THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.10.13
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FEDERAL ELECTION – ARE YOU READY?
Did you see EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger on TV recently? Visit theEFC.ca/election for a link to watch an episode of Context With Lorna Dueck focused on the upcoming Oct. 19 federal election. Another great video resource featuring President Clemenger is our Sept. 23 election webinar – if you haven’t seen that yet, consider making some time to watch. The webinar gave him more time to unpack a range of complex questions. Alongside those videos you can also get the latest version of our 2015 EFC Election Kit. It includes fact sheets on various issues, questions to ask your MP, and advice on church involvement in elections – and it’s available in either French or English.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR ON REFUGEES
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger sent a letter to the Ottawa Citizen last week highlighting how churches have a long history of “welcoming the stranger,” including refugees of other faiths. (See also the EFC’s recent open letter to the leaders of Canada’s federal political parties. “Evangelicals stand ready to not only welcome but also to sponsor refugees,” says the open letter. Both letters highlighted the EFC denominations that signed a statement of intent to demonstrate openness to sponsoring anyone in need, regardless of the refugee’s religious beliefs or affiliation.)
NEW RESOURCES: DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED
The 2015 Canadian website for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church has been launched! Join thousands of Canadians on November 8 in a global day of prayer for Christians suffering persecution for their faith. The website offers free resources that equip churches and groups with a variety of options for participation.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ What’s Going on in Missions? Lunch, Kitchener, Oct. 14
→ Christian University and College Fairs, Ontario, Oct. 14-21
→ Celebration of Hope, Siksika Nation, Oct. 15
→ Celebration of Hope, Whitehorse, Oct. 16-17
→ Gospel Coalition Ontario Conference, Toronto, Oct. 16-17
→ Change Youth Conference, Toronto, Oct. 16-17
→ International Adoption Course, Edmonton, Oct. 17
→ Heart for Asia Conference, Victoria, Oct. 17
→ Building Your Small Group Ministry, Kitchener, Oct. 17
→ Finding Your Role in God’s Global Mission, Toronto, Oct. 17
→ OMF 150th Anniv./DNA2015 Mission Conf., Toronto, Oct. 18
→ Worship in a Multicultural Age Course, Kitchener, Oct. 19-23
NEW RESEARCH ON CANADIAN EVANGELICAL CHURCHES
Faith Today spoke with sociologist Sam Reimer about the new book A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press). Preview the issue at FaithToday.ca/digital.
LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→ Writer Julia Cheung takes us behind the scenes with Vancouver story
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