Features

Parents of students at MEI Schools in Abbotsford, B.C., attend one of Dave Currie’s ‘i-Parent’ sessions, that are billed as ‘formatting the next generation.’

Are my children going to be okay?” This is the overriding concern that Kathy Giesbrecht, associate director of leadership ministries for Mennonite Church Manitoba, hears and... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Anne Wiens is determined to avoid food safety inspection hassles like those experienced the last time the annual Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale was hosted in Didsbury ,... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Windows in doors and walls between offices are a requirement in most church safety policies, according to Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, co-pastor at First Mennonite Church, Edmonton. (Photo by Tim Wiebe-Neufeld)

Ontario pastor Kevin Peters-Unrau tells a Kafkaesque story of what happened when he volunteered to work with children in his community. “I had difficulty getting a police check... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Resolution: Be it resolved that Canada would be more secure if funding were re-allocated from the military to development at home and abroad. Speaker for the resolution: Professor... Read More
April 11, 2012 | Feature | By Mary Groh
Update: In October 2020, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada announced the termination of the ministerial credentials of John D. Rempel, on the basis of ministerial sexual misconduct... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Feature | By John D. Rempel

That mystery is made real every Sunday at the communion table of Grace chapel, where everyone can partake in the broken body of Christ, and where Patterson’s offence matters less than his presence. (Illustration by Dan Johnson)

“As part of my probation conditions, I have to stay away from places where there are families,” says Joe Patterson, “so that made finding a church hard.” It didn’t help that when... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Feature | By Will Braun
1. Do you know people like Sue and Bill in the story? Does your congregation provide Sunday school classes that appeal more to Sue or to Bill? Do you see the world in a modernist... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature |
Be honest in everything. Be open about our ignorance. Be open to questions and discussion about anything. Care for the other (locally and globally), without hope of them joining... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature |
Should Christians in North America and Europe understand the Bible in fresh ways in an era when Christianity no longer dominates western civilization? Yes, says a British... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature | By Steve Shenk

‘Bill’ and ‘Sue’ are on opposite sides of the modern/postmodern divide when it comes to Sunday school. Portraying the fictional Bill and Sue in this photo are Marco Funk and Marla Langelotz.

"Staying for Sunday School, Bill?” “I’m staying, Sue, but not for Sunday school. I’m going to hang out with the ‘coffee drinkers’ in the kitchen. We have some really good... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky
1. What are the demographics of your congregation? What percentage is over 65? How many of those are frail elderly? What programs or ministries are designed specifically for... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature |

Gloria Dirks, parish nurse at Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church, holds a plush “microbe” that she uses in children’s education in the congregation.

When Gloria Dirks was retiring from the joint position of Administrator and Director of Care at Parkwood Mennonite Home in Waterloo, Ont. in 2003, she knew she wanted to use her... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Martha Brubacher, Florence Frey and Vera Martin work on a relief sale quilt at Floradale Mennonite Church.

Across the country, many MC Canada churches are staring at the numbers and scratching their heads. As young people drift away from the church and the baby boomers retire, church... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Feature | By Karin Fehderau
1. What technology does your congregation use in worship? What are the challenges to learning how to use new technology in worship? How much power is wielded by those who control... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Feature |

Youth worship at Charlotte 2005

Technology is the single most significant characteristic of modern western culture. Canadian philosopher George Grant contends it has long displaced democracy and capitalism as... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Feature | By Andy Brubacher Kaethler

“The Conversion of Zacchaeus” by Bernardo Strozzi, 1581 – 1644.

Money, business, salvation and the kingdom of God. You won’t often find these words sharing the same sentence, but they do belong together in the Gospel of Luke. It turns out Luke... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Feature | By Bruno Dyck
1. According to Larry Miller, the last two decades have been a time of fundamental change for Anabaptists around the world. What changes have you seen in Mennonite World... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Feature |

Ecumenical dialogue was a passion of Larry Miller’s. Monsignor John A. Radano of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity leads a meeting of the Mennonite-Catholic Dialogue (1998-2003), of which he was co-chair. To his left are Bishop Joseph Martino and Miller.

“You were a new kind of ‘migrant missionary’ described in John Howard Yoder’s As You Go,” said Bert Lobe, in an evening of memories of Larry Miller at Rockway Mennonite Church,... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Feature | By Dick Benner

Larry Miller’s tenure as MWC general secretary was marked by his gift of encouragement among other global leaders. In this 1991 photo, he stands behind his ‘big brothers’: Mesach Krisetya, left, of Indonesia, who was to become MWC president in 1997, and Reg Toews of Canada, then serving as treasurer.

Larry Miller remembers one moment clearly when, as a 38-year-old, he was weighing whether or not to accept the nomination to lead Mennonite World Conference ( MWC ). The year was... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Feature | By Phyllis Pellman Good
1. What experience have you had with the King James Version? Historically, how was it used in your congregation? How familiar do the words of the KJV sound to you? How do you... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Feature |
The King James Version was not the first attempt at an English translation of the Bible. John Wycliffe , together with others, had already published a complete English Bible by... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Feature | By Christine Longhurst

Superlatives for the KJV, as it’s known, abound: ‘The greatest work of prose ever written in English,’ ‘The most beautiful book in the world,’ ‘The most important book in English religion and culture,’ one of the ‘books of the millennium.’

Have you heard the Bible recently? Not read it, but listened to it—heard the words of Scripture, not just seen them on the page. We don’t hear the Word of God much anymore. The... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Feature | Christine Longhurst
Christmas came early at our house in Winnipeg this year. Most likely because now that we’re retired, my husband and I again have the opportunity of looking at the world through a... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Leona Dueck Penner
My great-grandparents emigrated from Ukraine to central Kansas in 1874 and eventually purchased a farm. Towards the end of October 1894, the harvest was done and the year’s crop... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Amy Dueckman

Joani Neufeldt is currently a member of First Mennonite Church, Edmonton, Alta., where she chairs the Christian Education and Worship Branch.

Sometimes a Christmas experience stands out in memory simply because it is so different from any other. When Joani Neufeldt , nee Goerzen , thinks of a memorable Christmas, it is... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

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