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The meaning of seeds

A Mennonite colony in Campeche state, Mexico. Photo by Anika Reynar.

At 9 a.m., it was already hot and humid in Hopelchén, a small city in the Yucatán peninsula. A collective of Maya farmers had gathered in the shaded courtyard outside the home where we were staying. We could hear laughter and chatter over the wall as we returned from our morning walk.

Giving back to the land

Photo by Artur Roman/Pexels

Our farmyard opened from its treelines to the south and southwest. A mile south, I could see the shelterbelts surrounding my paternal grandmother’s 1870s homestead. A few farmyards were dotted out in the horizon in the southwest, but looking that direction was mostly for watching weather systems develop, dissipate or roll in.

A spiritual covenant with churches and First Nations

A portion of an 1821 survey showing part of the Haldimand Tract area in southern Ontario (Wikicommons).

A most promising possibility for a tangible response by churches to past injustice in the Six Nations Grand River lands conflict came from a conversation I had after the monthly meeting of the Haudenosaunee Council at Onondaga Longhouse on Saturday, March 3, 2007.

New Bible school opens in Thailand

Students at the Friends of Grace Bible School in Thailand. Photo courtesy of Mennonite Church Canada.

People gathered for the opening of Friends of Grace Bible School. Photo courtesy of Mennonite Church Canada.

Celebration of the opening of Friends of Grace Bible School. Supplied photo.

The Friends of Grace Bible School recently opened in the Issan area of Thailand. This school, supported by Mennonite Church Canada, will hold classes in the Friends of Grace Roi Et church. A Bible school had long been a dream for Friends of Grace, a network of about 100 worshipping groups in Laos and Thailand.

The power of the pencil

‘From Here to There’ includes full-scale reproductions of some of Alvin Pauls’ large mural pieces. (Supplied photo.)

When it comes to making art, Alvin Pauls isn’t concerned with the outcome.

“It’s all in the doing,” the Winnipeg artist says. “The end result is not important.”

Dressed in a black sweater over a brown turtleneck, jeans and blue slip-on shoes, Pauls is walking around “From Here to There,” a retrospective exhibit of his work at MHC Gallery. His energy belies his 81 years.

Resource centre finds temporary home in Winnipeg church

Levi Foy (left), executive director of Sunshine House, stands with Crow Hart, drop-in program assistant, in the basement of First Mennonite Church.

It’s brighter than ever in the basement at First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg.

Sunshine House, a community drop-in and resource centre, is operating there temporarily while its headquarters undergoes renovations. 

The organization, which offers programming focused on harm reduction and social inclusion, moved into the church at the beginning of November.

B.C. churches mark Christmas and New Year’s

A young congregant shares a reading at an evening service at Cedar Valley Church in Mission, B.C. Supplied photo.

Mennonites in British Columbia celebrated the holidays in a variety of ways last month.

With both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on Sundays, churches were presented with the question: How many services should be held, and what kind? Will congregants come to multiple services on a holiday weekend? 

MC Canada announces green grant recipients

Sherbrooke Mennonite Church in Vancouver received a grant to upgrade to more energy efficient lighting. Photo by Walter Toews. Used with permission.

Mennonite Church Canada is pleased to announce Emissions Reduction Grants (ERG) totaling $23,021 to help one rural and eight urban congregations reduce their carbon footprint. Fourteen additional congregations expressed interest in the program.

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