EFC Update Newsletter November 22

23 November 2022

Write MPs, Join Dec. 1 Prayer about Medical Assistance in Dying 

A change in the law allowing medical assistance in dying (MAiD) for mental illness alone will come into effect this March. The EFC is calling on Canadian Christians to ask their Members of Parliament to stop the expansion. See the EFC's media release and action kit for more information.      

You can also join the EFC Nationwide Prayer for MAiD, an online event Dec. 1 at 11:00 a.m. ET. (8 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. CT / Noon AT / 12:30 NL). 

New Podcast Season Kicks Off 

Do you ever think about writing your life story? Dipping your toes into the waters of memoir? A lot of us do, and for good reason. We can share our stories with our children or extended family, or even just use this kind of important writing as a way to understand ourselves and our place in the world better. 

Carla Funk is a Canadian poet and memoirist who is author of Every Little Scrap and Wonder and most recently Mennonite Valley Girl: A Wayward Coming of Age. She joins us to share the value of this kind of writing and provide practical tips and strategies to start writing our life stories, and keep writing.  

Listen to the newest episode of the Faith Today Podcast at You can also subscribe there to get every episode. 

Advocating for Human Dignity (Faith Today article) 

“Society and our governing laws must be travelling in the direction of defending human dignity, not eroding it.” In light of an Ontario court challenge to Canada’s current prostitution laws, EFC President Bruce Clemenger explains why “indifference on issues such as prostitution” should not be an option for Christians. Aussi disponible en français. 

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National Worship and Prayer Gathering This Friday  

24/7 Prayer Canada is hosting a national worship and prayer gathering Nov. 25 in Vancouver that you can attend online or in person (including a dinner). It will include key speakers from Canada and the 24/7 International Team focusing on transforming our cultures of prayer within our churches. The event will help you grow deeper in your ministry leadership, church life and personal relationship with God. Learn more and register here

Christians Reconcile in Post-Apartheid South Africa 

What does reconciliation look like in post-apartheid South Africa? Johannes Reimer of the World Evangelical Alliance recounts a series of reconciliation events that occurred between Christian groups in South Africa a few weeks ago in the newest post at

This Week’s EFC Prayer Prompts   

This week’s prayer request is about palliative care. Sometimes it seems MAiD is a more accessible solution to pain than good palliative care. Statistics suggest only 30% of Canadians who need palliative care have access to it. Pray for those who provide palliative care in our stretched medical system, and for those who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. May they know life is precious, and may God enable decisionmakers to expand offerings of psychosocial, spiritual and physical support for those who are ill and their caregivers. 

This week’s affiliate highlighted for prayer is the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Canada, which exists “to engage, encourage, and equip Christian doctors and dentists to glorify God by integrating faith in practice.” 

You can always find the week’s prayer prompts at Also, we offer new pandemic-focused prayer ideas each month at    

In Case You Missed It           

 → Job Openings: Pastor (Lethbridge, Montreal, Brampton, Toronto, Ottawa, Sault Ste Marie, Uxbridge); Toronto congregational justice and mercy coordinator; Montreal director of leadership programs; and more ( 
Bill to Clarify Law on Child Sexual Abuse Materials 
Bill to Verify Age and Consent on Pornography Sites 
The Church in Vogue: Why some of us have a special set of clothes for church (Faith Today article)