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EFC Update Newsletter - May 31

31 May 2022

Don’t Open MAiD to Mature Minors or to Advance Requests

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.

EFC Vice-President to Speak at Hippocratic Oath Ceremony

On June 5, EFC Vice-President & Resident Theologian David Guretzki will speak in Montreal, Quebec at a Hippocratic Oath Ceremony organized by the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Canada. The ceremony will affirm the sanctity of life by allowing newly graduated doctors to pledge their professional and moral role in preserving and saving life. The ceremony will be streamed live at 6:15 pm EDT. If interested in viewing, please register here.

New Canada Watch: A Moment for Us to Act on MAiD

The EFC is very concerned that a special committee of MPs and Senators will recommend expanding access to MAiD to mature minors and by advance directive. Read more about what you can do, along with other projects the EFC is working on, in the latest Canada Watch.

Faith Today blog: Canadian gifts support Ukrainian refugees in Europe

Brian Stiller, a Canadian who works for the World Evangelical Alliance, spent Easter week in Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania meeting pastors and church volunteers who work with Ukrainian refugees. Read about his experiences in our new Faith Today blog post.

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.

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.

Faith Today Article on Hospitality for Everyone

“So much good can happen around a table,” says Faith Today editor Karen Stiller in a new Faith Today feature article on why we should all practise hospitality, and how opening up our homes to our neighbours is easier than we may think.

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 refugees. As we witness some of the highest levels of displacement in history, pray for displaced people who are waiting for a safe place to live. Pray for groups sponsoring refugees in your area. Pray for newly settling refugees to be supported as they adapt to life in Canada and for the ministries who support them.

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

This week's EFC affiliate highlight focuses on Samaritan’s Purse Canada. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. 

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

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar

→ City Impact Tour (City Mvmt, WayBase) – Saskatoon June 1, Edmonton June 2, Halifax June 7, Calgary June 9, St. John’s June 9, etc.
→ Attachment, Trauma and Psychotherapy (Shalem MHN), Hamilton, June 1
→ Leaders Table Summer Intensive (Forge/Missional Training Nwk.), online, June 1
→ National Prayer Gathering: Anticipating Pentecost (EFC/Cdn Bible Society), online, June 1
→ NAIITS Symposium: Indigenous in the City (Acadia Div.), online/Wolfville, NS, June 2-4
→ The Holy Spirit in Psychotherapy (Christian Mental Health Practitioners Nwk.), online, June 4
→ Ending Poverty Together Workshop (FH Canada), June 4
→ Canadian School of Peacebuilding (Canadian Mennonite University), Winnipeg, June 6-10 and 13-17
→ B.C. Leadership Breakfast, Vancouver, June 6-10
→ H. Evan Runner International Academy (Ezra Institute), Golden, B.C., June 10-22
→ W.E.A. Business Coalition’s Create Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, June 20-24
→ One with Them: A Day for Christian Captives (Open Doors), online, June 26

In Case You Missed It

Who are Evangelicals? Faith Today podcast with John Stackhouse
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)