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    The Church Vs. The State Civil Disobedience

    I don't think anyone has made this explicit yet. There has been some discussion about it in various communities of faith. I suspect the primary issue is close contact. Here at George Street, we worked out which pews are open and which are closed. This allows for individuals and families...
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    The Church Vs. The State Civil Disobedience

    Not sure it is automatic. Certain powers and authorities have the prerogative to define contempt. Other powers and authorities don't. I don't think the Pastor qualifies as contemptuous. Public Health Measures not having the same authority or power as does a Magistrate. Doesn't mean that...
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    The Church Vs. The State Civil Disobedience

    And if the appeal is won the Pastor will be released and not spend 8 weeks in jail pre-trial. Every day he does spend in jail pre-trial will be counted as time-served. Being denied bail for refusing to abide by bail conditions is pretty routine. Can't think of any instance where a judge named...
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    The Church Vs. The State Civil Disobedience

    I empathize, we have had several postponed due to our recent back to square 1 restrictions. Of course, prior to our youth-fuelled explosive outbreak, our largest cluster of cases was related to one infected individual attending multiple viewings at a local funeral home. At present we are...
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    The Church Vs. The State Civil Disobedience

    Within limits it does. Public Health restrictions don't threaten that in the least. Considering that it is the majority of Churches not opening that might not be an accurate read. Fighting public health directives should not threaten charitable standing providing churches continue to engage...
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    The Church Vs. The State Civil Disobedience

    8 weeks is a long time if you are holding your breath. It isn't a long-time if you forgo bail and get credit for time served should you not win an acquittal. Typical time served equation is two days reduction for every day of confinement waiting for trial. So an eight week stay results...
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    The Church Vs. The State Civil Disobedience

    The numbers of our recent outbreak have slowed. Recoveries are currently outpacing new infections. That said, in the span of a week we reported more new cases in the St. John's area than the whole Province did in 2020. We also recorded two deaths in the past month compared to 2020s total of...
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    The Church Vs. The State Civil Disobedience

    Too early to tell. If this is the price of civil disobedience then it is the price that Pastor Coates has to decide that he is willing to pay. His treatment seems harsh until you consider that he is a repeat offender. He is wanting this fight. Eight weeks to trial is relatively fast and...
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    In Camera

    If the pastoral relationship is being discussed or salary are being discussed then the minister is excused from the discussion. No motions can be made or seconded without the minister or representative from the larger council (currently Region) being present. So if the Board feels that it is...
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    Covid 19 Vaccine

    That would be Dr. Jim Gowing who decided to put VIagra to the use which its creators had hoped it would be most effective in my cousin's son. Wesley was the firstborn and would outlive both of his younger sisters who succumbed to a rare hypertensive disorder. Wesley unfortunately, died August...
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    In Camera

    Technically The United Church of Canada does not use "In Camera" according to Bourinot's (our procedural model) we move to "Committee of the Whole" Committee of the Whole is used when discussion may be sensitive. IE. salaries or other HR considerations. Only discussion happens in Committee of...
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    Is Jesus Really Coming Again?

    I believe that Jesus is really coming again. I won't predict when because that, apparently is a fool's game. The Apostle Paul believed that Jesus' return was imminent. It could still be if you adopt another perspective. From where most of us sit the most we can say is that the return is...
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    What Would You Do If........

    Probably depends on the make-up of the herd. If there is a ram or two then they can protect themselves against some threats. Don't underestimate the power of a ram. Also, sheep protecting ewes can make you think twice about getting close. 99 sheep in a flock make it difficult for predators to...
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    What Would You Do If........

    I suspect the terrorists wouldn't be understanding. "Hey Mr. Pilot, sorry we caught you on a bad day. We released your family and gave them a gift certificate for some pizza because of the inconvenience. Get well soon and maybe when you are feeling better we can get you to crash some other...
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    What Would You Do If........

    Intentionally crashing a plane would take some effort and deliberation. Unless the co-pilot has family under similar threat they are likely to be attempting to counter any effort to deliberately crash the plane.
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