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Menno businessmen named to the Order of Canada

Hildebrand (left), and Schlegel (right)

Two Mennonite businessmen have been named to the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston, out of a total of 91 recipients recognized. Ron Schlegel of Waterloo, Ont., was named an officer for his work and philanthropy in the area of aging. Elmer Hildebrand of Winnipeg was recognized for his leadership in communication as a member of the Order.

Destination Winnipeg

Dave and Mary Lou Driedger walking the Great Wall in China

Dave and Mary Lou Driedger skating down the Red River in Winnipeg

We returned to Canada July 18, 2011, after spending six years teaching at the International Christian School in Hong Kong. My husband Dave and I moved into a condo in downtown Winnipeg and prepared for a very different life than the one we had been leading.

New Master of Peace and Conflict Studies degree will equip visionary leaders

Patty Dorsey signs a beam, a sign of community at Conrad Grebel University College.

Kitchener resident Patty Dorsey was at a crossroads in life. After raising five children and working with mentally challenged individuals for twenty years, Dorsey needed a change in direction. At the encouragement of her husband, she returned to school as a student in Social Development Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS). Dorsey felt like life was perfect.

Muslim and Mennonite women enjoy study and friendship

Muslim women spent a week at CMU this summer, learning about Christianity.

On a warm summer evening in Winnipeg there is lots of laughter, picture-taking, and food—it’s very much a typical “girls’ night out.” But this party is unique as more than half the women are Shia Muslims from Iran and they’re celebrating the end of an intense week of the study of Christianity. They’re also celebrating the friendships they’ve formed.

What would Jesus eat?

‘The Last Supper,’ by Leonardo da Vinci (1451-1519); tempera and mixed media on plaster; 4.6m x 8.8m. Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy. What did Jesus really serve his disciples at the first communion service?

Like most North Americans, I grew up in a household where no meal was complete without a serving of meat, although I didn’t really know where the meat that I ate came from.

A green heritage

Jane Snyder enjoys a cup of coffee at the Seven Shores Urban Market and Café in Uptown Waterloo.

Jane Snyder chose the local Seven Shores Urban Market and Café in Uptown Waterloo to meet. Within walking distance of her home, and featuring local produce and fair trade coffee, it met many of the principles to which she, her husband, parents and work hold.

Something new under the sun

Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., had new solar panels installed last month.

Solar electric panels at Hillcrest Mennonite Church, New Hamburg, Ont. (2011).

There’s nothing new under the sun, the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us, but in Waterloo Region, Ont., there are lots of new things under the sun: solar projects, that is!

Never Again

Fred Ritchie reads a peace book to great-grandson, Simon Clark. (Photo courtesy of Jake Buhler)

Charlie Clark, who grew up in the United Church tradition, listened carefully to the stories of his beloved Grandpa Ritchie on his fruit orchard in Naramata, B.C. The stories came from a gentle man who had seen war up close and who believed there was a better way to solving problems.

Too busy for life’s priorities

'Living Into Focus' by Arthur Boers.

I wish e-mail took up less of my life. I wish I could remember the last time I savoured a sunset. I wish I prayed more.

“I do not understand my own actions,” wrote the Apostle Paul, “for I do not do what I want.” Arthur Boers explores this conundrum in his new book, Living Into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distraction.

Family camp becomes family’s summer highlight

The Wiens family of Abbotsford enjoyed a unique family vacation at Camp Squeah last summer and plan to attend again this year.

A week of Family Camp at Camp Squeah turned out to be a summer highlight for the Wiens family of Abbotsford, B.C. Maria Wiens, her husband Gerhard and children Jacob and Elizabeth spent a week of their summer playing together, trying new activities, enjoying both family time and couple time, and being nurtured body and soul.


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