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GDOP With Dominion Chalmers “United” Church?


By Carman Bradley



Pentecost Sunday & Mother’s Day – May 11, 2008

All over the world, followers of Christ cry out:

“Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation”. (Psalm 85:7)


May 11: A Day of Repentance & Prayer at Pentecost.

Ottawa will gather at Dominion-Chalmers Church at 6:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                   - extract from a prepared flier for the event 

What is one to make of a call to all the saints in Ottawa to rally and fellowship at Dominion-Chalmers United Church?  What is one to make of the video clip from the 2007 GDOP at Dominion-Chalmers United Church in which one prayer warrior refers to the Holy Spirit as she: "I ask the Holy Spirit that she would send..." and in which a small group wearing the ritual dress of the First Nations plays what appears to be a Native Indian  spiritual  rhythm on drums? 


Inside the Dominion-Chalmers United Church website you are only one click away from the denominational United Church of Canada website.  And once in the UCC website, you are only one click away from the denomination's Emerging Spirit Campaign.

The Emerging Spirit Mandate:

1 - Raise awareness and recognition of the values and beliefs of The United Church of Canada among 30-45 year olds.

2 - Create a willingness among non-church-goers to discover a United Church congregation.

3 - Renew a sense of positive identity and enthusiasm for mission among United Church congregations.

4 - Equip United Church congregations for ministry in the new Canadian context.

Now the congregation at Dominion-Chalmers United Church is free to make whatever associations they wish and to be accountable to the parent denomination in whatever manner they choose, even if their conduct reveals an apparent double-minded attitude towards the use of the "United" portion of their name.  On the other hand, orthodox believers, Christian seekers (especially Canadians age 30-45!), anyone outside of the UCC who is thinking of attending the Global Day of Prayer, needs to recognize that the membership of Dominion-Chalmers makes up a full fledged congregation in an apostate denomination.  Moreover, the Dominion-Chalmers congregation has never been in alliance with the so-called "evangelical reform congregations" (NACC) within the UCC.  And scripture tells us that God is unlikely to anoint any activity done in fellowship under such circumstances. 


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