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June 4, 2019

04 June 2019

The EFC Writes to Senators on Bill C-75

The EFC wrote to all senators today 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.

Upcoming Federal Election Webinar

Canada will soon be in election fever. 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 on 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 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: Canadian Christians Are Called to Be Involved: An Interview with Willard Metzger

Willard Metzger is the new executive director of Citizens for Public Justice, a national organization that promotes public justice in Canada by shaping key policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue. The EFC’s Karen Stiller spoke with him about the prophetic role of churches in Canada today, and how Christians can be more involved in some of Canada’s most pressing issues. 

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.

Share Your Latest Initiative with Our Readers

The EFC includes a great diversity of affiliate organizations with stories of ministry worth sharing. Please contact us to share a story from your affiliate ministry so we can share it with all our supporters. For example, Compassion Canada leader Allison Alley shared her reflections on the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda on our website.

Former Global Workers Share Their Story of Chinese Detention in New Book

Julia and Kevin Garratt, the Canadian Christian couple who survived a harrowing 775-day detainment in China, have released a book detailing their experience. In this Faith Today article, the couple share how the experience deepened their faith and showed them how God worked even through even the darkness of their situation.

A Magazine Dad Will Love – for Half Price!

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, Barrie, June 7-10; Edmonton, June 7-10; Calgary, June 14-17; London, June 21-24
→ Church Leaders Forums – World Vision, June 11-13, Halifax, St. John’s, Fredericton
→ Land and Place: Indigenous Perspectives – In an Era of Displacement, Toronto, June 6-8
→ Olympic Faith: Women’s Ministry Retreat, Brantford, June 7-9; Didsbury, June 22
→ EFC Speaker in Alma, Ontario, June 9
→ EFC Speaker in Clive, Alberta, June 9
→ 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

In Case You Missed It

Conscience, Doctors and Religious Freedom in Ontario (Audio podcast)
Broken Trust (Faith Today)