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A B.C. congregation produced a video to tell its story and to highlight members’ connections to their church.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, a Vancouver congregation produced a documentary featuring its church. Many Voices, One Song: The Story of Point Grey Inter-Mennonite Fellowship... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Artbeat | Amy Rinner Waddell

A new book tells the story of the United Mennonite Church of Black Creek.

Last November, the United Mennonite Church of Black Creek launched a new book, In the Beginning—Stories of our Founders , during an evening of speakers, images and history. In the... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Artbeat | Harold Macy

Growing up in Morris, Man., Jessica Edel played sports starting in elementary school. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Mennonite University)

Growing up just south of Winnipeg in Morris, Man., I was involved in sports starting in elementary school. I participated in many school sports but invested most of my time in... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Young Voices | Jessica Edel

‘Praying hands at sea’ by Tinus Badenhorst. (publicdomainpictures.net photo)

Time is a significantly gracious yet controlling dynamic. It’s a dimension from which we cannot escape, but our experience of it varies depending on our context. We move from day... Read More
January 24, 2018 | Young Voices | Moses Falco

University of Zurich ethics professor Pierre Buehler addresses attendees of a public forum on human rights and faith, organized by the Mennonite conference in Switzerland. (Photo by Samuel Cacciabue)

“Nationalism is on the rise in many parts of the world,” says Juerg Braeker, general secretary of Konferenz der Mennoniten der Schweiz/Conférence mennonite suisse (the Swiss... Read More
January 23, 2018 | Web First |

The 2017 Bear Lake growing project in Wembley, Alta., harvested 64 hectares of barley. Once sold, the proceeds will be used by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to respond to emergency situations such as those in Syria, South Sudan and Kenya. (Canadian Foodgrains Bank photo)

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank likes to talk about its “farm”—the thousands of hectares across Canada, from P.E.I. to B.C., that are planted by community growing projects to raise... Read More
January 23, 2018 | Web First | Amanda Thorsteinsson

The Mennonite World Conference delegation is pictured with local members of the Mennonite Brethren church in Nuevo Horizonte, Peru. Following the floods, ‘our hearts were left totally destroyed . . . but thanks to MWC, who have come to visit us and have given us this uplifting and encouraging word, a word of hope and love,’ says Antonio García Dominguez, right, the leader of Conferencia Peruana Hermanos Menonitas. (MWC photo by Joanna Chappa)

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and Mennonite organizations collaborated to live out their faith with unified action in response to disasters that struck members of the global... Read More
January 23, 2018 | Web First |

Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers George and Tobia Veith, right, receive thanks for their training work from local partners (names withheld). (Photo courtesy of Jeanette Hanson)

What does mission look like in a country where the church is well established? From Jeanette Hanson’s point of view it’s a web of interconnected relationships. Hanson is a... Read More
January 10, 2018 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Vi Phounsavath leads worship at Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Chinda Kommala is a serious Mennonite Church Eastern Canada booster. From the beginning of the Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church’s life, he has been relating to the... Read More
January 10, 2018 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Kingsfield-Clinton celebrated its 10th anniversary on Nov. 5, 2017, with cake. (Photo courtesy of Melanie Siebert)

A decade ago, Zurich (Ont.) Mennonite Church, which was formed in 1908 by those who did not want to keep the restrictive dress code of the nearby Blake Amish Mennonite... Read More
January 10, 2018 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Field day at the University of Manitoba's Carman research farm. (Photo courtesy of Natural Systems Agriculture, University of Manitoba)

Agriculture is changing. Perhaps it always has been. Markets realign. Tastes shift. Ideas evolve. Climatic conditions rearrange. Mennonites are part of the change—as farmers,... Read More
January 10, 2018 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

Ashlyn Shantz of Heidelberg, Ont., right, shares a meal together with a local in the village of Win Poat, Myanmar. (Photo by Byron Shantz)

When I originally told friends and family of my intention to travel with my family to Myanmar, I was challenged with the idea of a known global-crisis country as a travel... Read More
January 10, 2018 | God at work in the World | Byron Shantz
Where Do Sticky Buns Come From? is a picture book illustrated by local artist and designer Jonathan Dyck and written by Jon McPhail, owner of Jonnies Sticky Buns bakery. The book... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Artbeat | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Thomas Coldwell is the new executive director of MCC Alberta. (Photo by Angela Bennett)

Five years ago, Thomas Coldwell knew very little about Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Today, he’s the executive director of MCC Alberta. “I’ve been told multiple times, ‘Be... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Steph Chandler Burns recently served as interim pastor at Bloomingdale (Ont.) Mennonite Church. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

For Steph Chandler Burns of Kitchener, Ont., talking about her faith journey means talking about coming out as a queer individual. “I am a bisexual woman and I am a woman created... Read More
January 10, 2018 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

To celebrate Christmas, members of Gereja Kristen Muria Indonesia churches act out Bible stories in the style of wayang orang. (Photo courtesy of berita GKMI)

Christian communities around the world celebrate Christmas, yet each culture has its own traditions. Here, Anabaptist brothers and sisters from different regions share how they... Read More
December 23, 2017 | Web First | Various contributors

Weiny Hablemichael, left, Tim Reimer and Aron Hablemichael discuss the presentations at the Anabaptist Learning Workshop event held at Danforth Mennonite Church, Toronto, on Nov. 18, 2017, that focussed on East African persecutions. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

