Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ, Castlegar, BC
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N 49° 19.260 W 117° 38.443
11U E 453438 N 5463338
The Union of Spiritual Communities of Christ finds its home in the Brilliant Cultural Centre, in Brilliant, across the Columbia River from Castlegar, BC, at the confluence of the Kootenay and the Columbia.
Waymark Code: WMHBW8
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 06/21/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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This painting of the Brilliant Cultural Centre was done in 2011 by Tea Preville, a Nelson resident whose body of work has become quite large. She is an artist of eclectic output and eclectic media, this one an oil on canvas, from her online gallery of churches in Castlegar, Robson, Brilliant & area.

https://teapreville.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/union-of-spiritual-communities-of-christ-castlegar-bc.jpg by Tea Preville

The photo was taken June 20th, 2013 at 4:42 P.M. Painting and photo are done/taken from just outside the gates of the Brilliant Cultural Centre, looking to the west.

https://teapreville.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/union-of-spiritual-communities-of-christ-castlegar-bc.jpg Photo

From the Brilliant Cultural Centre:
The Brilliant Cultural Centre is a modern multi-functional facility owned and maintained by the USCC. It is centrally located at Brilliant, the historical heartland of the Kootenay Doukhobor community, just a few minutes from the airport and the City of Castlegar. It serves local Doukhobors as a prayer home, meeting and convention hall, and as a performance and cultural activities center for various festivals, banquets, weddings and funerals and is available for use by the wider community.

The design, funding, construction and associated supervision of the centre was primarily carried out by USCC members along with other Doukhobors and friends who volunteered their labour and equipment, and who helped with monetary contributions. Financial grants were also obtained from various levels of government. Initial construction of the center began with a sod-turning ceremony on May 18,1976, with completion only a year later. The official opening of the Brilliant Cultural Centre coincided with the 30th Annual USCC Union of Youth Festival in May 1977.

In terms of its structure, the Brilliant Cultural Centre is essentially a large rectangular building, with architectural brick walls and a flat roof supported by steel trusses. The use of these engineered trusses enabled the designers to create a large interior open space approximately 120 feet long and 72 feet wide on the main floor, a massive space that can potentially accomodate a seating capacity of 1100. Although there is no fixed seating in this area, chairs, tables and benches are available to configure various seating arrangements. This main floor also features a spacious front stage with professional lighting and sound equipment and a projection room in the rear balcony, where there is also additional overflow seating. The walls and ceiling of the centre were designed with integrated sculptured baffles to accomodate and enhance acoustic concerns. Apart from this large central hall and adjacent restrooms, this floor currently houses an administrative office and the business and production centre of the ISKRA magazine.

The bottom floor consists of various smaller meeting rooms, a Russian preschool/playschool facility and a fully equipped modern commercial kitchen and banquet area capable of seating 450 people. The kitchen facility is funded and maintained by the USCC Kootenay Ladies Organization, which is capable of catering large-group banquets featuring traditional Doukhobor cuisine. A special catering group also operates out of this facility to prepare traditional Douhobor food for sale to the general public. A side wall in this space features an interesting collection of historical photographs, paintings, clothing, woodcraft and other memorabilia.

Aside from its use by membership, the USCC has routinely opened Brilliant Cultural Centre doors to invite and welcome the general public. In its concern for peace and disarmament, human rightsand responsibilities, social justice, multiculturalism and the natural environment, it has hosted numerous public conferences, conventions and performances at this centre, featuring distinguished speakers and performers from around the globe. Being the largest facility of its kind in the West Kootenay, the USCC also makes the Brilliant Cultural Centre available for general public use when other local facilities are unable to accomodate large groups, particularly for events and functions that address common issues. Banquet and catering services can also be reserved at the centre, as part of an event or independently.

The USCC welcomes visitors but requests that they respect a number of policies that are in place regarding prohibiting smoking, alcohol and the eating of meat, and consideration of general dress and behavior.

From The Dooukhobors:


The Doukhobor movement emerged in the 18th century as a Russian Christian peasant reaction to the excessive opulence, elaborate rituals and authoritative practices of the Orthodox Church. Doukhobors practised a simpler form of religion, rejecting the literal Bible and the need for an intermediary priesthood, looking inward within themselves for the Voice of God. Perceiving them as a threat to their authority and concened about the potential for more widespread insurrection, the Russian Orthodox Church and Czarist authorities persecuted the Doukhobors for over two hundred years, particularly at the end of the 19th century when they adopted pacifism and renounced militarism. Assisted by renowned author Leo Tolstoy and Quaker sympathizers, the Doukhobors found refuge from persecution in Canada where they were granted conscientious objector status and were exempted from military service.

Some 7500 Doukhobors, nearly a third of the total existing population, settled on the Canadian prairies in the early 1900s, establishing dozens of communal village settlements on government granted homesteads in what is now the province of Saskatchewan. Confronted with an apparent breach of agreement by the Canadian government in terms of homestead requirements and allegiance to the crown, a great proportion of these Doukhobors chose on principle, to abandon their villages and nearly a quarter million acres of their cultivated land. Almost 6000 emigrated to British Columbia in 1908 to settle on large parcels of privately purchased land. Nearly 80 communal villages were constructed throughout the Kootenay-Boundary region of B.C. with elaborate supportive agro-industrial complexes in Grand Forks and Brilliant, under the corporate ownership of the CCUB (Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood). By 1924, this Doukhobor community had become the largest communal organization of its kind in North America. The USCC is a descendent of that organization and although its members no longer live communally, it remains until this day, the largest Doukhobor organization in Canada. Aside from the USCC, smaller Doukhobor organizations and groups also exist throughout the three western provinces.

Doukhobors today, as individuals or organizations, continue to be active pacifists and aspire to preserve their traditional values, Russian heritage, language and customs. They are also proud Canadian citizens and participants in the economic, social and cultural landscape of this country.

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Artist: Tea Preville

Date of Painting: 01/01/2011

Date of Your Photograph: 06/20/2013

Medium of Painting: oil on canvas

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