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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1934. Department of Architecture.


Copyright 1934, the author. Used by permission.


The first and major point; the church as a building will be dealt with and illustrated with sketches and designs apart from this thesis after we have established the other three phases of our program.

The church’s educational ministry of inspiration through preaching and worship requires suitable auditorium facilities; the church’s ministry through social and play activities requires a large hall with various facilities; and the church’s ministry of organized education requires for its highly specialized functioning a church school-house with many rooms; the auditorium and the school-house all being interrelated and unified in a single structure.

Expanding and discussing each of these major influences, we consider first the religious program of the “creedless” house of worship—a program which still will fill the blank in the lives of people.This is particularly the minister’s responsibility, a tremendous one in itself.It is the church at worship.

I have to a certain extent analyzed the state of religious and social thought in rural America and found it wanting and decadent.I have thereafter suggested a way out; a logical solution, I think, based upon a spiritualized and revitalized “creed-less” house of worship.