The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, December 21, 2010

General December 22, 2010

Together for influence, impact and identity

EFC'S PRESIDENT SENDS CHRISTMAS GREETINGS
Bruce J. Clemenger, president of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) sends his Christmas greetings via video.

ROXANNE’S LAW VOTE RESULTS & A WARM THANK YOU
While one third of Members of Parliament voted in support of Roxanne’s Law, the bill was still defeated by a margin of 178-97. EFC Vice-President and General Legal Counsel Don Hutchinson comments on the results of the vote at ActivateCFPL. You can see how your MP and party leaders voted here. Thank you to all who wrote letters, distributed petitions and sent in videos as part of the EFC’s video campaign. Your voices were heard and made a difference. To learn more, watch Faye Sonier’s, EFC Legal Counsel, video message.The EFC’s video campaign was covered by LifeSiteNews.

EFC INTERVIEWED FOR COERCED ABORTION STORIES
EFC Legal Counsel Faye Sonier and documents released by the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life were quoted by several media centres over the last week. You can read the articles by the National Post, the Montreal Gazette and LifesiteNews. Sonier was also asked for a response in the Melinda Morin decision by the National Post

SUPREME COURT TO RENDER DECISION ON ASSISTED HUMAN REPRODUCTION ACT
On Dec. 22, the Supreme Court of Canada will render its decision on the Assisted Human Reproduction Act case heard April 24, 2009. The EFC and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops jointly intervened in this case where the Government of Quebec challenged the legitimacy of the federal government to enact legislation regulating assisted human reproduction and related research. Read EFC Legal Counsel Faye Sonier’s blog here or visit our website for more  information about the case.

Upcoming Partnership Conference
The EFC, together with International Partnering Associates, is hosting a partnership training conference April 11-15 which will focus on principles and practices related to the development of ministry partnerships. The conference will be held in Guelph, Ont. |

PRAYER ALERT: SUDAN – Pray for the Peace of Sudan
On Jan. 9, the people of Sudan will make a historical decision as they cast their votes in a separation referendum. Following 50 plus years of violence and tension, this vote is the fulfilment of the 2005 peace agreement following. The results have the potential to either bring peace or further divide. Concern for the safety of Christians living in the more Islamic North of Sudan is increasing as comments by President Omar al-Bashir promise to make Sharia Law the constitutional foundation for the new North should the separation be ratified.  Read more here.

Adoption Awareness
A recent Faith Today article on adoption mentioned the annual TV special “A Home for the Holidays” by the Dave Thomas Foundation. This year it will air on CBS TV on Dec. 22. Click here for details.

WHAT DO CHRISTMAS AND EASTER CHRISTIANS HAVE TO TEACH US?
Joel Thiessen set out to measure the openness of marginal affiliates to becoming more fully involved in church — and discovers that the problem may not necessarily be the product. The market has changed. Find out what Christmas and Easter affiliates have to teach us in the new issue of the EFC's Church & Faith Trends.

DONATE BY DEC. 31 TO REAP 2010 TAX BENEFITS
If you have a year-end gift designated for the EFC, remember to donate before by Dec. 31 for a 2010 tax benefit. You can donate online, become a monthly partner, or even direct your gift to a specific EFC project. You can make a quick $10 donation by texting 20222.

WHAT HAPPENED ON THE GLOBAL EVANGELICAL SCENE IN 2010?
Read the World Evangelical Alliance's Christmas greeting here and year-end report here.

ARE THERE EVANGELICALS IN THE UNITED CHURCH?
Scholar Kevin Flatt surveys the various expressions of the United Church renewal movement, and the issues and events that gave birth to them. Read “The Loyal Opposition” and "A Mainline Minority" in the new issue of Church & Faith Trends to discover if there really are Evangelicals in the United Church and just how strong their movement is.  

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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