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Squares, Cubes and the Sustainability of Churches and Cathedrals

28th April

I was in a stewardship meeting this week where it was expressed that many cathedrals are facing deficit budgets and this set me thinking as to a possible reason why this is the case and the implications for the flourishing of larger places of worship.

The “Square-Cube Law” is the law which determines that there are no enormous insects in the world – and the same thinking can also be applied to the size of church buildings. Let’s assume, for the want of argument, that churches are approximately cubes. Thus if a small church is had length, width and height of L metres and a larger church has double the dimensions (2L) then that larger church will have four times the floor space but eight times the volume. Let’s also say, for the sake of argument, that the income of the … Read more »



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