THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.06.02
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TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger and Policy Analyst Julia Beazley are attending the closing event meetings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission is completing its seven-year task of hearing the testimonies of thousands of Aboriginal people who attended residential schools. An event titled Its Time for Reconciliation takes place until June 3 with the final report of the Commission being released today (June 2). Some events will be broadcast online at www.trc.ca.
THE EFC SUPPORTS TWU IN ONTARIO COURT
The EFC is in court this week to defend the freedoms of Christian organizations. This case is in support of a law school proposed by Trinity Western University, which the Law Society of Upper Canada has voted not to accredit. The Divisional Court of Ontario is conducting a judicial review of that decision. For details, including yesterday’s media releases from the EFC and TWU, see theEFC.ca/TWUlaw.
EFC NEWSLETTER: THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOWING UP
The June/July issue of Canada Watch is now available at theEFC.ca/CanadaWatch. It includes an Interview with EFC lawyer Geoffrey Trotter on “The Importance of Showing Up” and a helpful article on “What You Need to Know About Praying in Public and the Saguenay Case,” plus lots more, all in four short pages.
EFC WEBINAR: RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
Join us next Thursday (June 11) for a discussion about religious freedom in Canada with Bruce J. Clemenger, President of the EFC. What does religious freedom mean in today’s Canada? How do we protect it in our changing culture and political landscape? What do churches, pastors and Christian organizations need to know moving ahead? Add your own questions to this live, interactive discussion, scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (10 a.m. Pacific). Registration will open soon at theEFC.ca/webinars.
MILITARY CHAPLAINS RETREAT
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger is participating in the annual Canadian Forces Military Chaplains retreat held in Cornwall this week. Clemenger is a member of the Interfaith Committee on Canadian Military Chaplaincy and represents over 50 regular and reserve force chaplains from EFC-affiliate denominations.
EFC SPEAKER IN MONTREAL
The EFC’s Quebec Director Pierre Bergeron will be the guest speaker for Congrès 2015 in Montreal, a June 6 event by the Union d’églises baptistes francophones au Canada. Request a speaker for your event or church at theEFC.ca/speakers.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Ontario Prayer Breakfast, Toronto, June 3
→North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies Forum, Wheaton, Ill., June 4-7
→The Big Give, Ottawa, June 6
→Church Planters Conference, Toronto, June 6
→Write Canada, Toronto, June 11-13
→Christian Medical and Dental Society national conference, Calgary, June 11-14
THE THOUSAND LIVES OF HUDSON TAYLOR
The pioneering work of missionary Hudson Taylor in China in the mid-1800s has captivated generations of Christians. An article in the latest Faith Today interviews leaders at OMF Canada who are keeping Taylor’s legacy alive with anniversary events and ongoing mission work. Preview the issue at FaithToday.ca/digital. Subscribe this week at faithtoday.ca/subscriptions and get a free copy of Shifting Stats Shaking the Church: 40 Canadian Churches Respond, a 300+ page book co-authored by Faith Today editor Karen Stiller and published by World Vision Canada.
LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→Exploring Religious Freedom in Canada Today, by Bruce Clemenger
→How Sweet Christian Community Is: My Trip to Cambodia, by Karen Stiller
→Really Inspiring Ideas for Churches, by Craig Macartney