Volume 26 Issue 20

A defining moment revisited

CMC-MPS steering committee members meet at St. Charles Retreat Centre, Nov. 1996. The group helped shape the future directions for a churchwide publication. Front, left to right: Waldo Neufeld, Ruth Braun, Sam Steiner, Ron Rempel. Back: Marg Neufeld, Lawrence Burkholder, Jack Suderman, Ted Regehr. Missing: Otto Driedger. (Photo by Aiden Enns)

The transition from a 12-page newspaper to a 32-page magazine happened in Sept. 1997.

Ron Rempel started at Mennonite Reporter in 1979.

Ron Rempel

In the summer of 2003, as I pondered how to say farewell to a 24-year career as editor of Canadian Mennonite and its predecessor, Mennonite Reporter, a friend suggested I reflect back on some defining moments.

‘We declare to you . . .’

A card introducing the (then) new editor/publisher used at the Winker, Man., national church assembly in 2004.

Tim Miller Dyck, pictured wearing a memorable keepsake bolo tie given to him at a Canadian Mennonite fundraising dinner in Alberta.

A particular joy this year has been the restarting of events cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Still happening

In this photo from 2008, pipes are stockpiled outside of Lubicon Cree territory in northern Alberta, in advance of government approval of a TransCanada application for a pipeline through contested aboriginal land. (Photo courtesy of Amnesty International)

I travelled to Israel/Palestine in the spring of 2008 and wrote about it for Canadian Mennonite. It was, however, the follow-up article where I related the issues to my own backyard that sticks with me.

Visiting congregations

Dave Rogalsky, pictured in 2018, served as Canadian Mennonite's Eastern Canada correspondent for 12 years.

As I wrapped up my time in 2018, I realized that I had always seen the correspondent’s job as an extension of my calling as a pastor, a calling I’ve now been following for more than 40 years. I can’t reduce it to one article, but there are groups of articles that I enjoyed very much.

Amish bicentennial

(Photo: Christian and Annie Bender Collection / Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

You are looking at one of the oldest original photographs in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario, likely taken in 1867. The father and daughter are John (or Jean) and Anna (“Annie”) Kennel. John was an Amish immigrant from France, like many of the first Amish settlers in Canada, who began arriving here 200 years ago.

50 years of change

(Photo by Chris Lawton/Unsplash)

I was in Ottawa recently for the anniversary of the church that my parents started 50 years ago. In 1972, we were five families eager to start a new—and different—church in the east end of Ottawa. I was the oldest child among the five families, sometimes the babysitter for the others, and sometimes with the adults in creating a new church.

Adding friends and funds

Spear throwing proves challenging. (Photo by Taylor Summach)

A Fury Road participant makes the climb up Quill Hill. (Photo by Taylor Summach)

A racer attempts to ‘army crawl’ underneath barbed wire as part of the Fury Road Race. (Photo by Taylor Summach)

Spear throwing proves challenging. (Photo by Taylor Summach)

Despite the intensity of the race, there were plenty of fall colours to enjoy. (Photo by Taylor Summach)

A man makes a leap over one of the walls on the obstacle course. (Photo by Taylor Summach)

A kayaker heads out for a paddle on the North Saskatchewan River. (Photo by Emily Summach)

Shekinah Retreat Centre, located in the North Saskatchewan River Valley, hosted its annual Move-A-Thon fundraiser on Sept. 17, with 120 people participating in the volunteer-led event.

A walk through Mennonite history

A cyclist rides the Peace Trail, which crosses almost 55 kilometres of southeastern Manitoba. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Heritage Village)

The Shantz Immigration Sheds cairn, one of the waypoints on the Peace Trail, marks where Mennonites stayed when they first landed in Manitoba. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Heritage Village)

Volunteers prepare the Peace Trail with scythes. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Heritage Village)

A new trail, spanning almost 55 kilometres across southeastern Manitoba, has been created by a group of Mennonites.

The Peace Trail was dreamed up and implemented by the EastMenn Historical Committee, a group under the umbrella of the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, along with community members volunteering on the Peace Trail working group.

Praising God in our neighbourhood

Ericka Hoajaca and Ruth Ramirez examine their autograph from the Vancouver Canucks mascot, Fin, while enjoying worship music from the Punjabi Masihi Church. Hoajaca is Pastor Jorge’s wife and is a member of Sherbrooke and First United Spanish Mennonite Church. Ramirez attends Sherbrooke Mennonite. (Photo by Walter Toews)

Erwin Heinrichs and Sandra Teran worship the Lord with dancing while enjoying worship music from First United Spanish Mennonite Church. Heinrichs is a member at Sherbrooke, while Teran is a volunteer at Sherbrooke’s Thursday MCC Refugee Food Bank. (Photo by Walter Toews)

Three Mennonite Church B.C. congregations joined together for the annual Neighbourhood Fall Festival on Sept. 11.

First United Spanish Mennonite, Vancouver Vietnamese Mennonite and Sherbrooke (English & Korean) churches invited the Punjabi and Tamil churches that rent Sherbrooke, and together they had one big block party celebrating Jesus.

Stories by the shore

Darlene Bartha, standing at the microphone, hosts the evening at the lakeshore. (Photo by Randy Klaassen)

After a rainy day on Aug. 30, about a hundred guests enjoyed a balmy evening on the shore of Lake Ontario, listening to stories shared by various Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario staff.

Abe Epp, a longtime fruit farmer on Lakeshore Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, invited MCC to use his beach-front property to host this event called “MCC stories by the shore.”

The sweet solace of polarization, Part 1

Art displayed on a social media page of Will Braun’s neighbour. (Photo courtesy of artist Hannah Rae Dieleman)

I knew I would eventually have to interview my neighbours who staunchly resisted COVID-19 mandates and proudly supported the Ottawa trucker convoy. Actually I have many such neighbours. But it took a year of working through my pandemic enmity until I was ready to listen to them.

Some readers will see more danger than value in such interviews, so let me explain my motives.

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