Number 22

Music for food

The Central Manitoba Youth Choir under the direction of Liane Ouimet performs at the Oct. 15 Musical Growing Project at Westminster United Church, Winnipeg, Man.

Great music was in the air on Oct. 15 and 16 in Winnipeg and Winkler, Man., for the inaugural Canadian Foodgrains Bank Musical Growing Project.

More than 700 people attended the two concerts, which raised about $20,000 for the Foodgrains Bank.

Learning about peace from those ‘who have gone before’

Mennonite Church U.S.A. executive director Ervin Stutzman believes people today can learn from those who faced challenges over peace in the past, gaining perspective and humility as they study history. That’s why he wrote From Nonresistance to Justice: The Transformation of Mennonite Church Peace Rhetoric, 1908-2008, published this year by Herald Press.

A life devoted to God

Former Mennonite Church Canada Witness worker Jeff Warkentin passed away at the age of 32 following a brief struggle with meningitis.

Jeff Warkentin’s passion for God shaped a life defined by service and relationships. As son, brother, husband, father, teacher, pastor, mission worker, musician and friend, he reflected God’s grace and love to everyone he encountered.

Four generations farm together to feed the world

Posing under one of the trees Peter W. Rempel planted more than a century ago are nine extended family members: Jake and Sharon Krahn, Kevin Krahn, Susan Rempel, Helen Krahn, Cynthia Krahn, Shane Krahn, Matthew Krahn and Justin Krahn.

“I’m really thankful for the farm,” says Justin Krahn, 13, great-great-grandson of Peter W. Rempel. He and his two siblings spend their free time playing in the century-old cottonwoods and willow trees planted by their great-great-grandfather, whose advice—“Before you cut down one tree, you plant three”—is still practised today by his descendants.

Foot washing ends climate change protest

New Order Voice columnist Aiden Enns washes the feet of Kenton Lobe in downtown Winnipeg, Man., on Sept. 24 during a protest against climate change brought about by the West’s reliance on oil.

As the sounds of hymns overpowered the hum of car engines revving at a red light, a city transit bus had passengers clamouring to open windows out of curiosity about the sights and sounds of worship on the sidewalk around them.

Feds fund Foodgrains Bank with $125 million

Jim Cornelius, executive director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, thanks Beverly J. Oda, minister of international cooperation, for providing a further $125 million over the next five years to help feed the world’s hungry people.

More assistance for more people in the developing world—that’s what a new five-year $125-million funding agreement from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) means for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

CMU receives $10 million in private, public funds

Steven Fletcher, the federal transportation minister, centre, announces $3.5 million in government funding for a project CMU professor Kirit Patel, right, will undertake in Asia. CMU president Gerald Gerbrandt looks on.

Over the course of a week in October, Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) came into a total of $10 million for its new business school and a food security research project in South Asia.

For discussion

1. Why might the idea of learning from other faiths make us uncomfortable or fearful? What are the risks and benefits of honest dialogue with other faiths? What are the faith groups in your community with whom you could build relationships?

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