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Bruce J. Clemenger - President

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2016

Nov. 1, 2016 - from Faith Today
Too Many Victims Child neglect and the response of our churches.

Sept. 1, 2016 - from Faith Today
Not the Time for Resignation The legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide leaves us much more work to do.

July 1, 2016 - from Faith Today
Do No Harm Will medical professionals really be required to kill? Aussi disponible en français: Les professionnels de la santé seront-ils vraiment obligés de tuer?

May 1, 2016 - from Faith Today
Loving our Dying Neighbours Let’s not make a hasty decision about legalizing the hastening of death.

March 1, 2016 - from Faith Today
We Don’t Seek to Impose Our Morality Christians seek the best for our land.

January 1, 2016 - from Faith Today
From sanctity of human life to individual autonomy Understanding how Canada has changed can help us in the debate on euthanasia.

2015

November 1, 2015 - from Faith Today
Dealing with religious differences How can we talk about reasonable accommodation for religious symbols in Canadian society?

September 1, 2015 - from Faith Today
Someone is looking for your vote Now is the time to set the agenda and tone of the election campaign [republished Sept. 16 at theEFC.ca/blog]

August 25, 2015 - blog post
Popular opinion or legal principle? TWU case heard in B.C. Reflections on the Ontario Superior Court decision in TWU v. LSUC.

July 7, 2015 - blog post
Ontario Court Decision on TWU Law School Reflections on the Ontario Superior Court decision in TWU v. LSUC.

May 5, 2015 - blog post
Will Religious Observance Be Allowed at Government Functions? Reflections on the Supreme Court Saguenay decision.

May 5, 2015 - from Faith Today
Advancing Religious Freedom Several recent court cases are clarifying the scope of our religious freedom.

March 24, 2015 - blog post
A Victory for Religious Freedom Supreme Court decision in the Loyola High School case.

March 10, 2015 - from Faith Today
Choosing Between Life and Death How to promote the sanctity of human life after the Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide.

February 10, 2015 - blog post
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Where Do We Go From Here? Reflections on the Carter v. Canada decision

February 4, 2015 - blog post
Organizations Free to Maintain Religious Identity Reflections on TWU v. Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society

January 1, 2015 - from Faith Today
Making Moral Judgments Will we all remain free to make countercultural, faith-based choices? [reposted on the FT blog, Jan. 14]

2014

November 20, 2014 - appeal letter to EFC supporters
The Future of Palliative Care Euthanasia and assisted suicide on demand are not the answer.

November 4, 2014 blog post
Protecting Minority Rights From the Majority Reflections on TWU and the Law Society of B.C.

November 1, 2014 - from Faith Today
A Time to Care, A Time to Act People nearing death need our care and tangible expressions of love.

October 21, 2014 blog post
Autonomy and the 6th Commandment Reflections on the Carter case (euthanasia at the Supreme Court).

September 30, 2014 - blog post
Prayer at Government Meetings Reflections on the Saguenay case (religious freedom at the Supreme Court).

September 15, 2014 - appeal letter to EFC supporters
Two Days in October Two consecutive days in October have profound implications for religious freedom in Canada.

September 1, 2014 - from Faith Today
Five Decades of Collaboration It's time to reflect on how God has blessed us. 

August 14, 2014 - call to prayer
Prayer for Iraq The EFC calls Canadians to prayer over the violence against Christians and other minorities in Iraq 

July 1, 2014 - from Faith Today
Forgiveness and Healing The RCMP funeral in Moncton was a profound experience we can all learn from. 

June 3, 2014 - blog post
Every Woman, Every Child : Working Together to Reduce Deaths From Pregnancy to Age Five

May 9, 2014 - appeal letter to EFC supporters
Prostitution Law Reform Letter Now is the time to stand up for women like Grace.

May 1, 2014 - from Faith Today
The Supreme Good The Charter of Rights and Freedoms has made intervening before the courts an important part of promoting biblical principles in Canadian society.

