Tillich Park commemorates the renowned Paul Johannes Tillich, a German-American theologian and Christian existentialist philosopher. Tillich was one of the more influential Protestant theologians of the twentieth century. The park was dedicated on June 2, 1963, and Tillich’s ashes were interred there in 1965. Located just across North Main Street from the Roofless Church in New Harmony, Indiana, the park consists of a stand of evergreens on elevated ground surrounding a walkway. Along the walkway, there are several large stones on which are inscribed quotations from Tillich’s writings. The James Rosati’s sculpture of Tillich’s head rises at the north end of the walkway, backed by a clearing and a large pond. Those who walk the park may ponder quotations from Tillich’s writings. The words “Man and nature belong together in their created glory – in their tragedy and in their salvation” are especially appropriate: Man representing the communitarians of New Harmony – that is, the Harmonists and the Owenites – nature representing the naturalists at New Harmony, who uncovered life secrets and earth secrets of creation. The word tragedy tells much of the New Harmony history, as of all human history, and salvation crowns the human experience as a promise consistent with Harmonist faith and Tillich’s mission.
The park is open free to the public daily from dawn to dusk.