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CRC’s Indigenous Family Centre to Get New Director

Department: Author: Krista dela RosaFor the first time in the 42 years since the Indigenous Family Centre began, an Indigenous person is stepping in as its director. The center, operating in the North End of Winnipeg, Man., is one of three Urban Indgenous Ministries run by the Christian Reformed Ch

Canadian Federal Court Agrees U.S. Not Safe for Refugees

Department: Author: Alissa VernonOn July 22 the Federal Court of Canada ruled that sending refugee claimants back to the United States under the Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court was asked to consider the case three years ago by The

Denominational Staff Get Additional Time Off

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaDue to the strain of COVID-19 and global unrest, Christian Reformed Church denominational staff in Canada will be getting four extra days off this year, added to holiday weekends between August and December. That action was announced by the Canadian Ministries Tea

As Depression, Anxiety, Grief Spike During Pandemic, Churches Offer Hope

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceThe Banner has a subscription to Religion News Service and occasionally re-publishes articles of wide Christian interest, according to the license. This story has been edited for length. The original story can be found here. Grace and Peace Church, featured

Governance Restructure Subject of Recent Canada Corporation Meeting

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaThe Christian Reformed Church in North America Canada Corporation met for a half-day in July to further discuss the governance restructure. CRCNA Canada Corporation is made up of the Canadian members of the Council of Delegates, which acts on behalf of synod betwe

Teens SERVE@Home for Summer Mission

Department: Author: Kristen ParkerYouth Unlimited is a Christian organization that “provides week-long SERVE summer mission trips for teens.” They partner with churches throughout Canada and the USA to host and send teenagers on these service-focused ventures, but not this year. On April 9, Youth U

Classis Watch: Summer 2020

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaTwo or three times each year, Christian Reformed churches send representatives to their classis, a regional group of churches. Many of the actions taken by classes are governed by the CRC’s Church Order, the rules that govern denominational life. Here are some of

Churches Offer Worship With Extra Space, Continue Streaming

Department: Author: Maia VanderMeerIn March, when churches voluntarily suspended in-person services in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it was meant to be temporary. But with shifting legal requirements and without clear medical consensus on best disease-spread prevention methods, getting back

Online Concert Brings Band Back to Older Audiences

Department: Author: Kristen ParkerDeservedly So, a band that includes Mike Earls and Gerry Gysbers, members of Immanuel CRC in Hamilton, Ont., and Fred Zietal, have created an online sing-along concert and song book to share with residents of seniors’ homes to bring some joy and familiarity during

Ann Arbor CRC a ‘Shelter in Place’ Site for Men Without Housing

Department: Author: Kimberly SimpsonMen who use the Delonis Center shelter provided by the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County in Ann Arbor, Mich., received an extended welcome at Ann Arbor (Mich.) Christian Reformed Church this spring and summer. The church is one of several congregations to h

U.S. Supreme Court Broadens Scope of Ministerial Exception

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceIn a July 8 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that religious school teachers who perform a religious role, even if they are not ordained, and even if religion makes up a small part of their overall responsibilities, are subject to a mini

COVID-19 Restrictions Continue for CRCNA Staff

Department: Author: Alissa VernonRestrictions on the use of the Christian Reformed Church’s office buildings in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Burlington, Ont., and guidelines for international and domestic staff that were put in place in mid-March to minimize the health risks of the novel coronavirus pa

Michigan Student Ministry Celebrates 15 Years, Launches New Programs

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerThe DOCK, an after-school ministry program in Wyoming, Mich., that is supported by several Christian Reformed Church congregations, recently marked its 15th anniversary with an announcement of several new ministry initiatives, including a new partnership with a nati

‘Racialized Policing’ Program Takes Faith Leaders From Grief to Action

Department: Author: Adelle M. Banks, Religion News ServiceAbout 45 participants met in person and virtually at Howard University School of Divinity for the “Theology and Racialized Policing Cohort Program” through a partnership with Sojourners, a Christian mobilizing and media organization, and the

Religious Liberty Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceAfter a June 15 U.S. Supreme Court ruling said the rights of gay and transgender people are protected from workplace discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, some religious conservatives reacted. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, p

Memoriam: Rev. Wilbur L.“Bill” DeJong (1929-2020)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusA gentle, wise servant of God, Bill DeJong was devoted to preaching Christ in the churches and to sharing God's love with his neighbors and friends. A lifelong learner, he never tired of reading, studying, and growing in his faith. DeJong died May 30 at age 90.

In Memoriam: Rev. James E. Versluys (1932-2020)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusJim Versluys, who served for 33 years as pastor to several Christian Reformed congregations, died May 15.Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., Versluys graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School, Calvin College, Calvin Seminary and Denver Seminary. Aft

In Memoriam: Rev. Bernard J. Niemeyer (1926-2020)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusBerny Niemeyer lived with Alzheimer’s Disease for more than a decade. Even when he no longer recognized anybody, one memory remained. After dinner, he usually played his harmonica and sang, most often Jesus Loves Me. When all other memories were gone, Jesus rem