New book on the role of church buildings

What’s going to happen to our churches? Congregations of the Church of Sweden own more churches than they need. Each year churches are deconsecrated; some are put in mothballs in anticipation of better times, and others are sold or rebuilt. Similar changes are taking place throughout Western Europe. A new book from the University of Gothenburg sheds light on contemporary and future challenges for the Church of Sweden’s church buildings.
“Many people who never go to church still think the buildings themselves are important. That’s interesting. What’s this attitude based on and why does it persist? These are questions we’re trying to sort out in the anthology”, says Eva Löfgren, senior lecturer of conservation and one of the authors behind the book.