Church demolition is a now a common phenomenon, but one that is often marked by social conflict. At minimum, many feel a sense of loss, even if understanding the need for demolition. In Sweden, there had been demolitions of non conformist chapels,…

Standing on the corner of Pape and Danforth Streets, in what is known as Toronto’s Greektown, Carl and I gaze at the building looming before us. Nestled among turn-of-the- century Victorian houses sits what was once a centre of the Presbyterian…

In the months preceding the deconsecration service, I travelled to Highgate with my colleague Ron Grimes, to meet with church and community members about the closing and hear about the efforts to save and transform the church into a heritage and…