August 27, 2019

27 August 2019

New job opportunity

The EFC is hiring a part-time research assistant to work in our Ottawa office. The application deadline is September 13, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. For a job description and detail on how to submit an application to Rick Hiemstra, Director of Research, see

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

August 22 was the first ever International Day Commemorating the Victims of Violence Based on Religion or Belief. A recent report on religious restrictions around the world by the Pew Research Center finds increasing social hostilities and increasing levels of government restriction on religions. In our new blog post, find our suggestions on how we as individuals and churches can shore up religious freedom in Canada and influence change in anti-religious attitudes.

Also, let's keep our Algerian brothers and sisters in prayer, as the government has forcibly closed six churches there, including one house church. The World Evangelical Alliance is “calling upon Christians globally to pray continually for their brothers and sisters in Christ in Algeria, and for the people of Algeria. We ask for prayer for peace and prosperity for this country, as we urge them to uphold religious freedom.”

New podcast: The shame of sexual harassment in the Church

We are all awake to the reality and shame of sexual harassment in the Church. This new podcast is based on a Faith Today article that explores the reality of sexual harassment in churches and shows a way forward.

Register now for upcoming webinar: How to be a more politically engaged, activist citizen

Plan to join our live webinar on Thursday, September 26 to ask questions and learn more on this topic. Our guests will include Glendyne Gerrard from, Karri Munn-Venn from Citizens for Public Justice, and Julia Beazley, director of public policy for the EFC. Our host will be Karen Stiller. Register now to get a reminder email.

Schedule: Starts at noon Eastern / 9 a.m. Pacific / 10 a.m. Mountain / 11 a.m. Central / 1 p.m. Atlantic / 1:30 Newfoundland. Our webinars usually last about 50 minutes.

What I learned caring for seniors

Being a chaplain often involves listening to your heart and being directed by your soul -- but also being willing to listen, writes Sue Wilkinson of Toronto, in a guest post on the Faith Today blog.

Evangelical essay and video contest for young adults

The Evangelical Essay and Video Contest is designed to create awareness, spark conversations, inspire creative expression and academic dialogue around the topic of Canadian Evangelicalism. The contest is open to evangelicals 18-35 years of age. Write an essay or create a video about evangelicalism and win great prizes! Full contest details are available at: Deadline is Sept. 20.

New publishing house combines geek culture and Christianity

The founders of a new Winnipeg-based small press have taken their passion for storytelling and meshed it with the many worlds of geek culture and Christianity. Read more about Mythos & Ink in the latest Faith Today.

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→ Pentecostal World Conference, Calgary, Aug. 27-30
→ To Give an Answer (for young adults), Grimsby, Aug. 29-30
→ Biblical Hebrew online course, Tues. & Thurs. evenings starting Sept. 3
→ Perspectives on the WCM Discipleship Course, Cambridge, Tues. evenings starting Sept. 10
→ Patterns and Practice in Christian Spirituality (online course from The Salvation Army), Wed. evenings starting Sept. 11
→ Refocus Writers Retreat, Guelph, Sept. 12-14
→ Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival, Toronto, Sept. 13-15
→ EFC Speaker in Kemptville, Ont., Sept. 19
→ Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics Discussion Series, online starting Sept. 23 (apply by Sept. 16)
→ BAM Pre-conference – New Wineskins, Missionary Network Conference, Asheville, NC, Sept. 25
→ EFC Webinar: How to Be a More Politically Engaged, Activist Citizen, Sept. 26
→ Can Life Have Meaning Without God, Hamilton, Sept. 27
→ EFC Speaker in Calgary, Sept. 29

In Case You Missed It

Cult or self-help? Making sense of Nxivm (Faith Today article)
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Trend in Canada’s courts worrisome for minority communities (Christian Legal Fellowship)
You saved my life—Outgoing Leprosy Mission Canada director reflects (Faith Today blog)