Earlier today, Justice Burrows of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta granted Bruderheim Community Church (“BCC”) and the Bruderheim Moravian Church (“BMC”) an interim injunction. The effect of the injunction restrains the Board of Elders of the Canadian District of the Moravian Church in America from requiring BCC and BMC to vacate the land, the church, and associated buildings.
BCC was incorporated under the Religious Societies’ Land Act on April 4, 2017. BMC is not incorporated although it was once associated with the Moravian Church, Northern Province (“MCNP”).
In 2014, MCNP held a resolution by which “individuals regardless of sexual orientation and whether single, married, or in a covenanted relationship” could be ordained or become a member of the MCNP clergy. After a year of deliberation by the members of BMC, BMC decided they could not uphold the MCNP resolution and subsequently held a motion to disassociate from the MCNP. In March of 2017, the authoritative church body over BMC announced dissolution of BMC, after which BCC and BMC together applied for the interim injunction.
The injunction will last for eight months. Justice Burrows instructed the parties to approach the court by the end of June to settle a court date when the matter is to be argued.