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.
Taking Action for Places of Faith in Rural Ontario
Where: St. Joseph's Kingsbridge Centre (84675A Bluewater Hwy, north of Goderich, Ontario)
An estimated 9,000 faith buildings will close in Canada in the next ten years. What will the impact be on rural Ontario in general and Huron County specifically?
Following a year-long survey of community and not for profit usage of faith buildings the research leads will share the rural data from Huron County. How many not for profits and community groups in Huron County are operating out of churches? How many of those churches might be at risk of closure? What is the threat to the region if they close? What practical action can be taken now to shore up this vital infrastructure? Join the conversation and help us frame what actions to take.
Explore the data as it is released over the next two months at www.communityspacefaithplace.org
-Jennifer Miltenburg, local councillor and Kingsbridge Centre board member
-Kendra Fry, Project lead for Regeneration Works, Places of Faith
-Milton Friesen, Cardus and Research lead for Community Spaces in Faith Places Survey
-Norm Ragetlie, Rural Ontario Institute
-Robert Pajot, Project Leader, Regeneration, National Trust for Canada
-Local Panel of Not for Profit and Community Leaders
with input from Ontario Trillium Foundation, Faith & the Common Good, Ontario Nonprofit Network, Artsbuild Ontario, and the National Trust for Canada