Church Buildings: Blessing or Burden?

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Date(s) - 04/23/2019 - 04/24/2019
All Day

Congregations shrink, neighborhood demographics shift and church buildings become a financial burden; then what? What will become of these religious spaces which are often of historical or architectural significance and closely connected to the character of the community? We will examine the problem of what to do with church buildings when they no longer meet the needs of the congregation. There are options and resources available to congregations faced with this difficult choice for the space that houses their religious life and cherished family memories.

This event is open to anyone interested in the topic of what to do with our sacred spaces as they transition from a blessing to a burden.

Program Speakers include:

Rev. Dr. David Greenhaw
Dr. Greenhaw is the president of Eden Theological Seminary.




Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan
Dr. Duggan is the Executive Director, United Church of Christ, Church Building & Loan Fund




Dr. Robert Simon
Co-author of Retired, Rehabbed, Reborn. The Adaptive Reuse of America’s Derelict Religious Buildings and Schools. Dr. Simons is a Professor and former director of the Master of Urban Planning, Design and Development program at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Eden Theological Seminary
Wehrli Chapel in Press Hall
475 East Lockwood Ave.
Webster Groves, Missouri 63119

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