March 19, 2014 - appeal letter to EFC supporters
Should the Government Mandate the Curriculum of a Roman Catholic School? Regarding the Loyola High School v. Attorney General of Quebec case

March 1, 2014 - from Faith Today
Where's the Threat? Religious symbols don't compromise the secular nature of governments in Canada.

January 1, 2014 - from Faith Today
We’re More Than What We Do Sustaining the principles that shape our laws and impact our lives.

2013

November 1, 2013 - from Faith Today
But It's My Body! Canadians of differing religions and philosophies can agree to limits on what we may do with our bodies.

September 10, 2013 blog post
What Do Neutrality and Equality Have to Do With It? Reflections on the Quebec government's proposal to ban certain religious symbols.

September 1, 2013 - from Faith Today
What Does Your Church Look Like? Is it also a community centre and disaster response centre?

July 1, 2013 - from Faith Today
Two Days in June Are our laws on prostitution and euthanasia outdated?

May 21, 2013 Online reflection
Condolences on Elijah Harper's Death While Mr. Harper is best known for defeating the Meech Lake Accord (1990), he was the driving force behind the Sacred Assembly held in 1995.

May 1, 2013 - From Faith Today
Afraid of Debate Fear is the only thing preventing a parliamentary debate on abortion law.

April 23, 2013 Online reflection
Condolences on the Death of George Beverly Shea He was a humble man whose deep baritone voice prepared countless audiences for the preaching of Billy Graham.

March 15, 2013 - letter to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Congratulations on the Election of Pope Francis

March 1, 2013 - From Faith Today
A Disability Doesn't Define a Person We are all image-bearers of God.

January 1, 2013 - From Faith Today
Selling Embryos? We don't buy and sell people. [republished Feb. 26 at the ActivateCFPL blog]

2012

November 1, 2012 - From Faith Today
Fatherhood and the Fatherless: Let's pray and act for Canada's adoption-ready children.

September 1, 2012 - From Faith Today
Faith and Public Debate: Should faith-based arguments be excluded from public debates?

July 2, 2012 - From Faith Today
Serving or Being Served: How should we discern technological innovations?

May 2, 2012 - From Faith Today
How Broad Is Your Gospel? Are business and economics religiously neutral? Of course not!

March 2, 2012 - From Faith Today
Unexpected Affirmation: The Supreme Court of Canada agrees neutrality is philosophically impossible, which is good news for people of faith.

January 9, 2012 - From Faith Today
Don't Turn Them Away: Caring for vulnerable children and youth is our shared responsibility.

January 9, 2012 - From Faith Today
Rethinking Discipleship: We live in a culture that seeks to separate belief from expression, but Christian discipleship calls us to integrated lives of witness to the gospel.

2011

November 1, 2011 - From Faith Today
In a Secularized Culture: The quest for God today often shows up as a quest for justice.

September 11, 2011 Online reflection
Reflections on 9/11: Ten Years Later Let us renew our commitment to reject ... the impulse to use fear or intimidation to get our own way.

September 1, 2011 - From Faith Today
Hate Speech Versus Speaking in Love: Christian principles can help as Canadian lawmakers consider the definition of hate speech.

August 12, 2011 Online reflection
Statement on the Passing of the Honourable Jack Layton Canada has lost a passionate promoter of care for the poor and marginalized.

July 17, 2011 Online reflection
The Passing of an Advocate and a Teacher Gerald Vandezande was a messenger of good news and hope to the poor and marginalized, animated by a vision of life rooted in the gospel.

July 1, 2011 - From Faith Today
The Canadian Way: Canada handles the intersection of faith and politics differently than Britain, France or the United States.

May 3, 2011 - at theEFC.ca
An Electoral Call for Change: Commentary responding to the results of the May 2 federal election.

May 1, 2011 - From Faith Today
What Principles Sustain Our Laws?: If we don't nurture the principles that sustain our social programs, we may lose the will to maintain them.

March 1, 2011 - From Faith Today
Commercialization and Its Limits: When confronting the commodification of humans, true progress means affirming the dignity of all and limiting what can be bought and sold.