It was the Christian apologist Tertullian in AD 197 who first wrote, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” As he watched Christians killed in the bloody... Read More
December 20, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Calvin Quan was “happily surprised” by the positive spirit and efficiency of the first meeting of Mennonite Church Canada’s new Joint Council. “There was a strong sense of... Read More
December 20, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

The new Joint Council of MC Canada is composed of, from left to right, front row: Ken Warkentin, moderator, MC Saskatchewan; Paul Neufeldt, moderator, MC Alberta; Lee Dyck, moderator, MC B.C.; Paul Wideman, moderator, MC Eastern Canada; and Peter Rempel, moderator, MC Manitoba; and back row: Jacquelyn Janzen, MC Saskatchewan rep; Vince Friesen, interim MC Alberta rep; Betty Loewen, MC B.C. rep; Calvin Quan, MC Canada moderator; Alicia Good, MC Eastern, Canada rep; Allan Hiebert, secretary/treasurer; Gerald Gerbrandt, MC Manitoba moderator elect and MC Manitoba interim rep; and Geraldine Balzer, assistant moderator, MC Canada. (Photo by Ryan Siemens)

On Dec. 7 and 8, 2017, the new Joint Council of Mennonite Church Canada met for this first time. ( See a follow-up to those meetings here . ) Following the re-structuring of MC... Read More
December 20, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Ross W. Muir, with files from Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, Lisa Williams and Marianne Siemens

The newly renovated Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, featuring the atrium at the front. (Courtesy of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate)

They say it takes a village to raise a child. For Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, it takes a village to not only raise its 300 students, but also to complete a $10.3-million... Read More
December 20, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Jacqui Block, left, Peter Guenther and George Epp enjoy a light-hearted moment as they reflect on what they learned about Mennonite Central Committee’s disaster response. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“There’s no such thing as a natural disaster,” according to Bruce Guenther. But Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada’s disaster response director wasn’t in denial. Guenther... Read More
December 20, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Ed Zacharias (Plautdietsch Medienkonferenz photo)

Ed Zacharias started with Exodus, translating word by word into Low German ( Plautdietsch ). For a decade he worked at it, sometimes with institutional backing, sometimes as a... Read More
December 20, 2017 | God at work in Us | Will Braun

A page from a Jehovah’s Witness Bible study booklet in Low German.

While some might see Low German as the arcane language of people stuck in the past, Jehovah’s Witnesses have embraced it. For years, they have dedicated considerable energy to... Read More
December 20, 2017 | God at work in Us | Will Braun

Jim Tubb sits in his Duke Street studio in Kitchener, Ont., surrounded by paintings, art supplies and the music—including jazz—that fuels his work. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Jim Tubb has lived on borrowed time for more than 40 years. In 1975, he was told that he had only a short time to live due to respiratory issues, but he says that in the meantime... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky

AlbertaSat members, including Taryn Haluza-Delay, second from right, met with former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, centre, this past October. (Photo courtesy of Taryn Haluza-Delay)

For most people who dream of exploring outer space, the dream dies before they reach adulthood. That’s not the case for Taryn Haluza-Delay. The 20-year-old Edmonton resident, who... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Matthew Kopperud, right, spent 2017 touring with his Close Talker bandmates Will Quiring and Chris Morien. (Photo courtesy of Close Talker)

2017 was a big year for Matthew Kopperud. The 25-year-old guitarist toured across North America and Europe with his band Close Talker in support of its most recent album, Lens ... Read More
December 20, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Tim Wiebe-Neufeld stands beside the Ray Dirks painting that tells the story of Maria Friesen Neufeld, his great grandmother, one of the courageous Mennonite women who brought their families out of the hardships and terror of the Soviet Union in the early 1900s. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

On Dec. 2, 2017, more than a hundred people gathered at Edmonton’s King’s University for the opening of the Along the Road to Freedom art exhibit. This was the first of three... Read More
December 12, 2017 | Web First | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Edwin Klassen (left) shares a laugh with longtime MEDA editor Wally Kroeker as he signs copies of his book, God’s Week has Seven Days: Monday Musings for Marketplace Christians, at the MEDA convention in Vancouver, B.C. (MEDA photo by Steve Sugrim)

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) raised a record $6.5 million from donors in the past year, president Allan Sauder told the group’s annual meeting in Vancouver Nov... Read More
December 12, 2017 | Web First | Mike Strathdee

The Anabaptist prayer book, Take Our Moments and Our Days, is now available as a mobile app.

Users in 15 countries across six continents have downloaded a new free mobile app version of Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book in the four weeks since its... Read More
December 9, 2017 | Web First | Annette Brill Bergstresser

Highlighted in grey is the conflict zone within the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country of Rwanda, to the east, is also affected by the conflict. (Canadian Mennonite map by Betty Avery)

“As many as 250,000 children could starve in Kasai in the next few months unless enough nutritious food reaches them quickly,” says David Beasley, World Food Programme’s executive... Read More
December 6, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

A police officer, rehabilitation counsellor, medical cannabis producer and Mennonite pastor present their thoughts on the implications of the Canadian government’s plan to legalize marijuana at ‘Our need for weed? Sparking conversations in the church and community,’ the Nov. 15 Face2Face event at Canadian Mennonite University. (Photo by Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

It’s not often that you see the words Mennonite, church and university in the same sentence as marijuana. Yet, “Our need for weed? Sparking conversations in the church and... Read More
December 6, 2017 | God at work in the World | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

