October 26th 2013



St. Paul's University 
223 Main St
Ottawa, ON

Driving Directions 

Event Organizers

Chris Henderson: chenderson@lumosenergy.com

Randal Goodfellow:    rrgoodfellow@gmail.com

Collaborating Organizations

The following organizations are supporting “Building Mission” as program/event collaborators, including event sponsorship by some organizations, and engagement of community networks to engender participation and registration. 

United Church of Canada - Ottawa Presbytery



Anglican Diocese of Ottawa



Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa


The Presbytery of Ottawa - The Presbyterian Church of Canada


Ottawa / St. Lawrence Conference of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada 




Regenerating Faith Property for Faith Missions


Properties are central to Faith Communities.  Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, and other faith properties are place of worship, venues for community activities and centres for outreach.  However, as faith communities evolve property needs change.  Some properties may now be surplus, and others may need renovation and repurposing. 

This Forum is focused on how faith communities/organizations are, and could, use property to further Missions, particularly to regenerate buildings and facilities to meet community needs, and do so in an economic and environmentally-friendly manner with community organizations, social service agencies, development companies, environmental groups, municipal governments and cultural institutions and bodies. Opportunities in such areas as, but not limited to: affordable and transitional housing, community services, homelessness, youth and seniors programs, arts and culture, and others. 

The Forum has been designed for the leadership of all faith communities, community organizations, public bodies and private partners.  The emphasis of the Forum will be on Innovation and Interaction: a) examining innovative faith property re-developments in Ottawa and from across the country; and b) offering leaders and volunteers from all sectors opportunity for interaction with speakers and resource people, and other Forum participants. 

Input on the program and the addition of collaborating organizations are welcomed.

Registration Costs:

The registration fee is $25 and $15 for Students & Fixed Income. This includes lunch and coffee breaks. A limited number of bursaries are available, if you are in need of a bursary in order to attend please send an email stating the reason why to the event organizers. (See emails on the left of the page)

 Program: (Click here to download a copy of the program)

If you have any feedback on the program or would like to participate in the Charette please send an email to the event organizers.

8:00 am                 Registration

8:30 am                 Multi-Faith Opening Prayers

Recognition of Traditional Algonquin Territory

8:45 am                 Forum Ice Breaker: Linda Vanderlee, Creative Coaching

9:00 am                 Session Introduction: Realizing the Potential of Faith Property

Randal Goodfellow, Session Co-Chair

Chris Henderson, Session Co-Chair

9:15 am                 Stage Setting Remarks

Commentary on the Changing Social, Faith Environment, & Community Needs

Monica Patten, C.M. Former President & CEO, Community Foundations of Canada

9:30 am                 Interactive Panel on Ottawa Faith Property Initiatives

                                 The V. Rev Shane Parker, Dean of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral/Cathedral Hill Project

                                    Chris Henderson, Kitchissippi United Church, Westboro United Project

                                    Randal Goodfellow, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Green Re-Generation

                                    Square Foot

                                    Patrick McDonald, St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts

10:30 am              Ottawa Area Faith Property Innovations & Opportunities Charette

Table Talks, Displays & Board/Video Presentations of Faith Property Re-Generation Actions and Plans in the Ottawa Area

Suggestions and Proposals for inclusion of Table Talks and Displays are welcome

            Coffee, Tea and Refreshments will be served during the Charette

11:00 am              Interactive Panel on Canadian Faith Property Innovations

                           The Reverend Cathy Campbell, St. Mathews Anglican Church, Winnipeg, West End Commons

                            Geraldine Sperling, St. George’s Anglican Church, Toronto, Community Centre (Invited)

                            Roberto Chiotti, St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church, Toronto

12:15 noon          Boxed Lunch 

Catered by Urban Element (a Savour Ottawa Kitchen)

1:00 pm               Open Stage: An Opportunity for Faith Communities to Express their Interests in Property Regeneration, Partnering and Redevelopment

Open Stage is a time that any faith community can express their interestes in property to foster collaboration and cooperation towards realizing community missions. Open Stage can also be used to highlight ways in which faith communities can maximize envionmental and community outcomes through property re-greneration.

1:30 pm               Faith and Property Discussion Group

 A. Managing the Property Sale/Re-Development

Facilitator: Rev. Brian Cornelius

Resource: Erik Matheson, CFO of the United Church of Canada

B. Greening Facilities

Facilitator: Kristina Inrig, Tucker House

Resource: Lucy Cummings, Greening Sacred Spaces

                                            C. Partnering with Community Organizations

Facilitator: Brian Strom  

Resource: Bill Shields, SLOWest / The West End Well

D. Partnering & Financing for Property Re-Generation

Facilitator: Doug Patriquin, Kitchessippi United Church

                 Resource: Rodney WIlts, Build Green / Windmill Developments

E. The Oblate Property on Main Street: Opportunity for Creative Innovation

Facilitator:  Michael Oster, Ottawa Community Loan Fund

                 Resource:Rebecca Aird (SLOEast)

2:45 pm               Priority Areas for Potential Future Collaboration: Input from Participants and Discussion Groups – Focusing on Outcomes

Prior and after the event, program speakers, and Discussion Group Facilitators and Resources (and other interested parties) will be convened to determine how priority areas for future “Building Mission” collaboration can be fostered and actioned

Forum Wrap-Up

Closing Prayers