EFC Update Newsletter March 23, 2021

23 March 2021

The EFC Laments the Passing of Bill C-7 

The EFC laments that Bill C-7 passed into law on March 17, 2021. This bill changed Canada’s law on medical assistance in dying (MAID) in crucial and tragic ways. Read today’s statement on our website. 

Conscience Protection Needed Now More than Ever

Conscience protection for doctors, nurses and other health professionals is needed now more than ever.

Watch the EFC's recent webinar with a panel of doctors. Contact your provincial government MPP or MLA to ask them to support conscience protection. See for more info or send an email quickly and easily at

New Canada Watch: EFC Work on Conscience

No one should be compelled to help bring about the death of another person against their deeply held beliefs. Conscience protection is essential and that's why the EFC is working hard to see this need is addressed. Read more about this issue, and the EFC’s efforts, in the latest Canada Watch. You can also learn more about the Family Faith Formation Study, the Indigenous-Settler Relations Working Group, and more.

EFC Public Policy Director Leads Workshop 

Director of Public Policy Julia Beazley led a workshop on public advocacy from a biblical worldview in a conference held by the University of Ottawa’s chapter of the International Justice Mission. The theme of the virtual conference was Living Justice Locally and it was held March 19-20.

World Renew Canada Celebrates Refugee Sunday in April

In the next 2 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.

Decent Folks, Deadly Doctrine. Understanding Those Who Knock on Our Doors 

“In our witness to the [Jehovah’s] Witnesses, we should trust in God who is in the business of opening eyes,” writes our columnist James Beverley. In his latest Faith Today column he reflects on what has changed and what has not since his 1986 book on Jehovah’s Witnesses, Crisis of Allegiance, which will be updated and released later this year.

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Nouvelles ressources en français / New French-language resources

Le AÉC développe un nouveau blog en français sur notre site Web. Cela s’appelle «Actions évangéliques». L’objectif est de fournir plus de matériel en français, y compris des traductions d’articles de notre bulletin anglais «Canada Watch» et de notre magazine anglais «Faith Today». Parcourez le premier lot d'articles, en commençant par une introduction de Stéphane Couture, directeur régional pour le Québec de l'AÉC, au

The EFC is developing a new French-language blog on our website. It's called Actions évangéliques. The goal is to provide more French-language materials, including translations of articles from our English newsletter Canada Watch and our English magazine Faith Today. Browse the first batch of articles there, starting with an introduction by Stéphane Couture, the EFC's Quebec regional director, at

Ontario Prayer Breakfast Coming Soon

A 50-year tradition of praying for provincial and municipal politicians continues this year as an online event March 29 at 7:30 a.m. Registration for the Ontario Prayer Breakfast is free but there are only 1,000 tickets available. Members from a variety of EFC-affiliate churches and organizations will participate, including a short prayer segment by EFC President Bruce Clemenger. Registration is now open.

Entrepreneurship Augments Charity

How can we move beyond pure charity to a more effective approach of equipping others to help themselves? Writer and entrepreneur Ruth Thorogood offers three Canadian examples in a new blog post.

Coming Events at

→The History of the Bible: From Manuscripts to Modern Translations (Concordia Seminary), online March 23
→ Alpha Youth Leader Gathering (Alpha Canada), online March 24
→ Ontario Prayer Breakfast, online March 29
→ EFC Prayer: Congregational Affiliates, online March 31
→ Beauty & Brokenness: A Journey to Easter (Imago & Intriciti), online March 31
→ Spiritual Direction Courses (Emmaus Formation), Course 4 online Mondays April 5-June 14; Course 1 online Thursdays Apr. 8-June 17; Soul-Shaping Practices online Thursdays April 15-June 24
→ Opening New Portals, Building Community (Canadian Christian Communicators), online April 6-9
→ Watercooler Break for Communications Workers, online April 9
→ Understanding Islam & Reaching Muslims for Christ (Loving Muslims Together), online April 10
→ 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

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

In Case You Missed It

→ Sample letter on conversion therapy bill (pdf docx)
Letter of support to MP Kelly Block on Bill C-268
Ten lessons from fallen leaders (Faith Today article)
Medical professionals explain need for conscience protection (EFC webinar)
Seeing past outward appearances (Faith Today blog)
EFC prayer ambassador participates in discussions on the prayer church, part 2 (YouTube video)