These displaced families, who are staying in the Kikwit District of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, wait to receive a month’s supply of food and non-food emergency assistance, including flour, beans, oil, sugar, salt, tarps and soap. (MCC photo by Fidele Kyanza)

Displaced people who recently received food and shelter supplies distributed by Mennonite churches in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) have seen... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Web First | Rachel Bergen

Scholars Muhammad Ali Shomali, left, and Irma Fast Dueck enjoy a break at the fifth annual Christian-Muslim dialogue in Edmonton during the last week of October. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

At a time when world news seems to set nations against each other, the chatter and laughter of an obviously diverse crowd can be inspiring. On Oct. 28, men and women of a variety... Read More
December 6, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

While Palmer Becker, right, looks on, Maahin Khan and Aroob Asheaf from the Kitchener Masjid and Stephanie Janzen-Martin, from Waterloo North Mennonite Church exchange contact information at the end of Waterloo North Mennonite Church’s open house with the masjid on Oct. 22. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Palmer Becker began to attend the Kitchener (Ont.) Masjid when he returned from teaching at Bethlehem Bible College in 2009. While in Bethlehem, he had heard the daily calls to... Read More
December 6, 2017 | God at work in the World |

Mennonite Church Canada executive director Willard Metzger, standing left, explains changes to the structure of the new nationwide church to congregational leaders gathered for MC Saskatchewan’s fall leadership assembly. Standing beside Metzger is Ryan Siemens, MC Saskatchewan’s area church minister of congregational and pastoral relations. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Potential. That word kept surfacing at Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s fall leadership assembly, as pastors and congregational leaders met with MC Canada’s executive minister,... Read More
December 6, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

What started as a simple book club has become a place of deep friendship and support for a group of Winnipeg women. (Photo by Rachel Bergen)

I remember the day well. It was Nov. 8, 2016. Donald Trump, whose behaviour as a sexual predator has been widely reported, had just been elected as president of the United States... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Attiya meets with Steve, her abusive ex-boyfriend, in the documentary A Better Man. (National Film Board photo)

In the remarkable documentary, A Better Man , released earlier this year, filmmaker Attiya Khan documents her meeting with Steve (no last name), her ex-boyfriend who abused her... Read More
December 6, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) campaigners Setsuko Thurlow, Ray Acheson and Cesar Jaramillo call on Canada to join a UN nuclear weapons ban at a press conference in Toronto on Oct. 27, 2017. Jaramillo is the executive director of Project Ploughshares, a Mennonite Central Committee partner. (Photo courtesy of Paula Cardenas)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) congratulates Project Ploughshares, a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), on winning the 2017 Nobel Peace... Read More
December 5, 2017 | Web First | Rachel Bergen

Phil Monture, Six Nations land claims researcher, speaks at 50 Kent Avenue in Kitchener, Ont., on Oct. 26, about the Haldimand Tract that was promised to Six Nations in the late 1700s. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

The community room at 50 Kent Ave. in Kitchener had standing room only on Oct. 26, with more than 180 adults of all ages there to listen to Phil Monture. Monture, a Mohawk from... Read More
December 4, 2017 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky

To celebrate Steinbach (Man.) Mennonite Church’s 75 years of worship and ministry, pastors and congregants planted a peace pole in front of its current building on Loewen Boulevard on Nov. 12. Next spring, a garden and bench will be installed. (Steinbachonline.com photo by Lothar Dueck)

Steinbach Mennonite Church celebrated its 75th anniversary over the Sept. 30-Oct. 1 weekend. Church Board Chair Karen Peters said the festivities began on the evening of Sept. 30... Read More
December 4, 2017 | Web First | Kenton Dyck

Filmmaker Peter von Gunten, Münster parish official Marlise Hubschmied and Bern Mennonite Church Pastor Dorothea Loosli discuss von Gunten’s 2005 Anabaptist documentary “In Life and Beyond Life” on Nov. 11, before the request for forgiveness offered by Bern government councillor and director of churches Christoph Neuhaus. (Photo by Knoche)

It can’t change the past, but it can impact the future. In surprise comments delivered in early November 2017, a government official in Bern, Switzerland, requested forgiveness... Read More
November 29, 2017 | Web First | Tim Huber
Born into a Western Ontario Mennonite Conference (WOM)—formerly the Amish Mennonite Conference of Ontario—family, Ralph Lebold grew up with strong leaders in a congregational... Read More
November 15, 2017 | God at work in Us |
On Oct. 14, 2017, delegates at a special assembly in Winnipeg approved a restructuring plan to shift the centre of ministries from the nationwide church office to each of the five... Read More
November 15, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
How the new structure of Mennonite Church Canada will affect congregations in B.C. was the topic for focus groups in Richmond and Abbotsford late last month. Donors who have been... Read More
November 15, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell
In October, congregants from across Canada gathered for Mennonite Church Canada’s Special Assembly 2017 in Winnipeg, where they voted to implement a new structure, ushering in a... Read More
November 15, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe
The ink on the new covenant document between the five regional (formerly area) churches was scarcely dry before Mennonite Church Eastern Canada began to describe to its... Read More
November 15, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
Norm Dyck, the newly appointed Mennonite Church Eastern Canada mission engagement minister, says, “The face of the church is rapidly changing! What appears to be emerging is the... Read More
November 15, 2017 | God at work in the Church |

Children enjoy their story at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship's 50th anniversary service on Oct 15, 2017. (Fort Garry Mennonite photo)

