The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, April 19, 2011

General April 21, 2011
Together for influence, impact and identity


EFC-SUPPORTED INITIATIVE GAINS SUPPORT OF HARPER AND IGNATIEFF
For over a decade the EFC has argued the need for the Canadian government to have an office dedicated to the issue of international persecution based on religion. Both Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff, if elected Prime Minister, have stated support for establishing an Office of Religious Freedom. The EFC’s Don Hutchinson, vice-president, writes more in the ActivateCFPL blog, International Religious Persecution Draws Attention in Canadian Election.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM/PARENTAL RIGHTS SUPREME COURT CASE: Q & A
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has been granted intervener status in the Lavallée v. Commission scolaire des Chênes case that will be heard before the Supreme Court of Canada on May 18. The EFC has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions and Answers resource. For more information, visit our website.

EFC LEADERSHIP TAKES PART IN GLOBAL ARENA
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger is an International Council member of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), which meets this week in New York. The council is comprised of 14 leaders from around the world, and is responsible for setting the mission, vision and direction of this global organization. WEA members include 128 national alliances and represent 600 million Evangelicals world wide. The EFC's Geoff Tunnicliffe serves as secretary general and Bill Winger, EFC vice-president, serves as WEA's chief financial officer.

EVANGELICALS NEED NOT APPLY: AEROPLAN
The EFC has sent a letter to the editor of Maclean’s magazine regarding Aeroplan’s Charitable Pooling program. The merits of the program were covered in the latest issue of the magazine, but Aeroplan discriminates by singling out evangelical ministries for exclusion from the program. Don Hutchinson has also sent an open letter to Aeroplan.

IS YOUR CHURCH INTERESTED IN PARTNERING IN MINISTRY?
Last week Aileen Van Ginkel, vice-president, ministry services of the EFC, facilitated learning sessions at the week-long Partnering Training Workshop held in Guelph, Ontario. The workshop was co-hosted with International Partnering Associates. If your church or organization is interested in partnering training, please email Aileen.

THE EFC INTRODUCES NEW VIDEO WITH LESSONS FROM CHRISTIAN HORIZONS
In this 10 minute interview, EFC Legal Counsel Faye Sonier invites General Legal Counsel Don Hutchinson to comment on lessons for churches and Christian ministries from the decision of the Ontario Divisional Court in Heintz v. Christian Horizons. The EFC intervened before the court in that case.

RETHINKING PROSTITUTION IN CANADA: A NEW WAY FORWARD IN A NEW EFC VIDEO
In this new video, EFC Policy Analyst Julia Beazley discusses some misconceptions about the issue of prostitution, and advocates a re-examination what is mistakenly termed the world’s oldest profession, while suggesting a more just way forward.

EFC MANAGER OF AFFILIATE RELATIONS GIVES REPORT
On April 20, Paul Hilsden, manager of affiliate relations for the EFC, will give an annual EFC report to the Synod of the Reformed Church in America, at First Reformed Church in Chatham, Ont. Paul will also visit pastors in the Chatham, Sarnia, Petrolia, Strathroy areas of Ontario.

VP SPEAKS AT MEMORIAL FOR CABINET MINISTER
Don Hutchinson spoke at the Toronto memorial service for martyred Pakistan Cabinet Minister Shahbaz Bhatti on April 16. Other speakers included Members of Parliament Julian Fantino and Judy Sgro.

The EFC on Social Networks


EFC Facebook Page
http://www.facebook.com/theEFC

EFC Law and Public Policy Blog
http://activateCFPL.theEFC.ca

EFC Experimental Video Channels
http://www.youtube.com/user/theEFCca
http://vimeo.com/user969491/videos/sort:date
Main EFC Twitter Feed
http://twitter.com/theEFC

EFC Law and Public Policy Feed
http//twitter.com/activateCFPL

EFC Research Feed
http://twitter.com/EFCresearch



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