At a time when the Episcopal Church and other denominations are closing churches, the Episcopal Church Building Fund has expanded its mission to help distressed congregations think in new ways about their buildings and the future of the church.
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When a pastor and her congregation built a labyrinth in the tough streets of East Baltimore, she began to understand the second half of Jeremiah's call. Sometimes you can't 'build and plant' until you 'pluck up and pull down.'
Students hard at work at St. James School, a faith-based Philadelphia middle school in the Episcopal tradition. Photos courtesy of Al Cassidy
A decaying and empty Episcopal church complex became an asset to its poor Philadelphia neighborhood after church leaders saw its potential as a free school for needy children.
The congregation, started by Zimbabwean immigrants, has begun attracting neighbors to its community. The church provides office space for area nonprofits, built a playground for local children and hosts after-school programs. Photo by Lissa Gotwals
Six years after being given a dying church's building, Shepherd's House UMC, an African immigrant congregation in Durham, NC, is a beacon of renewal.
When church property becomes a point of contention.
What do we have to learn from those who serve up comfort food, using local vernacular, with no building or advertising?