Christian group tests city hall tolerance

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Artur Pawlowski and Jim Blake at Calgary's City Hall
Street preacher Artur Pawlowski, left, and Jim Blake, chairman of Concerned Christians Canada, pray among a group of Christians outside council chambers yesterday.

Article Link: Calgary Metro


Published: November 16, 2011 5:59 a.m.
Taking a page from Occupy Calgary's book, members of the Christian community gathered in City Hall yesterday to test their own limits of expression.

"Last week, Occupy Calgary came out and they had a Buddhist, sort of Tibetan ceremony here in the lobby with meditation and everything else, and it seemed to go well," said Jim Blake, chairman of Concerned Christians Canada.

"So, that's why we're here today, to see if that climate and openness is still here at City Hall."

The group sang gospels, recited scripture and prayed for mercy upon anyone who has come against the Christian community, including members of council and the city's legal department.

City spokesperson for Corporate Properties Kerry Joyes said anyone is free to congregate within the atrium of City Hall, as it's a public space.

"As long as there is no obstructive or destructive behaviour, they're free to do that."

Ald. Ray Jones, however, said this could open the door to more groups.

"It seems like we're becoming a little more touchy-feely nowadays," he said.



Jim Blake

All glory goes to the living God, maker of the heavens and the earth, for He alone is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. I consider the sufferings of this age not worthy to be compared to what is to come for those who place their faith in the King of kings and persevere in faith, day by day, until the end.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

Psalm 103:11-18

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