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Series will explore responses to climate crisis

Steve Heinrichs, director of Indigenous-Settler Relations for MC Canada, will co-host a learning series on the climate crisis based on the book, ‘A Good War.’ (Photo courtesy of Instagram.com/heinrichs_steve)

Mennonite Church Canada is hosting a new online community learning series. “Creator’s Call in a Climate Emergency” starts on Jan. 20 and lasts eight weeks.

Ethiopian Mennonites killed, churches burned

Meserete Kristos Church leaders visited the conflict region in Ethiopia in June 2021. Left to right: Gelagay Himiru, Tilahun Wase, Desalegn Abebe, Abayneh Anjulo and Addisu Legesse. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite World Conference)

More than 400 Mennonite churches in Ethiopia have been affected by civil strife that started in November 2020. Though information is hard to verify and numbers will likely rise, about eight Mennonite churches have been burned and eight church members have died, including two full-time ministers.

A Rocha Manitoba worker reflects on COP26

Kari Miller (back row, far left), pictured at COP26 in Glasgow with A Rocha representatives from across Canada, France, the U.K. and Ghana. (Photo courtesy of Kari Miller and A Rocha Manitoba)

Kari Miller is the environmental education coordinator for A Rocha Manitoba and attends Home Street Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, Man. She attended COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, from Nov. 5 to 12, 2021, as part of the Christian Climate Observers Program.

MDS calling for volunteers to help in B.C.

A home in Princeton, B.C., with damaged possessions piled outside. (Photo by Ross Penner)

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada is calling for volunteers to help with cleaning out homes in Princeton, B.C. following the catastrophic flood that hit the town in mid-November.

Around 20 volunteers are needed by Dec. 6 to help people in that interior community clean out their flooded homes.

Watch: Steve Bell’s Freedom Road update

In a new video, musician Steve Bell gives viewers a tour of Freedom Road and shows them the impact the road has had on Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

“It’s a pretty good story,” Steve Bell says in a new video. That’s an understatement.

In the 12-minute video, published on Bell’s YouTube page earlier this month, the Winnipeg singer-songwriter gives viewers an update on Freedom Road—the 24-km., all-season road that links the once-isolated Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the Trans-Canada Highway.

Many languages, but one in Christ

The Mennonite World Conference logo is seen here on an MWC global assembly bag from 1990. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Brethren in Christ church members in Zimbabwe still use their Mennonite World Conference (MWC) global assembly bags from 2003 to carry their Bibles to church.

“The [MWC] logo always reminds me that the whole world is one in Christ despite the many languages,” says Donna Ndlovu, who hosted a couple from India in her home during the 2003 assembly in Zimbabwe.

Six reasons to attend the 2022 MWC Assembly

Indonesia’s strong national commitment to religious freedom has enabled smaller Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian and Christian communities to flourish. (Photo by Karla Braun)

Are you wondering whether or not to attend the upcoming Mennonite World Conference Assembly in Semarang, Indonesia, which takes place July 5-10, 2022?

John D. Roth’s new book, A Cloud of Witnesses: Celebrating Indonesian Mennonites, includes six reasons why you should consider participating.

Creation care resource a timely tool for congregations

Joanne Moyer, second from right in the middle row, stands with students from the King’s University in 2019. Hanna Groot, third from left in the front row, and Anna Pattison, second from left in the back row, contributed to the resource “God’s Green Church.” (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Church Canada)

Senior environmental studies students from The King’s University in Edmonton have compiled a creation care resource for Mennonite Church Canada congregations.

The story behind a 500-year-old book

John Thiesen, left, archivist at the Mennonite Library & Archives at Bethel College, and Dale Schrag look at Schrag's favourite book in the MLA collection: the third edition of Erasmus’ Greek and Latin translation of the New Testament, which turns 500 years old in 2022. The photo was taken in early March of 2020, when Schrag, working as a volunteer fundraiser, had successfully completed a $1 million endowment campaign for the MLA. (Photo by Taylor Brown)

The Mennonite Library and Archives (MLA) at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. is inviting the public to view the oldest book in its collection, which celebrates its 500th birthday in 2022.

CMU formalizes relationship with Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre

Jonathan Dueck, vice president academic of CMU, and Adrian Jacobs, Keeper of the Circle at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, exchange bundles to honour and formalize the relationship between the two organizations after nearly a decade of connecting and working together.

Last month on Treaty One territory, where the forest meets the river and wild rice grows, Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) and Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre (SSSC) exchanged bundles to honour and formalize their relationship.

New book explores God’s vision for the church

Robert J. Suderman is the author of 'The Baby and the Bathwater: Aspiration and Reality in the Life of the Church.'

In his new book, The Baby and the Bathwater: Aspiration and Reality in the Life of the Church, Robert J. Suderman, former general secretary for Mennonite Church Canada, makes a case for the importance of the church at a time when its relevance is in question, even by its own members.

MDS unit helps couple after severe windstorm

Bonnie and Dan Lapointe in front of cut-up trees from their yard after a September windstorm along the eastern shore of Lake Huron. (MDS Ontario photo by Lester Weber)

When Bonnie Lapointe saw the damage caused by the severe windstorm that struck her southwestern Ontario property on Sept. 7, she cried.

“I had never seen anything like that,” she said of all the fallen trees that littered her small acreage near Kingsbridge along the shores of Lake Huron. “Some of those trees were over 200 years old.”

Ohio mission group kidnapped in Haiti

A group of 17 Christian Aid Ministries workers and family members was kidnapped Oct. 16 by gang members in Haiti. (Image by jorono/Pixabay)

A group of 17 Christian Aid Ministries workers and family members was kidnapped Oct. 16 by gang members in Haiti after they visited an orphanage outside Port-au-Prince. CAM, based in Berlin, Ohio, is a mission and relief organization supported by Amish and conservative Mennonite groups.

New book features imaginative meditations, monologues from the margins

Laura Funk’s new book is ‘for people who want to encounter God’s love for them and for the world.’ (Photo by Aaron Epp)

In her new book, People and Places of Sacred Interior Spaces, spiritual director Laura Funk provides opportunities for imaginative walks of faith through guided meditations, and monologues inspired by the Jewish tradition of Midrash.

Saskatchewan Mennonites volunteer with Okanagan Gleaners

Delilah and Brian Roth peel and chop onions at Okanagan Gleaners.

Members of Rosthern (Sask.) Mennonite Church volunteered with Okanagan Gleaners for five days in September. Pictured from left to right, they are Denise Epp, Larry Epp, Delilah Roth, Brian Roth, Bev Epp, Ralph Epp, Judy Epp, Cheryl Schmidt and Lloyd Schmidt.

A small group of volunteers from Rosthern Mennonite Church spent five days in September chopping and dehydrating vegetables at Okanagan Gleaners near Oliver, B.C. Among them were Larry and Denise Epp.

Thousands vaccinated at Indonesian Anabaptists’ Holy Stadium

Mennonite World Conference’s Global Church Sharing Fund helps workers at Holy Stadium in Semarang, Indonesia, offer vaccines amid a COVID-19 infection wave. (MWC photo)

In multireligious Indonesia, many people have never been inside a church. The pandemic is changing that for residents of Semarang (population 1.8 million) and the surrounding area.

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