January 1, 2011 - From Faith Today
Renewing Canada’s Care for Children: The old adage that children should be seen and not heard is not something Christ practised.

2010

November 1, 2010 - From Faith Today
A Wake-Up Call: Caring for Canada’s Children: It is -- or should be -- a national concern.

November 1, 2010 - From Faith Today
Canada’s 30,000 Adoptable Children in a Labyrinth of Policy and Social Issues: What can we do to be culturally transformative and care for tens of thousands of parentless Canadian children?

March 1, 2010 - From Faith Today
Called to Love Our Neighbour: Evangelical activists such as those profiled in this issue are working out their Christian faith and meeting immediate needs. They continue a long and venerable tradition. (digital replica of original)

January 1, 2010 - From Faith Today
Taking "Christian" Out of Christian Ministry: Canadian religious charities that serve the general population face a major challenge in the Ontario case of Heintz v. Christian Horizons. (digital replica of original)

2009

November 1, 2009 - From Faith Today
Slavery in Canada: Any buying and selling of human life is an affront to the Christian world view – and to the principles all Canadians share

September 1, 2009 - From Faith Today
Presence, Perseverance and Persuasion: Let’s ensure Canadians appreciate – and our laws reflect – the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

July 1, 2009 - From Faith Today
The Ongoing Impact of Billy Graham: Two of Billy Graham’s greatest contributions are his integrity and the international networks he helped to found.

May 1, 2009 - From Faith Today
A Matter of Human Dignity: A Supreme Court case requires us to consider our commitment to the sanctity of human life. How dedicated are we to uphold it value?

March 1, 2009 - From Faith Today
Enjoying Life With God: An advertising campaign promoting atheism leads to reflection on enjoyment, self-restraint and how we live out our faith.

February 1, 2009 - From Church & Faith Trends
Evangelicalism and the Advancement of Religion: "Advancement of Religion" is the "charitable head" under which most evangelical churches and ministry organizations are registered with the Canada Revenue Agency. What does "advancing religion" mean; is it more than just worship services and Bible study?

January 1, 2009 - From Faith Today
Discipling the Mind: Christian higher education helps us bear witness to the full implications of our faith in all areas of life.

2008

December 3, 2008 - Open letter to Parliamentarians and Fellow Canadians
Wisdom and Governance.

November 1, 2008 - From Faith Today
Hopes for Canada’s 40th Parliament: Good governance requires civility.

September 29, 2008 - From Christianity.ca
Hutterites, Photo ID, Religious Freedom, and the Local Church: The impact could affect your congregation, denomination or organization.

September 1, 2008 - From Faith Today
China and the Church: Let's vow to continue praying for China after the Olympics, especially for its government leaders and its Christians.

July 1, 2008 - From Faith Today
Integrity in Public Ministry: A challenge against an employer's Christian lifestyle policy is an opportunity to explain integral Christian faith to a secular world.

May 1, 2008 - From Faith Today
How Churches Shape Culture: Churches must play both pastoral and prophetic roles.

April 2008 - From Christian Week
Listen, Learn and Serve: Diagnosing Events in the Middle East.

March 1, 2008 - From Faith Today
Muslims and Public Policy: Blaming social changes on Muslim immigrants is simplistic and unhelpful.

January 1, 2008 - From Faith Today
Living In-Between: Palestinian Christians can teach us how the Incarnation can influence our daily lives.

2007

November 1, 2007 - From Faith Today
Meeting President Ahmadinejad of Iran: A meeting in New York City afforded an opportunity to try to understand the controversial leader.

September 17, 2007 - Letter to the leaders of all political parties in the House of Commons
Age of Consent Legislation: A call to reinstate Bill C-22 to protect young Canadians.

September 1, 2007 - From Faith Today
Healthy Ministry Requires Clarity: To free us to act on our gifts requires we agree on who is responsible for what and who has authority to set direction and assign tasks.

July 24, 2007 - Letter to the National Post
Hateful Vision: Any “double standard” or discrimination of religious leaders should be examined by the “media elite” for the sake of fairness, balance and integrity. 

