EFC Update Newsletter June 4

04 June 2024

EFC to intervene in Supreme Court in support of prostitution laws 

The EFC and ARPA have been granted co-intervener status before the Supreme Court of Canada. The Kloubakov case involves two men in Calgary who worked for an escort business run by convicted traffickers. In 2021, they were found guilty of having benefitted financially from the sale of someone else’s sexual services and procuring a person for prostitution. They are challenging the constitutionality of these laws. 

Join us at EFC Ottawa workshops on current faith issues this Saturday 

There’s still time to register for one of the free EFC-led “Faith Matters” workshops on current issues facing Christians in Canada June 8 at Kanata Baptist Church. EFC president and resident theologian David Guretzki will speak about “MAiD in Canada: A matter of life and death” and researchers Rick Hiemstra and Lindsay Callaway will discuss “Parenting and Grandparenting Faith: The difference you can make.” You may register and find more details here

EFC president attending Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue   

EFC president David Guretzki will be attending Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue meetings between the EFC and Canadian Council of Catholic Bishops in Montreal June 10 to 12. These meetings are an opportunity to listen together and explore issues of common interest, while respecting the differences between these distinct faith traditions.  

Alpha launches survey results on evangelism in Canadian congregations 

Results of the “sharing faith” survey, which the EFC partnered in, will be released June 18 in a webinar, Reigniting Hope: Sharing the Good News in Canada in 2024. This survey by Alpha Canada and Flourishing Congregations Institute explored attitudes, behaviours and experiences surrounding evangelism/evangelization in Canadian congregations.  

Gathering young Christians: Evangelist Israel Gimba 

In the latest episode of the Faith Today Podcast, Ottawa evangelist and pastor Israel Gimba chats with guest host Sammy Kyereme about his ministry Dunamis Army and creating a unified gathering for young Christians. Gimba is in the band Dunamis District and helped found the JON (Jesus of Nazareth) Festival, a new annual Ottawa Christian music gathering. You can also watch this interview on Faith Today TV.  

Forgiving starts with our own forgiven-ness 

As Christians, we know we’re called to forgive each other, but forgiving is hard work. Guest columnist Kari Harvey shares three ideas to help us along the way in Faith Today’s Fellowship Skills series. 

Coming Events at

→ Timothy Trust Conference, Ottawa, Whistler, June 3-5    
→ Beyond MAiD for Mental Illness: Confronting Canada’s Mental Health Challenges, June 5  
→ Human and Machine in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (TWU, CCSN), online, June 7      
→ The Gospel Coalition Youth Conference (TGC), Ancaster, June 7-8     
→ Faith Matters: Current Issues Facing the Canadian Church (EFC), Ottawa, June 8    
→ Simpson Lectures (Otis Moss III/Acadia Div), Wolfville/online, June 11-13    
→ Christian Music Festival, Toronto, June 15    
→ World Refugee Sunday (WEA), June 16 and/or 23   
→ Spirituality & Aging Seminar (Conrad Grebel UC), online/Waterloo, June 21   
→ Missions Canada Gala, Oakville, June 22   
→ One With Them: A Day for Christian Captives (Open Doors), nationwide, June 23 
→ Intercultural Competency for Children’s Ministry (TIM Centre), online, June 24 
→ Stories of Transformation in Canada (TOWC), online, June 25