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Zehr recognized as pioneer of 'restorative justice'

Howard Zehr, 2nd from left, in late November with German Mennonite Peace Committee members and others involved in honoring Zehr for his restorative justice work. The group is visiting a stone memorializing the martyrdom of Anabaptists Michael and Margaretha Sattler in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany.

Eastern Mennonite University professor Howard Zehr
spent his Thanksgiving holiday this year receiving the thanks of
German and Swiss groups for his work as a pioneer and propagator of
restorative justice around the world. He also did “giving” as a speaker
and workshop leader on the same topic.

24 Canadians get MCC global/binational assignments

These Brazil students are part of a younger group of students who have become involved in a garden club, set up by MCC worker Julie Alexander. The club is a mix of ages and encourages students to develop leadership skills while working together as a team. --Photo by Lowell Brown

Twenty-four Canadians were among the  nearly 100 new workers assigned by Mennonite Central Committee recently

Integrating love and spirituality

Dr. Sue Johnson does pre-conference training.

“Conversations on Attachment: Integrating the Science of Love and Spirituality,” will be held March 31-April 1, 2011, at Eastern Mennonite University. The conference, a first of its kind, will bring together nationally-recognized experts from a variety of disciplines to apply key insights from attachment theory to current research and practice.

What I have learned about leadership (so far)

Willard Metzger began his duties as general secretary on Nov. 1, 2010.

In this letter to the church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul provides some sound instruction for approaching leadership. Be clear on the ultimate purpose of God’s calling. Disregard the unimportant matters. Do not get cemented in the past. Press forward to the purposes of God. However, make sure to live up to what you have already attained. 

Advent 1: A people of prayer, poetry and patience

Lynn Bergsma Friessen is a teacher at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, ON, and a member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.

Waterloo North Mennonite Church, located on the growing edge of the city, began in October, 1986.

It’s admittedly a little hard to know how to take this Matthew passage. Should I be reading it as some sort of an encouragement? Sounds more like a threat. What does it mean? My son Simon says it means we should avoid going anywhere in twos, and as much as possible aim for odd numbers instead (!)

Canada not accountable for mining injustices

At the site of the Philippines' contested TVI Pacific mine, owned by a Canadian company. (Photo: KAIROS)

KAIROS is deeply disappointed by the defeat of Bill C-300 at its third reading in the House of Commons, according its recent newsletterThe private member’s bill, which would have created new mechanisms to hold Canadian mining, oil and gas companies accountable when they are found to be complicit in human rights and environmental violations abroad, was narrowly defeated by a vote of 140 to 134.

Pope says some condom use 'first step' of morality

Reuters – Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has opened the door on the previously taboo subject of condoms as a way to fight HIV, saying male prostitutes who use condoms may be beginning to act responsibly. It's a stunning comment for a pontiff who has blamed condoms for making the AIDS crisis worse.

Literary legend raises funds with book launch

Rudy Wiebe signs copies of Collected Stories/1955-2010 at a Nov. 10 book launch.

Canadian literary legend, Rudy Wiebe and his wife Tena, have supported the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers since it began in the 1980s. “Refugees have always been of particular concern to me, because in 1930, before I was born, Canada accepted my parents and their five children as refugees from the Soviet Union.” Wiebe said.

Canadian Court Rules Dissident Churches Must Abandon Property

St. Matthias and St. Luke Church in Vancouver, one of the breakaway Anglican churches. --Photo by Ian Lindsay/Postmedia

 An Canadian appeals court has ruled in favor of an Anglican diocese in a property dispute with congregations opposed to same-gender blessings.

In a unanimous decision released on Monday (Nov. 15), British Columbia Court of Appeal Justice Mary Newbury, writing for a three-judge panel, dismissed an appeal by four breakaway parishes against a 2009 lower court ruling.

Consultation Affirms Role of Sunday School

MPN’S Sunday school curriculum, currently includes tips for teachers and a downloadable Power Point presentation about how to use the curriculum.

What will Sunday school look like in the future for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada congregations? That was the question addressed at a consultation organized by Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) earlier this month.

The consultation, held Nov. 1-3 at Amigo Centre, Sturgis, MI, brought together Christian education leaders and thinkers throughout MC USA and MC Canada.

Help for Indonesia volcano/flood victims

Pak Samuel lost his wife, who was seven months pregnant, his small son and daughter in the flash flooding that crashed through the village of Rado in Papua, Indonesia. He is sitting on the rocks where his home used to stand. (MCC photo by Paulus Hortono)

In Java, Indonesia, palm trees fold like umbrellas under the weight of volcanic ash spewing from Mount Merapi. On the outskirts of this black and white world, more than 380,000 people are waiting to see if anything is left of their homes and their livelihoods when the volcano finally stops erupting.

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