THE EFC UPDATE - 2015.03.17
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LOYOLA RELIGIOUS FREEDOM SUPREME COURT DECISION TO BE RELEASED THURSDAY
This Thursday the Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision in Loyola High School and John Zucchi v. Attorney General of Quebec. The EFC intervened in this case on whether or not private religious schools will be compelled to teach a provincial religion and ethics curriculum from a non-religious perspective. Read more at theEFC.ca/Loyola.
EFC SPONSORED CONFERENCE ON BRIDGING THE RELIGIOUS-SECULAR DIVIDE COMING UP 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 that will explore: What does it mean to build a “whole society”? What is the purpose of secularism, and what are its limits? How can we re-conceptualize the role of religion in Canadian public life? What is the role of religion and spirituality in cultural reconciliation? If you can’t attend, read the concept paper behind the conference.
EFC PRESIDENT PREACHING IN ABBOTSFORD THIS SUNDAY
Bruce J. Clemenger, EFC president, will preach this Sunday at Grace Church in Abbotsford, B.C. Request a speaker for your event or church at theEFC.ca/speakers.
APOLOGETICS WITHOUT APOLOGY
The latest Faith Today presents a way forward for every Canadian Christian to share their faith in today’s Canada. It is a cover story you won’t want to miss by Andy Bannister. Faith Today’s best price ever campaign continues at faithtoday.ca/subscriptions.
RESPONDING TO SEX EDUCATION CHANGES IN ONTARIO
Ontario recently released its new Physical Education curriculum, which outlines a new sexual education component for the province’s public and Catholic schools. The EFC offers a webpage of advice, sample letters and other resources on this issue at theEFC.ca/OntarioPE2015.
LATEST POSTS AT BLOG.FAITHTODAY.CA
→The Alarming Loss of Freedom of Speech on Canadian Campuses by John Carpay
“But even a Kindergarten student can tell the difference between making her own painting, and placing a sheet of paper on top of the painting of the girl sitting beside her. University students who cannot grasp this simple distinction have likely been educated beyond their intelligence. Put simply, preventing someone else from communicating her opinion is not the same as expressing your own.”
OTHER COMING EVENTS AT THEEFC.CA/CALENDAR
→Le Courage de Diriger, St-Hyacinthe, Mar. 21
→World Vision Heart & Soul Forums, Kitchener/Vaughan/Ottawa, Mar. 24-26
COPING WITH THE STRESS OF CHANGE
All change is stressful, even pleasant change. But there are ways you can reduce your level of stress in face of life’s changing circumstances, writes Dr. Colleen Hammermaster at the EFC website Christianity.ca, Canada’s Christian library online.