The future of churches - Communities facing the mutation challenges of the religious heritage
From November 7 to 10, 2017, the Quebec Religious Heritage Council (QRHC), whose mission is to support and promote the conservation and presentation of Québec's religious heritage, participated in a mission to France, specifically with the Council of Architecture, Urbanism and Environment of Meurthe-et-Moselle, a departmental association that advises, informs and educates individuals and communities of this department located in the center of the region of Lorraine.
This was the first part of the cooperation project, which aims to have the two organizations share their experiences and explore approaches related to the care of changing churches and the redevelopment of religious buildings to other functions.
The MRC of Bellechasse, a regional municipality of 20 municipalities with a population of nearly 37,000 and covering an area of 1,759 km², was also part of this mission, through the participation of the cultural agent of the territory, Mr. Claude Lepage.
Indeed, in the context of this cooperation with France, the territory of this MRC will serve as a sort of pilot territory for the release of regional intervention strategies, to be developed in consultation with the community. It will be among others in Bellechasse that the French delegation will be received during its spring visit, from 9 to 13 April 2018. Finally, the cooperation will culminate in the autumn of 2018 with the holding of a colloquium in France.
This cooperation program is made possible by the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec as part of the Fonds franco-québécois pour la coopération décentralisée. More details on the cooperation will be provided in the next newsletter of the Quebec Religious Heritage Council.
Read the article by Éric Gourde, published in La Voix du Sud this Friday, December 1st (French only)
Photo (from left to right): Caroline Tanguay, vice-president of the QRHC, Jocelyn Groulx, director of the QRHC and Claude Lepage, cultural agent at the MRC de Bellechasse, speaking at a public meeting on the future of churches held at Arnaville, November 9, in France.