THE EFC UPDATE - 2016.10.04
Uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus
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THANKFUL FOR YOU!
This Thanksgiving, the EFC is truly grateful for your prayer and financial support of our work so far this year. We thank God for you and wish you a happy Thanksgiving.
HOW TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING: VIDEO
How we can we most effectively show Christian love to those who are chronically ill or hurting in some other way? Watch a recording of last week’s webinar with Doug Koop and David Guretzki.
SUMMIT ON ENDING SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Last week EFC director of public policy Julia Beazley, along with partners from Defend Dignity, attended the third annual CESE Summit in Houston, Texas. The summit, put on by the National Centre on Sexual Exploitation in Washington, DC, is an international gathering of leaders in the work to end all forms of sexual exploitation. Beazley reports that the multi-disciplinary nature of this event, including people from therapists to policy people to law enforcement to leaders from a variety of religions, is very encouraging.
DALIT FREEDOM NETWORK
Several EFC staff members attended a Dalit Freedom Network Canada event last week in Ottawa. The Dalits are people born into families in the lowest rung of India’s rigid social system. Over 250 million men, women and children – that’s seven times the population of Canada – face extreme prejudice, abuse and oppression every day. Dalit Freedom Network is committed to helping to bring hope and empower the Dalit people by providing education, healthcare and vocational training.
CHURCH AND SCHOOL NEED EACH OTHER
Christian colleges, universities and seminaries are crucial to the future of Canada’s churches, according to an essay in the Sep/Oct issue of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine. Read it online and browse the entire issue.
SUBSCRIBE AND GET THREE FOR ONE
New limited-time offer! Canada’s Christian magazine lets you give two gift subscriptions free if you buy a third subscription for yourself or someone else! Get details online or by calling 1-866-302-3362. EFC magazine subscriptions are great for all ages, including young adults, since they include both Faith Today and our youth magazine, Love Is Moving. A great way to bless three people all at the same time – perhaps yourself, a young person off to university and a friend or relative?
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Christians and Climate Change, Montreal, Oct. 5
→ Surveying the Origins Landscape, Langley, Oct. 6
→ Church Planting Intensive, Windsor, Oct. 8
→ Quantum Physics & Christianity, Winnipeg, Oct. 11
→ Christian University and College Fairs, various Ontario locations, Oct. 12–18
→ Heritage Preaching Lectures: D.A. Carson, Cambridge, Ont., Oct. 13
→ Q Commons Simulcast, various locations, Oct. 13
→ Change Conference, Toronto, Oct. 14–15
→ Gospel Outreach Conference, Toronto, Oct. 14–15
→ Women of Grace Retreat, Huntsville, Ont., Oct. 14–15
→ FM419 Youth Training (Greater Vancouver Festival of Hope), Oct. 15
→ Global Leadership Summit rebroadcast from Willow Creek, various locations, Oct. 20–21
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IN ONTARIO, P.E.I. AND NOVA SCOTIA
Don McNiven, the EFC’s director of affiliate and donor relations, will be visiting in Ontario, P.E.I. and Nova Scotia this fall. He’d be delighted to visit with supporters to discuss the programs of the EFC and current research initiatives. Email him or call 416-902-9110.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
→ Last week’s EFC videoclip and blog post point out that online pornography fuels exploitation and sexual violence. The EFC is calling Parliament to study the public health effects of internet porn and to consider age verification for porn sites, as is being considered in the U.K.
→ The loss of religious freedom for any faith group means a loss of religious freedom for every other faith group, says a recent EFC letter to supporters about the upcoming Ktunaxa case at the Supreme Court.
→ Doctors in Ontario must provide a referral for assisted death, even if it’s against their beliefs. Long-term care facilities and seniors’ residences may be required to allow euthanasia and assisted suicide on their premises. Ontarians can write about conscience protection to their MPP and Minister of Health using the EFC’s sample letter.