The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, February 15, 2011

General February 15, 2011

Together for influence, impact and identity

EFC PRESIDENT ON 100 HUNTLEY STREET NEXT MONDAY
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) President Bruce J. Clemenger will appear on 100 Huntley Street next Mon. Feb.1. The focus of the show is adoption and fostering and how we can respond to the 30,000 children in Canada waiting for a forever home.

EVANGELICALS MALIGNED IN CBC ‘NEWS’ DOCUMENTARY
Faye Sonier, legal counsel with the EFC, filed a complaint with the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council in regard to blatant mischaracterizations in the CBC Radio-Canada Enquête half hour television“news” documentary À La Droite De Harper (To The Right of Harper) in which Evangelicals are portrayed as having privileged access and excessive influence with Canada’s current government.

BILL C-389 ON GENDER IDENTITY PASSES IN HOUSE OF COMMONS
On Wednesday, February 9, the House of Commons voted in favour of passing Bill C-389 which would add “gender identity” and “gender expression” as prohibited grounds of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act. The bill passed third reading by a narrow vote of 143 to 135. To see how your MP voted on the bill, visit the Parliament website. The bill now moves on to the Senate.

THE EFC RESPONDS TO ASSAULT ON GOD AND EVANGELICALS IN PARLIAMENT
Don Hutchinson, general legal counsel and director of the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life, offers his thoughts on last week’s attacks on God and evangelical Christians by the CBC, a Bloc Quebecois MP and a Liberal MP in the ActivateCFPL blog “Reason and Religion: Anti-religionists display lack of reason…or a not so hidden agenda?”

THE EFC ASKS GOVERNMENT TO INTERCEDE FOR CHRISTIAN ON DEATH ROW
The EFC’s Anita Levesque, coordinator for the Religious Liberty Commission, wrote Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon to request that the government intercede with the government of Afghanistan on behalf of Musa Sayed, an aid worker and father of six, imprisoned and sentenced to death for converting to Christianity.

COLLABORATING SHOULD BE EASY, BUT...
Duplication in ministry efforts and missed opportunities for broader ministry impact are just two outcomes of the hesitation to see partnering as a regular way of doing things. The Partnership Training Conference April 11-15 in Guelph, Ont., will ground you in what to look for and what to promote when it comes to collaborative efforts.

MINISTRY ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATE CAN VISIT YOUR CHURCH TOO!
Paul Hilsden, the EFC Ministry Advancement Associate, will participate in the two morning services at Waterloo Pentecostal Assembly, an EFC affiliate congregation, on Feb. 20. Contact Paul to find out if he will be in your area.

WHEN FEAR HOLDS US BACK, FAITH CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
Whether it’s prompted by making mistakes, or by new challenges, fear can immobilize us. Find out how God can help. Visit these articles on Christianity.ca for encouragement.

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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