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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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    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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    Maryland’s stormwater remediation fee has been criticized ever since it became law in 2013. The money goes to fund capital projects in each jurisdiction so that properties capture more stormwater, reduce runoff and improve water quality. ....In Prince George’s, churches are some of the largest properties in the county, with sprawling parking lots and generous acreage. Rain that falls on buildings and asphalt surfaces washes into streams, rivers and, eventually, the Chesapeake Bay, bringing pollution with it.
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    An English non-profit seeks to restore churches as community spaces after the Anglican church has shut them down.

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