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A series of ammunition explosions in the city of Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo on March 4 killed more than 200 people and destroyed a Roman Catholic Church. The... Read More
March 5, 2012 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Kathryn Sherer

Kathryn Sherer , a pianist who instructed hundreds of students and together with her violinist husband performed around the world, died at home on Feb. 28 after a long illness... Read More
March 1, 2012 | Web First | Jodi H. Beyeler
In this wonderfully crafted booklet, the last before his untimely death, Reimer gifts his readers with a succinct summary of a topic that has preoccupied much of Christian... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Web First - Book Reviews | By Harry Huebner

The Wiens family of Abbotsford enjoyed a unique family vacation at Camp Squeah last summer and plan to attend again this year.

A week of Family Camp at Camp Squeah turned out to be a summer highlight for the Wiens family of Abbotsford, B.C. Maria Wiens , her husband Gerhard and children Jacob and... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Focus On | By Angelika Dawson
Ontario Mennonite Music Camp is gearing up for its 29th year of music making. We’ve got a lot to offer! As always, we promise lots of music: piano, voice, winds, brass, choir,... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Focus On |

On a hot summer day last summer, Lisa Cressman, left, Christina Wilkinson and Camille Martin, staff members at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp in southwestern Ontario, cool off by being the target of water-filled sponges.

As we reach the 50th anniversary of Hidden Acres, it is abundantly clear that we have reason to celebrate! A camp still surviving would be reason enough, but a still-thriving,... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Focus On |

Sagamace Bible Camp, operated by Nordheim Mennonite Church in northwestern Manitoba, had to cancel its program last summer due to flooding, but hopes to be up and running in 2012.

Nordheim Mennonite Church in the small community of Winnipegosis is Mennonite Church Manitoba’s most remote congregation. More than 275 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg and far... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Julia Spicher Kasdorf, the Rod and Lorna Sawatzky Visiting Scholar, spoke to staff and students at Conrad Grebel University College and members of the public last month.

Ancestral worship for Mennonite writers is a great temptation, Julia Spicher Kasdorf told a faculty forum at Conrad Grebel University College on Feb. 17 as part of the award-... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dick Benner

Susan Nielsen, left, a member of Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, brought her neighbours Melanie and Kayla Beingessner to the “Mennonite Girls Can Cook” event last fall. “It was a great event,” says Melanie. “I hope she invites us to the next one.”

Committee meetings have a reputation for being necessary but tedious. But at Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, there is a standout exception to the rule in the Women... Read More
February 29, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld


When the massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) was one of the fortunate non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to receive money for its relief... Read More
February 29, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Tomas Urbina
Two neighbouring Winnipeg congregations, one Mennonite and the other Lutheran, decided to share their Sunday lunches and learn more about each other. In the process, they... Read More
February 29, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Love, sex, and baptism are seemingly unrelated topics, but according to Irma Fast Dueck, they each involve a deep commitment. Roughly sixty youth, youth pastors, and youth... Read More
February 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Ben Borne

Émilie Durville (Claudel) and Marcin Kaczorowski (Rodin) dance in Peter Quanz’s ballet Claudel/Rodin at Les Grands Ballets Canadien in the fall of 2011.

At the age of 17, dancer Peter Quanz of Wilmot Mennonite Church was already living in Winnipeg on his own. Before heading to Winnipeg, he commuted to an arts high school in nearby... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky

Kayla Thiessen, right, with a fellow Serve Nazareth intern wear period clothing for their work at Nazareth Village. Thiessen’s service experience resulted from a Mennonite Church Canada advertisement in her church bulletin.

Kayla Thiessen bubbles with enthusiasm when she talks about her short-term service experience through Mennonite Church Canada in Nazareth. The University of Manitoba graphic... Read More
February 15, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Deborah Froese

Bokayo Kanchoro collects water in Berena, Ethiopia, from an underground system filled with Oxfam tankered water. There are 3.2 million Ethiopians affected by the current drought and food crisis.

In a January report, two major humanitarian agencies confessed that they, along with the rest of the world, responded too slowly to the food crisis in East Africa last year, and... Read More
February 15, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Cheryl Pauls takes over as CMU president on Nov. 1.

When Cheryl Pauls takes over the reins from Gerald Gerbrandt , Nov. 1, as president of Canadian Mennonite University, she will guide the institution from a different academic... Read More
February 15, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Concerns of Indigenous Peoples were one of the topics for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Jamaica, 2011.

With the help of participants from several regions of the world a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation recently looked at Christian self-understanding in the context of... Read More
February 14, 2012 | Web First | news release

ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan welcoming them back into the fold.

Founded by breakaway U.S . Episcopal priests who left their former denomination because they felt it was too liberal, the Anglican Mission in the Americas is now in the middle of... Read More
February 10, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Bob Smietana

Fernando Enns of the Mennonite Church in Germany speaking at the IEPC in Kingston, Jamaica, 2011.

It must be admitted by people of faith that “religion is not just a solution to war and violence. Too often, it can be part of the problem,” Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse told a... Read More
February 10, 2012 | Web First | news release
Egyptian Christian humanitarian leaders say while politics and religion are garnering the most attention in their country right now, Egypt's serious humanitarian problems will... Read More
February 6, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Chris Herlinger
The key role played by young people during the transformations in the Arab world throughout the past year was a recurrent theme for the recent World Council of Churches ( WCC )... Read More
February 6, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | news release
Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet this week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing... Read More
February 6, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Alessandro Speciale

Archbishop Hieronymos II

Archbishop Hieronymos II of Athens and All Greece on Feb. 2 warned the Greek government of a possible social upheaval if more austerity measures are ushered in by international... Read More
February 3, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By John Zarocostas
A multi-year, multi-million dollar funding proposal submitted by Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) Canada has been turned down by the federal government’s Canadian International... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Web First | Gladys Terichow

Matthew Bergen creates large graffiti art for Bethany College’s retreat.

Every February, high school students from across Canada brave the cold, snow, and winter wind to make the trip to Hepburn, Saskatchewan for Bethany College’s Youth Advance (YA)!... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Focus On | By Wes Enns