Religion

A Fort Langley letter writer lays out why he disagrees with the Township’s suggestion to withhold permissive tax exemptions for churches that defy Provincial Health Orders (file photo)

LETTER: Township church tax move feels punitive, Langley man argues

Township looking at whether to give permissive tax exemption to churches holding in-person services.

  • Jan 24, 2021
A Fort Langley letter writer lays out why he disagrees with the Township’s suggestion to withhold permissive tax exemptions for churches that defy Provincial Health Orders (file photo)
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LETTER: Cloverdale man said public pressure only convinces church goers they are right

Engageing churches in discussions on how to reduce transmission would be more effective than bans

  • Jan 18, 2021
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Local letter writer expects more people turning to prayer during pandemic. (File photo)

LETTER: More people likely turn to prayer during pandemic, Langley man contends

Pandemic, politics and the economy are giving people reason to call on a higher power, he writes

  • Jan 17, 2021
Local letter writer expects more people turning to prayer during pandemic. (File photo)
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LETTER: Langley churches offer in-person services precisely because they care about people

Letter writer concerned Township councillor wants to punish churches with tax threat

  • Jan 17, 2021
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Former City mayor Peter Fassbender heads up the society working to create 98 units of affordable housing on church-owned land. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley church’s affordable housing project takes big step forward

There is just one more approval needed from Township council

Former City mayor Peter Fassbender heads up the society working to create 98 units of affordable housing on church-owned land. (Langley Advance Times files)
Langley RCMP has twice issued fines to Riverside Calvary Church in Walnut Grove. (Langley Advance Times file)

Langley Township could strip tax break from churches defying COVID health orders

Council debated a draft of the motion on Monday, Jan. 11.

Langley RCMP has twice issued fines to Riverside Calvary Church in Walnut Grove. (Langley Advance Times file)
Rev. Andrew Halladay, the vicar at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Langley, sits in an empty pew on Tuesday, Jan. 5. His church had to move online because of COVID-19 limits on public gatherings. Halladay is one of 38 church leaders in B.C. to sign a joint letter of support for provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Langley church leaders sign letter to ‘fully support’ Dr. Bonnie Henry

Among group of 38 B.C. church leaders ‘deeply disappointed’ by critical comments from some churches

Rev. Andrew Halladay, the vicar at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Langley, sits in an empty pew on Tuesday, Jan. 5. His church had to move online because of COVID-19 limits on public gatherings. Halladay is one of 38 church leaders in B.C. to sign a joint letter of support for provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A woman prays on the steps outside St. Casimir Church in Toronto on Friday, May 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A woman prays on the steps outside St. Casimir Church in Toronto on Friday, May 1, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
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LETTER: Please, some respect for what you have taken

Abbotsford-raised pastor rails against ‘constant condescension’ of Dr. Henry

  • Dec 9, 2020
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Mayor Ken Popove and Justice Thomas Crabtree at the 2018 inaugural council meeting on Nov. 6, 2018. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Most municipalities no longer begin council sessions with prayer: BC Humanist report

Chilliwack, Langley, and White Rock among 23 cities that violated ‘duty of religious neutrality’

Mayor Ken Popove and Justice Thomas Crabtree at the 2018 inaugural council meeting on Nov. 6, 2018. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. (Google Maps)
Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver. (Google Maps)
Reverend Patrick John (PJ) O’Maoil Mheana, ordained as Father Luke, has been named the new rector for the Church of the Holy Trinity in White Rock. (Contributed photo)

From chaos to love, White Rock’s newest priest to spread message of hope

Rev. Patrick John O’Maoil Mheana to start work at Church of the Holy Trinity Nov. 30

Reverend Patrick John (PJ) O’Maoil Mheana, ordained as Father Luke, has been named the new rector for the Church of the Holy Trinity in White Rock. (Contributed photo)
BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson (foreground) and Langley MLA Mary Polak are both among the party members who are criticized for advertising in a Christian magazine opposing transgender rights. (Black Press Media files)

LETTER: One man upset by Liberal party apologies

MLAs shouldn’t say sorry for advertising in Christian magazine that opposing transgender rights

  • Jul 3, 2020
BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson (foreground) and Langley MLA Mary Polak are both among the party members who are criticized for advertising in a Christian magazine opposing transgender rights. (Black Press Media files)
Human Rights Tribunal denies church’s request to toss out White Rock Pride Society’s complaint

Human Rights Tribunal denies church’s request to toss out White Rock Pride Society’s complaint

Star of the Sea and White Rock Pride Society to go to Human Rights Tribunal hearing

Human Rights Tribunal denies church’s request to toss out White Rock Pride Society’s complaint
Empty pews are pictured as assistant pastor Father Felix Min performs a Easter Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s in Vancouver Sunday, April 12, 2020. The Easter service was closed to the congregation and to the public to attend in person at they church but was live streamed to the internet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Wage subsidy program to help fund faith as congregations face COVID-19 crunch

The $73-billion wage subsidy program is expected to give $2.5 billion to Canada’s charities

Empty pews are pictured as assistant pastor Father Felix Min performs a Easter Sunday mass at St. Patrick’s in Vancouver Sunday, April 12, 2020. The Easter service was closed to the congregation and to the public to attend in person at they church but was live streamed to the internet. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
American televangelist Kenneth Copeland – whose Canadian offices are located in Langley City – told his viewers ‘dont worry about Corona’ – but Langley pastors are urging their congregations to take the pandemic seriously.

Televangelist with office in Langley claims to ‘heal’ viewers of COVID-19 through their TV screens

On the contrary, Langley churches offer free resources and goers self-isolate to ‘flatten the curve’

American televangelist Kenneth Copeland – whose Canadian offices are located in Langley City – told his viewers ‘dont worry about Corona’ – but Langley pastors are urging their congregations to take the pandemic seriously.
Churches shut down or limit services in Langley due to coronavirus

Churches shut down or limit services in Langley due to coronavirus

Langley churches see shutdowns, go to virtual services

Churches shut down or limit services in Langley due to coronavirus
Livestreamed services could be coming from Langley church if coronavirus worsens

Livestreamed services could be coming from Langley church if coronavirus worsens

Christian Life Assembly is holding off on handshaking in favour of fistbumps and bows

Livestreamed services could be coming from Langley church if coronavirus worsens
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LETTER: Langley prayers not a solution for Zimbabwe

Letter writer argues against true benefits of World Day of Prayer

  • Mar 4, 2020
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Reverend Andrea Brennan opens up about being a queer, female Anglican minister and how she came to be in the position at a pivotal time in the church’s history. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Openly queer, female priest of B.C. church defying norms

Andrea Brennan serves Fernie at pivotal time in church’s history

Reverend Andrea Brennan opens up about being a queer, female Anglican minister and how she came to be in the position at a pivotal time in the church’s history. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press