OpEd: Vail Chapel is a Multifaceted Sanctuary

Posted on January 17, 2021

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WHY?

The Vail Interfaith Chapel is the spiritual heart of Vail.  Without it, guests and residents cannot worship any of the six faiths that gather here. It is also the community center for the Town of Vail – a cultural and historical icon use by over 50,000 people annually. After 50+ years of constant use,  improvements are needed to improve the building’s structural and aesthetic integrity.

– 34,000 residents and guests attend religious services annually

– 100 families served with emergency shelter in winter storms in past 5 years

– 4,200 fans at 16 Bravo! Vail concerts and discussions each year

– 10,608 people annually attend 14 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week

– $15 million minimum annual revenue driven to wedding-related businesses through the Vail Valley

The Vail Interfaith Chapel and Ministry Building are used for non-religious purposes approximately 60% of the time.

OpEd: Vail Chapel is a Multifaceted Sanctuary

Published Sunday, January 17, 2021 in the Vail Daily

by Father Brooks Keith of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

 

Spectacular orchestral music lifting the vaulted wooden ceiling.  An intimate moment Gore Creek-side as a younger (and sometime not-exactly-younger) couple sit snuggled together to mark an anniversary, or schedule one!  Incisive, provocative fora on super-intellectual subjects with attendees like me occasionally nod my head thoughtfully while furtively web search vocabulary on my hidden cell phone.  Exhausted, overwrought stranded travelers morphing into overnight refugees seeking a warm bed and safe shelter when I-70 is closed or wildfires threaten.  Individuals, couples and families walking into the sanctuary and sitting down…for awhile, reflecting upon private thoughts which inevitably arise when confronted with the majesty of our Rocky Mountains.  Dear friends and complete strangers moving regularly in and out seeking recovery, personal solace and honest support.  Where in our resort town do all these moments happen quite regularly you wonder?!

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