Glenn Memorial UMC
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Loving God, Loving Neighbor
The Glenn Memorial Sanctuary
Special programs regularly draw large audiences to the auditorium, including performances by visiting artists, Emory student events, and addresses by speakers of national and international importance, including Bishop Desmond Tutu, authors Salman Rushdie and Barbara Kingsolver, actress Mia Farrow, celebrity chef Paula Deen, Paul Rusesabagina (subject of the movie “Hotel Rwanda"), and former President Jimmy Carter, who holds “town meetings” in Glenn auditorium on a regular basis.
Couples from the community and the campus often exchange their marriage vows at this altar, and some return with their children to celebrate the sacrament of baptism. Every Christmas since 1931, the sanctuary has been the home of the university’s stirring Festival of Lessons and Carols. The high traditions of convocation, inauguration, and baccalaureate are also celebrated at Glenn.
Like Glenn Memorial’s Little Chapel, the sanctuary was designed by renowned Atlanta architect Philip Shutze and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The architecture of the building follows the Christopher Wren tradition that English colonists brought to America. The main body of the church is modeled after St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The portico at the base of the 140 foot bell tower was derived from King’s Chapel in Boston, which is considered to be one of America’s finest examples of Georgian architecture. The tower itself, which is the most outstanding architectural feature of the church, is modeled after the bell tower of All Saints’, known as the “mother church” of the city of Bristol, England.