Ernest Dharmasenan

Toronto church challenges constitutionality

A Toronto church is challenging Ontario’s lockdown restrictions, arguing that the law which limits religious gatherings to just 10 people is unconstitutional. On Dec. 8, an application was filed by the Toronto International Celebration Church (TICC) in the Superior Court of Justice seeking to declare the provincial COVID-19 response framework infringes upon its rights. An …

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COVID-19 Guidance: Faith-Based Organizations

COVID-19 Guidance for Places of WorshipReligious services, rites, ceremonies and related celebrations must comply with the Reopening Ontario Act Opens in new window. During this time, it is recommended that faith leaders limit in-person services to keep everyone safe. Host Virtual Services to allow everyone to participate.Limit Gathering for physical distancing & better ventilation.Monitor Proximity …

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Balance in Serving Caesar and Christ

Three Principles to Balance in Serving Caesar and Christ Pastor John MacArthur led his congregation in worship inside Grace Community Church’s 3,500-seat sanctuary in Sun Valley, California, last Sunday. They met in violation of state restrictions stating, “Places of worship must therefore discontinue indoor singing and chanting activities and limit indoor attendance to 25 percent …

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Appearance of “hate” preacher

Critics denounce Calgary appearance of “hate” preacher Human-rights activists say they’re outraged a Nigerian Christian preacher who’s denounced homosexuals as demonic is speaking in Calgary this week. Johnson Suleman, leader of the Omega Fire Ministries, which calls him “God’s oracle,” is scheduled to preach to the church’s Calgary flock Tuesday and Wednesday. He should never …

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B.C. breaks records

B.C. breaks records when it comes to religion and the lack thereof Metro Vancouver and the rest of B.C. break a lot of records when it comes to religion and the lack thereof. The West Coast is a place of extremes in regards to Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and the religiously unaffiliated, according to a major …

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Praying under protocol

Praying under protocol: B.C. faith leaders on welcoming worshippers back to services safely Social Sharing. Praying during a pandemic is not without challenges. After months of keeping the faith alive at home, many British Columbians are returning to their places of worship for the first time since March, when leaders were forced to close the doors on their …

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