On Oct. 15, 2017, more than 300 excited and exuberant members and guests gathered at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship to celebrate the congregation’s 50th anniversary. Many had... Read More
November 15, 2017 | God at work in the Church | John and Dorothy Friesen
A group of young adults who formed in response to proposed changes to Mennonite Church Canada (now dubbed the nationwide church) has disbanded. The Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Attention, music fans: Next month marks the 15th anniversary of the release of an album you’ve likely never heard of. Let me tell you about it. On Dec. 8, 2002, at Douglas... Read More
November 15, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
While plenty of Mennonites have played the “Mennonite game”—the Anabaptist version of six degrees of separation—only a select few have played Mark Eash Hershberger’s version. But... Read More
November 14, 2017 | Web First | Abby King

At the MC Saskatchewan Equipping Day Abby Heinrichs and her father Steve tell their personal stories in a workshop entitled ‘In your light, we see light: The church and Indigenous solidarity.’ (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Setting goals is a good practice, but how does a faith community translate those goals into reality? At their Refresh, Refocus, Renew mini-retreat in September, members of... Read More
November 14, 2017 | Web First | Donna Schulz
While visiting Ethiopia recently, Darrell Jantzi and John Peters heard that Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) has continued to grow and now numbers 310,877 baptized members, an... Read More
November 14, 2017 | Web First | Barb Draper

Hochma’s worshipping space was repurposed as a donation centre for refugees. (Photo by Michel Monette)

Not feeling safe in the United States, a young woman climbed on a plane and flew to Montreal with her children. But the U.S. is considered a safe country for refugees, so she was... Read More
November 14, 2017 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Richard (Dick) Benner, the recent editor/publisher of Canadian Mennonite , passed away on Nov. 4, 2017, at his home in Ruckersville, Va. Upon his retirement in March 2017, he... Read More
November 6, 2017 | Web First | Barb Draper
For Ardith Frey, injera , a flatbread eaten in northeastern Africa, is a symbol of community. It is served on a large shared platter, along with a sauce. See Ardith’s story at “... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Web First |

Regional Church moderators signed the Covenant and Operating Agreement that form the newly structured Mennonite Church Canada on Oct. 15, in Winnipeg. Pictured from left to right, seated: Ken Warkentin of MC Saskatchewan; Paul Wideman of MC Eastern Canada; Lee Dyck of MC B.C.; Paul Neufeldt of MC Alberta; and Peter Rempel of MC Manitoba; and standing: MC Canada moderator Calvin Quan. (MC Canada photo by Coreena Stewart)

A Covenant and Operating Agreement describing the intent of both the spirit and function of the new relationships among the five regional churches (formerly area churches)... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Dan Dyck
To say that the ins and outs of International Witness ministry are complex would be an understatement. It could take an entire study conference to explore a theology of mission as... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Dan Dyck
The terms “financial plan” and “budget” were used somewhat interchangeably in reference to a spreadsheet in the Discernment Guide Supplement outlining how Mennonite Church Canada... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Dan Dyck

Anneli Loepp Thiessen, Johise Namwira and Vernelle Enns Penner lead delegates in singing at Sunday morning’s worship service. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

“We don’t all see things through the same lenses. We don’t all agree on every little or big thing, but we are loved by you, and we love.” That prayerful acknowledgement of... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Deborah Froese
Mennonite Church Canada is changing and the need for communication has never been greater. This seemed to be the consensus at the Communications Focus Group discussion held during... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Donna Schulz
While some delegates at Special Assembly 2017 looked forward to the nationwide church restructuring process, others mourned the loss of what has been an important part of their... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Donna Schulz
Ruth Friesen of First Mennonite Church, Edmonton, says her congregation has always had a strong connection to the Mennonite Church Canada national office in Winnipeg and the... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Virginia A. Hostetler
On a mid-October weekend, 13 youth from across Canada weren’t on the field playing soccer, at their desks studying or settling in with Netflix. Instead, they were helping decide... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe
Madeleine Wichert, 23 Volunteer When she missed the deadline to register for Mennonite Church Canada’s Special Assembly 2017, Madeleine Wichert found another way to get in the... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Aaron Epp
Once an avid Twitter user, Steph Chandler Burns almost never uses the social networking site anymore. That changed, however, when she attended Mennonite Church Canada’s Special... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Aaron Epp
After 11 Koreans—two families plus two teenagers—began attending Point Grey in late 2016, interest in their intentional communal living was piqued. The 11, ranging in age from 11... Read More
November 1, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Henry Neufeld
For many Saskatchewan Mennonites, the name Mennonite Trust is synonymous with wills and estate planning, but executive director Cory Regier is quick to point out that the company... Read More
November 1, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Donna Dinsmore began a one-year term as interim pastor of First Mennonite Church, Edmonton, on Oct. 1, 2017. Dinsmore is an ordained United Church minister who has served in... Read More
November 1, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
“What are the dreams that have been placed in us? What has God whispered in our ears? How has God invaded our thoughts?” asked Willard Metzger, Mennonite Canada’s executive... Read More
November 1, 2017 | Back Page | Deborah Froese
Among the many memories shared at a reunion of past and present Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations workers, several included references to the late Jeremiah Ross (1909-... Read More
October 31, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
As winter sets in, over 100 solidarity groups and organizations—including the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) project on the island of Lesvos—are calling for urgent action from... Read More
October 30, 2017 | Web First |

