Support for Ban on Sex-Selective Abortion
“While abortion is an issue of deep division among Canadians, a ban on sex selective abortion should be a place of common ground. As a society, can we not find agreement in the belief that no child should be aborted because they are the wrong sex?” Read more in the EFC’s new blog about MP Cathay Wagantall’s private member’s Bill C-233, which would discourage discrimination on the basis of sex and prevent medical practitioners from performing an abortion solely because of the child’s sex.
The EFC wrote a letter of support for Bill C-233 and has a sample letter of support on our website at www.TheEFC.ca/C-233.
Please take a few minutes and ask your MP to support Bill C-233 and its ban of sex-selective abortion.
Join the EFC’s Book Discussion on Reaching Emerging Adults
We're hosting an online book discussion on the theme of reaching and keeping unchurched emerging adults. And you're invited! On May 18 we'll host a panel with author Beth Seversen to discuss her book Not Done Yet: Reaching and Keeping Unchurched Emerging Adults (www.ivpress.com/not-done-yet). Register now to join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time to hear from the author, discuss the book in small groups and then engage in a live Q and A with her. Co-hosted by the EFC and Youth Worker Community. Now’s the time to order the book so you're ready to discuss it.
Podcast with the New Secretary General of the WEA
Thomas Schirrmacher is the new secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance, the global body that represents 600 million+ evangelical Christians around the world. Dr. Schirrmacher is the author of many books, a scholar and pastor and a religious liberty activist and advocate. He spoke to us about the state of evangelicalism around the world, including the impact of US politics and what we can learn from the Church of the Global South.
World Renew Canada Celebrates Refugee Sunday in April
In the next two seconds someone will be forced to flee their home because of conflict or civil unrest. World Renew, a partner with The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, provides vital support in resettling refugee families who are seeking peace and safety in Canada. Refugee Sunday is a time to explore how you or your church can walk alongside a refugee family on their journey toward hope. Download informative resources geared to better understand and promote refugee sponsorship. Check out available resources for personal or congregational use.
Register Now for Interfaith Conference
The EFC participates in a group called the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, which gathers representatives of 41 faith communities and faith-based organizations who believe that people of faith can contribute positively to the benefit of all people in Canadian society. Every few years, the group offers a multifaith conference on the place of religion in Canadian society. The next one will stream live May 4. Learn more and register at www.interfaithconversation.ca/our-whole-society.
What’s Next for the Church in Quebec?
Urban missiologist Glenn Smith recently stepped away from the Quebec-based ministry Christian Direction after 35 years. Faith Today asked this avid "student of Québec society" (as he describes himself) to reflect on what’s next for the Church in Quebec.
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→ Opening New Portals, Building Community (Canadian Christian Communicators), online April 6-9
→ Spiritual Direction Courses (Emmaus Formation), Course 1 online Thursdays Apr. 8-June 17; Scripture in Spiritual Formation online Mondays Apr. 12-June 7; Soul-Shaping Practices online Thursdays April 15-June 24
→ Understanding Islam & Reaching Muslims for Christ (Loving Muslims Together), online April 10
→ Exploring the Entrepreneur’s Leadership Intent (Food for the Hungry), online April 10
→ Global Leadership Webinar with Mark Buchanan (Women Together), online April 13
→ Watercooler Break (Canadian Christian Communicators), online April 16
→ Navigating Through the Storm (Presbyterian Renewal/Cruxifusion), online April 17
→ Mindfulness for Spiritual Formation and Direction (Emmaus Formation), online April 17
→ Writers Critique Group (Ottawa Christian Writers), online April 20
→ EFC Prayer: Ministry Organization Affiliates, online April 21
→ Imprisoned for Christ (Voice of the Martyrs Canada), online April 24
→ The Ethics of Genome Editing (Canadian Council of Churches), online April 28
→ Writing Life-Changing Devotions (Women Together), online April 29
→ Leadership Conference 2021 (Alpha International), online May 4-5
→ Our Whole Society (Canadian Interfaith Conversation), online May 4
→ FCA Virtual Convention (Fellowship of Christian Assemblies of Canada), online May 4-5
→ Canadian Sexual Exploitation Summit (Defend Dignity), online May 5-7
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In Case You Missed It
→ Cindy Bunch on being kind to yourself (Faith Today podcast)
→ Three questions on the status on Bill C-6, a bill to ban conversion therapy (Faith Today podcast)
→ Sample letter on conversion therapy bill (pdf docx)
→ Bridging the gap: How one-year programs are equipping high school grads (Faith Today article)
→ Webinar recording: The church can help medical professionals with conscience protection (EFC webinar)
→ Nouvelles ressources en français / New French-language resources (on EFC website)