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EFC Update Newsletter - June 14

14 June 2022

Assisted Death for Children as Young as 12?

At the special committee studying medical assistance in dying, several witnesses have recommended expanding MAID to youth under 18. One witness suggested that if they need to include a minimum age, then it should be 12 years of age. Read about the committee discussions on opening euthanasia and assisted suicide to minors and what you can do about it in the EFC’s new blog.

Marking World Refugee Sunday this Sunday

World Refugee Sunday is held annually on the Sundays before and after June 20. Visit the EFC’s World Refugee Sunday page for resources on this topic, including World Renew’s latest World Refugee Day toolkit and a link to Life Jacket, a powerful award-winning documentary that takes viewers on a journey to re-live the journeys of refugees across the Aegan Sea and their struggles in Moria Camp. 

Bringing the Good News Home: Church-Friendly Resources for Hosting Refugees

Jon Fuller is a mission agency leader, facilitates the Welcome Church project and leads the pastoral team at his home church as they seek to welcome newcomers to their neighbourhood. In this blog, he offers some practical suggestions for hosting refugees.

Servanthood in a Narcissistic Age (Faith Today column)

Columnist Bruce Clemenger reflects on living counterculturally as the Body of Christ.

Faith Today Readers, Please Take Our Survey

Faith Today, Canada’s Christian Magazine, wants to hear from our readers. What are we doing well? What would you like done differently? Take our reader survey, and you could also win one of 10 coffee-shop and bookstore gift cards. You can visit www.FaithToday.ca/ReaderSurvey.

This Week’s EFC Prayer Prompts 

Prayer is essential to any effective action. Each week at TheEFC.ca/TakeAction we rotate through a prayer request from each of these five areas: Sanctity of Life, Care for the Vulnerable, Church and Mission, Family and Community, Religious Freedom. We also list an EFC affiliate group to pray for. 

This week’s prayer request is about indigenous relations. Pray for openness across congregations in Canada to explore God’s heart for restored relationships among all people, and with all of creation. For healing and renewed hope for those who have been impacted by systemic barriers and injustice. For a posture of humility and learning for all Christians in Canada as evangelicals journey towards right relationship with Indigenous peoples. Pray for wisdom, discernment, courage and God’s leading as evangelical leaders respond and engage in this work. Pray for commitment from all levels of government to prevent and combat racism and injustice. You can learn more on these issues at TheEFC.ca/IndigenousRelations.

Several EFC affiliates have representatives in the Seven Commitments Working Group, which is advising the EFC on Indigenous-Settler relations and actions. Pray that the group will be able to pair Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants together in a fruitful way as they walk toward right relationship with God and each other.

EFC continues to offer new [email protected] pandemic-focused prayer suggestions each month at TheEFC.ca/Covid-19.

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar

→ H. Evan Runner International Academy (Ezra Institute), Golden, B.C., June 10-22
→ Why the Faith? (Wycliffe), Hamilton, June 15; Toronto, June 16
→ City Impact Tour (CityMovement/Waybase), Oshawa, June 14; Vancouver and Windsor, June 16
→ World Refugee Sunday, worldwide, June 19/June 26
→ National Indigenous People’s Day, worldwide, June 21
→ W.E.A. Business Coalition’s Create Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, June 20-24
→ Worship Central Conference, Vancouver, June 24-25
→ One with Them: A Day for Christian Captives (Open Doors), online, June 26
→ Revelation – The End of the World as We Know it? (Apologetics Canada), online, June 26
→ A Widower’s Lament from 1619 (Regent College), online and in-person in Vancouver, June 27
→ The Perverse Logic of Evil: Putin’s War on Ukraine in Theological-Ethical Perspective, online and in-person in Vancouver (Regent College), online and in-person in Vancouver June 29
→ Voices Together from Sea to Sea (Glad Tidings Church), online, July 1
→ Summer Institute of Church Music, Whitby, Edmonton or online, July 3-7
→ Reading Romans in a Time of Upheaval (Regent College), online and in-person in Vancouver, July 4
→ Reconciled to Reconcile: A Visible Witness in a Divided World (Regent College), online and in-person in Vancouver July 6
→ BC Christian Ashram, online, July 8-10
→ C. Stephen Evans: The Fear of the Lord & the Virtue of Accountability (Regent College), online and in-person in Vancouver, July 11
→ C. God Shows No Favouritism: The Body of Christ and the Household Codes in Ephesians (Regent College), online and in-person in Vancouver, July 13

In Case You Missed It 

→ Why wasn’t Jesus enough? (Faith Today article)
→ Review of Medical Assistance in Dying: What’s Happening Part 1 (EFC blog article)
→ New Canada Watch: A Moment for Us to Act on MAiD
→ What Drives the Violence Between Ukraine and Russia? (Faith Today blog)
→ Bill to Protect Minors from Pornography Gets EFC Support (EFC brief on Bill S-10)
→ Human Trafficking Penalty Should Not be Reduced (EFC submission on Bill C-5)