Hudson’s Wyman Church building sold to Sikh congregation
PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS
Wyman Memorial United Church had been on the market for over a year and has recently been sold for $900,000.
By Carmen Marie Fabio
While the parties involved have been tight-lipped about the sale of Hudson’s Wyman Church, a posting on Wyman’s website made October 29 has confirmed the sale of the church and property with the buyer taking possession November 30 of this year.
“I can tell you it’s not going to be condos,” said someone with inside knowledge of the transaction who The Journal has agreed not to name. “It’s going to stay as it is, with possibly the addition of more parking.”
The website posting, made by Rev. Kent Chown, said that after a year of being on the market and following months of negotiations, the church sold for $900,000 – less than they were hoping for but significantly more than other offers they’d received.
“Your Council is pleased to tell you that the exterior of the building will be maintained,” continues the posting. “Further, the Council is very happy to share with you that the building will continue to be used by a community of faith as the buyer is a Sikh congregation.” Chown highlights the common values of the two religions including equality, peace, justice and one God (monotheism).
The stained glass and Celtic Cross will be installed at the congregation’s other building on Côte Saint-Charles as will the communion table, baptismal font and other items. As reported in The Journal February 7, 2019, the congregation opted to sell the building in Hudson in the wake of declining attendance and
Chown is putting out the call for volunteers to help empty the building by November 15 and to pack and store items before their eventual relocation.
The posting closes with Chown’s remarks addressing and dispelling the rumours that the building would become a mosque. “There has apparently been some negative reaction in the community to this, which may be construed as Islamophobia,” he wrote. “We should be clear that our church leadership would have equally considered a sale to a Muslim group… Let us remember that we are called to love our neighbours - those similar to us, and those who are different!”
Residents from the neighbouring Town of Vaudreuil-Dorion recently signed a registry to prevent the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Islamic Cultural Centre from relocating to the vacated Sunny’s restaurant in an industrial section of town.
A ‘Farewell to Wyman Memorial United Church’ day will be held November 15 beginning with a Zoom-only service followed by short afternoon celebrations open to only 20 congregation members at a time due to COVID-19 restrictions. Spots must be reserved in advance. See www.wyman-hudson.ca for more information.