July 2, 2007 - From Faith Today
The Environment or God's Creation?: The Earth must be stewarded, cared for and respected – for it is not ours but God’s

May 30, 2007 - Letter to the Prime Minister
Canada’s Foreign Policy on Sudan: Urgest protection of civilians and humanitarian aid workers, implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), and effective implementation of targeted Security Council measures

May 2, 2007 - From Faith Today
Practising Generosity: Let generousity become a discipline that characterizes our lives.  It will be a form of witness in a materialistic society

February 28, 2007 - From Faith Today
The Charter: Uncharted Territory? Let’s be articulate and engage fully in public discussions about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and about applying the principles of justice

January 2, 2007 - From Faith Today
Becoming Reconcilers: Evangelicals in the Middle East are strategically placed to make a difference in the region

January 2, 2007 - From the Globe and Mail
Myths About Evangelicals: A Response to John Ibbitson. Commentary on a December 8 column in the Globe and Mail.

2006

November 21, 2006 - From abOUT: The Gay Life Magazine
Why Re-open the Debate on Gay Marriage? Responses to two questions asked by abOUT: The Gay Life Magazine.

November 1, 2006 - From Faith Today
Responding to Distortions: Rather than being incompatible with Canadian society, Evangelicals contribute positively in all areas of life.

September 29, 2006 - From Faith Today
An Uneasy Conscience: Why do almost one-third of Canadians tell pollsters they feel uneasy around born-again Christians?

July 19, 2006 - From Christianity.ca
The Israel/Lebanon Crisis: Will the actions taken be justifiable and acceptable to the next generation who will live with the consequences?

June 23, 2006 - From Faith Today
An Integrated Faith: Remembering the influence of Francis Schaeffer and how he encouraged integral thinking.

June 23, 2006 - From Christianity.ca
Of Church, State and the Political Engagement of Evangelicals: The participation of churches in politics is part of their mission, but their engagement must be within a broader mandate under the sovereignty of God and the Lordship of Christ.

April 26, 2006 - From Faith Today
The Ottawa Manifesto: On the call to fight homelessness.

March 23, 2006 -
Letter to the Prime Minister: Thanks for telephoning the president of Afghanistan regarding the man on trial for converting to Christianity.

March 1, 2006 - From Faith Today
Have Evangelical Optics Changed? Election ushers in a new maturity towards Evangelicals.

Winter 2006 - From Channels
Of Church, State and the Political Engagement of Evangelicals

2005

December 14, 2005 - From Faith Today
Faith and the "Values" Debate: What are Canadian values? What should Canada's guiding principles be?

October 19, 2005 - From Faith Today
Principles to Live By: A public debate on assisted suicide and euthanasia will be one of the next major issues facing Canadian Christians.

August 25, 2005 - From Faith Today
Misconceptions: Inaccurate portrayals of Evangelicals in the news are harmful and unacceptable, but how do we challenge them?

July 27, 2005 - From Canada Watch 
Being Faithful: So where do we go from here after the passage of Bill C-38, which redefines marriage?

June 23, 2005 - From Faith Today
Can We Run for Office? Evangelicals are valuable participants, not pariahs, in a healthy democracy.

May 3, 2005 - From Canada Watch
Public Witness
: The EFC facilitates and participates in public witness in ways that are unique to its calling.

May 2, 2005 - From Faith Today
Reflecting What We're For: As evangelicals we are called to bear witness to the reality of the lordship of Christ in all that we say and do.

March 2, 2005 - From Faith Today
Why Churches Must Speak: Churches drawn into the public debate on marriage can find guidelines for their witness.

2004

December 16, 2004 - From Faith Today
Marriage Refashioned: The participation of all Canadians, including evangelicals, in public policy discussions is needed now more than ever.

November 26, 2004 - From National Post
Understanding Fundamentalists - Published version of letter to the editor, National Post.
 
