Highgate United Church

The deconsecration of a rural church

Highgate United Church, located in Highgate, Ontario, was deconsecrated in June, 2010.

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 performance venue. Our initial visit turned into a series of visits, during which we used digital video to record conversations, liturgical rites, and cultural performances.

The work eventuated in my participating in a heritage conference held at the church, and the production of two films, dealing with the emotions and drama surrounding on the closing and transformation of the church into the Mary Webb Centre. The work also produced a photographic study of the church.

Book: Abandoned Sacred, Highgate United Church



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