Matt Falk, left, and Orlando Braun answer questions from the audience at the ‘Menno(comedy)nite’ in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sept. 30, 2017. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

An advertised “evening of hilarity” on Sept. 30, 2017, delivered plenty of jokes, humour and laughs to delight the gathered audience at the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C-... Read More
October 30, 2017 | Web First | Amy Dueckman
Decisions made at Special Assembly 2017 have resulted in staff reductions at Mennonite Church Canada and program realignment to regional churches serving congregations. (See “... Read More
October 21, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 |
Delegates voted 94 percent in favour of taking Mennonite Church Canada’s existing structures off of life support equipment designed for a society and church culture from a prior... Read More
October 19, 2017 | Focus on Special Assembly 2017 | Dan Dyck
When Ed Snider left Kitchener to farm in the Hanover-Chesley area of southwestern Ontario, Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship, then known as the Weber Mennonite Church, was nearly... Read More
October 18, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
“My people don’t believe in coincidence,” Sylvia McAdam told her audience, “so you’re meant to be here today.” McAdam was speaking at a teach-in at St. Thomas More College in... Read More
October 18, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Gord Enns leads a bicycle tour of five farms in the Osler, Sask., area that sell meat, vegetables, fruit and baked goods directly to consumers. (Photo courtesy of Gord Enns)

On a sunny Saturday in early September, 13 cyclists set out to explore the Local Food Trail near Osler, Sask. Gord Enns, who is executive director of the Saskatoon Food Council... Read More
October 18, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
The 2017 Walk for Reconciliation recognizing First Nations peoples drew an estimated 50,000 people in Vancouver on Sept. 24. Some two-dozen Mennonites from several Lower Mainland... Read More
October 18, 2017 | God at work in the World | Amy Rinner Waddell
As a teenager, Ghada Ageel had heated debates with her grandmother at their home in the Khan Younis refugee camp in South Gaza. “I asked my grandmother many questions: Why didn’t... Read More
October 18, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Brandon Leis, the new music director for Menno Singers, in his studio in the Music Building at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Like most musicians and artists, Brandon Leis uses his gifts in many places and in many ways to make a living. Most recently, he was appointed as the new music director of the... Read More
October 18, 2017 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen / Nobody knows my sorrow / Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen / Nobody knows but Jesus By entitling his book with the words of the African-... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources |
Humans have a long history of elevating knowledge over trust. Consider Adam and Eve. They had God’s full attention and companionship—and Eden—but they couldn’t resist the off-... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Deborah Froese
Theology, Spirituality Approaching the Divine: Signs and Symbols of the Christian Faith . Margaret Loewen Reimer. CMU Press, 2017, 96 pages. This book explores the history and... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper
Justin Rempel has been making up stories ever since he learned to write. The animals on his parents’ hobby farm near Gretna, Man., and the stories he heard while attending Sunday... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Andrea De Avila enjoys her role as associate pastor at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Ask Andrea De Avila when she first wanted to become a pastor and her answer is simple: “I didn’t.” While studying at Hesston College in Kansas, and Eastern Mennonite University (... Read More
October 18, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Ana (not her real name), came to Ecuador from Medellin, Colombia, in 2016 after escaping from paramilitaries who had taken and kept her hostage for two years. She was subjected to... Read More
October 17, 2017 | Web First | Daniela Sánchez and Alexandra Meneses
The entire run of the Mennonite Historical Bulletin is now available online. Over the summer, the Mennonite Church USA Archives collaborated with Goshen College’s Mennonite... Read More
October 17, 2017 | Web First |
Ana Laizer is a grade nine student in Longido, Tanzania, and she dreams of going to university to become a successful businesswoman. For many girls Laizer’s age, this dream might... Read More
October 16, 2017 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
“It’s taken us four hundred years to get to here,” said Drew Hart at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s 2017 Spiritual Emphasis Week, held over three days in late September 2017. The... Read More
October 16, 2017 | Web First |

Craig Neufeld, standing, and Bruce Jantzen brainstorm ways of making the dream of ‘deeper spirituality’ a reality at MC Saskatchewan’s Refresh, Refocus, Renew mini-retreat. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

It’s harvest time on the Prairies for farmers on their combines, and this year for members of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan as they met for their second Refresh, Refocus, Renew... Read More
October 4, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church has a new name. Now known as Fields of Hope Mennonite Church, the congregation once met in three neighbouring communities: Glenbush, Rabbit Lake... Read More
October 4, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Twelve years ago, Conrad Grebel University College planted a black walnut tree and erected a sign marking the 200th anniversary of the arrival in 1805 of the first Mennonite... Read More
October 4, 2017 | God at work in the World |
“Walk the talk of nation to nation. Implement the declaration!” More than a hundred people chanted these words as they walked for Indigenous rights in Winnipeg, situated on Treaty... Read More
October 4, 2017 | God at work in the World | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe
Like Canada, China is facing an aging population. There is a growing need for elder-care homes, as families shift away from the cultural norm of taking care of their aging loved... Read More
October 4, 2017 | God at work in the World | Anita Bergen, Cameron Nicolle
At Conrad Grebel University College, parents of prospective peace and conflict studies (PACS) students often ask, “What kind of job will my child get after graduation?” What we... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Focus On Education | Kelly Brown
Mennonite institutions endure based on the hard work and dedication of those who believe in their impact on individuals and the broader community. On Jan. 31, 2018, Rockway... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Focus On Education | David Lobe
Ten graduate students, including five Canadian Mennonite University students, gathered on the campus of Bluffton University for a week in August for the fourth annual... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Focus On Education |
I graduated from Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) in Gretna, Man., in 2016, and it is where I first learned to be vulnerable. Vulnerability is exposure, letting our true self... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Focus On Education | Isaac Schlegel
In addition to faculty and staff, student council members can play a key role in shaping campus life at colleges and universities. By advocating for their peers, planning social... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Gil Dueck doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all plan for how churches can better engage with the young adults in their congregations, but he has some ideas. While questions about “how... Read More
October 4, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Haiti Osa Jonmarits and his family were awakened in the middle of the night as water rushed into their mud-and-stone house on the mountains of La Chapelle, Haiti, and covered them... Read More
October 3, 2017 | Web First |
Should hymns be sung in their original form or should they be updated? This is a more complicated question than it may seem. Take “Be Thou My Vision,” for instance. Hymnal... Read More
October 3, 2017 | Web First | Katie Graber
More than 20,000 people attended the annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) British Columbia Festival for World Relief over two days in mid-September at the Abbotsford TRADEX,... Read More
October 3, 2017 | Web First |

