THE EFC UPDATE - 2014.10.07
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EFC BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA
On October 14 and 15, the EFC will be intervening before the Supreme Court of Canada in two significant cases.
The Saguenay case on Oct. 14 asks whether there is a place for religious observance in state-sponsored events and gatherings (see Saguenay legal factum). EFC President Bruce Clemenger recently posted a thoughtful introduction to the Saguenay case in everyday language.
In Carter v. Canada on Oct. 15, the question is whether euthanasia and assisted suicide should be legal in Canada (see Carter legal factum). By hearing the Carter case, the Court is indicating a willingness to revisit their ruling from the Rodriguez case in 1993, which found that assisting in someone’s death was “intrinsically and morally wrong,” and further that there was no certainty that abuses could be prevented.
EFC President Bruce Clemenger recently explained three ways supporters can help the EFC make a difference on these two landmark cases.
PROSTITUTION BILL MOVES FORWARD
Bill C-36, which would dramatically improve Canada’s laws on prostitution, has passed Third Reading in the House of Commons and now goes to the Senate, where it will undergo a parallel process before becoming law. The EFC participated in pre-hearings held by the Senate in early September.
NEW CANADA WATCH AVAILABLE
The latest issue of the EFC’s bimonthly newsletter, Canada Watch, is now available online. Articles address the fight against euthanasia, nurturing evangelical churches in Quebec and the EFC’s 50th anniversary.
WORLDWIDE PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN VICTIMS OF PERSECUTION
The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is November 9, 2014. Canadians can join with over half a million churches in 150 countries that Sunday to pray for Christian believers who are suffering, even dying, for their faith. Visit www.IDOP.ca for resources and more information.
HOW TO READ THE BIBLE WELL
Most of us have a history of broken Bible-reading pledges. How do we engage with Scripture regularly and deeply? Senior writer Patricia Paddey explores these issues in the latest Faith Today magazine. The Sept/Oct issue features a beautiful redesign – browse it for free at faithtoday.ca/digital.
A GIFT THAT’S SURE TO PLEASE
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THE LONG-TERM IMPACT OF SHORT-TERM MISSION
The good news: short-term mission participants experience positive changes during a mission experience. The bad news: all positive changes are lost within a year. Learn more at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.