EFC Update Newsletter - November 8

08 November 2022

The EFC Calls for Urgent Action 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). 

Next Monday: Building an Arts Community Online Discussion   

Love Is Moving is partnering with RENEW Arts + Theology for an evening of discussion on how to build an artistic community. RENEW Arts + Theology is an organization that seeks to create a community of artists motivated by the Christian faith. Love Is Moving columnist Josh Tiessen will interview panelists Karlene Fletcher and Adam Hu in a dialogue about the arts, theology, life, and how RENEW seeks to help empower artists and improve their God-given gifts.  

This online event takes place Nov. 14, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST, 6 p.m. MST, 5 p.m. PST, 9 p.m. AST). Register here to participate in this conversation on building vibrant arts communities in your context.   

National Worship and Prayer Gathering Nov. 25  

24/7 Prayer Canada is hosting a national worship and prayer gathering 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.   

A Human Christian Response to Depression (Faith Today article) 

“While the relentless nature of depression is exhausting, its presence has helped me reflect on how God works through pain.” Senior Faith Today writer Rod Wilson draws on his personal experience with dysthymia to reflect on how to avoid secular and spiritual missteps in responding to depression. Aussi disponible en français. 

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Four Articles from Faith Today Now in French // Quatre nouveaux articles traduits 

Don’t miss four new French translations from the Nov/Dec issue of Faith Today magazine, online now. Includes Rod Wilson on depression, the cover essay "Living in Two Worlds" by Tim Perry and new columns by Bruce Clemenger and David Guretzki. // Ne manquez pas les quatre nouvelles traductions françaises d'articles du dernier numéro de Faith Today, en ligne dès maintenant. Vous y trouverez notamment Rod Wilson sur la dépression, l'essai de couverture "Living in Two Worlds" de Tim Perry et de nouvelles chroniques de Bruce Clemenger et David

This Week’s EFC Prayer Prompts   

This week’s prayer request is about religious freedom. Pray offering thanks to God for the freedom of religion we currently enjoy. Pray also for boldness to follow God’s calling to be salt and light; for our nation to allow religious communities to exist and flourish; and for wisdom for the courts and elected officials.  

This week’s EFC affiliate organization to pray for is Intercede International. Intercede International “partners with indigenous missions and the men and women of God who labor tirelessly to establish a witness for His name among their nations.” 

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

Coming Events at            

→ Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Summit (NCOSE), online, Nov. 8-10  
→ Fall Charity & NFP Law Webinar (Carters Professional Corporation), online, Nov. 10
→ Tyndale Intercultural Leadership Conference 2022 (Tyndale), Toronto, Nov. 10  
→ "COP of Coffee" - Live from COP27 in Egypt (Foodgrains Bank), online, Nov. 10 
→ Communications workers' watercooler break (CCCA), online, Nov. 11, Dec. 9 
→ Candles for COP27: Vigils for Climate Justice (FTLOC), various, Nov. 11-13  
→ Men’s Conference (Impactus), online/Cambridge, Nov. 12 
→ Small Church Pastors’ Retreat (Sm. Ch. Connections), Cornwallis Park, N.S., Nov. 14-17
→ How to Create Artistic Community (LIM/Renew Arts+Theology), online, Nov. 14  
→ God's Biographers: Why We Can Trust the Gospels (Regent/Rikk Watts), online, Nov. 14  
→ Entrepreneurial Leaders Org. Forum (ELO), online/Vancouver, Nov. 15; Toronto, Nov. 30     
→ Preventing Human Trafficking (Salv. Army), online, Nov. 15 
→ Sustaining Mental Health in Faith-Based Organizations (Wycliffe College), online, Nov. 16  
→ I Will Give You Rest conference (Gospel Coalition), Oakville, Nov. 17-18 
→ Chat on Fostering and Adoption in Agricultural Families (CFFO), online, Nov. 21 
→ A Colorful Christmas Tour (World Vision/The Color/Brooke Nicholls), Alberta Nov. 24–27; Manitoba Dec. 9–11; Ontario Dec. 13–18 
→ Why the Faith? The Changing Nature of Faith in Canada (Cardus), online/Ottawa, Nov. 24 
→ National Prayer & Worship Gathering (24/7 Prayer), online/Vancouver, Nov. 25  
→ Vaccines, Faith and Trust (CSCA), online, Nov. 26 
→ Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization Toronto 2022, online/Toronto, Nov. 30 
→ EFC Advent Prayer for MAiD (EFC), online, Dec. 1       

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    
How Sweet the Sound (Faith Today article)    
From Rodriguez to Carter to MAiD (Faith Trends podcast)