THE EFC UPDATE - 2016.08.23
Uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus
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CALL TO PROTECT CONSCIENCE
Doctors in Ontario are required to provide a referral for assisted death, even if it is against their deeply-held beliefs. Long-term care facilities and seniors’ residences may be required to allow euthanasia and assisted suicide on their premises. Contact your Ontario MPP and Minister of Health to urge conscience protection. See the EFC’s sample letter for ideas on wording.
PRAY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Pray for the British Columbia Court of Appeal deliberations in the legal battle over Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. The EFC intervened with Christian Higher Education Canada to support religious freedom. This important case was heard in June and a decision is expected shortly.
HOW TO HELP THE SUFFERING: PRACTICAL EFC WEBINAR
In the light of Canada’s introduction of physician-assisted death, Christians are exploring how to offer hope and comfort, and how to better come alongside those who are suffering. Join us for a free EFC webinar on Wed., Sept. 28 at noon EST to explore how we can help, and learn from, those who are hurting. We’ll be joined by Doug Koop, a spiritual health practitioner and writer from Winnipeg, and by David Guretzki, a theology professor and seminary dean at Briercrest College & Seminary in Caronport, Sask. Register now.
SUPPORTING THE EFC DURING A POSTAL STRIKE
The EFC depends on the generosity of our donors to keep the momentum going strong. In the event of a postal strike, supporters wishing to make a gift are encouraged to donate online or to call the EFC toll-free at 1-866-302-3362. Or consider becoming an EFC Partner in Faith by enrolling in our pre-authorized monthly giving plan.
IN ONTARIO, P.E.I. AND NOVA SCOTIA
Don McNiven, the EFC’s director of affiliate and donor relations, will be visiting in Ontario in August and October with trips to P.E.I. and Nova Scotia also this fall. He’d be delighted to visit with supporters to discuss the programs of the EFC and current research initiatives. Email him or call 416-902-9110.
WELCOMING DOUBT, DROPPING OUT OF CHURCH
Sarah Bessey is an author and recovering know-it-all (her words) in Abbotsford, B.C. Her latest book is Out of Sorts: Making Peace With an Evolving Faith. She spoke to Faith Today about welcoming doubt, dropping out of church for years, traversing traditions and belonging “everywhere, but not anywhere” in the Church. Read the interview in the Jul/Aug issue of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, as you browse the entire issue.
SUBCRIBE AND GET A FREE COLOURING DEVOTIONAL
Now is a great time to subscribe or give a gift subscription to Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, because until the end of August it comes with a free copy of Restore My Soul: A Coloring Book Devotional Journey. Get details online or by calling 1-866-302-3362. Each issue of Faith Today also comes with an issue of our youth magazine, Love Is Moving, at no extra cost. Act now, before it’s too late.
LATEST POSTS AT FAITHTODAY.CA/BLOG
→ Our colouring days are almost over, by FT staff
→ Christians are a peculiar bunch to a whole lot of people, by Karen Stiller
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Women on the Frontlines, Grimsby, Ont., Aug. 24-27
→ Quantum Physics and Christianity, Halifax, Aug. 29
→ Thriving Church Conference, Sussex, N.B., Sept. 1-2
→ Kickstart Discipleship Seminar with Torben Søndergaard, Moncton, Sept. 2-5
→ National Christian Home Educators Leadership Conference, Niagara Falls, Sept. 8-10
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STORIES OF YOUTH AT YOUR CHURCH
Are youth or young adults in your church involved in mission trips, service projects or worship events this summer? The EFC youth magazine Love is Moving is looking to highlight more stories about youth putting God’s love into action. Share what your young leaders, teachers and artists are doing to help build God’s Kingdom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
→ The federal government is accepting written submissions to help guide decisions on how many people Canada will welcome in the years to come.
→ The Ktunaxa Nations Case involves important issues of religious freedom in Canada. The EFC and the Christian Legal Fellowship have together applied to the Supreme Court of Canada for intervener status.