Final roundtable.

Representatives from most of the northern New England churches participating in the New Dollars training program met today in Manchester (NH) to share their stories. Tuomi Forest of Sacred Places and Maggie Stier of NH Preservation hosted the session. Rick Monahan, our preservation architect, was also there to present a generic project model that he is developing for use with clients.

The participants reported a variety of experiences. Some were celebrating successful completions. Some were wrestling with their congregations. One project had been suspended just a day earlier. 

Here at Newport we've been going slowly—laying more groundwork, holding special work days, fostering ownership of our facilities, learning more about our structure each day. Rick just delivered the Building Conditions Survey, so now we will be reviewing his advice and estimates to scope out our project and help establish a sustainable maintenance policy for the future.

© New Hampshire Steeples, 2012