As Vermont churches close, debates flare up over building use
Like many churches across the U.S., some of Vermont's are facing dwindling congregations and financial pressures. This hour, we ask, what should happen when a church closes?
Some of Vermont's churches are getting repurposed as community centers, apartments, art galleries—there's even a brewery. Others are being torn down. And some sit empty, as developers, preservationists and clergy debate next steps.
Our guests are:
- Ron Wanamaker, acting director of Preservation Burlington and owner of Wanamaker Restoration in Burlington
- Rachel Hellman, staff reporter at Seven Days
- Anna Cronin, co-owner of Dirt Church Brewing Co. in East Haven
- Anne Manner-McLarty, Saxtons River resident who, along with her husband, is renovating and living in a former Catholic church
Broadcast live on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
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