News update: In what is being called a Saturday night coup, Paraguay's Senate removed President Fernando Lugo for what they charged was his role in a deadly clash between police and landless protesters that killed 17 persons.
The leader of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) has condemned a deadly clash June 15 between army troops and farmers fighting eviction in Paraguay.
The War of 1812 is important to commemorate for many reasons. As the only defensive war fought on Canadian soil in the last two centuries, it was also the first testing of the historic peace churches' position of conscientious objection in Canadian history.
According to the UN, there are now 10.5 million refugees who have been forced to flee their countries due to conflict, natural disaster or persecution. About 25,000 of these people are allowed to settle in Canada each year, but Mennonite refugee advocates say Canada's posture toward these people is changing.
New Testament theologian Walter Wink, noted for relating the biblical phrase “principalities and powers” to the dominating sociopolitical structures of the modern era, died May 10, leaving a legacy of books, teachings and nonviolent resistance to apartheid in South Africa.
Some 60 Mennonites, Quakers and Brethren in Christ members, including seniors and children, gathered for a peace church testimony Saturday, June 16, during Stouffville’s commemoration of the War of 1812, complete with a parade of Governor General’s Horse Guard, reports Arnold Neufelt-
Rachel Miller Jacobs and Andy Brubacher Kaethler have been appointed to faculty positions at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, each to focus on different aspects of Christian faith formation in our current culture. Both will begin these half-time assignments in July.
Jeff Huebner, of Calgary, has been appointed by the Board of Governors to the faculty of the Redekop School of Business at Canadian Mennonite University.
Huebner comes to CMU from his role as assistant professor of International Business at Ambrose University College in Calgary, where he served for the past five years.
It took three impromptu songs to count the ballots and confirm the results, but Anabaptist leaders from around the world elected J. Nelson Kraybill president-elect of Mennonite World Conference at MWC General Council meetings May 20-27.
In three presentations at the Mennonite World Conference General Council meetings May 20-27, theologians and historians revisited the Anabaptist vision in a global context and sought input from meeting participants.
Jamie Pitts, Ph.D., will become assistant professor of Anabaptist studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, beginning July 1.
It was titled “Underground Railroad” and it went for $6,700 as the top quilt of the event, pushing the total raised to $335,000 for the 46th Mennonite Relief Sale held on the fairgrounds here Saturday, May 26.
Editor's Note: See the major feature "This Land is Us" in the June 11 edition of Canadian Mennonite.
A Eastern Canada student is participating in the Goshen (Ind.) College Study-Service Term (SST) in Senegal during this summer, along with 21 other students. Goshen established an SST unit in the French-speaking West African country in 2004 and this is the fifth unit to go to the country.
Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney may or may not become the first Mormon to move into the White House next year, but a new study shows that Mormonism is moving into more parts of the country than any other religious group, making it the fastest-growing faith in more than half of U.S. states.
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.
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.
The four-year, $2.5-million Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) review process is over, and the single most significant outcome is a power shift from MCC's Akron, Pa., office to its office in Winnipeg.
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.”
An influential black pastor says the Southern Baptist Convention should repudiate remarks about race by the head of its ethics commission, and if Richard Land does not repent he should be fired.
Henry Paetkau, former president of Conrad Grebel University College, has been named area church minister for Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, succeeding Muriel Bechtel, who is retiring after 12 years in that role.
Ann L. Schultz will assume the role of Principal at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, commencing January 2013, succeeding outgoing Principal Betsy Petker who will be retiring this June, according to the board of directors.