March 1, 2010
OTTAWA – The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has launched a new booklet to equip Canada’s youth and young adults. ”How Merciful: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide,” the second booklet in its [ACTIVATE] series, examines the title issues, while providing statistics and an analysis of existing laws and policies. Several testimonies and expert opinion have been included along with practical suggestions for how readers can take action.
These EFC resources are intended to help youth and young adults to understand and address today’s public policy issues that have both a now and future impact. Created in collaboration between staff from the EFC’s Centre for Faith and Public Life and a student from an EFC affiliate college, the booklet is in full-colour, glossy format with high-quality images and pictures. Although it is designed to assist youth and young adults in their understanding of the realities of euthanasia and assisted suicide, the content will be of value to all generations.
“Canadian Christian youth are our best hope for the protection of Canada’s most vulnerable, be they the elderly, the desperate or the ill,” says Faye Sonier, the EFC’s Legal Counsel. “We have seen time and again that when we give youth the chance to be equipped and empowered, they seize the opportunity and make their own voices heard.”
Sonier says, “This is an issue that affects both the young and old. If Bill C-384 which is currently before the House of Commons is passed, it would be perfectly legal for a depressed 18 year old to seek and receive assisted suicide. Is this the kind of Canada they want to live in? Let’s listen to what Canada’s young people have to say.”
The [ACTIVATE] series is a resource for youth and young adults seeking to live out their faith in a challenging and impacting way. The booklets will include current statistical and factual information, case studies, testimonies, scriptural foundation for the principles discussed as well as action items that can be undertaken by young people alone or in conjunction with their churches, families and youth groups.
Visit www.evangelicalfellowship.ca/activate to order your copy of How Merciful: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide today.
For more information or an interview contact:
905-479-5885, ext. 227
THE EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP OF CANADA
Together for influence, impact and identity
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is the national association of evangelical Christians, gathered together for influence, impact and identity in ministry and public witness. Since 1964 the EFC has provided a national forum for Evangelicals and a constructive voice for biblical principles in life and society. In addition to 39 evangelical denominations, the EFC affiliates include ministry organizations, educational institutions and individual congregations, who uphold a common statement of faith. The EFC is an active participant in the World Evangelical Alliance.