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Whether we realize it or not, we're always searching. We're always looking for answers and truths and a sense of connection. Part of that thirst to know more about ourselves is slaked when we look back to those who were here before us. And understanding them entails looking at remnants from their lives.
More often than not we find answers in books and through travel, but most especially we feel that never-ending sense of humanity when we enter sacred spaces. You know it when it happens. Some element or elements come flying at you at light speed the minute you breath in the air of a church built 1500 years ago or stand in a common square in an ancient city or on land that was untouched for centuries.
Similarly, those living 3000 years from now will want to understand us.
What mattered to us?
What was important day to day, generation to generation, as a whole but culturally diverse group of people?
What were the things that took up our time, inspired us, worried us, fueled our creativity and touched our humanity?
People in 5016 are likely to know us just as we know those who lived 3000 years ago - by studying the architecture that remains.
The Ebenezer Chapel Project is about addressing this very need to make something sustainable, relevant and representative of who WE are at this very moment for those who will come long after we're gone.
How do we speak to those we will never meet while providing inspiration in the near future?
"Ebenezer," despite what you may recall from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, actually means "stone of help (1 Samuel 7:12)." Our mission is to build an underground chapel, carved out of a granite mass that has existed for more than 500 million years, that will feel like a place of help... and of hope.