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92 grads of Outtatown

92 graduates comprise the largest class ever.

Family and friends of 92 graduates from the 2011-2012 Outtatown program gathered April 14-15 on the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) campus to celebrate their experiences in Africa and South America.  They shared their experiences through stories and music during their two-day event.

Confessing our fossil fuel sins

Earth Day Tent Revival at Memorial Park, in front of the Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Sunday, April 22 350 people of all ages attended. 200 participated in a walk to the event. Brother Aiden John (aka Aiden Enns), in the hat, delivered the sermon and altar call. Charleswood Mennonite Church and Hope Mennonite Church were among the sponsors.

Christians are taught that taking a Sabbath from work is an important spiritual discipline, but some Mennonites in Winnipeg organized a Sabbath from consumption.

Voluntary Service: still thriving in northern Alberta as a ‘presence’

David Kubovsky is talking about Fair Trade products from Kenya to a student group.

During World War II, the Historic Peace Churches in the U.S. negotiated “Alternate Service” options for Conscientious Objectors (“COs”).  As followers of Jesus, they saw military service as disregarding his example of nonviolence, and his clear admonition to “love your enemies.”

Chaco Mennonites come under fire for deforestation

The United Nations has initiated a program to begin paying developing countries to stop cutting down their forests. --Photo from REDD

A major US newspaper reporter has pointed the finger, once again, at Mennonites in the Paraguayan Chaco for massive deforestation, clearing the land for grazing large herds of beef cattle, a major export for the small country.  Simon Romero of the New York Times picked up the story March 24 begun by the Guardian newspaper of the United Kingdom two years earlier.

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