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FAITH COMMUNITIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER UNCONDITIONAL ACCESS
Montreal, February 7, 2022 – After too many weeks of closure, the Table interreligieuse de concertation du Québec, (the Quebec Interreligious Roundtable) rejoices at the reopening of places of worship in Quebec, authorized as of February 7. Many of its members however, express a deep unease about the imposition of the vaccination passport at the entrance of these essential places, whose mission implies unconditional welcome.
In an effort to sensitize government authorities to the importance of the rapid reopening of places of worship, members of the Interreligious Roundtable discussed with national and regional administrators of Public Health, members of the National Assembly, and representatives of major political parties. On each occasion, it was stressed that the unqualified requirement of the vaccination passport represent a significant issue for many faith communities, even if some accept it as a temporary compromise for the common good.
The Roundtable would like to see this requirement lifted as soon as possible for all places of worship and religious gatherings be governed by rules akin to those applicable for community support and assistance groups, for which no proof of vaccination is required. An acceptable temporary compromise would be to reinstate the regulations that were in effect until mid-December 2021, which conferred the faith communities the choice to require the vaccination passport or not. Each option implied a distinct number of people would be allowed in the place of worship.
Access to places of worship is usually managed by volunteers motivated by their faith and care for others. Since the beginning of the pandemic, these volunteers explain and uphold the sanitary protocols established in accordance with Public Health (wearing of masks, social distancing, hand washing, etc.) It is largely due to these individuals that places of worship are not sites of outbreaks. Many of them however, find it inconceivable that they would be legally contrived to refuse access to a place of prayer, meditation, and communion to whoever would not have a valid vaccination passport.
Members of the Roundtable also note that the issue of the vaccination passport deeply divides certain faith communities. It therefore invites all communities and all believers to exert patience and solidarity with one another in these trying times.
Source : Table interreligieuse de concertation du Québec
M. Louis Bourque, firstname.lastname@example.org, 514-961-5052
Iman Hassan Guillet, email@example.com, 514-699-7257
Mgr Pierre Murray, C.S.S., firstname.lastname@example.org 514-914-0553
La Table interreligieuse de concertation du Québec is composed of representatives of many Christian churches, different Jewish traditions, different mosques and the Canadian Center of Ecumenism.
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Ecumenical Celebration 2022
As we prepare for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we wish to invite you to join us for this important celebration.
This year’s theme and scripture passages have been chosen by the Middle East Council of Churches with the main theme being Matthew 2:2 " We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him ". Called as children of one God, we will meet and pray for Christian unity. The celebration will be by ZOOM:
Date: Sunday, 23 January 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m.
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We would kindly ask you to spread the word about this service, and it is our hope that you, as well as your church members, will attend.
We thank you for your prayers and your support and look forward to seeing you.
In Christian Unity
Representatives from the Churches: Anglican, Armenian, Roman Catholic, Imani Family & Full Gospel Baptist Church Orthodox, Presbyterian, United Churches, and the Focolare Movement
Adriana Bara, PhD, Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Ecumenism
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