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June 11, 2019

11 June 2019

Election Do’s and Don’ts for Churches: Sign Up Now for Next Week’s Webinar

A federal election is coming in October. There are ways for Canadian church congregations—even those registered as charities—to be active participants in this extremely important democratic process. Join our webinar next Wednesday June 19, at noon EDT, to ask questions and learn more.

Our expert guests are Deina Warren, legal counsel for the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, and Julia Beazley, director of public policy for the EFC.

Register now for our webinar to get a reminder email.

Are you a pastor who has hosted an all-candidate meeting for an election? We’d love to hear about your experience, for possible involvement in our June 19 webinar. Email [email protected].

New Audio Podcast: Redeemer University’s New President and Dramatic Tuition Cut

Dr. Robert Graham is the new president of Redeemer University. He spoke to us about the sizeable tuition cut Redeemer has introduced and his vision for this Christian academic community.

Three questions on the Ontario medical referrals decision

The EFC intervened in an Ontario appeal case on freedom of conscience that has implications across Canada. The case decision, May 15, 2019, was disappointing. As part of our Three Questions Series, we asked for some additional explanation from Derek Ross, the executive director and general counsel for Christian Legal Fellowship.

Feeding Reality Hunger

People don’t just need to hear the truth, argues Faith Today columnist John Stackhouse—they also need to be able to live it out in shared community. “Enquirers can experience that [community] only if (a) we are growing such communities and (b) we have deliberately opened ways for newcomers to experience them, to enjoy them, to feel them.”

Last Week for Father’s Day Half-Price Offer!

Father’s Day is June 16. Are you looking for a gift? Faith Today is offering half-price gift subscriptions for a limited time. Get your dad six issues of Canada’s Christian magazine for only $14.99 (reg. $29.99) at www.FaithToday.ca/Dad.

Coming Events at TheEFC.ca/Calendar 

Publicize your event for free.
→ The Compassion Experience, Calgary, June 14-17; London, June 21-24
→ Olympic Faith: Women’s Ministry Retreat, Didsbury, June 22
→ Conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, Winnipeg, June 12-14
→ Word Awards Gala, Hamilton, June 14
→ WonderJam 2019, Vaughan Mills, June 15
→ Write Canada Conference, Hamilton, June 14-15
→ EFC Speaker in Taber, Alberta, June 16
→ EFC Speaker in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 16
→ World Refugee Sunday, worldwide, June 16
→ Toronto Christian Music Festival, Toronto, June 16
→ EFC Webinar: What churches can and cannot do during a federal election, June 19
→ National Indigenous Peoples Day, Canadawide, June 21
→ World Refugee Day, worldwide, June 23
→ Youth for Christ 2019 National Ministry Conference, Quebec City, June 26-30
→ Mighty Men’s Conference Canada, Pass Creek Fairgrounds, June 28-30
→ Spiritual Survival in the Tribulation, Parry Sound, June 28-30
→ Revival/Prayer & Fast, Hope, B.C., July 1-5
→ Badlands Passion Play, Drumheller, July 5-7, July 12-14, July 19-21
→ RZIM Summit – God and the Natural World, Wolfville, July 10-14
→ Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration, July 11-13 – God and the Natural World, Wolfville, July 10-14
→ Atlantic Christian Ashram, Berwick, July 13-18
→ British Columbia Christian Ashram, Langley, July 12-14
→ Central Ontario Christian Ashram, Mississauga, July 12-14
→ EFC Speaker in Beaumont, July 14
→ Evan Runner International Academy, Grimsby, July 14-27

Federal Election 2019 Resources


The EFC’s federal election 2019 resources are now available online. Get our:
→ Issue questions for candidates
→ What churches can and cannot do
→ Brochure on faith, voting and political engagement (aussi en français)
→ And more!


Feel free to reproduce and distribute copies of these resources in your group or church: www.TheEFC.ca/Election2019.

The EFC Writes to Senators on Bill C-75

The EFC wrote to all senators on June 5 to ask for changes to Bill C-75. This bill would allow some serious criminal offences related to human trafficking and assaulting clergy to be considered as relatively minor summary offences. The EFC asked senators to stop these serious offences from being becoming hybrid offences. See the EFC’s letter to senators and other resources on Bill C-75 on our website.

In Case You Missed It


Canadian Christians Are Called to Be Involved: An Interview with Willard Metzger (Audio Podcast)

Former Global Workers Share Their Story of Chinese Detention in New Book (Faith Todayarticle)