Church Buildings: Blessing and Burden



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

So many beautiful buildings, with so many memories, so important to the congregations that use them, are also increasingly a financial burden, larger than needed, a challenge to the future of the congregations that love them.  This two-day event will explore the blessings of congregational buildings and the burdens congregations face because of them.  While there are no easy answers to the challenges buildings pose for many congregations, there are ways to begin exploring what can and should be done.

This event is open to anyone interested in the topic of what to do with our church buildings when a need for transition has been identified.

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Program Speakers include:

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

“In Praise of Church Buildings”
“The Burden of Church Buildings”


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

“What is Being Done with Buildings in America”


Dr. Robert Simons
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.

“Challenges in the Adaptive Reuse of Religious Buildings:
Market, Process, Planning and Implementation”

Dr. Sarah Morice Brubaker
Dr. Morice Brubaker is Associate Professor of Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is the adviser to the Master of Arts (Social Justice) program.

“Theological Reflection on Sacred Places”

April 23 Reception

Generously sponsored by:



April 24 Preacher

Rev. Dr. Traci D. Blackmon

Rev. Dr. Traci D. Blackmon
Eden Master of Divinity, Class of 2009
Eden Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Class of 2015

Dr. Blackmon is the senior pastor of Christ The King UCC, in Florissant, Mo. and executive minister of UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and Wider Church Ministries.

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

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