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Photo of John Stoesz Land back by Makoce Ikikcupi - from Facebook

For John Stoesz, making land reparations to Indigenous communities is a way to follow Jesus. In 2012, Stoesz’s family sold his grandparents’ farm near Mountain Lake, Minnesota... Read More
February 23, 2024 | News | Aaron Epp

A Mennonite colony in Campeche state, Mexico. Photo by Anika Reynar.

At 9 a.m., it was already hot and humid in Hopelchén, a small city in the Yucatán peninsula. A collective of Maya farmers had gathered in the shaded courtyard outside the home... Read More
February 22, 2024 | News | Lars Åkerson, Tina Fehr Kehler and Anika Reynar

Photo by Tjflex2/flickr

First Nations in Saskatchewan are in conflict with the provincial government regarding the sale of Crown land. Indigenous peoples in the province have treaty rights to use... Read More
February 22, 2024 | News | Emily Summach

Photo by Artur Roman/Pexels

Our farmyard opened from its treelines to the south and southwest. A mile south, I could see the shelterbelts surrounding my paternal grandmother’s 1870s homestead. A few... Read More
February 22, 2024 | News | David Driedger

A portion of an 1821 survey showing part of the Haldimand Tract area in southern Ontario (Wikicommons).

A most promising possibility for a tangible response by churches to past injustice in the Six Nations Grand River lands conflict came from a conversation I had after the monthly... Read More
February 22, 2024 | News | Adrian Jacobs

Stirling Ave. Mennonite Church. Photo by Randy Culp/Google.

Ten years ago, Adrian Jacobs of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy proposed a Spiritual Covenant with Mennonite churches located on the Haldimand Tract. One Kitchener... Read More
February 22, 2024 | News | Madalene Arias

Christine and Tom Poovong, pictured with their children, Joseph and Phimchanok, are MC Canada International Witness workers in northeastern Thailand. Supplied photo.

Two Mennonite Church Canada International Witness workers are at the centre of an initiative to train, mentor and support church leaders in Thailand. Tom and Christine Poovong,... Read More
February 15, 2024 | News | Aaron Epp

Camp Valaqua. Photo by Jon Olfert.

When campers first roll down our narrow road into the tall, tall trees, they are usually thinking about themselves: Will I have fun? Will I be scared? When they return, they often... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Focus on Camps | Camp Valaqua

Campers bond in the field at Silver Lake in Sauble Beach, Ontario. Photo by Jessa Braun.

Cam was working as a kitchen assistant at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp at the beginning of July 2022. It was his firstever week on staff. He’d had a lot of experience cooking, but... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Focus on Camps | Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp. Supplied photo.

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp (OMMC) at Conrad Grebel University College is a small camp with a big impact. With a focus on communal music-making, campers receive exceptional... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Focus on Camps | Conrad Grebel University College

Campers at Hidden Acres. Photo by Ben Watson.

Hidden Acres’ “Narnia Closet” carries the adventurous explorer on an unexpected journey. What begins as an innocent cleaning closet winds through a maze of stored items, a section... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Focus on Camps | Brent Musser

Photo by Darryl Neustaedter Barg.

While I’m new in my role as associate program director for Camps with Meaning, I am not new to this place, or rather, these places. What has always shimmered at camp is the... Read More
February 8, 2024 | Focus on Camps | Nadya Langelotz

Students at the Friends of Grace Bible School in Thailand. Photo courtesy of Mennonite Church Canada.

The Friends of Grace Bible School recently opened in the Issan area of Thailand. This school, supported by Mennonite Church Canada, will hold classes in the Friends of Grace Roi... Read More
February 5, 2024 | News | Mennonite Church Canada

Khan (Isaac) Gatkuoth, left, at Meserete Kristos Seminary in Ethiopia. Photo by Joanne De Jong.

A recent article in  Anabaptist World  stated there were no known Anabaptist congregations in South Sudan. Praise God that that is no longer the case. Gatjiak (Simon) Tongyik, one... Read More
February 5, 2024 | News | Joanne De Jong

North Star Mennonite Church and Prairie Light Christian Fellowship celebrate a New Years meal together. Supplied photo.

Big buildings; fewer people. It’s a fact that many Mennonite churches have fewer people involved in church life than they did 20 years ago. Many churches across Canada were... Read More
February 5, 2024 | News | Emily Summach

Gareth Brandt's painting, "A Baptism by Choice," shows the fountain from which the water for the first Anabaptism baptism was taken. (Supplied image.)

The story of Anabaptist origins came to life on Sunday, January 21, as Gareth Brandt marked the 499th anniversary of the Anabaptist movement with a presentation of art and spoken... Read More
January 29, 2024 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Valley Road Church held its first service on January 7 in Kelowna, B.C. (Supplied photo.)

The new year has brought a new church to the Glenmore area of Kelowna, and it has given an old church building new life. Valley Road Church, a ministry of Mennonite Church B.C.,... Read More
January 25, 2024 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

‘From Here to There’ includes full-scale reproductions of some of Alvin Pauls’ large mural pieces. (Supplied photo.)

When it comes to making art, Alvin Pauls isn’t concerned with the outcome. “It’s all in the doing,” the Winnipeg artist says. “The end result is not important.” Dressed in a black... Read More
January 25, 2024 | News | Aaron Epp

Margaret Balzer of Langham, Saskatchewan. (Supplied photo)

Welcome to “Life in the 80s,” a semi-regular series in which we ask people in their 80s or 90s to share their wisdom. Margaret Balzer (nee Epp), 82, grew up on a farm near... Read More
January 25, 2024 | News | Emily Summach

Levi Foy (left), executive director of Sunshine House, stands with Crow Hart, drop-in program assistant, in the basement of First Mennonite Church.

It’s brighter than ever in the basement at First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. Sunshine House, a community drop-in and resource centre, is operating there temporarily while its... Read More
January 11, 2024 | News | Aaron Epp

Mykayla Turner. Supplied photo.

While pursuing degrees in health studies and music at the University of Waterloo, Mykayla Turner stumbled into a plethora of worship songs that left her wondering why and how she’... Read More
January 11, 2024 | News | Madalene Arias

A young congregant shares a reading at an evening service at Cedar Valley Church in Mission, B.C. Supplied photo.

Mennonites in British Columbia celebrated the holidays in a variety of ways last month. With both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve falling on Sundays, churches were presented with... Read More
January 11, 2024 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Ruth Isaac Wiederkehr. Photo by Andre Wiederkehr.

One winter day in 2022, our family was discussing the problem of our society’s dependence on fossil fuels. One of our young-adult sons, who perhaps felt we were slipping into... Read More
January 11, 2024 | News | Ruth Isaac Wiederkehr

Mary, played by Donna Driedger, gazes lovingly at Jesus during Bethany Manor’s ‘Nativity on Wheels.’ (Photos by Emily Summach)

It’s not your typical nativity play. While most Christmas productions feature rosy-cheeked children wearing bathrobes and pillows cases, Bethany Manor’s “Nativity on Wheels” stars... Read More
January 5, 2024 | News | Emily Summach

Protesters at City Hall in Waterloo, Ontario call for a ceasefire in Gaza. [Photo by A.S. Compton]

On December 19, approximately 250 Mennonites, Palestinians and others gathered in Waterloo’s City Hall to call on Member of Parliament Bardish Chagger to publicly support an... Read More
December 22, 2023 | News | A.S. Compton