Come, All Ye Faithful

May 5, 2007

Author: Paul Asay

Source: The Gazette

Prayers of the faithful rose to the rafters Thursday during an interfaith gathering at Shove Memorial Chapel — messages floating on invisible waters to unseen shores. These prayers — Jewish and Christian, Muslim and Buddhist — might have been in different tongues, perhaps sent to different gods.

No matter: Shove, interfaith capital of Colorado Springs, held and heard them all.

Shove, located on the Colorado College campus, will celebrate its 75th anniversary Sunday with organ music, speeches and a reading of the original 1931 dedication ceremony.

It’s rare for a building to get this kind of pat on the back. But according to those who work inside, it’s an honor well deserved.

This is a church where stained-glass windows honor Archimedes and Charles Darwin along with Jesus, where words from an Islamic poet are inscribed on an 11,000-pound bell, where Buddhist prayer cushions lie stacked in sight of a luminous Christ Triumphant. It has gargoyles, a spiral staircase and a quirky character all its own.