THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.03.03
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RESPONDING TO SEX EDUCATION CHANGES IN ONTARIO
Ontario released its new Physical Education curriculum last week, which outlines a new sexual education component for the province’s public and Catholic schools. The EFC has now published a webpage of advice, sample letters and other resources on this issue at theEFC.ca/OntarioPE2015. The EFC’s Julia Beazley will also be speaking on the topic in a Toronto church March 8.
DON’T FORCE DOCTORS AGAINST CONSCIENCE
The EFC wrote recently to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regarding its draft policy on “Professional Obligations and Human Rights” and is in the process of writing a similar letter to authorities in Saskatchewan. The EFC is concerned over the proposed requirement that doctors provide referrals, and in some situations undertake procedures, that might violate their conscience and/or religious beliefs. Compelling doctors to act against their conscience would be a violation of their Charter rights and freedoms, argues the EFC. Doctors who don’t offer certain procedures are not discriminating as long as all patients are treated the same.
EFC PRESIDENT IN CAMBRIDGE
“Shifting Ground: Norms, Values and Public Witness in Post Christendom Canada” is the title of a March 5 presentation planned by EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger at a Ministry Leadership Day at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, Ont. The EFC’s Director of Research Rick Hiemstra will also present on “Challenging Times for the Church in Canada.” Request a speaker for your event at theEFC.ca/speakers.
RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE IN VANCOUVER
The EFC is sponsoring a conference on religion in the public square March 22-24 in Vancouver. Registration is now open for the Our Whole Society conference. EFC President Bruce Clemenger and Vice-President Aileen Van Ginkel will chair panel sessions during the conference.
MORE COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Augustine College Weston Lecture, Ottawa, Mar. 6
→Apologetics Canada Conference, Vancouver, Mar. 6-7
→Blended Families Seminar, Langley, Mar. 6-7
→Fluid Young Adults Gathering, Oakville, Mar. 7
→Reveal: Understanding & responding to a sexually exploitive, pornified culture, Richmond Hill, Mar. 7
→Tyndale Preaching Conference, Toronto, Mar. 9
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GIVING CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
Giving protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease, claims Stephen Post, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Post points to around 500 scientific studies demonstrating that unselfish love can enhance health, explains writer Rusty Wright at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.