November 1, 2004 - From Faith Today
Integrating Faith and Work: Pastors, missionaries, teachers, social workers and business people all carry out valid ministries in God's kingdom

September 1, 2004 - From Faith Today
Of Sincere Belief: Canadians enjoy considerable freedom to practise their faith. Do Christians take full advantage of it?

July 1, 2004 - From Faith Today
In Word and Deed: Redemption extends to all of life: body, soul, mind and spirit. It involves the renewal of the mind and the healing of the body

June 1, 2004 - From Canada Watch
Thanksgiving and Prayer: Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, efforts of the Body of Christ in Canada to work together and give common expression to the biblical principles we share, have been rewarded.

April 24, 2004 - From The Globe and Mail
There is No Evangelical Conspiracy: Evangelicals form a sizeable segment of the Canadian population. Liberals, with polling questions that breed religious intolerance of Evangelicals, risk alienating them.

April 20, 2004 - From Faith Today
How and Why Evangelicals Vote: a feature article

April 20, 2004 - From Faith Today
Responding to Jewish Fears: A recent trip to Israel made by Canadian evangelical leaders offers context and perspective

March 1, 2004 - From Faith Today
To the Edge of Suffering: Thoughts on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ

January 1, 2004 - From Faith Today
A Controversial Message: Evangelism in a "Tolerant" Society

2003

December 1, 2003 - From Canada Watch
A Look at the Data: We're Doing Something Right, But There's Still Work to Be Done - commentary on the recent Ipsos-Reid survey, published in Canada Watch

November 1, 2003- From Faith Today
Of Church and State: These Two Can be Separated, But the Same is Not True of Faith and Politics

September 1, 2003 - From Faith Today
Keep Marriage Heterosexual: Why the Redefinition of Marriage Must Be Challenged in the Public Square

June 24, 2003 - From Faith Today
Passion and Calling: Faith Today Interviews Bruce Clemenger, the EFC's New President

June 17, 2003 - From MarriageInstitute.ca
Statement of Concern About Marriage, signed by Bruce Clemenger and other prominent Canadians

February 20 and June 12, 2003 - original airdates on Listen Up!
Same-sex Marriage: Who Decides?. This episode of the Listen Up television program includes interviews with Bruce Clemenger.

May 2003 - From Horizons
Redefining Marriage: What Options Is the Government Considering and What Will It Mean for Canadian Society?


April 22, 2003
The EFC Board Chooses a New President

The Board of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is immensely pleased to announce that Bruce Clemenger will be the next president of the EFC. The board was unanimous in its decision, taken at meetings on April 14, to appoint him to lead the EFC.

The decision is the result of nine months of prayers, searching, interviewing many people, and conversations involving Stephen Robinson (our consultant, president of Robinson, Fraser Group Ltd in Toronto), the Leadership Selection Team and the EFC Board.

All participants in this process have concluded that Bruce Clemenger best matches the needs, vision and mission of the EFC and that he will lead this vital organization with deep understanding, commitment, humility and persistence. Given the prayer initiatives undertaken throughout this search process, we believe that Bruce Clemenger is not only our choice but that he is God's choice for this new chapter of the EFC history.

Bruce Clemenger has served on staff since 1992. He is currently the director of the EFC's Centre for Faith and Public Life, based in Ottawa. He helped found the Centre in 1996 and has directed it since then. Appointing a new director for the Centre will be one of many the important tasks which he will take up officially on June 1.

Bruce Clemenger holds a Bachelor of Arts (honours) in economics and history, and a Master of Philosophical Foundations in political theory. He is currently nearing the final stages of work towards a PhD in political theory.

We congratulate Bruce, assure him of our prayers and show full support for him. It is a special delight to observe that the strength of the EFC has emerged to allow us an internal selection for senior leadership.

Prayerfully,
Paul E. Magnus, chair, board of directors of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

 

More About Bruce J. Clemenger

Biography
Presidential Charge
Articles and Letters

Media interviews: contact Anita Levesque MediaRelations@theEFC.ca

Speaking engagements: contact Valerie Hunter hunterv@theEFC.ca

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