We all know Detroit is sad city right now. These pictures of churches will show you how bad it really is.

These are very sad pictures. The church has always been part of the strength of any community. But community takes people. When they are gone, the church is just a building. Don’t let this get you down too much. Remember, its not just a building, WE ARE THE CHURCH!

Ephesians 2:19-22 
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Calvary Presbyterian (1868-1991)

Calvary Presbyterian (1868-1991)

 

 

Calvary Presbyterian

Calvary Presbyterian

 

Calvary Presbyterian

Calvary Presbyterian

 

Church of God (1915-2001)

Church of God (1915-2001)

 

Church of God

Church of God

 

East Grand Methodist (closed 2002)

East Grand Methodist (closed 2002)

 

 

East Grand Methodist (closed 2002)

East Grand Methodist

 

First English Evangelical Lutheran

First English Evangelical Lutheran

First English Evangelical Lutheran

First English Evangelical Lutheran

 

First Unitarian (closed 1890)

First Unitarian (closed 1890)

 

First Unitarian (closed 1890)

First Unitarian

 

First Unitarian

First Unitarian

 

Mishkan Yisroel Synagogue (1925-2004)

Mishkan Yisroel Synagogue (1925-2004)

 

Mishkan Yisroel Synagogue

Mishkan Yisroel Synagogue

 

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

St. Agnes

St. Agnes

St. Agnes

St. Agnes

St. Agnes

St. Agnes

Starlight Temple

Starlight Temple

 

Starlight Temple

Starlight Temple

 

Universal Hagar (1878-2008)

Universal Hagar (1878-2008)

 

Universal Hagar (1878-2008)

Universal Hagar

Universal Hagar

Universal Hagar

Woods Cathedral (1919-1989)

Woods Cathedral (1919-1989)

Woods Cathedral

Woods Cathedral

 Source: Viralnova.com and detroiturbex.com

Very sad isn’t it? Seems like there is something that can be done with all that great word work and design.  I did some research (I googled it) and came across to interesting initiatives. reclaimingdetroit.org   Makes products out of the materials from old buildings. Deconstruction is the process of systematically dismantling a structure with the intent to recover the maximum amount of materials for the highest and best re-use. Deconstruction crews work for homeowners, contractors, local governments, and other property owners to provide environmentally friendly, cost-effective removal of building components and complete structures, both residential and commercial.

Recycle Detroit is a more traditional approach with the ambitious gold of recycling 90% of a demolished building.