THE EFC UPDATE - 2013.06.04
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PROSTITUTION CHALLENGE REACHES SUPREME COURT
The EFC has filed its written arguments with the Supreme Court of Canada for the Attorney General of Canada v. Bedford case, which challenges Canada’s prostitution laws. The case is scheduled for June 13. Keep updated at theEFC.ca/ProstitutionLawReform.
NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger and other members of the EFC team attended this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa, an annual event that draws politicians and government staff from all parties. Interns from the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life also participated in the related National Student Forum.
GOLF PRIZE FOR EFC VICE-PRESIDENT
Now, for something a little more light-hearted: EFC VP Don Hutchinson won the longest drive prize at last Thursday’s golf tournament for Ottawa Innercity Ministries, an EFC affiliate. The annual “Strokes for Hope” tournament raises funds to support OIM’s work with street-engaged youth.
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WHY YOUNG ADULTS STAY IN CHURCH
The EFC’s Rick Hiemstra, co-author of the study Hemorrhaging Faith, presented the study’s findings about Canadian youth at First Baptist Church in Cornwall, Ont., this past weekend. The congregation, an affiliate of the EFC, was celebrating its 131st anniversary. To have an EFC representative speak at your event please contact Anita Kwan.
COLLEGES CONSIDER NATIVE THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
Christian Higher Education Canada (CHEC) is an association of 33 post-secondary schools. The EFC’s Aileen Van Ginkel participated recently in its annual conference and board meetings in Winnipeg. Van Ginkel, who represents the EFC on the board of CHEC, also participated in a symposium co-sponsored by CHEC and the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS). Participants considered partnership frameworks that will help meet the needs of indigenous Christians for theological education in Canada.
VOICE OF THE MARTYRS MEETS AT EFC OFFICES
The board of directors of EFC affiliate Voice of the Martyrs (Canada) met yesterday in Ottawa at the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life. EFC VP Don Hutchinson is a member of the board.
Visit theEFC.ca/calendar to learn about worthwhile events near you and to add your events for free. This week you’ll see the Toronto Symposium on Indigenous Theology, plus other events in Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, Penticton, Quispamsis, Regina, Steinbach, Toronto, Vancouver and Yarmouth. New events are added every few days.
MENTAL HEALTH – GOOD FOR THE WORKPLACE
Companies are not reaching their full potential when staff is unhappy, observes Dr. Grant Mullen. He suggests one way to improve the financial bottom line is to make an annual visit to a counsellor mandatory for all staff. He explains at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.