Boston and New England: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Peaceful Places (Spiritual Traveler)
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HiddenSpring (July 1, 2002)
- ISBN-13: 978-1587680083
New England’s sacred landscape is dotted with the white steeples of Puritan meetinghouses, the ancient spiritual sites of Native Americans, and the clapboard dwellings of famous poets, preachers, artists and philosophers. The land of covered bridges, village greens and endless stone walls also boasts the country’s oldest synagogue and its very first Baptist church; it was home to Quakers, Shakers, and Transcendentalists, and to the founders of Mormonism and Christian Science. More recently, New England has become truly multireligious, with Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists now living side by side with Christians, Jews and Native Americans.
The Spiritual Traveler: Boston and New England is a unique guidebook. It introduces hundreds of churches, synagogues, mosques, meetinghouses, Buddhist meditation centers, Hindu and Sikh temples, as well as retreat centers of all religious traditions. It lists landmarks that rank among America’s oldest and finest works of architecture and contain treasures of spiritual art and history. It describes some of the nation’s most beautiful gardens, parks, cemeteries and other peaceful places, and the natural beauty of New England’s mountains, forests and rocky shores. Introductory chapters recount New England’s spiritual history, offer an overview of its many faith traditions, and explain its sacred architecture.