Panorama of the Prayer Hall at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts

The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. Founded in 2009, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center is a mosque and community center located in the heart of Roxbury.

If you would like to learn more about this mosque and cultural center, please visit the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, Maine

The Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland, Maine is a new addition to the Sacred Spaces of New England project. Formed in 1851, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke was chosen to be the cathedral church for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine in 1866. Its current structure, built in the Gothic Revival style, was designed by Charles Coolidge Haight and completed in 1868.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Cathedral Church of St. Luke’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at Cathedral of Saint Paul, Worcester, Massachusetts

The Cathedral of Saint Paul of Worcester, Massachusetts is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Founded in 1869, the Cathedral of Saint Paul has served as the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester since 1950, when the Diocese was established in the city.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Cathedral of Saint Paul’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at First Unitarian Church, Worcester, Massachusetts

First Unitarian Church of Worcester, Massachusetts is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Gathered in 1785, the First Unitarian Church was formed by a group of 54 “free thinkers” who left Worcester-based First Parish Church under the leadership of their pastor, Dr. Aaron Bancroft, in a quest to celebrate freedom of belief and religious expression that would help define Unitarian doctrine in the United States.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the First Unitarian Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at Church of the Redeemer UCC, New Haven, Connecticut

Church of the Redeemer UCC of New Haven, Connecticut is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Organized in 1838, Church of the Redeemer, United Church of Christ is the fourth congregational church in New Haven. Originally named Chapel Street Congregational Church, it was formed after there was dissent at the Third Congregational Church when a new minister would not accept the “New Haven Theology” of Nathaniel Taylor who founded the church. Taylor rejected the idea of determinism in which God alone was responsible for all activities in the universe, as he felt this was immoral because it contradicted the notions of freedom and choice, and thought God not immoral.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Church of the Redeemer’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

New Cardboard App Release: Jazeera Al Hamra VR

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Please check out my new Google Cardboard app entitled, Jazeera Al Hamra VR for Android mobile devices.

It is a free Google Cardboard app of the architecture of Al Jazeera Al Hamra, a former coastal village in southern Ras Al Khaimah that was abandoned at the time of the formation of the United Arab Emirates in the late 1960s and 1970s. It is considered one of the last traditional towns in the country.

Featured in version 1.0 of the Jazeera Al Hamra VR app are 360-degree VR (virtual reality) panoramic images that were captured between 2009 and 2011 of the hisn (fort) and three courtyard homes.

For those who are new to Google Cardboard, it is a virtual reality platform that uses a relatively low-cost cardboard or plastic viewer in conjunction with a mobile phone device to create an immersive experience.

This app works with Google Cardboard and most Android mobile phone devices. Here’s the link to the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=info.seththompson.JazeeraAlHamraVR.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at Saint John the Baptist Church, Brunswick, Maine

Saint John the Baptist Church of Brunswick, Maine is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Founded in 1877, Saint John the Baptist Church was created to serve the French Canadian population in Brunswick and the surrounding area.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Saint John the Baptist Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

New Google Cardboard VR Title Release

Please check out my new Google Cardboard VR app entitled, “Four New England Churches VR” for Android mobile devices.

Four New England Churches VR” is a free Google Cardboard VR app of four Episcopal church sanctuaries from my online project, Sacred Spaces of New England.

For those who are new to Google Cardboard, it is a virtual reality platform that uses a relatively low-cost cardboard or plastic viewer in conjunction with a mobile phone device to create an immersive experience.

Here’s a link to the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SethThompson.SSNE_Episcopal_Churches

Panorama of the Sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, Massachusetts

Trinity Lutheran Church of Worcester, Massachusetts is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Formed in 1948, Trinity Lutheran Church is the result of the merger of three nearby parishes: First Evangelical Lutheran Church (1881), Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church (1900) and Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church (1921). Designed by architect and World War I pilot Jens Frederick Larson, Trinity’s structure is inspired by both New England’s traditional architecture and Scandinavian church design, as many of the founding parishioners were of Swedish descent.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the Trinity Lutheran Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.

Panorama of the Sanctuary at St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church, Worcester, Massachusetts

St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church of Worcester, Massachusetts is a new addition to my Sacred Spaces of New England project. Throughout the gold-painted sanctuary are illuminated icon paintings by Worcester-based iconographer Dhimitri Cika.

If you would like to learn more about the church, please visit the St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church’s entry on the Sacred Spaces of New England website.