There is a story so typical of the problem in the Episcopal Church today -- a large stone church building, a congregation that left, and an institution seeking space for parking lots and potential new buildings. So we will see fine, well built, and good liturgical spaces discarded -- too expensive to own or maintain or convert. One such story is of the Church of the Transfiguration in Cleveland and the voracious appetite of the Cleveland Clinic seeking parking and space for expansion.
What makes this sad is that new church structures are generally built of less quality materials. So we will be saying good bye to many of them over time. It seems hardly to be worthy so much the fight being put up by the Episcopal Church to keep them since many of them are being kept only to be sold and torn down. The congregation that left had been using the structure until the court told them to leave.
It is not that I think so much of buildings (apart from their use) but I look around at the cheap and flimsy structures which congregations can afford to build today and then think of those once grand structures that are being discarded and torn down. It makes me wish there were some way to move them so that we could use them again. The Episcopal Church is not the only one with properties they do not need.