Features

In addition to the usual Assembly 2011 activities, local organizers have planned a number of tours of Waterloo Region, including: Historic Ebytown. Engage the historical Mennonite... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Feature |

A 1797 Conestoga wagon, refitted with rubber tires, travels from Lancaster, Pa., to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., in 1952 to mark the centennial of Waterloo County. (File photo by David Hunsberger, Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

It is 1786. The first Swiss Mennonites have just arrived in Ontario, having travelled from Pennsylvania in Conestoga wagons. They crossed the mighty Niagara River by taking the... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Feature | Maurice Martin

Jeff and Tany Warkentin, formerly of Leamington, Ont., Springridge, Alta., and Winnipeg, Man., have three small children. Their assignment is scheduled to end this year.

Jeff Warkentin, Mennonite Church Canada worker in Burkina Faso, West Africa, has sent out a prayer appealRead More
March 16, 2011 | Feature | Deborah Froese
1. When did your congregation first have a woman preach a sermon or first have a woman pastor? How open was the congregation to this change? Were there surprises in who resisted?... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature |

Martha Smith Good, left, talks with Johanna Wall, pastor of the now-closed Warden Woods Church, Scarborough, Ont., in June 2009.

Throughout her childhood and youth Martha Smith Good believed her conservative Swiss Markham-Waterloo Mennonite church north of Toronto was all about rules and regulations. “In my... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Dave Rogalsky

Erin Morash pastors at Trinity Mennonite Church in Mather and Crystal City Mennonite, rural Manitoba congregations 20 minutes apart.

It was the simple yet profound welcome she received as a stranger in a Mennonite church that made all the difference to Erin Morash, who says she grew up in “an extraordinarily... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Emily Toews, left, pastor of North Star Mennonite Church, Drake, Sask., colours alongside the children attending the church’s Vacation Bible School last summer.

Recently ordained, Emily Toews—at 35—is the youngest female lead pastor in Mennonite Church Saskatchewan. She has served for four years at North Star Mennonite Church in Drake,... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Karin Fehderau

Donita and Tim Wiebe-Neufeld are ordained in May 2006 by Jim Shantz, Mennonite Church Alberta conference minister.

As far as I know, I’m the only one. I’m the only home-grown Alberta woman who left the province, studied in Mennonite institutions, and is a pastor back here. Friends in other... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Wilf Dueck, moderator of First Mennonite Church, Burns Lake, B.C., presents Pastor Eve Isaak with flowers and an education bursary from the congregation at her ordination service last June.

Growing up in a very conservative Old Colony Mennonite home in the 1950s and ’60s, I soon learned that education was not encouraged. Church was meant only to attend. I was to keep... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature | By Eve Isaak
Canadian Mennonite profiles the inspiring stories of women pastors from each of Mennonite Church Canada’s five area churches, beginning with Eve Isaak from British Columbia and... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Feature |
Dr. Mark Ragins, a well-known American psychiatrist who has dedicated his life and practice to recreating, improving and sustaining mental health recovery programs, spoke to 200... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Feature | By Ken Reddig
Every one of us deals with mental health challenges. Whether we’re losing sleep about the math exam tomorrow or are hospitalized for schizophrenia, whether we’re on medication for... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Feature | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder
American Mennonite conscientious objectors (COs) working in mental hospitals during World War II decried the deplorable and inhumane treatment of patients. One symbolically... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. Do you remember comments about physical appearance from when you were young? What attitude did your parents and family have about physical appearance? How did they communicate... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
I think you know a lot about Jesus’ body, so I invite you to close your eyes and picture some things. Picture Jesus as a baby, his tiny body wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Feature | Carol Penner
1. What has your congregation done to help members dealing with personality disorders, addiction or family dysfunction? How effective has it been? How involved should the... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
My first experience with pornography was at a corner store when I was nine years old. On a dare, I picked up a Playboy magazine and found that those glossy pictures aroused... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | Mennonite Publishing Network
Jane’s nightmares kept her from getting a good night’s sleep. “They are just terrifying,” she told her doctor. “I wake up almost every night. It’s like someone is suffocating me—... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | Mennonite Publishing Network
Every morning I look in the mirror and do not know who might be looking back at me. I wonder what the day will hold. Will it be a day of relative calm? Or will it be a day when my... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | By Ingrid Peters Fransen
During the course of an evening of socializing with mostly pastors and deacons at some denominational committee meetings, discussion turned to the roles and practicesRead More
January 19, 2011 | Feature | By Joe Neufeld

What if justice and care for the most vulnerable in our community and our world is not primarily a duty or even a mandate, but rather an act of gratitude and devotion to God?

A woman—a good family friend—pours perfume worth $25,000 on Jesus’ feet at a dinner party held at her house in his honour. She removes her head scarf, shakes her hair loose, bends... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Feature | By Sue C. Steiner
1. The Christmas season is a time of giving. How does your congregation and/or community get involved in giving during this season? What are we saying when we give gifts? Do you... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite
Christmas will be different this year for Winnipeg’s Kathy Okolita. She stands in her newly renovated home surrounded by 18 people who have come to offer a house blessing. She can... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Gabrielle, Katrina and Natasha Plenert decorate their Christmas tree with ornaments they have received over the years from overseas or from Ten Thousand Villages.

Many people spend their evenings and weekends leading up to Christmas scouring the local mall for the perfect gifts for their loved ones, planning their Christmas feast or... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Feature | By Rachel Bergen

That our planet is troubled and in need of the ‘light of the world’ to dawn on Christmas morning is evidenced by the first of our three seasonal feature articles, ‘Israeli development thwarts peace on earth . . . at least in Bethhehem.’

Embedded in the Christmas story is God’s desire for peace on our planet. Luke announced that “peace on earth” was the theme that the angelic choirs sang over the skies of... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Feature | By Alex Awad

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