The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, March 22, 2011

General March 22, 2011

Together for influence, impact and identity

EFC PRESIDENT SPEAKS TO RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT FORUM
Bruce J. Clemenger, president of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, is the key note speaker this week at the Canadian Christian Relief and Development Forum (CCRDA). Clemenger will speak on the theme "For such a time as this: Speaking to Princes, Policy Makers and the Public." CCRDA members contribute more than $500 million annually to international relief and development projects.

FAITH LEADERS MEET WITH LIBERAL LEADER

EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger met with Liberal Party Leader Michael Ignatieff as part of the Interfaith Forum dialogue with leaders of the federal political parties on issues of domestic and global poverty. Evangelical organizations are significant contributors to international relief and development, and to social programs in Canada where religious organizations are the second largest provider of social services, second only to governments.

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED A MINISTRY PARTNER?
The
Partnership Training Conference , April 11-15 in Guelph, Ont., co-hosted by the EFC, will help you identify partnering potential and form appropriate partnership structures. You won't want to miss it.

CONCERNED ABOUT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM? WATCH THIS...
View EFC Legal Counsel Faye Sonier speaking about the Marriage Commissioner Reference in Saskatchewan on 100 Huntley Street last week. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal found that marriage commissioners do not have the right to decline to perform marriages that are contrary to their religious beliefs.

EFC ON PARLIAMENT HILL FOR FORUM ON RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION
Don Hutchinson, EFC vice-president, and Anita Levesque, co-ordinator for public policy initiatives and the Religious Liberty Commission, participated in the Parliamentary Forum on Religious Persecution organized by David Anderson, MP (Cypress Hills – Grasslands) on March 21.

CHILD PROTECTION BILL MOVES TO SENATE
Bill C-54, the Protecting Children from Sexual Predators Act, supported by the EFC,  passed third reading in the House of Commons and is in the Senate for consideration. This bill proposes to increase the mandatory minimum sentences for a variety of Criminal Code offences involving sexual crimes against children.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM PROVIDES UNIQUE STUDENT OPPORTUNITY
The EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life has developed a Law and Public Policy Summer Internship Program for post-secondary students.  Successful candidates will have a unique opportunity to work in the nation’s capital on various public policy and legal matters while being mentored by CFPL’s legal counsel; policy analyst, Canadian and international poverty; or, coordinator of public policy initiatives. For more information, visit
our website, email or call 613-233-9868 (ext. 331). Deadline for applications is April 15, 2011.

IF YOU HAVE A HEART FOR JUSTICE
The EFC's
StreetLevel Roundtable on Poverty and Homelessness  invites Christians engaged in social justice ministry to connect with Roundtable members as they travel across Canada throughout 2011. The Roundtable gathers those who are interested in engaging in social justice issues, providing opportunities for support, celebrate and collaboration. Email Dion Oxford, Roudtable chair, to connect. StreetLevel operates on the EFC’s administrative and communications platform.

A Simple Call Could Stop a Suicide
Fearing the young woman might jump, a Toronto church pastor called 911 – just in case. Read
this true story on the EFC’s Christianity.ca.

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/theEFCEFC Law and Public Policy Feed
http://twitter.com/activateCFPL
EFC Research Feed
http://twitter.com/EFCresearch
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