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Church Buildings

The church’s body is made up of many members, and for many of those members, the building they worship in is of vital importance. Though congregations may not always be able to dictate what their worship space looks like, more and more churches use architecture to reflect their mission. Church buildings can also be a significant source of conflict: numerous legal battles over church land and buildings occur each year, particularly as individual congregations split away from their denominations.

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    Six Protestant churches that strive to match form with faith.
  • Subscriber Access OnlyKeeping Holy Ground Holy
    A new survey suggests that seekers are not looking for user-friendly, mall-like buildings.
  • Subscriber Access OnlyLand and Building Wars
    A handful of parishes win the right to keep their property, but legal experts don't know if their cases are setting a precedent.
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  • Former Churches Blessed With New Lives in Pittsburgh - The New York Times
    Partly as a result of the steel industry’s collapse, Pittsburgh’s population (now just over 300,000) has been in decline for decades, and congregations have been abandoning their grand old churches in search of smaller, more affordable spaces. Along the way, some of the Steel City’s savviest entrepreneurs have been purchasing many of Pittsburgh’s disused churches and adapting them into clubs, restaurants, theaters and concert venues.
  • At Forlorn Urban Churches, Mass Gets Crowded in a Flash
    The latest trend in Rust Belt Catholicism, the Mass mob, is bringing thousands of suburban Catholics to visit the struggling urban churches of their parents and grandparents. (The New York Times)

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