Partners for Sacred Places is a national non-profit clearing house for those interested in historic religious buildings as community assets. Founded in 1989 by a group of religious, historic preservationists and philanthropic leaders, Partners engages in research and provides guidance to congregational leaders seeking to know, understand, value, and make the best stewardship use of religious facilities - particularly those of historic value. It has served more than 100,000 congregations in all 50 states. Their services include: training programs to broaden financial support, training for establishing art alliances in the community, workshops and conferences, information on the care and use of historical religious facilities, publications related to historic places of worship, and advocacy initiatives to help congregations deal with local issues. Partners’ website includes an information center where over 100 free articles on building issues are categorized by topic. Partners for Sacred Places would provide very helpful information to congregations dealing with the many issues regarding building use in urban settings where historic preservation and financial stability are emerging concerns.
Reviewed by Brian Witwer