens rest in the corners...
...and clean, even stones make for beautiful walkways.
The Roofless Church was created as "a place for all people," although it is under the care of the Episcopal Discese.
The only somewhat enclosed spot is the alter, which one can see from various angles upon entering.
Up close, it is equally lovely.
I know that not all who visited here thought the same way I did -- perhaps they came looking for an attraction, perhaps there were more people there and it didn't offer the solace and silence I sought and found.
But the words above say it well. An all-inclusive space for people to meditate, contemplate, worship or simply be. It may not be the faith that draws you but clearly it is the peace that reigns.