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Congregational Church, Woodstock, IL

January 2, 2017


According to its website, Woodstock’s Congregational church was built in 1906:

A New Start
Under the leadership of Rev. C.H. Bene funds were raised to erect a modern brick building. In 1906 the old building was torn down and the new building featuring a squat square tower and magnificent gothic arched stained glass windows was erected. Built on an unusual plan, the sanctuary was separated from a large open meeting room by sliding pocket doors. With the doors thrown open the floor of the open room became a stage for Sunday school pageants or amateur theatricals. Around the perimeter of the large room, smaller rooms could be created with folding doors for office space or Sunday school classes.

It became a hybrid Congregational-Unitarian congregation, was then sold to Christian Scientists, and now serves as the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple. What an odyssey! One wonders 1) how much of the original Akron Plan Sunday School remains, and 2) how do Buddhists make use of those spaces?

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