THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.11.17
Uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus
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LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR AFTER ATTACKS IN FRANCE
The EFC has released a statement responding to the terrorist attacks in France at theEFC.ca/NovemberTerroristAttacks, calling Canadians to pray and to show respect and kindness to neighbours of all faiths. Aussi disponible en français.
LETTER TO JUSTICE MINISTER ON ASSISTED SUICIDE
The EFC wrote today to the Minister of Justice urging her to hold broad, meaningful and nation-wide consultations on assisted suicide, and to request an extension on a Supreme Court February deadline to make such consultations possible.
EUTHANASIA DECLARATION: ADD YOUR SIGNATURE
A joint statement on euthanasia and assisted suicide, released by the EFC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been upgraded with a new add-your-signature function. The 900-word declaration says “any action intended to end human life is morally and ethically wrong” and calls the federal government to improve palliative care. So far it has about 600 signatures. Aussi disponible en français.
EFC SPEAKER FOR YOUR GROUP?
Last week EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger spoke at a Kingston church, EFC Director of Research Rick Hiemstra gave a seminar on church and faith trends at a denominational convention, and EFC Policy Analyst Julia Beazley also spoke in Calgary. Consider an EFC speaker for your group or church at theEFC.ca/speakers.
COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→ Adoption Awareness Month, nationwide, Nov. 1-30
→ Entrepreneurial Leaders Conference, Toronto, Nov. 18
→ Leading a Multi-Site Movement (Lunch), Kitchener, Nov. 18
→ It’s All About Me Young Adult Conference, Brantford, Nov. 20-22
→ International Adoption Course, Calgary, Nov. 21
→ Our Samaria: Cross-Cultural Church Planting in Canada, Toronto, Nov. 27-28
PUTTING FAITH INTO ACTION
As we pray about the injustices in our world, might God be inviting us to help address the underlying causes? “How to Be an Advocate: Move from feeling strongly to acting wisely” is an article in the Nov/Dec issue of Faith Today. Preview the story, which includes “Seven Tips for Online Advocacy,” at FaithToday.ca/digital.
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LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→ In light of Paris: A refugee support group finds its way, by Karen Stiller
→ How your church can sponsor refugees, by Debra Fieguth
PUT YOUR IMAGE IN OUR YOUTH LOGO
The EFC recently launched an initiative called the Love Movement in which youth encourage each other to put faith into action. To highlight the collaborative character of this movement, we’re building a new Love Is Moving logo that will consist of thousands of individual pictures. Here’s a one-minute video to give you the idea: bit.ly/loveismoving_photos. Please support this initiative by inviting other Christian youth and adults to upload photos to any public social media channel. Use hashtag #loveismoving so that photos can be tracked and added into this moving mosaic.
IS YOUR CONGREGATION AN EFC AFFILIATE YET?
Congregations that affiliate with the EFC take a public stand for religious freedom, collaboration for ministry effectiveness, and the importance of bringing biblical principles to issues of Canadian law and public policy. Join hundreds of other congregations from more than 40 denominations at work in “uniting Evangelicals to bless Canada in the name of Jesus” at theEFC.ca/affiliate.