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Canadian Christians sing

GMA Canada celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Covenant Awards by releasing a commemorative collection of the History of Canadian Christian Music January 29. The three-CD set contains more than 45 tracks by artists such as Brian Doerksen, Starfield, Daniel Band, Hokus Pick, Connie Scott, Rhythm & News, Thousand Foot Krutch, Hawk Nelson, Relient K, The Toronto Mass Choir, The Torchmen Quartet, Jake, downhere, The Suspenders, George Beverly Shea, Steve Bell and Carolyn Arends.

Evangelical Fellowship supports Unborn Victims of Violent Crime Act

Canada's House of Commons voted 147 to 132 on March 5 to pass second reading of Bill C-484, the Unborn Victims of Violent Crime Act. The bill will now proceed to hearings before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Issues. After detailed study by the committee, the bill would need to pass third reading in the House of Commons and also be approved by the Senate. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is urging Canadians to urge MPs to support the bill.

Darkness on the earth

Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives is encouraging Canadian Christians to turn off their lights for an hour at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 to symbolize their commitment to the international 'Re-Energize: Time For A Carbon Sabbath' campaign.

Mennonites offer their experience

The Mennonite Committee on Human Rights has recommended that information on Mennonites be included in the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights to be built in Winnipeg. The committee's formal presentation suggests that the museum should include information on Mennonites' experience of persecution as a small Christian sect in Europe beginning in the 16th century, the Mennonites' displacement of native people in Ukraine and Canada, and Mennonites' global advocacy of peace and reconciliation. The proposal was put together by a group of Mennonite organizations, including the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Canadian Mennonite University, Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society and Mennonite Central Committee Canada.

Waging peace

An exhibit of 150 photographs and children's artwork from the refugee camps of the Darfur region of western Sudan is currently on a tour of major international cities. It will be at Calgary's Glenbow Museum, the third Canadian stop on the tour, March 14 - 21. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced during a five-year conflict in the region. Representatives of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian religions will speak at the Calgary event.

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It's not just homosexuals

A recent Vote Life, Canada! blog post argues that not just homosexuality but all "sterile sex" -- that is, sex with purposes other than procreation -- is responsible for many North American ills, including a declining birth rate, sexual obsessions, family breakups, abortion, and the growing influence of Islam and secularization.

Canadian song a winner

Canadian Greg Sczebel's song 'Homeland' was named Session II 2007 Grand Prize Winner in the Gospel category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. The song concerns a close friend's courageous battle with cancer. Sczebel will now compete against the Session I winner for the 2007 Lennon Award in the Gospel category. The international Competition gives awards in 12 categories each year, with the 12 Lennon Award winners competing for 'Song of the Year.'

Lutheran movies

Lutheran Church-Canada is inviting its members and congregations to submit four-minute videos to be shown at its 2008 convention in Winnipeg June 5 - 9. The videos should address the convention theme 'Give Jesus Glory: His Calling our Praise.'

Matthews heading south?

Victoria Matthews, who served as bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton from 1997 to 2007, has been nominated to become Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch in New Zealand. Matthews, considered a thoughtful theologian, resigned from the Edmonton diocese last fall after narrowly losing an election to become primate of the Anglican Church of Canada in the summer of 2007. The New Zealand appointment has not yet been ratified by the diocese.

The bus stops here

Bus Stop Bible Studies now has 1,200 advertising posters on display in transit systems in Toronto, Burlington and Calgary. Most of the posters have a Bible verse and a short explanatory comment, but some just have a photo of creation. The ministry, designed to get people to think about God, was begun by David Harrison.

March 13/2008

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