Day: March 10, 2019

N.B. retreat with controversial views on gay marriage scrapped amidst LGBTQ backlash

Courtesy: Global News A Christian retreat has been scrapped. A Christian retreat planned for later this summer has been scrapped after severe criticism from the LGBTQ2 community. Vancouver-based Christian group, Journey Canada, had advertised a retreat at Villa Madonna Retreat House which its website says would have been focused on healing the “relationally and sexually …

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No place like home: ‘House church’ founder says you don’t need a church to pray

Courtesy: city news House Church is on the surge. A New Brunswick man said he believes organized religion is moving in a new and better direction with the advent of so-called house churches — groups of people who worship in living rooms and kitchens instead of parishes and pews. Dan Lirette and his wife left …

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Trunk or treat: St. John’s church puts new spin on old tradition

Courtesy: CBC- Door-to-door is the standard for collecting candy on Halloween, but a church in downtown St. John’s is offering a Trunk-or-Treat event in the hopes of adding parishioners. “It’s where we fill our parking lot with cars, open up the trunks, have them decorated, fill them with treats and the children can come and …

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Icon of Saint John skyline faces uncertain future

Courtesy: CBC News In “urgent” financial crisis, Saint John’s Trinity church must “make some important decisions within the next few months,” according to Rev. John Paul Westin. The spire of Trinity Church is a high gothic gem of Saint John’s skyline and according to lore, the gilt fish atop the church’s 67-metre tall steeple was …

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St. Kevin’s Parish cashes in $5.8 million in Chase the Ace earnings

Courtesy: CBC News It’s been nearly two months since tens of thousands of people swarmed the Goulds neighbourhood of St. John’s for the dramatic finale of Chase the Ace, and now it’s finally time for St. Kevin’s Parish to share how much it made. During Sunday morning mass, the church distributed a highly anticipated balance …

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Many Catholic churches in danger of closing will survive for now says archbishop

Courtesy: CBC Most of the churches in eastern New Brunswick that were in danger of closing are going to be able to survive at least a little bit longer, according to Archbishop Valery Vienneau. Last February, almost half of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Moncton’s parishes — 20 out of 53 — were singled out …

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Arrest after historic chapel and other churches hit by arson in Merritt, B.C.

Courtesy: CBC news A Merritt, B.C., man is set to appear in a Kamloops courtroom to face four counts of arson. Kamloops RCMP Const. Tracy Dunsmore says the 37-year-old man was arrested Thursday. Suspicious fires were set in four churches in the Merritt area earlier this month. One of the fires destroyed the nearly 150-year-old …

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Vancouver’s Chinese flock to Christianity more than Buddhism

Courtesy: Sun City Chinese Christians in Vancouver. Metro Vancouver’s more than 100,000 Chinese Christians are creating a unique new arm of the global church as they have an increasingly stronger impact on this region of 2.1 million. Contrary to conventional wisdom about the kinds of religions followed by most people from Asia, there are far …

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Canadian Baby Issued Gender-Free Health Card; Franklin Graham Calls It ‘Nonsense’

Courtesy: Canadian Times The Country going on a downward trend. A baby in Canada was given a health card without a gender designation, supposedly making it the world’s first gender-free baby. U.S. evangelist Franklin Graham has denounced as “nonsense” the parent’s argument that it’s a human rights violation to assign a sex to the child. …

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YOUR MLA TO OPPOSE MOTION 33’S ENDORSEMENT OF SOGI 123

Courtesy: ARPA YOUR MLA TO OPPOSE MOTION 33’S ENDORSEMENT OF SOGI 123 SOGI 123 which deals with how sexual orientation and gender identity are taught in British Columbia classrooms is couched as an anti-bullying initiative, but it is far more. It teaches a humanist understanding of sexuality as a subjective identity, divorced from biology, determined …

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