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[ISL] “Nuns not giving up on Summerside convent: priest”

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CBC News’ Shane Ross reports that some nuns hoping set up in Summerside are hoping to still continue on despite the rejection of their convent’s location by the city.

Nuns from Ontario still have faith they can establish a convent and daycare in Summerside, according to a local priest who has been helping them.

The nuns’ request to rezone a property on South Drive was rejected this week by Summerside city council.

“Obviously they’re disappointed in the decision but they’re still committed to coming to Summerside so would like to try something else,” said Father Chris Sherren of St. Paul’s Church in Summerside.

Some neighbours opposed the rezoning because they were concerned about traffic from the daycare.

Written by Randy McDonald

December 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Defunct Chinese church in Toronto has ties to African-American history”

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John Lorinc’s article in the Friday edition of The Globe and Mail reports on how Toronto’s multicultural history can be intriguingly layered.

Growing up in the 1960s in Chinatown in a flat above her parents’ silk shop, Jennie Norman had no idea about the buried history beneath the Toronto Chinese United Church (TCUC), on Chestnut Street south of Dundas, where she and her friends spent their free time at youth groups and fundraising bazaars.

The TCUC congregation, which served older Cantonese-speaking immigrants as well as second- or third-generation Chinese Canadians such as Ms. Norman, operated out of the church between 1955 and 1988, when the building was sold and demolished to make way for a parking lot.

Last year, however, the TCUC’s well-preserved foundations resurfaced during a massive archeological dig on the site, which is slated to become a $500-million provincial courthouse developed by Infrastructure Ontario (IO).

As archeologists have since revealed, the church traces its origins to a tiny wood-frame chapel founded on the site in the 1840s by five African-American men, some refugees from slavery. Named the British Methodist Episcopal Church in 1856 and rebuilt twice, it became the leading place of worship for Toronto’s black community. When the BME’s membership dwindled in the 1950s, the property was sold to the United Church to establish the city’s first Chinese congregation.

The TCUC, recalls Ms. Norman, a 66-year-old retired IT consultant, “certainly was a very important cultural centre for the Chinese population.” But, she adds, “I doubt if anyone in the congregation knew enough about the history.”

Written by Randy McDonald

November 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • Beyond the Beyond shares an early 17th century Catholic Church communication doubting the Earth went around the sun.
  • blogTO notes the sympathy cards placed outside the American consulate in Toronto.
  • Crooked Timber argues that liberal progressivism hasn’t been tried in recent years and so can’t have failed.
  • The Dragon’s Tales shares one model explaining the contradictions between the faint young sun and a warm early Mars.
  • Far Outliers reports on the roles of different types of British servants in India.
  • Language Hat shares a history of Canadian English.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes Richard Rorty’s prediction of a Trump-like catastrophe and argues that economics do matter.
  • On the anniversary of the Bataclan, the LRB Blog reflects on the music of France.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer notes the grim predictions of Hans-Joachim Voth as to the degeneration of American life likely under Trump.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes the relatively low population growth of France in the 19th century.
  • Towleroad notes Trump’s statement that gay marriage is settled.
  • Window on Eurasia notes that Belarus will have less maneuvering room under Trump.
  • Arnold Zwicky considers the colours of the pride rainbow.

[URBAN NOTE] “Millennials restoring their faith at Toronto’s C3 Church”

CBC News’ Laura DaSilva reports on an apparently dynamic Pentecostal church in Toronto. I do wonder, though, how many of the new parishoners are truly unchurched, and how many are simply switching demoninations and congregations (for a while? for an experiment?).

With an avant-garde rock band, an Australian pastor in skinny jeans at the mic and Drake-inspired graphics behind him, C3 might seem more like Coachella than what it really is — church.

“I think if Jesus were alive today, he would’ve had an Instagram account,” said C3 Toronto’s lead pastor Sam Picken in an interview Sunday. “When we preach the Bible, we try to preach it in a way that’s going to be relevant to the audience.”

The Pentecostal Christian City Church movement — known as C3 — started in Australia in 1980. There are more than 450 churches across the world, including 11 in Canada.

Picken, 32, started the Toronto chapter with his wife and a handful of friends in 2012. Now, more than 800 people call it home.

“I think the people of Toronto, myself included, we’re seeking meaning,” Picken said. “We’re seeking acceptance. We’re seeking community.”

The church rents auditorium space each week at Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst St. The members hope to raise enough money to acquire a permanent location, Picken said.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • The Boston Globe‘s Big Picture shares photos of Massachusetts’ Mattapan trolley.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at Planet Nine’s effects and examines the weather of Titan.
  • Both The Dragon’s Tales and the Planetary Society Weblog react to the loss of the Schiaparelli lander.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze looks for brown dwarf exoplanets.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw reports on the sheer scale of the Australian real estate boom.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the beginning of an antiwar movement among Russian Orthodox faithful.
  • Arnold Zwicky shares a photo of a flowering tree in a Kyoto garden.

[PHOTO] Angus Bernard MacEachern in the shadow of St. Dunstan’s, Charlottetown

In the shadow of Charlottetown’s St. Dunstan’s Basilica on Great George Street stands a statue of Angus Bernard MacEachern, the Scottish immigrant to early British Prince Edward Island who brought Roman Catholicism to the territory.

Statue, Angus Bernard MacEachern #pei #charlottetown #greatgeorgestreet #statue #romancatholicism #latergram #stdunstans

Of note is the multilingualism of the plaque explaining MacEachern’s life and works, in English, French, Gaelic and Mi’kmaq.

MacEachern's multilingualism #pei #charlottetown #greatgeorgestreet #statue #romancatholicism #latergram #stdunstans #english #français #gàidhlig #mikmaq

St. Dunstan’s stands above it all.

St. Dunstan's in the evening #pei #charlottetown #greatgeorgestreet #statue #romancatholicism #latergram #stdunstans

[URBAN NOTE] “Flock sticks with atheist United Church minister”

Moira Welsh’s article in the Toronto Star describes how the congregation of United Church of Canada minister Gretta Vosper, whose church has recommended her removal from her position on account of her disbelief in core tenets of Christianity, remains loyal to her. I appreciate the congregation’s loyalty, and think there may be much good in Vosper’s arguments. I just question whether the United Church is the right place for it.

Jeanne Hamel has been a member of the United Church since its formation in Toronto, 91 years ago.

Today, as a longtime member of the West Hill United Church congregation in Scarborough, Hamel, 96, knows where her loyalties lie.

Hamel is sticking with Gretta Vosper, the United Church minister who was told by church leaders that she is “not suitable” because she calls herself an atheist and preaches about love without referring to Jesus Christ.

“Wherever Gretta goes, I go,” said Hamel, after the Sunday morning service. “My heart left the United Church when I heard they had rejected Gretta. I was stunned.”

About 200 people attended the service at West Hill, at Morningside Rd. and Kingston Rd., on Sunday morning — the first service since the church’s Toronto Conference Review Committee released a 39-page report last Wednesday on the minister’s non-traditional views.

“In our opinion, she is not suitable to continue in ordained ministry because she does not believe in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit,” the report stated.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm