The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, September 29, 2009

General September 29, 2009

HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILL DEBATE TODAY, VOTE TOMORROW
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) endorsed Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of 18 years), is scheduled to have its final hour of debate in the House of Commons at 5:30 p.m. today (live on CPAC and online) as a result of a recent trade in the Order of Precedence for Private Members’ Business. Bill C-268 will face a final vote in the House of Commons tomorrow, September 30, likely between 5:30 and 6:30 pm. Please pray for the passing of this bill.

EFC NEWS STORY HITS DOZENS OF PUBLICATIONS ACROSS CANADA
Research completed by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada's (EFC) Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism grabbed the attention of the Canadian media last week, with a story reporting the EFC's findings on Evangelical voting patterns in Canada appearing in dozens of news publications across the country.

EFC SPEAKS AT PARLIAMENT HILL RALLY
EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger opened in prayer at the Parliament Hill Rally to launch 2009’s 40 Days for Life. Don Hutchinson, director of EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life, spoke first, reinforcing the pro-life commitment to all humanity from conception to natural death. Hutchinson also sent this letter to the Toronto Star in response to a critical article.

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EFC COMMENTS ON THE POLYGAMY CHARGES THROWN OUT BY JUDGE
In this week’s webitorial, the EFC Vice President Don Hutchinson explains what happened as the Supreme Court of British Columbia threw out charges against alleged polygamists Winston Blackmore and James Oler.

DON’T FORGET WE’RE DIGITAL NOW!
EFC’s award winning magazine Faith Today is now available in digital format for easy viewing anywhere! Start thinking about this unique gift for your missionaries – a gift that can be accessed anywhere in the world.

CALLING ALL MINISTERIALS
The EFC is interested in working with and serving city networks or ministerials across Canada. If you are part of such a group, please email us the contact information of the leader. Thank you!

CHRISTIAN LEADERS CONNECT IN HALIFAX, N.S.
Don’t miss this opportunity to join Don Hutchinson, director of the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life, and Rick Hiemstra, director of EFC’s Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelism, at Faith Tabernacle on Tues, Nov 10 to discuss how we can link our understanding of societal trends with our faith in God’s purposes. Pre-registration closes Oct. 27.

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR CHRISTIAN LEADERS CONNECTION IN VICTORIA
Register before Sept. 30 to join this ministry and marketplace leaders’ gathering hosted by Oaklands Chapel on Wed, Oct. 14. The theme, “Being Evangelical in a Complex World,” will include presentations from Bruce J. Clemenger, president of the EFC and Rick Hiemstra, director, Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism (CRCE).

Mission ARCTIC!
Most Canadians do not think of the Arctic as a destination for a mission trip. One team did. Read this article, posted at EFC’s Christianity. ca, and hear their experience and the many opportunities to serve,

CHRISTIAN LEADERS CONNECT IN LANGLEY, B.C.
ACTS Seminary at Trinity Western University is hosting a Christian Leaders Connection on Friday, Oct. 16 with Bruce J. Clemenger, president of the EFC and Rick Hiemstra, director of The Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism (CRCE). They will share some of the CRCE's latest research to help you minister in a complex world. Pre-register by Oct. 2.

ARE EVANGELICALS “UN-CANADIAN” and “CRIMINALLY-MINDED?”
David Haskell, associate professor of journalism and contemporary studies at Wilfred Laurier University, found that Canadian news media often frame Evangelicals as “Un-Canadian” and “Criminally-Minded.” Read Paul Godkin’s review of Professor Haskell’s Through a Lens Darkly: How the News Media Perceive and Portray Evangelicals, in the new issue of Church & Faith Trends to learn more about this important book.

Interested in Enhancing Saskatoon’s Local Church Marriage Ministries?
Greg McCombs, director of the EFC's Canadian Marriage and Family Network (CMFN), will travel to Saskatoon in Oct. to meet with local pastors and church leaders about working together to intentionally transform the relational landscapes of their churches and the communities they serve. Operating on the EFC’s partnership platform, CMFN seeks to inspire and facilitate sustainable church networks across Canada who desire to see marriages that are passionate about transforming marriages and families.

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INTERNS WELCOMED IN OTTAWA
The EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life in Ottawa welcomes interns Elena Merritt from the University of Ottawa Law School and Karis Brynjolfson from the Laurentian Leadership Centre of Trinity Western University for the fall semester.


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