Diverse Places of Worship in the Midwest Offer Spiritual Refuge

September 8, 2004

Source: CNBC News

Wire Service: Reuters


On September 8, 2004 Reuters reported, "Today's highly stressed business travelers may need islands of respite to restore the spirit and calm the tensions that build with security checks, crowded flights and navigating a car in unfamiliar territory. Some of these quiet spots are easy to find -- the airport chapel, a roadside park or a public library -- but there are many more within easy reach though not always readily apparent to the traveler. Help in locating such peaceful retreats can be found in a series of books from Paulist Press, which has just issued the fourth title in its 'Spiritual Traveler' series. The first book in the group, covering England, Scotland and Wales, came out in 2000, followed by one covering New York City in 2001 and a third involving Boston and New England in 2002. The latest is 'The Spiritual Traveler: Chicago and Illinois.' The guide lists the Chicago Temple, United Church of Christ, perched atop a 22-story Gothic Revival building; the Loop Synagogue with a massive stained-glass window wall created by Abraham Rattner; the classic Midwest Buddhist Temple not far from downtown Chicago; and a variety of Islamic, Christian and other landmark houses of worship, many built by 19th century eastern European immigrants who settled the city."