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Thursday, March 16 • 10:45am - 11:45am
The Future of Houses of Worship

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The decline of organized religion and the shrinking size of local congregations means that tens of thousands of church buildings will likely be sold off in the coming decades as churches close or downsize. What will happen to those buildings, which are likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars? Some religious leaders are beginning to think proactively about how those properties are used, rather than waiting till the close.

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Bob Smietana

National Reporter, Religion News Service
Bob Smietana is a veteran religion reporter and a national writer for Religion News Service. A former RNA president, he’s the author of Reorganized Religion, a look at American’s changing religious landscape.

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Rev. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.

Pastor, Emory Fellowship
This year, Pastor Daniels celebrates his 30th year as lead pastor at Emory.  He is also the founder of the Emory Beacon of Light, Inc. — the mission arm of The Emory Fellowship — and is an adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary. Over the course of his tenure at Emory, Pastor Daniels was one of the co-founders and co-chairs of The Washington Interfaith Network — the largest grassroots social justi... Read More →

Rev. Dr. Rochelle Stackhouse

Senior Director of Programs, Partners for Sacred Places
The Rev. Dr. Rochelle A. (Shelly) Stackhouse was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1982. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, she has served churches of varying sizes as Senior, Solo, Interim and Transitional Pastor in Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts... Read More →
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Rev. Mark Elsdon

co-founder, Rooted Good
Rev. Mark Elsdon lives and works at the intersection of money and meaning as an entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, author, and speaker. He is the author of, We Aren't Broke, about the use of faith-based property and investments for social enterprise and impact investing. Mark... Read More →

Max L. Kleinman

Consultant, Jewish Community Legacy Project
Max Kleinman has more than 40 years of experience in non- profit management and resource development. He served for nearly 20 years as CEO of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, one of the largest in the country. He was CEO of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and also has communal... Read More →

Thursday March 16, 2023 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
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