Prostitution law unveiled
The EFC responded to the unveiling of the Canadian government’s proposed new prostitution laws in early June.
“It’s great to see the government take seriously the task
of crafting new laws to ensure that prostitution is not de-criminalized,” said EFC President Bruce J. Clemenger.
“Our desire is to ensure vulnerable and at-risk persons
are protected, and that all forms of sexual exploitation be
eliminated. The new legislation will go a long way toward
achieving those objectives.” Get the latest details at www.
Quebec legalizes Euthanasia
In June Quebec’s National Assembly passed Bill 52,
which legalizes euthanasia under the name “medical aid
in dying.” All healthcare institutions in Quebec now must
develop policies for responding to adults who request
help to die. For the EFC’s response, see www.theEFC.
Major Study on Bible Engagement Released
The EFC, along with its partners in the Canadian Bible
Forum, have released a major new study looking at Bible
engagement in Canada. Learn more and find links to download the report at www.theEFC.ca/BibleEngagementStudy.
EFC denominational leaders Meet
Bruce Clemenger participated in a gathering of denominational leaders in April. Twice a year leaders from
EFC affiliate denominations meet together in a peer-led
gathering to pray together and discuss issues of common
Bruce and Tracy Clemenger Address
Adoption on Tv
Bruce Clemenger and his wife Tracy were interviewed on
Context with Lorna Dueck. The show featured Governor General David Johnston. They spoke on why adoption and fostering is a social and justice issue for Canadian children and
youth. Check out the EFC’s www.AdoptionSunday.com. FT
As part of the 50th anniver- sary celebrations at the Evangelical Fellowship
of Canada, Faith today has been
introducing members of the board
of directors (listed at www.theEFC.
ca/board). Bill Fietje is chair of the
board and president of the Associated Gospel Churches.
F T: What made you want to sit on
the EFC board?
BF: I have had a long and positive
relationship with the EFC since the
early 1990s. Sitting on various EFC
roundtables and meeting excellent leaders engaged my mind in
the opportunities and challenges
of Evangelicals in Canada. I could
see that being on this board would
have the greatest amount of
impact for the work of Christ in this
nation. It is an honour to serve.
F T: What’s the most important
thing the EFC is doing these
days, in your opinion?
BF: the role the EFC plays in being
a collaborative voice for Evangelic-
als today is of most importance.
the EFC listens to Christian lead-
ers across Canada and represents
that voice to the very highest
levels in our nation. the EFC is
proactive in mobilizing resolutions
around issues of human traffick-
ing, prostitution and abuse of all
types against children, women and
minorities. In addition, the issue of
religious freedom here in Canada
and around the world is an issue
the EFC takes very seriously.
the two recent research studies,
Hemorrhaging Faith and Bible
Engagement, co-sponsored with
others, have captured the atten-
tion of Christian minds in Canada.
these studies have awakened
many to the need for theological
clarity around what it means to be
a committed Christian in Canada.
FT: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing Canada
BF: the Canadian Church has been
increasingly isolating itself from the
mainstream of Canadian thought.
In doing so, the Church has not
presented to our society a holistic
and full gospel at all. It has refined
the truth of the gospel to an individ-
ual escape from hell and entrance
into heaven. the gospel certainly is
about that deliverance, but the gos-
pel is also a work and a word about
reconciliation of the world to God.
the evangelical church in Canada
has for far too long lived on the
margins of our society. Now Evan-
gelicals must engage our society
with meaningful involvement at
every level. the Church needs
to awake and present and live a
gospel that transforms our post-
Christian society through faith.
FT: Thanks, Bill. May God bless
your service on the board and
with the AGC. FT
Meet the EFC Board: Bill Fietje