Evangelical values Not canadian?
Should NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair apologize? When media started reporting on Crossroads, an EFC affiliate which gets government funding for
digging wells in Uganda, Mulcair slammed “these types of
evangelical groups with vision that goes completely against
not only Canadian values, but Canadian law.” EFC Vice-President Don Hutchinson explored the issue at www.
theEFC.ca/ActivateCFPL (see posts on Feb. 11 and 15) and
in other media appearances.
Other blogs at ActivateCFPL address the controversy
over a law school at the EFC affiliate Trinity Western University (Jan. 23, also printed in the National Post) and the
Idle No More movement (Jan. 10), among other topics.
Defend Dignity in Saskatchewan
To encourage the abolition of prostitution in Canada, the
EFC is partnering with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, an EFC affiliate, in an initiative called Defend Dignity. Defend Dignity advocates for law reform and equips
churches and individuals to get more involved.
EFC Policy Analyst Julia Beazley will be one of the
speakers at two information forums in Saskatchewan –
April 20 at Prince Albert Alliance Church and repeated
April 21 in Saskatoon at Circle Drive Alliance Church.
Trisha Baptie, founder of Honour Consulting, will share
her story as a formerly sexually exploited woman. A forum
was also held recently in Caledonia, Ont., on March 1.
Find out more at www.defenddignity.ca and www.
on the calendar This Month
At www.theEFC.ca/calendar you can see a series of
Promise Keepers and Women Alive conferences, seminars from the Canadian Council of Christian Charities,
a World Vision series with Shane Claiborne called The
Upside Down Kingdom, and more. Find out what’s
new in your area or to add your event for free.
Locations for March and April events listed there include
Banff, Caledonia, Cambridge, Edmonton, Grande Prairie,
Halifax, Hamilton, Lethbridge, London, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Port Perry, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto,
Vancouver, Waterloo, Winnipeg and more. New events are
added every few days, so make it a habit to stop by.
Dialogue With roman catholics
EFC Vice-President Aileen Van Ginkel met Dec. 5-7
with a group of six Evangelicals and six Roman Cath-
olics who gather twice a year to pray together, study
the areas of faith and practice where we disagree or
misunderstand one another, and propose ways in
which we can work together in the future. The meet-
ing included an afternoon when nine guests joined
the regular dialogue members in talking about what
we mean by “being saved.” Another major study area
is the importance of Scripture in the lives of Evangel-
ical and Roman Catholic believers.
pope’s resignation courageous: WEa
The World Evangelical Alliance wishes “God’s blessing upon
Pope Benedict in his retirement and prays for wisdom as the
leaders of the Catholic Church select their next Pontiff,” according to Feb. 11 news release at www.worldea.org. It views
the resignation as a courageous move made from a desire to
seek the best for the Roman Catholic Church. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, secretary general of the WEA, is a Canadian who also
serves as the EFC’s director of global initiatives.
“I have found the Pontiff to be warm and authentic in our
meetings,” he says. “I appreciate his courage of ideas, even
when they do not resonate with contemporary attitudes.”
A historic document developed during Pope Benedict’s
tenure was Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World,
a statement shared by the Roman Catholic Church, the
World Council of Churches and the WEA. A bilateral theo-
logical dialogue of the WEA and the Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity will release its results in 2014.
religious Freedom office Emerges
EFC Vice-President Don Hutchinson was a panellist
at the Government of Canada consultation in 2011
about developing a new Office of Religious Freedom,
and now in February he attended the announcement
naming Andrew Bennett as its ambassador. Bennett, a
Roman Catholic, is dean of Augustine College, a Christian liberal arts college in Ottawa. He has a PhD in
politics from the University of Edinburgh and a master
of arts in history from McGill University in Montreal.
Two End-of-life cases
The EFC is awaiting court decisions in two end-of-life cases.
The EFC’s previously submitted written arguments in
Carter v. Canada will be presented in the B. C. Court of Appeal the first week of March. This case is a challenge to
Canada’s laws that prohibit assisting someone to commit
suicide. Learn more at www.theEFC.ca/carter.
A different case, Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, was heard in
the Supreme Court of Canada in December. The EFC intervened there to address principles related to disconnecting
medical equipment keeping someone alive. Learn more at
prayer alert: colombia
The EFC’s Religious Liberty Commission released an alert
requesting prayer for Christians in Colombia who have increasingly been the target of persecution by illegal militants
and guerrilla groups. Recently a pastor and his wife were
threatened and then murdered by these groups. Read more
and sign up for email alerts at www.theEFC.ca/alerts. FT