Mary Valle writing for the Baltimore Fishbowl shared a thoughtful reflection on St. John’s Mt. Washington Episcopal Church and their decision to put their 1928 Romanesque Revival church on the market for $1.8 million. St. John’s Has Left the Building: Congregation Puts Church Up For Sale:
Like many congregations, St. John’s was faced with a gigantic, resource-eating building that swallowed more of its endowment every year. Senior Warden (that’s like being the chair of a board of directors) Sara Fawcett-Lee said that, when she took the job seven years ago, the outgoing Warden told her that the church was going to have to be sold. The vestry (which is like a nonprofit board: members are nominated and elected, serve specific terms and follow bylaws) decided to offer the building for rent, and when no renters came, put it up for sale.