ABSTRACT

The parish not only shows itself in the building, however, it is also constructed with it. The church is a social space produced by human reason and activity. The purpose of Dayer’s speech, after all, was to urge his parishioners to give money and time towards the construction of both the social and physical fabric of this unit of the Church. In this book I accept the premise that ‘(social) space is a (social) product’, constructed by people for the purpose of maintaining a model of social relations; space is not a neutral container, but ‘a tool of thought and of action’.5 As a tool, it is made. Social spaces are produced by many varied agents and inuences. The institutional Church is produced in a new context, by dierent people, and therefore in distinctive forms each time a church building is constructed.