Organizational News

11 Apr 2008 ARPA Canada Officially Launches!

April 21, 2008 - The Waiting is Over, The Action Begins!The time has come - the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA) Canada has officially left the starting gate. ARPA Canada is a Christian non-profit organization devoted to encouraging political awareness and action in Reformed churches and bringing a Biblical perspective to our civil authorities.After many months of planning and preparation, ARPA Canada is now "going public" with its official launch. This means that the website www.arpacanada.ca has completed its testing mode and is ready to be great resource for all who are looking for news, research, or action items. Furthermore, ARPA Canada is the theme of this month's Reformed Perspective magazine. Over ten thousand complimentary magazines are being sent to churches across the country! The launch also means that ARPA Canada's director Mark Penninga has completed the requirements for his Master's degree in political science and is now able to devote more time to fulfilling the misision of ARPA Canada. You may have heard the word ARPA before. Local ARPA groups have been working for years in communities across the country, trying to promote political action in the local Reformed churches. But many of these groups have struggled with a lack of support, coordination, and resources to help them with this momentous task. ARPA Canada's vision is to learn from the past and to think bigger - to encourage political awareness and participation among all members of the Reformed churches, as part of our calling to be a light in the world. We also want to lead by example and go to our civil governments with a Biblical perspective on issues that mean a lot to us: family, the sanctity of human life, economics, our freedoms, among others. We believe that God's sovereignty also applies to social and political matters and that we have a responsibility to be a witness there as well. Since this is often a complicated and intimidating calling, ARPA Canada's goal is to provide the resources, encouragement, and leadership to make this easier for people in the Reformed church community to do.
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31 Mar 2008 A WELCOMED ALLY

Christian political organizations already exist, so where does ARPA Canada fit in? by Mark Penninga, Director, ARPA Canada Politics impacts everything we do, from what kinds of light bulbs we can buy to what we read on our cereal boxes. Given the impact politics has on our daily lives, it’s worth asking how much Christians are doing to positively influence society through politics. Which Christian organizations are already involved in Canadian politics? How successful are they? And is there room for one more?
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31 Mar 2008 ARPA Canada Endorsements

  “ARPA Canada’s determination to engage and motivate Christians to be active in a positive way in the political arena is most welcome. More Christian involvement, especially by the Reformed community, in the secular public square is a must. Only the light of God’s Word can show the way out of the present darkness and provide the hope and encouragement needed to find solutions that work. ARPA’s desire to work with grassroots local groups is most commendable. I sincerely hope that many get inspired by this new initiative to establish...

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24 Jan 2008 Ending Soon! – CONTEST – Name the e-newsletter!

The ARPA Canada e-newsletter (coming soon) needs a name. Let us know what you think a good name would be. Be as creative as you like!For who? - Everyone may enter, regardless of age or interest in politics.How? - Submit your entries (as many as you like) through the website email form available here. When? - Final deadline is February 29. Prize - Winner receives a copy of Tim Bloedow's recent book State vs. Church. ...

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04 Sep 2007 ARPA Canada: Set to Launch in April!

ARPA Canada, a new Christian political advocacy group will be officially launching in April. ARPA Canada will serve as a centre for coordinating political action among Reformed churches; providing news, research, support, and motivation. It will also communicate a Biblical view of current political issues to our provincial and federal governments. The Reformed church community has a history of political action and involvement in Canada. Already in the 1980’s local groups formed in churches and became known as ARPA’s (Association for Reformed Political Action). In 2000, an effort was made by the Reformed Perspective Foundation to encourage new ARPA groups across the country. Peter Veenendaal toured the country promoting political action in local congregations. As a result a number of groups sprung up and made some significant accomplishments.
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