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EFC Update Newsletter February 16, 2021

16 February 2021

Euthanasia: Easy Way to Give Input on Dangerous Bill C-7

The Senate will vote on Bill C-7 today or tomorrow. It is expected the bill will pass, even though it puts the lives of Canadians living with disability at risk. The Senate has made this already deeply flawed bill even worse by adding euthanasia for mental illness alone and the ability to make a request for euthanasia before a person has been diagnosed with a disease. It’s urgent that we call on MPs to reject the Senate amendments. Watch TheEFC.ca/C-7 for updates and resources. The EFC is a member of the Coalition for Healthcare and Conscience, which has an easy, quick way to email your MP or senator directly about this bill at www.canadiansforconscience.ca.

New Action Kit to Protect Youth from Pornography

There is positive momentum now in the world of media and public policy that makes it a crucial time to act to protect children and youth from pornography, both in front of and behind the screen. Download our new pornography action kit to learn how to help. Will you join us in asking the government to require pornography sites to verify their consumers are adults and hold pornography sites accountable for hosting videos of child and youth sexual abuse?

Today’s Teens Conference on Saturday

The EFC and Love Is Moving are sponsors of Today’s Teens Conference 2021, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. The EFC’s Joel Gordon and Indigenous leader Andrew Thunder will be speaking with youth leaders about how to use a biblical perspective to address racism with teens. The event is in its 38th year and is free this year. Youth leaders, volunteers and pastors should register at: www.todaysteens.ca/register

Spirituality and Leadership Workshop Next Wednesday

Register now for a Feb. 24 workshop to be held at Ambrose Seminary (online over Zoom) by EFC Prayer Ambassador Roger Helland. “Presence-centered Spirituality and Leadership” will focus on the pursuit of God’s presence, particularly for His guidance and favour in life and ministry. This seminar, also available as a one-credit seminary course, will explore the theology and practices for how to seek, experience and host God’s presence for Christian spirituality and leadership.

Dispatch by WEA Global Ambassador: How Do Non-American Evangelicals Respond to the U.S.?

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s presidency, some are asking, “Should we replace the name ‘Evangelical’?” Brian Stiller, Global Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, explores this question and the history behind American Evangelicalism in his latest Dispatch.

Reconciling Blog: In Whom Do We Place Our Trust

It is not national states or political leaders in whom we trust, but our Lord whom we serve, write Johannes Reimer and Phil Wagler in the latest post at www.faithtoday.ca/reconciling. Read their article to find out what they mean by saying "followers of Jesus and citizens of the Kingdom of God do not push our own limited political agendas" while also warning against being "apolitical."

Send Us Your Ideas for Next EFC Webinar

How can we serve you with another EFC webinar about Covid-related topics? The EFC webinar team would like to tackle the topics that would help Canadian Church and ministry leaders now, and gather the experts you would most like to hear from. Let us know how we can serve you with our next webinar. And we will try our best. Email [email protected].

Check out the webinars we’ve already done here.

The Value of Theological Education

Going back to school in midlife brings many surprises – and it’s worth it, says Patricia Paddey, Faith Today senior writer and part-time communications director at Wycliffe College.

In addition to the online version of Faith Today, you can sign up for a free print subscription to our unique Canadian Christian journalism at FaithToday.ca/SubscribeFree, financially supported by advertising revenue and charitable donations (TheEFC.ca/FTDonate). Thank you for supporting this important ministry with prayers, money and any other way.

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar

→ EFC Prayer: Academic Affiliates, online Feb. 17, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
→ Jesus-Centred Preaching in a Complex World (Jesus Collective), online Feb. 17
→ Local and Regional Interfaith Organizing (Canadian Interfaith Conversation), online Feb. 17
→ Business as Mission (BAM Vancouver), online Feb. 19
→ Grow/Create (Mission Central), online Feb. 19–20/Feb. 26-27
→ Today’s Teens Conference (Youth Unlimited Toronto), online Feb. 20
→ Writing Critique Group led by Pauline Levert (Ottawa Christian Writers), online Feb. 23
→ Poetry Writers Critique Group (Ottawa Christian Writers), online Feb. 25
→ Breaking the Cycle of Crime and Incarceration (Cdn Chr. for Justice and Mercy), online Feb. 26
→ EFC Presentation at Edmonton Church by Neil Siemens, online Feb. 27-28
→ Toronto Prayer Breakfast, online Mar. 2
→ Ministry Leadership Day (Heritage College and Seminary), online Mar. 4
→ Impactus Men’s Conference (Impactus/Promise Keepers Canada), online Mar. 5-6
→ WICC World Day of Prayer, online Mar. 5
→ Ending Poverty Together Workshop (FH Canada), online Mar. 11
→ Spiritual Memoir Writing Workshop (Ottawa Christian Writers), online Mar. 19

Publicize your event for free on our calendar and we will also share it in this email newsletter.

In Case You Missed It

Layoff Lessons (Faith Today article)
Unlearning and Relearning Love (Faith Today blog)
What’s In a Song? (Faith Today Podcast)