Conrad Grebel University College presents the 2021 Bechtel Lecture: “Blackness, whiteness and the Anabaptist ‘Imagined Community,’” 7 p.m. EST, on the Grebel YouTube channel. Speaker: Timothy D. Epp of Redeemer University. To register, visit bit.ly/38RJDAj. For more information, visit bit.ly/3nVDgjR
Fall Zoom Mennonite Church Eastern Canada gathering, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Discover how God is moving in this pandemic times and how North Leamington United Mennonite Church held baptisms during the pandemic. Learn more about youth ministry at Bethany Mennonite Church. Uncover how God is inspiring courageous imagination in the Niagara area. Also includes the installations of Leah Reesor-Keller, MC Eastern Canada’s executive minister, and Fanosie Legesse, international mission minister.
Conrad Grebel University College presents the 2020 online Eby Lecture/C. Henry Smith Lecture (in partnership will Bluffton University and Goshen College), at 7 p.m. Topic: “#MennonitesToo: Sexual violence and Mennonite peace theology.” Speaker: Grebel prof Carol Penner. Q&A to follow. For more information, or to register, visit grebel.ca/eby.
“Becoming peacemakers,” Mennonite Central Committee’s virtual peace conference: (20) In conversation with Bruxy Cavey and Denley McIntosh of the Meeting House and MCC’s Ken Ogasawara, at 7 to 8 p.m.; (21) Main sessions and breakout sessions with Paul Fast, MCC’s health coordinator; Dina Gonzalez Pina, MCC’s ethnicity and gender equity specialist; and members of MCC’s Indigenous Neighbours, restorative justice and refugee sponsorship teams.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario holds its annual general meeting via Zoom from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A bylaw change will be presented to amend the official definition of membership with MCC Ontario. The proposed bylaw change will remove membership of individual congregations and move it to the Anabaptist conferences that support the work of MCC Ontario. This change ensures greater accountability between MCC Ontario’s governance and conferences. To register online, visit mcco.ca/agm.
MennoHomes “Out-spok’n for Affordable Housing” bike-a-thon, a virtual fundraising event. Hikers, recreational bikers and avid cyclists will choose their own routes this year. For more information, call Dan Driedger at 226-476-2535 or visit mennohomes.com.
Aylmer Mennonite Charity Auction, at the Aylmer Curling Club, opens at 8 a.m. Live auction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities for children, large-scale food festival, haircuts. For more information, call Katie Miller at 519-765-0075. Funds go to MCC projects worldwide
“Embodying hope, faith and playfulness in caregiving: Practical and spiritual resources for a complicated vocation” seminar, at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, at 9:30 a.m. Keynote speaker: Dr. Janet L. Ramsey. Register at grebel.ca/spirituality.
“Spring into auction: 100 quilts for 100 years of MCC,” an online event where the public can bid on a special collection of 100 quilts curated by the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale’s quilt committee, begins at 10 a.m. Photos of the 100 quilts can be viewed at nhmrs.com/quilt-catalogue.
New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale fundraising dinner, at Bingemans in Kitchener, at 6:30 p.m. To reserve tickets, call 519-745-8458.
Shalom Counselling spring breakfast event, at Luther Village on the Park in Waterloo, at 8:30 a.m. Keynote speaker: Jane Kuepfer. Topic: “Loving aging: Inspiration for living fully.” For more information and tickets, visit shalomcounselling.org/breakfast.
MCC hosts a centennial celebration for people in Waterloo Region, at Steinmann Mennonite Church, Baden, at 7 p.m. Combining music and stories, participants will celebrate and reflect on 100 years of relief, development and peace in the name of Christ. Seats must be reserved by registering online at mcco.ca/events or calling 519-745-8458.
Soli Deo Gloria Singers present their spring concert, “Be Light for our Eyes; (2) at UMEI, Leamington, at 7:30 p.m., (3) at Leamington United Mennonite Church, at 3 p.m. For tickets, call UMEI at 519-326-7448.
Presentation and book launch for "Recapturing an Enchanted World: Ritual and Sacrament in the Free Church Tradition" by Rev. Dr. John D. Rempel. Rempel has spent his career in the historical and theological study of the ritual and sacramental Christian traditions. This book brings together his vision for a Free Church approach to embracing an understanding and practice of sacrament for the 21st century. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. All are welcome at this event. Admission is free.
Youth worker retreat at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. Theme: “Reimagining youth ministry.” Leader: Michele Hershberger.
Book launch for William Janzen’s book, “Advocating for Peace: Stories from the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee, 1975-2008,” at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events.