The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, November 10, 2009

General November 12, 2009


EFC AND STREETLEVEL MAKE SUBMISSION TO PARLIAMENT
Don Hutchinson, director of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada's (EFC) Centre for Faith and Public Life, and Julia Beazley, coordinator for the EFC’s National Roundtable on Poverty and Homelessness, appeared before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Human Resources on Nov. 5 (Meeting 55) in connection with the EFC’s support for private members’ Bill C-304 which proposes the development of a national affordable housing strategy. You can read the submission Moving Forward Together on Affordable Housing.

EVANGELICALS GATHER GLOBALLY
This week EFC President Bruce Clemenger and Vice President Bill Winger are participating in the annual meetings of the World Evangelical Alliance. Clemenger is a member of the International Council and he and Winger are members of the International Leadership Team. Geoff Tunnicliffe, EFC Director of Global Initiatives serves as the International Director of the WEA, a global gathering place for national evangelical fellowships, global ministries, associations and denominations. It is actively involved in many global issues.  

THE EFC IS FORTY-FIVE YEARS OLD
At the EFC’s recent Presidents Day, an annual gathering of EFC affiliate leaders, the 45th anniversary of the EFC was celebrated with reflections on the EFC's 45 years of ministry and service that featured past EFC Presidents Brian Stiller and Gary Walsh, and current President Bruce Clemenger.

DO YOU UNDERSTAND.CHURCH AND FAITH TRENDS?
Invite your whole leadership team to join you at the Christian Leaders Connection one-day event on Dec.1 hosted by Redeemer College (near Hamilton) to find out how Canadian trends in areas like use of time, mobility, immigration, attendance, giving and volunteering affect your ministry. Discover EFC resources that can help you be more effective. Group rates applicable for on-line registration.

VIEW CRCE HIGHLIGHTED ON 100 HUNTLEY STREET
Rick Hiemstra, Director of the EFC’s Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism (CRCE), was interviewed on 100 Huntley Street on Nov. 4. Hiemstra spoke about the need for a research centre on Canadian evangelicalism. Learn about the CRCE and why it is important that Christian charities take time to carefully fill out the "Program Description" on their annual Charitable Information Returns (T3010A). Watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview.

PHYSICIAN’S DUTY OF CARE TO THE UNBORN CHILD
EFC Legal Counsel Faye Sonier examines recent court decisions addressing the issue of physician owed duty of care to an unborn child. Read the webitorial on Christianity.ca or the blog at Activate CFPL.

NEW DATES FOR EUTHANASIA BILL VOTE
Bill C-384, which seeks to decriminalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, will have its second hour of debate on Dec. 1 at 5.30 pm and Second Reading vote in the House of Commons on Dec. 2. The EFC has produced a number of resources to help you learn more and take action. Visit our Euthanasia webpage, view and download our short, informational video or learn more about Bill C-384. We have also produced a sample letter that can be sent to your Member of Parliament.

COUNSELLING SUICIDE MOTION VOTE
Motion M-388, calling on the government to clarify that the Criminal Code s. 241 prohibition against counselling someone to commit suicide includes doing so over the internet, received second hour of debate on Nov. 5 and will be voted upon on Nov. 18. Please pray for the successful passing of this bill.

EXCELLENT EFC RESOURCE FOR YOUTH
Andy Harrington, member of the EFC’s Youth and Young Adult Roundtable, has endorsed the EFC’s latest resource, Not So Ancient: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. This book is an educational resource for youth seeking to live out their faith.

DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT AFFILIATE EVENT
Linda Milke, EFC’s director of Ministry Advancement, will speak to pastors, elders and volunteer church leaders associated with Visionledd, an EFC affiliate, on Nov. 15 at Community Bible Church in London, Ont.

ANTI-TRAFFICKING BATTLE HEATS UP
The release of the EFC’s Not So Ancient: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery has been prominently featured in coverage of the Human Trafficking issue by the website of a well known EFC affiliate, CanadianChristianity.com. For more on this issue, also see the EFC’s report Human Trafficking: A Report on Modern Day Slavery in Canada released in April 2009.

DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT AFFILIATE EVENT
Linda Milke, EFC’s director of Ministry Advancement, will speak to pastors, elders and volunteer church leaders associated with Visionledd, an EFC affiliate, on Nov. 15 at Community Bible Church in London, Ont.

HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN HELP IN THE WORST H1N1 SCENARIO
The most recent issue of Faith Today magazine, features a how-to guide for churches to help out during an H1N1 worst-case scenario. Subscribe to Faith Today and you will also get free access to more than one year of back issues online (samples available at www.faithtoday.ca/digital).

WHAT WOULD JESUS DO...ABOUT THE H1N1 VACCINE?
Read this thought-provoking editorial, posted on Christianity.ca, considering the ramifications of the H1N1 vaccine.
 

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