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Conrad Grebel University College has long tried to keep a blend of first-year and returning upper-year students in its residence program, but this year the balancing act became... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish

In the Middle East, the only places you will see camels are in the tourist areas and the only people who will give you a ride on a camel are those people whose job it is to separate rich tourists from their money.

I had the good fortune this summer to spend five weeks in the Middle East and I didn’t ride a camel once. I flew to Istanbul, Turkey, and worked my way—sans camel—overland to... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Ramon Rempel

One of CMU’s new dissecting microscopes provides students with a close-up view of a tiger beetle on the screen.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) students wanting to pursue a career in the field of science are one step closer to that goal thanks to a brand new, fully equipped science lab... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Rachel Bergen
The merger of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and MC U.S.A., and Third Way Media, a department of Mennonite Mission Network... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | From a joint MPN/MMN Release
I watched them to the very end, but Richard Dawkins was not in Agora’s list of credits, but he might as well have been. An “evangelical” atheist, Dawkins is known for quipping... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Twila Lebold poses with Dr. Kumar, who performed liberation treatment to open blocked veins from her brain in an effort to relieve her MS symptoms. The controversial treatment is currently not available in Canada.

“Did the prayers work?” was Twila Lebold’s first question after her liberation treatment in India to relieve her multiple sclerosis (MS).Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Thiessen (left) and Johnson (right)

While Vic Thiessen, Mennonite Church Canada’s chief operating officer, says “executive staff . . . are not aware of any concerns raised by MC Canada churches or constituents on... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

‘When the doors open, people will come,’ says Klaus Rempel, who is part of a committee developing a rehabilitation centre that will provide addiction treatment services for Bolivian men.

As the criminal investigation continues into allegations of gang rape in some Mennonite colonies in Bolivia, many local congregations see a need to reach out to people dealing... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Gladys Terichow

During a trip to Bolivia earlier this year, Helen Funk, a Winnipeg-based Low German radio host, distributes her Low German cookbook, Met Helen en de Kjäakj/With Helen in the Kitchen, that she wrote at the request of Bolivian colony listeners.

Despite tragic reports of sexual assault, alcoholism and drug use among Old Colony Mennonite communities in Bolivia this past year, there are many good things happening there,... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Leona Dueck Penner

The late Jim Reimer, a member at Rockway Mennonite Church since 1975, was a regular preacher and was instrumental in starting a lay preaching team, according to Scott Brubaker-Zehr, pastor. Started as a church plant of First Mennonite 50 years ago, Rockway's active membership is 157.

Introduction I have chosen two texts to illustrate my sermon, which are not part of today’s lectionary selections: the conversion of Paul described in Acts 9 (vs. 10-19), and the... Read More
September 28, 2010 | Web First - Sermons | Sermon by A. James Reimer, given March 28, 2010

A Palestinian man works at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yakir, south of the Palestinians town of Nablus.

Hours after a freeze on West Bank Israeli settlement construction expired, bulldozers moved into an area close to Revava, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, with many... Read More
September 27, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Judith Sudilovsky

Bulgarian clergymen and Orthodox believers marched on Sept. 24 to voice their support for the introduction of a mandatory religion course in schools, submitting a petition to that end in Parliament and to the Government.--Photo by Georgi Kozhouharov

The head of Bulgaria's Muslim community has announced his backing for a campaign by the country's Orthodox Church to make religious education compulsory in schools. The church... Read More
September 27, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Ivan Andreev

Robert J. (Jack) Suderman, recently retired general secretary for Mennonite Church Canada, urged world religious leaders to "stop teaching and justifying violence" in our faith communities, as part of a World Religious Summit this past June. His appeal got into the language of the 8 goals.

Political leaders at the summit acknowledged that progress towards achieving the eight MDGs by 2015 is not where it should beRead More
September 24, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Chris Herlinger and Peter Kenny

Ron Rempel, who retires next summer as executive director of MPN after seven years, eliminated a legacy debt of almost $5 million; created a major new Sunday school curriculum, called Gather ‘Round; and brought costs under control through consolidation and downsizing.

Dynamic, innovative, fully-integrated and multi-media—that’s the goal of a new organization to be formed out of an integration of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the... Read More
September 24, 2010 | Web First | By John Longhurst

During “21 days of Peace Activism” Africa Youth Ministries in northern Uganda invited 900 churches to pray, sing, march, and debate together for peace.

“We pray for Africa, especially for Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo where violence and suffering are a tragic reality,” was the prayer from Nairobi at an... Read More
September 22, 2010 | Web First | World Council of Churches release

Friends of the Earth Middle East do a big jump into the Jordan River.

The European Parliament has expressed concern at devastation to the Jordan River and has called on Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to "cooperate and rehabilitate" it... Read More
September 22, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Judith Sudilovsky

Phil Helmuth, executive director of development at EMU, accepts the keys and title to Margaret Martin Gehman's 1967 Volkswagen Beetle. Photo by Jim Bishop

At age 88, Margaret Martin Gehman of Harrisonburg has lost a little of her trademark drive, largely because she has parted company with a faithful friend. Dr. Gehman and her... Read More
September 20, 2010 | Web First | By Jim Bishop

The monastery was founded in 2000 at the old mine where the bodies were dumped during the Revolution. --BBC photo

Fire has destroyed one of the main churches at a monastery near where the remains of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II and his family were dumped after they were murdered by Bolshevik... Read More
September 20, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Sophia Kishkovsky

Police officers stand guard as Pondok Timur Indah Christians worship in a field in Bekasi. --AP photo in the Jakarta Globe

Leaders of the Protestant Christian Batak Church, a Lutheran church in Indonesia, have condemned the beatings and stabbings of its pastor and church members in Bekasi, outside the... Read More
September 17, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Hisashi Yukimoto

Pope Benedict arrives in Edinburgh today, Sept. 16, where secularism is growing and Christianity is declining.

Pope Benedict XVI is likely to focus on religious freedom during the first official State visit by a pontiff to Britain, where secularism is growing and Christianity declining... Read More
September 16, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Trevor Grundy

Chinda Kommala, pastor of the Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite, shows members of the Mennonite Men (now Joint Hands) the new worship centre in Toronto toward which the MM donated $40,000. The presentation was made at a “Join Hands” luncheon meeting held at Assembly this summer in Calgary.

When Chinda Kommala opens the doors next Sunday, Sept. 26, to a newly-renovated 2,000-square foot worship centre, known as Unit 23 in the 70-unit commercial/professional mall on... Read More
September 15, 2010 | Web First | Dick Benner
-"Hell is a half-filled auditorium," wrote the U.S. poet Robert Frost. In Canada, it's slightly less full. According to new poll, a bit more than half of Canadians believe in... Read More
September 15, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Ron Csillag

Christine Penner participates in Hope Mennonite Church’s YouTube video that presents 350 biblical reasons for Christians to care for the Earth.

Hope Mennonite Church in Winnipeg produced a video for YouTube expressing its belief that God calls Christians to look after creation. The idea was conceived on Peace Sunday,... Read More
September 15, 2010 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Not that long ago, many people knew how to preserve food. Information about canning, freezing and drying was passed down from generation to generation. But that’s not the case... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst

Like most CEOs, Brent Zorgdrager finds his desk at the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union head office in Kitchener, Ont., filled with work.

Brent Zorgdrager’s surname translates from Dutch to English as “sorrow carrier or caregiver,” an apt description of the new chief executive officer of Mennonite and Savings Credit... Read More
September 14, 2010 | God at work in Us | by Dave Rogalsky

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