Relationships between Canadian Church and LGBT

Homosexual relations are strictly prohibited in Christianity and there is no room for such people in the religion other than they become straight. The LGBT groups in Canada do not think the same way and therefore if they are strongly opposing the conference which is being held this summer. The event has been highly publicized and LGBT groups are highly opposing the gathering. The church on the other hand is time and again saying that the intentions of it are misunderstood by such groups. The bone of contention between both the parties is the ex-gay speakers which are invited to the conference. The LGBT groups urge the church to cancel their invitations so that homophobic thought is not instilled in the minds of the members of their community. Both the speakers are from Ohio and the missionaries which are associated with these speakers are “Coming Out”. He speakers back in Ohio are also known for the speaker therapies which are thought to be disintegrating the idea of homosexuality. This is called a complete therapy and as per these speakers they have been cured and cure others which this therapy. The LGBT groups are highly influenced by this idea and they want to get rid of this problem.

LGBT Halifax

The Halifax LGBT group is also demanding the church that this problem should never ever come to the church. The praying away the gay which is the initiative of these speakers is highly opposed by the community. They are of the view that the sexual orientation is their own free choice and no one is ever allowed to change it by force. The group is of the view that the members of their community will have negative thoughts about the minds about their group. The LGBT group is also of the view that these speakers will let the LBGT community feeling shame.

The church response

The Church is of the view that it is the media that has misunderstood the story. It has been misinterpreted. The speakers are coming to the conference without a shadow of the doubt but it is not what the LGBT groups think. These speakers will not be speaking about the sexual orientation nor will they be praying away the gays. The stories are thought associated to the speakers but this is not the case of their invitation here. The “Coming Out” ministries have always taught the church to love and respect the LGBT community and the speakers are coming here to preach the same.

What’s the verdict

The church should definitely call the pastors for the sermon which is scheduled as per the church supporters. If the sermon is canceled then this will not only become the talk of the day but such incidents will also happen in future and the people will think that the church is under pressure of the LGBT community and can make them do anything. Calling from the darkness to the light is what this conference is all about and therefore it is highly advised not to cancel the speakers or disinvite them at all.

A New Way of Looking at Canadian Churches

How about a church converted to a brewery or a wedding hall?

It may sound surprising, but Canadian churches are selling like hot cakes in the real estate market. There are many reasons that have prompted the phenomenon including decreasing congregations and coming of the mega churches. But most important is the rising demand for real estate in the urban centers of the country. From religious to secular, the buildings are being given a new identity and makeover by the business owners. Church converting is not the only one quickly developing field in Canada. It includes also gambling industry. Nowadays a lot of credible gaming sources like online review directories or others become online-oriented, that is why you can easily find the detailed listing of best gaming activities.

There are many interesting examples out there. A church in Sherbrooke has been converted to a rock climbing gym while a few others have been transformed into restaurants. Marly Anderson from Victoria-by-the-Sea in Prince Edward Island roped in the federal and provincial government in her initiative of converting a church into a wedding venue.

She received funding from the government for the project and renovated the church which was sitting empty for 12 years. With an investment of $140,000, The Grand Victorian was opened retaining the look of the church from outside. But inside it was completely changed and now the altar serves as the bar during weddings!

Silversmith Brewing Co. in Virgil, Ontario operates out of a 1890s Anglican Church and is another fine example of the religious real estate industry. Owner Chris Pontsioen bought the 1,800-square- foot church for $500,000 in 2012 after a long negotiation with the owner. The building had stopped being used as a church for around 50 years and an antique shop was setup keeping the original looks. Pontsioen and his friends were apprehensive about backlash from the neighboring community but to their relief, the encountered none. Most people find the idea amusing, said Mr. Pontsioen. He believed that transforming and preserving the church was more acceptable to the population than tearing it down.

Realtors Leonardo Di Francesco and Rav Rampuri have developed their business around selling churches. In 20 years they have finalized more than 100 deals involving churches. Operating in the Vancouver area, they get numerous calls from realtors and appraisers. But they are not able to entertain everyone as there is a lack of churches ready for sale.

Sometimes regulations play the spoilsport by limiting the sale. One of such challenges faced by the duo involved a church located in North Burnaby with a value of $8.8 million. They could not make any deal with it because the P1 zoning of the church did not allow for conversion. A process of rezoning can be initiated, but it takes many years for it making it impractical.

There is a big market for houses of worship on the market right now but not everyone is lucky enough to find a deal!