May 28, 2019

28 May 2019

Freedom of Conscience Bill Up for Debate

Private member’s Bill C-418, the Freedom of Conscience Act, is scheduled to be debated on May 29.

This bill would protect health care workers from being compelled to participate in Medical Assistance in Dying. Let your MP know that freedom of conscience is important to you and ask your MP to support Bill C-418. See a sample letter and the EFC’s letter of support at

New Audio Podcast: Conscience, Doctors and Religious Freedom in Ontario

"If it's the doctors today, tomorrow it will be the churches." In our new audio podcast, Larry Worthen of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada responds to the recent Ontario Court of Appeal ruling. This decision upheld requirements for doctors to make effective referrals even for procedures that violate their consciences. Learn more about this issue at

EFC Vice-President at Canadian-American Theological Association Annual Meeting

On June 2, EFC Vice-President David Guretzki will present a paper at the Canadian-American Theological Association annual meeting in Vancouver. This paper is entitled: “Do Humans Have Inherent Dignity? A Theological Corrective.”

Upcoming Federal Election Webinar

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 on “What churches can and cannot do during a federal election.” Email [email protected]

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:

Broken Trust

“Canadians are being bombarded daily with accusations and evidence of broken political, corporate and religious trust,” says EFC Vice-President David Guretzki in Faith Today. He reminds us that we all play a role in maintaining public trust in leadership: “All of us, including aspiring leaders, would do well to ask how we’re doing on the little things…. We shouldn’t expect God to entrust us with much tomorrow if we fail to do well with the little things He’s called us to do today.”

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

Coming Events at 

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→ The Compassion Experience, Mississauga, May 31-June 3; Barrie, June 7-10; Edmonton, June 7-10; Calgary, June 14-17; London, June 21-24
→ Reveal Conference on Sexualized Culture, Sarnia, June 1
→ Mission of God Conference 2019, Grimsby, June 1
→ Transition 101, Toronto, June 1
→ EFC Speaker in Three Hills, Alberta, June 1
→ Church Leaders Forums – World Vision, June 4-6, Ottawa, Toronto, London; 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

In Case You Missed It

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds ‘Effective Referral Requirements’ for Euthanasia, Abortion
The FT Interview with Dr. Anna Robbins
EFC Presentation to Senate Committee on Bill C-75
Mercy Before Grace: Mercy Reclaimed in an Age of Images and Idols (Faith Today article)