Sacred Spaces: Mapping Los Angeles

This interactive map was created for my dissertation research at Claremont School of Theology. If you would like to know more about my ongoing research on urban sacred spaces you can read here at About the Project

I wanted a piece of my research to be accessible and practical for the faith community. I hope that this map invites you to explore the city and to walk through the city with prayerful intent. I believe that if a wide network of prayerful hearts are walking through the city each day we will begin to see tangible change in our city. This map was created to be used on a smart phone so you can listen, read and pray as you visit these sacred spaces in the city.

I recognize that this map is subjective and based on my own experiences. I cannot speak on behalf of these spaces or the communities that gather there, therefore each description comes out of my own prayers as they were inspired by each sacred space. I have also included a playlist of people that live or work in Los Angeles so that you can hear other voices from the city. If you would like to share more about your sacred space with me I would love to meet you and learn more.

Due to the abundance of Storefront Churches and Korean Churches in L.A. I could not adequately address these communities, instead I did a counting in the Westlake neighborhood simply to demonstrate the phenomenon. You can see my count here at Westlake: Counting Storefront and Korean Churches.


*Update: To See Findings from this Project Check Out:

“Building God in Estranged Spaces.” Fuller Magazine 17 (June 2020): 44-47. https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/theology/building-god-in-estranged-spaces-the-practice-of-sacred-spaces-in-contemporary-society/

“Mapping the Sacred Spaces of the City.” Mysterion 12, No. 2 (December 2019): 310-316. http://www.mysterion.it/


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 Red markers mark spaces with open hours during the week.

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Grey markers mark spaces with specific service times.

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Each audio marker corresponds with a sound track below the map.

August 28, 2016