THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.04.12
Uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus
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EFC WEBINAR: EVANGELICALS AROUND THE WORLD
Register now for this free webinar, Apr. 20, 2016 at noon Eastern time, to join Brian Stiller, global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance. He will share what he’s learned from his travels and his work on Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century as well as An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World. Join us to learn from our brothers and sisters around the world: theEFC.ca/webinars.
OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
The EFC has released a statement expressing disappointment on the closure of Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom. Aussi disponible en français.
PARLIAMENTARY MOTION TO STUDY EFFECTS OF VIOLENT PORN
The EFC supports a new parliamentary motion to study the negative effect on public health caused by easy access to violent pornography, and has released a sample letter Canadians can send to their MPs about it.
LETTER TO THE JUSTICE MINISTER
The EFC sent a letter last week to Canada's Justice Minister urging the strictest possible safeguards if the government proceeds with legislation allowing euthanasia and assisted suicide. The letter also urges protection for the conscience of medical practitioners and institutions.
TAKE 20 MINUTES TO PROTECT VULNERABLE CANADIANS
Some MPs say they’re surprised at how little feedback they’ve received from their constituents about planned new laws on assisted suicide and euthanasia (according to a recent EFC blog post). Learn how it can take less than half an hour for you to add your voice on this issue at this crucial time at theEFC.ca/EuthanasiaUrgentAction.
NEW RESOURCE: GIVE YOUR MP THE DETAILS
Now on our website: a briefing kit you can share with your MP (and use to equip yourself) about Canada’s development of new assisted-suicide laws. This collection of PDF documents summarizes the EFC’s key concerns and offers relevant testimony from medical professionals and others.
PRAY FOR TWU
The EFC was in court last week in Nova Scotia, intervening in support of Trinity Western University and its fight to ensure accreditation for its proposed law school. The Nova Scotia Law Society is one of three law societies that have refused to accredit TWU. The lower court in Nova Scotia ruled in favour of TWU. Please pray for the five judges who heard last week’s appeal case, for TWU and for healthy religious freedom in Canada.
INVITE US FOR A VISIT
Consider inviting an EFC speaker for your group or church at theEFC.ca/speakers.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Raising Up Gospel-Loving Kids in a Gospel-Hating Culture, Langley, B.C., Apr. 15-16
→ Building a LifeLong Love, Toronto, Apr. 16
→ Church Planter’s Conference, Toronto, Apr. 16
→ Life Happens - Women Inspiring Women, Toronto, Apr. 16
→ The Sacred Search, Singles Conf. with Gary Thomas, Toronto, Apr. 17
→ The Right to Believe: Understanding Creed, Religion and Accommodation, Mississauga, Apr. 18
→ Cruxifusion 2016, Brampton, Apr. 18-20
→ REconneXion evangelism training, Bridgewater, N.S., Apr. 19
→ World Vision 2016 Church Leaders Forum, Cambridge, Ont., Apr. 19, and Toronto, Apr. 20
MEET YOU IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
Don McNiven, the EFC’s director of affiliate and donor relations, will be visiting the Winnipeg area the week of April 18, Ontario during May and then New Brunswick and Nova Scotia the week of June 6. He would be delighted to visit with supporters there to discuss the programs of the EFC and a current research extension of the Canadian Bible Engagement Study. Contact him at McNivenD@theEFC.ca or call 416-902-9110.
BEING A POLICE OFFICER AND FOLLOWING CHRIST
It’s a difficult and high calling to be a police officer and follow Christ, according to the Mar/Apr 2016 issue of Faith Today. Read interviews with officers who share the challenges and frustrations of this important work, and how faith makes a difference, in the digital edition. To get the print editions, see below for a special offer.
GET BRIAN STILLER’S BOOK WITH THE EFC’S MAGAZINE
Subscribe to Faith Today, Canada’s Christian magazine, before the end of April and you will also get a free copy of An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World. This book is written by Brian Stiller, founder of Faith Today and now global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance. His new book identifies prayer needs and tells encouraging stories of Christian missions. This magazine and book combination will make you better informed, equipped and connected! As an added bonus you’ll also get a subscription to our free new youth magazine, Love Is Moving. Details at FaithToday.ca/subscriptions or toll-free 1-866-302-3362.
LATEST POSTS AT FAITHTODAY.CA/BLOG
→ Praying doesn’t come easily. But it’s happening all around the world, By Brian Stiller
UPLOAD TO UPBUILD OUR YOUTH
Love Is Moving, the EFC’s new youth magazine, is full of young adults and teens encouraging each other to put faith into action. You can add your encouragement (whatever your age) by uploading a photo of yourself to any public social media channel using the hashtag #loveismoving. We’ll uses these photos in an animated mosaic we are building to highlight the collaborative character of this movement (see a one-minute video). Pass along this invitation – and the link to our latest issues www.theEFC.ca/LIM – to the Christian youth and young adults in your church.