THE EFC UPDATE - 2014.05.26
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SUPPORTING TWU IN ONTARIO COURT
The EFC will be in court again next week to defend the freedoms of Christian organizations. This case, scheduled to last from Monday to Thursday, concerns a law school proposed by Trinity Western University, an EFC affiliate. The Divisional Court of Ontario will be conducting a judicial review of a decision by the Law Society of Upper Canada not to accredit the TWU law school. For details including our factum (legal arguments submitted jointly with Christian Higher Education Canada) see theEFC.ca/TWUlaw.
HELPING REFUGEES FROM THE MIDDLE EAST
Leaders of several EFC affiliates, facilitated by the EFC, are engaged in a response to the refugee crisis currently taking place in the Middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq. This new Middle East Refugees Resettlement Initiative, created in co-operation with the Canadian government, offers settlement assistance to some of the 10,000 displaced persons that Canada has promised to welcome by 2016. Find out how your congregation can participate.
HIGHER EDUCATION FORUM
The EFC’s Aileen Van Ginkel will be attending a meeting of the leaders of Canada’s Christian post-secondary schools in Winnipeg this week. This national forum is hosted triennially by Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC). Van Ginkel will be participating in CHEC board meetings and will also present a workshop on Practicing Facilitative Leadership.
HOW MINISTRIES CAN TREAT THEIR EMPLOYEES BETTER
For all their wonderful work, Christian organizations can be tough on their employees. An article in the latest Faith Today magazine looks at how we can all do better. Preview the issue at FaithToday.ca/digital.
EFC SPEAKER IN MISSISSAUGA
EFC Ambassador Paul Hilsden will be speaking in New Life Bible Chapel, Mississauga, on June 7. Request a speaker for your event or church at theEFC.ca/speakers.
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COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→The Lobby Gathering for Small Group Ministry, Beaverton, Ont., May 27-30
→Mission Café Nigeria, Saskatoon, May 28
→Up All Night Fundraiser, Canada-wide, May 29
→Time for Reconciliation, Ottawa, May 29-31
→Church Bells for Reconciliation, Canada-wide, May 31
A FEAST CALLED WORSHIP
Marva Dawn is well-known across North America for her passionate concern for worship. She is the author of 20 books, including Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down and A Royal Waste of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God. Read a 2007 interview with her about what worship is and how to do it well (and badly) at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.