Mennonite Willard Metzger shares a sermon with delegates to the 16th Biennial Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. Metzger is executive director of Mennonite Church Canada. (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada photo)

Serving communion at the 16th Biennial Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) was a profoundly humbling experience for Willard Metzger. “I felt as though... Read More
October 3, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
As the General Board of Mennonite Church Canada anticipates potential change following the Special Assembly, we are reminded of things done, and not done. We are deeply aware of... Read More
September 29, 2017 | Web First | Mennonite Church Canada General Board
After 71 years of faithful service, Riverdale Mennonite Church closed its doors on Aug. 31, 2017. The building is being taken over by the Berean Community Church, which assumed... Read More
September 20, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
Imagine deciding on Saturday that you want to begin a new congregation the next day. Then add to that the plan to meet outdoors in Canada on the Sunday between Christmas and New... Read More
September 20, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
Bill C-262 is a big deal. So big, that some are taking up a fast in the days leading up to the bill’s debate in the House of Commons. One of those people is Steve Heinrichs. As... Read More
September 20, 2017 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
Summer camp is a great experience for many children. For participants in Raise the Peace Camp, it is an opportunity to have fun while learning about peacebuilding. Raise the Peace... Read More
September 20, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Cheryl Braun

After 23 good years as a teacher and principal, Cheryl Braun asked herself a simple question: “What does the last part of my career look like?” Would she stay the course or risk... Read More
September 20, 2017 | God at work in Us | Will Braun
Why is God so silent? Why doesn’t God hear the prayers and stop the endless suffering of believers? These are the questions that lie behind the title of Martin Scorsese’s epic... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen
Despite Menno Simons’ significant influence in northern Europe during Anabaptism’s infancy in the 16th century, and his name living on by having the Mennonite church named after... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Artbeat | Amy Rinner Waddell
Sometimes bridges built between faith communities are quite literally dramatic. Donna Entz, Mennonite Church Alberta’s community outreach worker who strives to build better... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Artbeat | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
One of the biggest events in Winnipeg in recent months was the 2017 Canada Summer Games. From July 28 to Aug. 13, 2017, 4,000 young athletes from across the country competed in a... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
When Sarah Moesker began asking herself how she could deepen her faith, living in an Anglican convent for almost a year was the answer. Moesker, a student at Canadian Mennonite... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“Our Anabaptist history is intrinsically tied to migration, and so is our Christian story,” says Saulo Padilla, immigration education coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee (... Read More
September 20, 2017 | Back Page | Danielle Gonzales and Karla Braun
A 16-page sampler of the new Mennonite worship and song collection is available for free congregational download. Called the “Great Day of Singing,” the sampler is designed as a... Read More
September 19, 2017 | Web First |
Living in Toronto for 46 years, Mary Groh was increasingly surrounded by a multicultural society. As an active member of Danforth Mennonite Church there, following the closure of... Read More
September 19, 2017 | Web First |
Everyone needs a home where families are safe and secure, where their basic needs are met, where they can come and go freely, and where they can imagine a future. But that is not... Read More
September 19, 2017 | Web First | Laura Kalmar
He was known as southern Africa’s Billy Graham. His name was Nicholas Bhengu, and he was an evangelist with the Assemblies of God in South Africa from the 1940s until his death in... Read More
September 18, 2017 | Web First | John Longhurst
At the same time that Tropical Storm Harvey was making landfall in Texas, people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal were experiencing devastating floods that have left millions of... Read More
September 8, 2017 | Web First | Hannah Heinzekehr
Next month, those gathered at Mennonite Church Canada’s special delegate assembly will make major decisions about the structure of the church based on proposals from the Future... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Members of the Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) are hoping that financial assistance and special events aimed specifically at high school students will encourage youth to attend... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Planning Special Assembly 2017 worship might be a daunting task, but with the right team—and the right music—the spirit of the event will follow people home. With that idea in... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Artbeat | Deborah Froese
This recipe is a family favourite for Ken and Willa Reddig and was regularly served in Willa’s home when she was growing up in the 1950s and 60s. While on their honeymoon, 50... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Web First | Ken Reddig
“Next to food as a gift from God . . . song pulls us together.” With these words, Harry Lafond welcomed singers, dancers and audience members to a very special concert. Muskeg... Read More
September 6, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
When a child learns, communities benefit and lives change. From Afghanistan to Canada, and Bangladesh to Burkina Faso, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is promoting education in... Read More
September 6, 2017 | God at work in the World | Rachel Bergen
A large group of family members and friends gathered in Markham, Ont., on March 18 to remember the life of Harold Reesor, who died at the age of 86, six days previous. Although... Read More
September 6, 2017 | God at work in Us | Joanna Reesor-McDowell
When members of Eigenheim Mennonite Church realized it had been 25 years since the church’s centennial, they decided it was time for another celebration. To mark the congregation’... Read More
September 6, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
When Ken Roth retired, he was looking for a hobby that would be creative, be a blessing to himself and others, and needn’t be profitable. A member of East Zorra Mennonite Church... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
For Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Surrey, hosting Karen refugees from Burma is not a movie plot, it’s reality. Beginning in 2006, Karen refugees started moving into low-... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Web First | Amy Rinner Waddell
Episcopalian priest Michael Spurlock has a problem. His diocese has ordered him to oversee the closing of the dying All Saints Church in Tennessee, but then a group of Karen... Read More
September 6, 2017 | Artbeat | Amy Dueckman
The Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) assessment team moved deeper into the devastating footprint of Hurricane Harvey on August 31, 2017, as they visited the town of Bloomington,... Read More
September 2, 2017 | Web First |
A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. From June 30 to July 1, 2017, the... Read More
August 23, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Louise Campbell poses with the New International Version Student Bible and a copy of the most recent ‘Season of reading guide’ used by Leamington (Ont.) United Mennonite Church to increase biblical literacy in the congregation for the past two years. (Photo by Dave Rogaslky)

