Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) is a national parachurch association of over 145 affiliated church denominations, ministry organizations, and educational institutions, plus 1,000 local church congregations. All affiliated groups identify themselves as part of the evangelical movement in Canada.
The EFC was founded in 1964 as a means of promoting cooperative participation in the Canadian political and social arenas. The organization promotes public awareness of issues that are of concern to the evangelical community, facilitates cooperation among various ministries, and advocates on public policy issues. It has made many submissions to government on controversial legislation regarding issues such as religious freedoms, defining marriage, child pornography, and abortion/fetal rights. In 1982 a coalition of groups including the EFC successfully campaigned to have "the supremacy of God" recognized in the preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The EFC publishes Faith Today, a major evangelical magazine in Canada, founded in 1983 under the leadership of Brian Stiller.
The EFC is a member of the World Evangelical Alliance. From 2005 to the end of 2014, the WEA was directed by Geoff Tunnicliffe, a Canadian who also served as the EFC's director of global initiatives.
The EFC has occasionally collaborated with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on certain matters of moral theology, such as abortion, gay marriage, regulating reproductive technologies, and euthanasia.
- Canadian Bishops’ intervention heard on reproduction act (Apr. 2009)
- The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada – Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide (Oct. 2015)
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