The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Update, June 22, 2010

General June 22, 2010

Together for influence, impact and identity

Bruce J. Clemenger, president of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), is in Winnipeg, attending the 2010 World Religions Summit for Interfaith Leaders in the G8 Nations. This is the fifth such summit held in conjunction with the host country of the G8 summit and features faith leaders from the G8 nations. Read accounts of the meeting from the Winnipeg Free Press and other publications at

The EFC-endorsed Bill C-268, an act to amend the Criminal Code to increase the minimum sentences for persons who are involved in trafficking children under the age of 18 years old, was passed by the Senate June 17. This is the only private members’ bill passed in the current session of Parliament. Interestingly, the EFC also endorsed the last private members’ bill that was passed by Parliament in May, 2008 – Bill C-293, the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act. In the last ten years, 34 private members’ bills have been passed by Parliament and only 229 since Confederation in 1867. Check in on the EFC's progress on other social initiatives at

In a three minute video EFC Legal Counsel Faye Sonier shares thoughts on abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide based on her personal experience. You can also read her blog on

Who are the people who have shaped Canadian Evangelicalism?
Find out at the biographies catalogued at the CRCE’s Canadian Evangelicalism Bibliographies Project. If you know of biographies of important Canadian Evangelical leaders, please contact the EFC's Rick Hiemstra.

What is Your Understanding of Forgiveness?
Thoughts on Forgiveness and Aboriginal Residential Schools, a compelling Faith Today article written by Ray Aldred, Terry LeBlanc and Adrian Jacobs of the EFC's Aboriginal Ministries Council, asks: "How can we avoid making healing solely the responsibility of the victims of the aboriginal residential schools, and what might societal repentance and not assimilating First Nations people look like?"

Why Do you Work?
You can move beyond success to significance in the workplace as you learn how to transform your everyday life at the Purpose @ Work's Business and Leadership Conference, July 17 - 24 at Muskoka Bible Centre, Huntsville, Ont.

A Heart of Forgiveness
Don Hutchinson, vice-president of the EFC, looks into the heart of forgiveness in this article after a recent gathering of First Nations, Metis and Inuit leaders. They joined in a response to the Prime Minister’s request for forgiveness concerning past injustices as a result of the residential schools.

Paul Hilsden, ministry advancement associate for the EFC, will speak at Willowdale Pentecostal Church on June 27. The EFC team can speak at your ministry event or to your congregation. Please contact Paul Hilsden for more information. 

The Most Important Questions to ask when writing your will
How much is enough for my family? How much is enough for charity? Answering such questions can be helpful for those with a lifetime pattern of giving. You can bless charities through your will. The EFC, through its partnership with ADVISORS with Purpose (AWP), can help connect you with trained Christian advisors located across Canada. They are standing by to assist. Contact AWP at 1-866-336-3315 or visit the EFC website for more information.


EFC Facebook Page

EFC Law and Public Policy Blog

Main EFC Twitter Feed

EFC Law and Public Policy Feed

EFC Research on Canadian Evangelicalism Feed


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.

Please consider making an online donation to support our ministry. You can also contact us toll-free at 1-866-302-3362, local 905-479-5885 or email [email protected].

It is free to subscribe to this weekly EFC Update email newsletter. Feel free to view our privacy policy first.