While many congregations are shuttering or repurposing their education wings, Leamington United Mennonite Church built a whole new addition in 2011, replacing a 1959 building that... Read More
August 23, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Oliver Friesen’s face lights up when he talks about history. “There’s something about the past,” he says. “It’s alive and so interesting.” For the past two summers Friesen has... Read More
August 23, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Camp Moose Lake, one of Mennonite Church Manitoba’s three Camps with Meaning (CwM) locations, has been sold to the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine. Possession date for the... Read More
August 23, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
An American theatre company with Mennonite roots performed its newest production, which explores indigenous-settler relations, to a capacity crowd in Winnipeg earlier this summer... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Artbeat | Aaron Epp

David Fehr, left, and Klaas Wall in the middle of a rice field not too far from Puerto Gaitán, Colombia. (Photo courtesy of Kennert Giesbrecht)

Despite warnings from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Low German Mennonites from drought-prone regions of northern Mexico have bought over 20,000 hectares of land in Colombia... Read More
August 23, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
The first thought that struck me when I arrived in China’s Sichuan province was how green it was. Somehow, perhaps from tales of air pollution and reading “Made in China” stamped... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
A relationship between a Winnipeg church and a community in northern Manitoba has resulted in a special friendship between two young women. Mekiah Yonda and Amber Muskego met when... Read More
August 23, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Menno Simons’ favourite verse was chosen for the cloth commemorating the centennial of Communauté Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Community in Congo). Mennonites in the Democratic Republic of Congo are currently facing violence and displacement in the conflict-plagued Kasai region. (Photo by James Krabill)

WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence. Dozens of Congolese Mennonites have been killed, hundreds of their homes have been burned, and thousands of them... Read More
August 21, 2017 | Web First | Will Braun

Martha Wiens stands in front of a quilt she made to raffle off at her 80th birthday party. Proceeds will support a scholarship for a young woman to attend Meserete Kristos College in Ethiopia. (Photo by Michael Wiens)

When retired teacher Martha Wiens of Leamington (Ont.) United Mennonite Church turned 80, she threw herself a birthday party with purpose. She auctioned off a specially made quilt... Read More
August 18, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Haze lingered over a wide area of British Columbia in early August, a reminder that wildfires in B.C.’s interior were affecting residents several hundred kilometres away. An air... Read More
August 15, 2017 | Web First | Amy Rinner Waddell
Ben Goossen argues that German-speaking Mennonites of the 20th century had a sense of Mennonite nationality and that this concept of Mennonites as a “chosen nation,” a people with... Read More
August 15, 2017 | Web First | Barb Draper
The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee in inviting congregations and individuals to give input toward a new hymnal scheduled for release in 2020. “We want to hear what is giving... Read More
August 11, 2017 | Web First |
A doctoral thesis focusing on the nonviolent witness of a peace church in Nigeria was recently completed at the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The... Read More
August 11, 2017 | Web First |
The four short words of this obituary’s title, sent to Mennonite Church Alberta’s area church minister Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, heralded a large impact for the province’s churchgoers,... Read More
August 2, 2017 | Web First | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
This site is no longer being updated, and new comments will not be approved. To see more recent stories, go to www.canadianmennonite.org and search for the tag “Young Voices.”Read More
July 24, 2017 | Young Voices | Ginny Hostetler
On June 25, 2017, Tavistock Mennonite Church’s intentional interim pastor, Jim Brown, got his feet—and more—wet, as the congregation acknowledged three-quarters-of-a-century of... Read More
July 18, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
As far as David Epp is concerned, the 2016-17 school year was “a real success.” His first year of teaching at Rosthern Junior College (RJC) was also the first year of the school’s... Read More
July 18, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
For Muslim students at the University of Waterloo, long spans of fasting during the longest days of the year are over and may already feel like a distant memory. However, it was... Read More
July 18, 2017 | God at work in the World | Jennifer Konkle
“We are here to celebrate with you,” said Melissa Giles, director of programs for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) B.C., as she praised the strength, courage and perseverance of... Read More
July 18, 2017 | God at work in the World | Amy Rinner Waddell
Glenn Martin’s voice was deep with emotion as he expressed appreciation for Yellow Bellies , a drama that describes the experiences of Mennonite conscientious objectors (COs)... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Artbeat | Barb Draper
The past two years have seen the publication of two interesting new collections of academic writing on Mennonite themes, one theological and the other historical. While other... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Artbeat | Max Kennel
Canadian Mennonite executive editor Virginia A. Hostetler attended the Canadian Church Press (CCP) awards banquet, held in Quebec City on June 22, at which she received writing... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Artbeat | Ross W. Muir

