THE EFC UPDATE - 2014.12.16
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LIVE WEBCASTS THIS WEEK: COURT DATE WITH TWU
Law societies in Canada lack the legal and moral jurisdiction to regulate the personal religious beliefs of their members, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is arguing this week at the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
At issue is a decision by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society to prevent graduates of a new law school (planned by our affiliate Trinity Western University) from practising in that province. Law societies in several provinces object to the TWU community covenant which has students pledge to abstain from certain activities during their studies including “sexual intimacy that violates the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman.” TWU’s case was dealt a blow last week when the B.C. provincial government revoked its approval for the law school, citing the uncertain future for prospective graduates created by the opposition of provincial law societies. TWU still plans to move ahead with the law school, even if it means an extended legal battle.
Find live webcasts of the Nova Scotia hearings (daily today until Dec. 19), read our written intervention and more at theEFC.ca/TWUlaw.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Lift Up Red Deer Prayer Rally, Dec. 18
→Canada Chinese Christian Winter Conf., Surrey, Dec. 27-31
→Cover Worship Conference, Gander, Jan. 3
→Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25
→Rencontre au sommet (French prayer summit), Granby, Jan. 26-28
LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→A new interview with Bob Kuhn of TWU: “We’ve defined discrimination in terms so broad, it becomes a mantra.”
→Awkward Interview Moments, by Karen Stiller
FAITH TODAY : THE HIGH, HIGH COST OF EUTHANASIA
Montreal doctor Catherine Ferrier writes: “It’s said that ours is a throw-away culture. When the toaster breaks, you don’t get it fixed anymore. You throw it away and get a new one. But we’re not toasters. Are we now going to start throwing away people?” Read her column in the current issue of the EFC’s magazine Faith Today. Print subscriptions are only $4.99 per issue at faithtoday.ca/subscription or toll-free at 1-866-302-3362.
FINISH YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN A FLASH
Two gifts for the price of one: buy one gift subscription to Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, and get a second subscription for a different address for free! Offer only available until Christmas at faithtoday.ca/subscription or toll-free at 1-866-302-3362.
SUPPORT FOSTERING IN YOUR CHURCH
Foster homes are urgently needed in Canada. About 80,000 Canadian children and youth are now in foster care. You can help make your congregation aware of this important issue with a new EFC video, Quality Fostering Matters. It’s free, six minutes long and designed for use in churches and small groups. Read more at theEFC.ca/Quality_Fostering_Matters.