The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


God's architect

Ed Sovik: 'Flexibility suggests change and hope'

Edward Sovik, vigorous at 85, has a ruddy complexion, strong Nordic features and a sly smile. He settles his tall, lanky body into a chair, leans back, thrusts his hands in his pockets and begins to talk softly about the role of architecture in the life and faith of congregations.

His beliefs were honed by a career encompassing the design of some 400 churches. Last year the North American Academy of Liturgy honored him with its first Godfrey Diekmann Award. The citation read: "With critical eye and gentle hand, he has crafted spaces that call the assembled church to its task: God's word proclaimed, God's praises sung, the world transformed with beauty and with justice."

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