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Regeneration Works

RW: Places of Faith

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. 

 

Our Services

Our team offers consulting services to meet the needs of your place of faith.

Building Audits

Building Audits

We lead walk-through audits to help determine how to maximize savings and usage of your space.

Space Sharing Consulting

Space Sharing Consulting

We help with the logistics of how to select building partners and work together effectively.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement

We help you connect and engage with the greater community to determine how best to regenerate.

Workshops

Workshops

We have run successful community-wide regeneration workshops in Sydney, NS, Ottawa, ON, Hamilton, ON and Peterborough, ON.

Upcoming Events

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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Resources

Podcast: Faith Spaces and the Arts

Kendra Fry of Faith & the Common Good, National Trust for Canada, and Trinity-St. Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice, and the Arts discusses the potential of collaborations between faith spaces and the arts to foster "spaces for people not profit".

With host Jessa Agilo.

 Listen to the podcast.

Presentation: Recapturing Faith Vitality

Recapturing Faith VitalityMay 10, 2016
Faith communities are increasingly looking for ways to grow their mission, with their congregation and their community. We call this "Mission per Square Foot"; it involves looking at re-purposing the faith building, in order to better accommodate the needs of the congregation, the surrounding community, and community partners.

The portion of the webinar posted here is the PowerPoint presentation on "Best practices for marketing to and retaining long term tenants." The presenter was Kendra Fry.

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Regeneration Works Case Studies

Our Regeneration Works: Places of Faith project works with rural and urban places of faith to create community spaces that are both viable and successful. Whether the goal is to keep the doors open or make strategic real estate decisions that serve the faith group and the community, the National Trust and Faith & the Common Good offer hope, inspiration, and solutions based on our work from across the country.  

View our Case Studies of the places we have worked with.

Mission Per Square Foot Case Studies

MPSF Case Studies

In 2015, we launched a new program called Mission Per Square Foot (MPSF) designed to help any congregation fully harness their building in a way that meets its mission, acknowledges its capacity, protects the environment and serves the larger community. These case studies (from the Ottawa area explore how diverse faith communities are fully and sustainably utilizing their buildings, guided by a clear mission and in service to the larger community. The MPSF program was relabelled Regeneration Works: Places of Faith in 2017.

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