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The conference will explore the reasons why we set aside places of worship, why we love them, take trouble over their beauty and lament their loss. We will be bearing in mind the great outcry when Notre Dame Cathedral burned, and locally in Halifax the recollection of the fire at St. George's Round Church in 1994. As more and more small churches in rural areas face dissolution or the threat of dissolution, we will also consider what this loss might mean to communities and their people.  In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will reflect on the impact this may have on the continued existence of such places of worship.

Speakers at the Conference in 2021 will include, among others, The Rev'd Dr. Terence Kleven, Professor of Religion in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central College in Pella, Iowa; Dr. Susan Dodd, Associate Director, Foundation Year Programme, and Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of King's College, Halifax, N.S.; Dr. Daniel Driver, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, N.S.

Hosted by St. Peter Publications - conference website here