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EFC Update Newsletter May 10, 2022

10 May 2022

EFC Brief to Special Joint Committee on MAiD

The EFC is urging a special parliamentary committee not to allow euthanasia or assisted suicide for mature minors or by advance request. In a written brief, the EFC urged the committee to assess reports that Canadians with disabilities are choosing MAiD because they do not have the supports and care needed to live. Read more about the EFC’s concerns and the committee review at www.TheEFC.ca/MAIDreview.

Parents Invited for Study on Faith Formation

Are you a parent with children under 18? You can help churches better understand how you pass your faith to your children. The EFC has teamed up with 15 other groups to learn about the experiences of evangelical parents and the role that faith plays in the home. Survey participants can win one of three $250 Amazon gift cards. Click here for the survey in English or French.

EFC President to Chair Roundtable in Our Whole Society Conference

EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger is chairing one of the sessions in the Our Whole Society conference being held later this week. The session, a roundtable, explores how faith groups responded to the challenges of the pandemic. Our Whole Society explores the role of religion and the contribution faith groups to Canadian society.

FT Interview with Ann Voskamp

Ann Voskamp is a NYT bestselling author who lives and writes on a working farm in Ontario. Her latest book is WayMaker: Finding the Way to the Life You’ve Always Dreamed of. In the May/Jun Faith Today, she spoke with FT’s Karen Stiller about how suffering shapes our journey as Christians, and the need for deep communion with Christ and each other.

New EFC Job Opening 

The EFC is looking for an innovative, creative person to fill a part-time position of marketing and community relations coordinator for Love Is Moving, Canada’s young adult magazine. The role involves promoting and facilitating initiatives that network and support the creative and spiritual lives of Christian young adults in Canada. Application deadline is May 13. Learn more at TheEFC.ca/jobs.

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 sanctity of life.

Pray for our society to regard each person’s life as precious and as made in the image of God. Pray for strong social and economic supports for those facing unplanned pregnancy, for women contemplating abortion and those who have had abortions. Pray for doctors and nurses who may be pressured to end life or at risk of losing employment for their refusal to participate in abortion. Pray for legislators to recognize to recognize fetal rights and for an end to abortion.

You can learn more on these issues at TheEFC.ca/SanctityofLife

This week's EFC affiliate highlight focuses on Pregnancy Care Canada, which seeks to establish, equip, and encourage pregnancy care centres across Canada. The organization works with centres so that anyone impacted by an unexpected pregnancy has access to the support they need.

Covid-19 continues to have a significant impact on our lives. The EFC continues to offer new [email protected] pandemic-focused prayer suggestions each week at TheEFC.ca/Covid-19.

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar

→ City Impact Tour (City Mvmt, WayBase) – Waterloo May 11, London May 11, Hamilton May 12, Toronto May 19, Burlington May 26, Regina May 31, etc.
→ Canadian Christian Communicators Association annual conference, online, May 10-13
→ EFC Prayer Gathering for Educational Institution Affiliates, online, May 11
→ Kentro Relief and Development Forum 2022, Mississauga, May 11-13
→ Beautiful Gospel Conference 2022 (INIM), online/New Mexico, May 11-14
→ FamilyLife Weekend Getaway Marriage Conference, Moncton, May 13-15
→ Watercooler Break for Communications Workers (CCCA), online, May 13
→ Ending Poverty Together Workshop (Food for the Hungry), online/Burlington, Ont., May 14
→ Perseverance: Moving towards Greater Mental Wellness (Agora Network), online, May 14
→ Tyndale Preaching Conference 2022, Toronto, May 24
→ Impact Conference (City Dream Centre), Surrey, B.C., May 27-28
→ New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale, New Hamburg, Ont., May 28
→ Day of Prayer for Christian Camps, Nationwide, May 29
→ National Day of Prayer Breakfast of Canada and Leadership Dinner, Ottawa, May 30-31
→ Attachment, Trauma and Psychotherapy (Shalem), Hamilton, June 1
→ Leaders Table Summer Intensive (Forge Canada/Missional Training Network), online, June 1
→ National Prayer Gathering: Anticipating Pentecost (EFC/Cdn Bible Society), online, June 1
→ NAIITS Symposium: Indigenous in the City (Acadia Divinity College), online/Wolfville, NS, June 2-4
→ The Holy Spirit in Psychotherapy (Christian Mental Health Practitioners Network), online, June 4
→ Ending Poverty Together Workshop (FH Canada), June 4

In Case You Missed It 

Navigating Medical Assistance in Dying (Faith Today article)
Becoming a Trauma-Free Church (Reconciling blog)
Thank you. I’m sorry. Tell me more (Faith Today podcast)
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)