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An Ohio court has given limited guardianship of a 10-year-old Amish girl to a lawyer who will make medical decisions instead of the girl's parents. Maria Schimer is also a... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | Katherine Burgess

Spong speaking to a church in England.

At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn't have to be the liberal enfant terrible whose pronouncements for gay rights and against traditional dogmas once... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | David Gibson


Author Malcolm Gladwell may not be known for writing on religion. His New York Times best-selling books "The Tipping Point," "Outliers," "Blink" and "What the Dog Saw" deal with... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Wilmer Martin, president and co-owner of TourMagination, sitting front left, and Yvonne Martin, back in sunglasses, enjoy tea while travelling in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on a joint TourMagination/MEDA trip in 2007.

Yvonne Martin, retired from the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, and her husband Murray, also retired, have travelled to many places—all of Canada, half of the U.S., and many... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

English professors Monika Hilder and Stephen Dunning together bring more than 40 years of research on the Inklings’ authors. They head the newly formed Inklings Institute of Canada at Trinity Western University.

Trinity Western University has established a new research unit dedicated to the study of a group of popular British authors and thinkers, the Inklings. While the name may not be... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Artbeat |

Rachel Kehl makes her own path to the future at First Mennonite Kitchener’s 200th anniversary fiesta.

A 200th anniversary fiesta broke out on First Mennonite Church’s parking lot on Sept. 28 with a bouncy castle, face painting, and worship in Spanish and English with the... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky
Four months after being placed on administrative leave by the board of Bethania Group Personal Care Homes, chief executive officer Ray Koop was let go on Oct. 3 following the... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Grace Smallboy sits among the decimated residents of North America/Turtle Island after many years of settler activity in the blanket exercise at a Kairos event held at Valleyview Mennonite Church, London, Ont., on Sept. 28.

Grace Smallboy, an Indian Residential School (IRS) survivor, sat on a small folded blanket in the middle of the Valleyview Mennonite Church sanctuary while around her others—... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

John Reesor, a resident of Stouffville, seen here with the peace plaque, was a conscientious objector during the Second World War.

When the white doves flew up from the newly installed peace plaque in the centre of Stouffville, Ont., Arnold Neufeldt-Fast’s heart must have stopped.Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Dick Benner

Brad Reimer with MCC Manitoba’s waste vegetable oil-powered vehicle.

When Ken Rempel stopped for a construction delay on Highway 2 near Winnipeg, the flagman asked if he was the guy who ran his car on vegetable oil. The flagman had confused Rempel... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this... Read More
September 30, 2013 | Web First | Kirsten Powers, colunnist
GRETNA, MAN.—At the start of September, Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) eagerly welcomed 142 students for the 2013-14 school year, representing an 8 percent increase from the... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

Kathy Bergen

Kathy Bergen, recently of Ramallah in Israel/Palestine, and Marty Troyer, a pastor in Houston, Tex., share a breadth of ministries related to peace as Anabaptist Mennonite... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | By Mary E. Klassen

Kevin Sherk, a second-year youth-work student, follows the red rubber ball (top left corner) during a game of Octasquash at Columbia Bible College’s first-year retreat.

Columbia Bible College launched its 78th academic year, welcoming 419 students onto campus.Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

A joyful greeting from Grebel’s upper-year students welcomes new students into the residence on ‘Move-in Day.’

This school year marks Conrad Grebel University College’s 50th anniversary! As Grebel welcomed new students from coast to coast into residence and resumed teaching a variety of... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

Preliminary fall enrolment numbers show a 2.5 percent increase in students registered for classes at Canadian Mennonite University’s Shaftesbury campus and in its Outtatown program, compared to last year. Overall, 621 students have registered, with graduate program registrations increasing significantly by 15 percent.

Increased enrollment, new courses, new program initiatives, and a massive building project come together to bring a palpable excitement in the halls, classrooms and offices of... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Aaron Kauffman, a senior at Goshen College, left, and Stan Grove, professor emeritus of biology at the college, remove a polypropylene mat that is used to harvest algae grown in the photo-bioreactor.

The glowing green tanks on the second floor of the Goshen College Science Hall look like something from a sci-fi movie.Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |
As a supply teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board, I find our high schools exceptional communities of discourse. I enjoy young adults navigating the critical... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | Betti Erb

Pastor Gordon Carter of United Mennonite Church, Black Creek, B.C., is flanked by Garry Janzen, executive minister of Mennonite Church B.C., left, and Willard Metzger, executive director of MC Canada, during a July 7 service that involved the congregation rejoining the national church.

When United Mennonite Church of Black Creek joined the Mennonite Church Canada family at a worship service on July 7, it was more than a welcome. It was a welcome back.Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

Kitchener’ Nish Singers—from left to right: Bonnie Misquatis, Marylin Sutherland and Heather Mujoury—drummed and sang at ‘Healing the sacred hoop,’ a two-day Mennonite Central Committee Ontario event in mid-September that focused on Indian Residential Schools run by Mennonites.

The “sacred hoop” is the circle of nations. While it originally referred to indigenous nations in North America, the hoop has been broadened to include settler nations with whom... Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky

Elizabeth Wiens tries out her new hula hoop that she got at the children’s auction at the MCC Festival. The auction allowed kids and their parents to bid on kid-friendly items and brought in $1,876.

It was a fun-filled, exciting weekend at the annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Festival for World Relief held at the Abbotsford Tradex on Sept. 6 and 7. The annual event... Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Angelika Dawson

Pope Francis says the church "cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently." (Riccardo De Luca/Associated Press)

In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and... Read More
September 19, 2013 | Web First | By DAVID GIBSON
On a recent trip north of the US border, Menno Media's director of development, Steve Carpenter, met some interesting people in the persons of Vern Ratzlaff of Aberdeen and Dave... Read More
September 18, 2013 | Web First | Steve Carpenter

Mark Marmon (right) teaches fly fishing at the Fishers of Men retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Photo by Emily Krueger, Camp Allen | courtesy The Episcopal Diocese of Texas

The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their priest. One reason for the excitement?... Read More
September 18, 2013 | Web First | By G. JEFFREY MACDONALD of The St. Louis Dispatch
Before its Aug. 20 launch, officials at Al-Jazeera America emphasized that, despite its Middle Eastern roots and ownership, the fledgling cable news network would be aimed... Read More
September 17, 2013 | Web First | By REM RIEDER c.2013 USA Today