THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.11.03
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Add your signature! The EFC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops have released a joint statement on euthanasia and assisted suicide that you can endorse. This declaration, launched last week with endorsements from 30 Christian leaders and 20 Jewish and Muslim leaders, advocates for better palliative care, respect for the dignity of the human person, and more. Our bilingual media release includes video from last week’s Parliament Hill news conference.
ASSISTED SUICIDE: EFC AT FEDERAL PANEL
Later this week EFC leaders will appear before the Federal Government’s Expert Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. In the Carter decision handed down last February, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled assisted suicide should be allowed under certain circumstances and gave Parliament one year to amend the Criminal Code. The panel is to report to the Federal Government next month. Back in September the EFC made a print submission to a similar provincial advisory group.
NEW EFC YOUTH INITIATIVE
The EFC is launching an innovative youth initiative called Love Movement, which offers a free video/print curriculum that encourages putting faith into action. Participating youth learn about expressing God’s love in Canada. The curriculum is regularly revised in collaboration with organizations, denomination leaders, pastors, teachers, youth experts and teens. Find out more, and pass the news along to a youth pastor or teen you know.
DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED – NOV. 8
Get free Canadian resources to observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Join thousands worldwide in a day of prayer on Sunday, Nov. 8 or Nov. 15. The EFC is part of a group of ministries that creates these free resources each year.
NEW EFC MISSION STATEMENT
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger explains the EFC’s new mission statement, “uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus,” in the latest issue of the Canada Watch newsletter. There’s also “Your Gifts Help Churches Deal With the Syrian Refugee Crisis,” details about how your support helped create the 2015 EFC Federal Election Kit (in both official languages), our regular update from Parliament Hill and more. Read the four short pages at theEFC.ca/CanadaWatch.
ADVANCING THE SIMPLE CHURCH IN COMPLEX TIMES
Rick Hiemstra, the EFC’s director of research, will make a presentation about significant trends in church and society at the national conference of The Fellowship, an EFC-affiliated denomination of 500 evangelical Baptist churches, held Nov. 9-11 in Gatineau, Que. Consider an EFC speaker for your group or church at theEFC.ca/speakers.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Adoption Awareness Month, nationwide, Nov. 1-30
→ Entrepreneurial Leaders Conf., Vancouver, Nov. 4
→ Christian University and College Fairs, Surrey/Abbotsford/Richmond, Nov. 4-5
→ Passionate About Our Marriage / Passionnés Pour Notre Mariage, Montreal, Nov. 6-7
→ Sola Scriptura Ministries Conf., Surrey, Nov. 6-7
→ International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, Nov. 8
POVERTY – CAN WE DO BETTER IN CANADA?
The Nov/Dec issue of Faith Today will appear online tomorrow, with a cover story featuring Canadian experts on poverty. Preview of the complete issue tomorrow at FaithToday.ca/digital.
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