EFC Update Newsletter September 8, 2020

08 September 2020

New Podcast: Stoicism Isn’t Spiritual

Our popular Faith Today columnist Carolyn Arends shares an intensely personal journey in this piece, about grieving the loss of her mother. You can read the original article here

A Key Time to Act on Euthanasia Expansion

Proposals to change Canada’s euthanasia law (Bill C-7) died when Parliament was prorogued in August. The government is expected to re-introduce these proposals and move them quickly through Parliament. See the EFC’s new blog and action kit. Take a few minutes to contact your MP. Your efforts help to uphold life and protect vulnerable Canadians.

How Are We Really Doing in Terms of Resilience?

English Canadian Professor Bill Strom reflects on his study “Weathering Well: Relational Resilience During the COVID-19 Lockdown.” He hoped to answer the question, “Does holding a faith-filled approach to relationships increase resilience during stay-at-home isolation?” Learn about his findings in our latest Faith Today blog.

Coming Events at

→ Essentials of Inductive Bible study—Training Workshop, online, Sept. 8
→ Youth Ministry Online Summit, Sept. 12
→ Teach me to study the Bible, online, Sept. 14
→ Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics Discussion Series application deadline, Sept. 14
→ Into the Neighbourhood: Practising Hospitality, Presence and Mutuality, online workshop, Sept. 15
→ Foundations of Servant Leadership, online, Sept. 15
→ How to Study Old Testament History—Training Workshop, online, Sept. 16
→ EFC Speaker in Guelph, Sept. 17
→ Ending Poverty Together Online Workshop, Sept. 17
→ Conflict Management and Transformation, online interactive course, Sept. 17
→ Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival, online, Sept. 18-19
→ The Everyday Women’s 2020 Conference, online, Sept. 18-20
→ Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics Discussion Series, online, Sept. 21
→ Into the Neighbourhood: Practising Hospitality, Presence and Mutuality, online workshop from Forge Canada, Sept. 22
→ How to Study Old Testament Prophecy—online Training Workshop, Sept. 30
→ Apologia: La défense de l’évangile, Oct. 3
→ Christian Schools Canada Leadership Conference 2020, Oct. 4

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Pandemic a Great Time for Learning? 

Online course registrations are now open for many seminaries and Christian postsecondary institutions. Several are listed at Be sure to check the website of your preferred institution for more opportunities. Or visit to search a database of Canadian Christian online courses.

In Case You Missed It

Coping with COVID: A new study reveals the coping strategies that work (new podcast)
Who are our neighbours? (Faith Today article)
EFC speakers in your online gathering

→ The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a case about whether ecclesiastical decisions about membership and discipline are outside of the scope of judicial review. See

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