eFC endorses Palliative Care Motion in
The EFC endorses and supports a private member’s motion in the House of Commons aimed at improv- ing palliative care. M-456, Establishing a Pan-Can-adian Palliative and End-of-Life Care Strategy, was introduced by NDP MP Charlie Angus and jointly seconded by
nine MPs from the NDP, Liberal and Conservative parties.
M-456 had its first hour of debate on April 1. Read more
eFC in Supreme Court on Religious Freedom
The guarantee of freedom of religion in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms can’t be easily brushed aside
when a province mandates what schools must teach, the
EFC argued recently in the Supreme Court of Canada.
The Loyola High School v. Attorney General of Quebec case
concerns the Government of Quebec’s refusal to permit a
private Catholic school to teach ethics and religion from a
Catholic perspective. Read more at www.theEFC.ca/Loyola.
eFC Writes Law Societies About Trinity
Western Law School
The EFC has sent letters in support of Trinity Western
University’s proposed school of law to four law societies
considering whether or not to accept graduates of the
recently approved TWU law school. Letters to the Nova
Scotia Barristers’ Society, Law Society of Upper Canada
(Ontario), Law Society of British Columbia and Law So-
ciety of New Brunswick challenge each to comply with
human rights legislation in their own provinces as well as
earlier decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada. Read
more at www.theEFC.ca/letters.
geoff Tunnicliffe to Step Down From WeA
Geoff Tunnicliffe will be stepping down as secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance at the end of 2014.
Dr. Tunnicliffe, a Canadian who also serves with the EFC,
has served two five-year terms at the
WEA. The EFC is one of 129 national
alliances which belong to the WEA.
Helping Improve Canada’s
The Government of Canada invited
public input into the reform of Canada’s prostitution laws. The online
consultation ended March 17. The
EFC encouraged supporters to participate, and provided the government with a report and recommendations. The EFC participated in a
consultation meeting with Minister
of Justice Peter MacKay along with other organizations.
new Canada Watch Online
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As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations at The evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Faith Today is introducing members of the board
of directors (listed at www.theeFC.ca/
board). We continue with David Guretzki, professor of theology, church
and public life at Briercrest College and
F T: What made you want to sit on the
Dg: I’ve long been impressed by how the
eFC consistently sought to bring biblical
perspectives on matters that affect the
general Canadian public as a whole, and
not simply matters that pertain only to
evangelical believers. I liked that the eFC
was an organization that was having a
presence in places where most of us, on
our own, would be unable to go.
F T: What’s the most important
thing the eFC is doing these
days, in your opinion?
Dg: I believe one of the most
important functions of the eFC is
found in its convening power. As far
as I can tell, it is the only evangelical
organization in Canada that can
effectively gather people together
from a wide variety of ministry
contexts for strategic conversation and
action. second, I think the eFC is widely
understood as having a voice where most
churches and organizations could only
dream of going themselves.
FT: What is the biggest challenge
facing Canada right now?
Dg: As a theologian and educator, I’m
concerned that we are seriously under-
estimating the massive influence our pub-
lic educational system,
media, leisure, judicial,
and marketplace con-
texts have in undermin-
ing a truly Christ-centred
outlook on life. We are
daily bombarded with dir-
ect and indirect messa-
ges that reinforce ideolo-
gies inherently contrary
to the gospel of Jesus.
so I’m also concerned
that the church itself is underequipped to
discern this is happening. I certainly make
no claims to knowing the future, but if the
historical trajectory holds true, it seems
to me Canada is on the road to becoming
a place where certain freedoms to preach
the gospel and make disciples will eventu-
ally be threatened.
FT: Thank you, David. May god bless
you and your work. FT
Meet the eFC Board: David guretzki