One of many rural churches in Newfoundland to close in recent years, the future of St. Matthew's is uncertain. Listen to an interview with Nancy Brace (Green's Harbour Heritage Society) from the ICH Blog, with Dale Jarvis.

Today, the "monastic city" of Glendalough is a major attraction in the Wicklow National Park region, an example of the mobilization of heritage and the symbolic capital of defunct sacred space for cultural and economic goals.

Many churches that fall into disuse and ruin are home to cemeteries, the presence of which pose problems for church closure.

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…