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Pandemic tests limits of religious freedom

Group of churches claims public health measures unfairly target religious gatherings. As Art Lucier tells it, he faced a dilemma last November when B.C.’s provincial health officer suspended in-person religious services to try to curtail the spread of COVID-19.  The Kelowna pastor asked God to give him a dream. Lucier says God responded. “I had a …

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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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