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Born Again

That is
the name given to an upcoming public forum on the revitalization & reuse of
places of worship in WNY. The forum is the first in a series of events
sponsored by Preservation Buffalo Niagara,
 intended to generate discussion
about Buffalo’s endangered religious heritage.   

It will be held
Wednesday September 16th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Avenue
from 7 to 9PM. Local church leaders, preservationists, developers, and
parishioners will participate. The topic of discussion will include the
proposed move of St. Gerard’s Church from Buffalo to a congregation in Georgia. Father David Dye from Georgia will discuss his vision for relocating St. Gerard’s to Georgia.  Buffalo Diocese members will be on hand to answer questions about the proposed move as well.

Panelists include local stakeholders as well as Tania Werbizky of the
Preservation League of NYS and Ann Friedman, director of the Sacred Sites Program of the NY Landmark Conservancy. Each panel member will give a short
presentation from their unique area of expertise. The audience will be invited
to submit questions afterwards.  The event is free to the public. 

Please,please
please attend this event!  The loss of this critical part of WNY heritage
must be stopped.  It will take the energy and creativity of many people to
prevent any further degradation to this irreplaceable Buffalo asset.

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