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Regeneration Works: Places of Faith


A partnership of the National Trust for Canada and Faith & the Common Good.

Places of faith have anchored and shaped our communities for generations, and remain social and physical landmarks, whether in urban or rural settings. Many congregations are at risk as they face declining attendance and insufficient funding to maintain and operate their buildings.

Recognizing that congregations and communities are struggling with these issues, the National Trust for Canada and Faith & the Common Good, two national not-for-profit organizations, have come together to provide expertise, training, advisory and custom coaching services under the banner Regeneration Works: Places of Faith.

Complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/communityspacesinfaithplaces  to help us understand how many community groups and non-profit groups are conducting activities out of faith buildings so we can measure the impact more clearly. Our aim is to help non-profits to maintain affordable space by drawing attention to the potential impact of the loss of faith buildings. 


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Space: The Final Frontier

Counting the Social Good Being Done in Faith Buildings

dancing with Parkinsons
Dancing with Parkinsons practicing at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts

The question of affordable office/rehearsal/programming space for not for profits throughout Ontario has been well documented. In major cities the issue is one of affordability while in rural Ontario the lack of “Third Spaces” following the closure of many schools has left rural citizens travelling ever-increasing distances to attend public gatherings.

The Social Infrastructure of Beautiful Gathering
La Monastere at St Jax
La Monastere performs at St. Jax Anglican, photo Natalie Bull

We’re back, exploring the adaptive reuse and co-use (congregation still present) of faith buildings in Canada and the United States. Funded by the Metcalf Foundations’ Leading and Learning Fund, representatives of Artsbuild Ontario, The Toronto Arts Council, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, and Faith & the Common Good finished up our journey in Montreal.

Day two in Montreal (see day one in the last blog) led us to ;St. Jax Anglican and Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, a former United Church.

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Successful Regenerated Places of Faith

Many places of faith across Canada have created viable, successful community spaces.
The following are some examples. Click here to view more.

Action Oriented Partnerships Build a Stronger Community

Paris Presbyterian puts their mission in to action and creates a stronger community


Paris Presbyterian Church

 Grand River Street
Paris, ON


PDF Project summary

The majestic Presbyterian Church has been a prominent landmark in Paris for nearly 125 years.

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