Academic journal article Manitoba History

Coming Together to Revitalize Historic Places of Faith

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Coming Together to Revitalize Historic Places of Faith

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Historic places of faith are increasingly at risk across the country, as dwindling congregations struggle to muster the financial and human resources needed to maintain and repair buildings that have been for generations the centre of community life, whether in city neighbourhoods or remote rural locations. These places are considered landmarks, not just by virtue of their prominence in the landscape, but also due to their deep roots into the communities that built and maintained them for generations. And if these places are to have a future, it is those roots into today's contemporary communities that will need to be nurtured and spread.

It was with this in mind that over 40 participants gathered at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church on Saturday, November 3 to participate in an all-day workshop on the regeneration of places of faith. Organized by the National Trust for Canada in partnership with Faith & the Common Good, the workshop included a building audit session on Friday, November 2, which focused on the strategies to reduce the financial and environmental impact of managing historic buildings.

Participants in the workshop included representatives from provincial and municipal heritage organizations, several congregations in the Winnipeg area (from as far away as Kenora), as well as social justice, arts, and community health organizations. …

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