The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update – June 14, 2011

General June 15, 2011

Together for influence, impact and identity

IMPORTANT DETAILS ON AEROPLAN’S EXCLUSIONARY POLICY
The EFC has been engaged in an exchange with Aeroplan in regards to its Charitable Pooling Program, which initially excluded evangelical causes from participating. ChristianWeek covered the exchange and interviewed Aeroplan employees.

CBC RESPONDS TO EFC COMPLAINT ABOUT DOCUMENTARY ON EVANGELICALS
The EFC filed a complaint regarding blatant mischaracterizations of Evangelicals in a CBC Radio-Canada television “news” documentary. Evangelicals were portrayed as having privileged access and excessive influence with Canada’s current government. The CBC has responded and the complaint process continues.

PROSTITUTION CASE AT COURT OF APPEAL THIS WEEK
With the Ontario “prostitution case”
Bedford vs. Canada (Attorney-General) being heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal this week, here are a few links to keep you informed: View this EFC video “Rethinking Prostitution in Canada.” Read EFC’s review, a personal account and general information with resources.

EFC TO INTERVENE IN RELIGIOUS SPEECH CASE
The EFC has been granted leave to intervene by the Supreme Court of Canada in the
Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission vs. William Whatcott case scheduled for October 12, 2011. This case involves the expression of religious comment in public policy dialogue. Read the EFC’s proposed argument.

ENDANGERED REFUGEE DENIED - COULDN’T DESCRIBE JESUS
In this week’s blog “Did Jesus Have Blond Hair and Blue Eyes?” EFC VP Don Hutchinson comments on a Canadian Immigration Board officer’s denial of a refugee claimant who revealed faith information that could result in his torture if deported to China but couldn’t answer questions describing “Jesus as a person.”

EFC VP INVITED GUEST
Aileen Van Ginkel, the EFC VP of ministry services, was an invited guest at the eighth annual symposium of North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) in Calgary, June 9-11. Members of the EFC’s Aboriginal Ministries Council are founding members of NAIITS, which – among other things – encourages the Native North American community to develop and articulate Native North American perspectives on theology and ministry practices.

SUMMER READING FROM OUR CHRISTIANITY.CA LIBRARY
Ahhh! The lazy days of summer with sand, sun and time to kick back with a favourite book! For your summer reading pleasure, here is a list of good titles.

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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