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Faith and Life Sciences Webinar Videos Now Available!

We are pleased to report that videos of the two recent (English only) webinars organized by the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group are now available on our Youtube channel. We once again thank the presenter, Dr. James Rusthoven, and moderator, Rev. Dr. Peter Kuhnert, as well as everyone in the FLSRG for their hard …

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WCC shares “Voices of Lament, Hope and Courage” resource for churches worldwide

In March of this year, the World Council of Churches (WCC) prepared a new prayer book, “Voices of Lament, Hope and Courage.” The prayer book served not only as a guide for the special upcoming WCC “Week of Prayer in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic” (March 22-27, 2021) but also as a resource for …

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Learning about Gene Editing Technology at the FLSRG’s Recent Webinar Series

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group concluded its two-webinar series “CRISPR-Cas9: From Anti-Viral to Going Viral” (English only). Presented by Dr. James Rusthoven, the series brought Christian bioethics to bear on CRISPR-Cas9. This revolutionary technology enables geneticists to alter parts of the genome by removing, adding, or altering sections …

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Federal Court of Appeal decision disappointing but acknowledges ineffectiveness of review process

The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International and The Canadian Council of Churches responded with disappointment to the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision overturning the lower court’s ruling that the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) is unconstitutional. Although it allowed the government’s appeal, the Court pointed to potential shortcomings in the review process for …

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A Prayer for Healing, Gratitude, and a Just Transition on the National Day of Observance for COVID-19

As Canada mourns the lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic today, we commend the use of this prayer, written by General Secretary Pastor Peter Noteboom, for reflection and intercession in your hearts and communities.   “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or …

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A Cross-Canada Day of Prayer for Hong Kong on March 21

Mark your calendars for March 21, 2021! We invite churches to participate in a day of prayer for peace and justice to transform Hong Kong and to join others across Canada in an evening prayer gathering conducted virtually.  WHEN: March 21, 2021 | 7-8 PM EST   WHERE: The evening prayer gathering will be conducted virtually using Zoom. Register …

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What is gene-editing technology and why should Christians care? A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Peter Kuhnert

Starting next month, the Council’s Faith and Life Sciences Reference Group (FLSRG) will be hosting a two-part webinar series (English only) on CRISPR/Cas9, a gene-editing technology that is raising new possibilities and questions regarding the treatment of diseases. Register for these webinars on Eventbrite. We asked FLSRG Co-Chair, Rev. Dr. Peter Kuhnert, to help us better …

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Federal Court of Appeal must uphold decision to strike down Safe Third Country Agreement

On 23 and 24 February, the Federal Court of Appeal will hear the Canadian government’s appeal of a decision finding that the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) is unconstitutional. Amnesty International (AI), the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), and The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) will once again join individual refugee claimants as their …

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Important update on the Safe Third Country Agreement

OTTAWA – The Safe Third Country Agreement will be back in court on Feb. 23 and 24, as the Canadian government seeks to overturn a decision that the US-Canada refugee pact is unconstitutional. Amnesty International, the Canadian Council for Refugees, and the Canadian Council of Churches, will once again join individual litigants in arguing the …

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