While living in Cambodia, Jaymie Friesen, centre, coordinated a therapeutic photography course for women exiting the sex trade (Photo courtesy of Jaymie Friesen)

For Jaymie Friesen, responding to abuse and preventing it in communities of faith is a personal calling. As the abuse response and prevention coordinator at Mennonite Central... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
When Jonas Cornelsen tells people he spent the last year living with, and caring for, his grandfather in Vancouver, they often praise him. While Jonas appreciated his time with... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Chesley Lake Camp, located west of Owen Sound, Ont., lost its main building to fire on Canada Day. The building housed offices, a restaurant, tuck shop and many memories. The fire... Read More
July 18, 2017 | Back Page | Dave Rogalsky
Culminating a three-year process, delegates at the Mennonite Church USA assembly in Orlando earlier this month adopted a resolution entitled “Seeking peace in Israel and Palestine... Read More
July 15, 2017 | Web First |
Darrell W. Fast, born in Mountain Lake, Minn., passed away at the Leamington (Ont.) Mennonite Home, leaving Loretta Fast, his wife, his children Douglas (Michelle) Fast and... Read More
July 15, 2017 | Web First | Ross W. Muir
You may not have heard of one of the longest-serving workers for Mennonite World Conference (MWC) who is retiring this year, but many will be familiar with his work. Glenn Fretz... Read More
July 15, 2017 | Web First | Karla Braun
Months after a peace accord was signed between the government and the country’s largest rebel group, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partners in Colombia are walking with people... Read More
July 15, 2017 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
On July 1, 1867, the concerted efforts of 36 male, ethnic-European politicians came to fruition, and the Dominion of Canada was born. At the time, they celebrated, and for more... Read More
June 30, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Pastor Yared Seretse, left, dedicates Haset, which means ‘joy’ in English, for Enyew and his wife Tsega during the Meheret Evangelical Church worship service at St. Marks Lutheran Church on June 11, 2017. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Meheret Evangelical Church has been meeting for worship in Kitchener for 20 years. Founded by four families, the church of about 15 saw slow growth over the years, as refugees... Read More
June 28, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Creating more dialogue between the 16th-century Anabaptist tradition and the context of the Global South, and learning about how Mennonite women “do” theology, were two of the... Read More
June 28, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell
Say yes, and get out of your comfort zone. These were the two main take-aways from the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan junior-high retreat, held from May 26 to 28, 2017, at the... Read More
June 28, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
They were called and they came, a million people from every corner of South Africa. They gathered on April 22, 2017, in an expanse of field near Bloemfontein for the largest... Read More
June 28, 2017 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, a spirit of truth and reconciliation filled the fellowship hall and sanctuary of Edmonton's First Mennonite Church. Instead of the regular... Read More
June 28, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
What’s the sound of an award-winning song? Matt Epp and Faouzia know. This past May, the singer-songwriters won the grand prize for their duet “The Sound” in the International... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Artbeat | Aaron Epp
Grace Church on-the-Hill Anglican Church was full of concertgoers lined up waiting for open seats from no-shows on April 30. Stephanie Martin’s last concert as artistic director... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Artbeat |

Abby Heinrichs speaks at a rally in Ottawa, where the pilgrimage ended. (Photo by Kathy Moorhead Thiessen)

This past spring, while her Grade 6 peers were in class writing spelling tests and working on their multiplication tables, Abby Heinrichs was doing something completely different... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Computer programming is a language foreign to most, but not to David Dyck. The 17-year-old Winnipegger is passionate about computers and knowing how they operate. “I really like... Read More
June 28, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
When delegates to the July 2016 assembly of Mennonite Church Canada passed a resolution on Palestine and Israel with an almost unanimous vote, reactions varied widely from within... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder
“Kenda Creasy Dean writes in one of her books that youth ministry is a spiritual discipline,” says Jean Lehn Epp, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s youth pastor/worker coach. “To... Read More
June 14, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Lisa Williams
When Jeremy Wiebe heard that the remaining inventory of Mennonites in Canada (Vols. 1-3) were in danger of being shredded to save warehouse storage fees, he took action. Using his... Read More
June 14, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Conrad Stoesz
Honouring the Earth, an annual Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization event, took place April 18 and19, 2017, in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Saskatchewan... Read More
June 14, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
Tributes and testimonials in honour of Alan F. Kreider, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) professor emeritus of church history and mission, and a long-time mission... Read More
June 14, 2017 | God at work in Us | Annette Brill Bergstresser
Mary H. Schertz encouraged Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) graduates, including Canadian Lee Allan Hiebert of Winnipeg, to hold close “the weariness and wonder of... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Focus On Education | Annette Brill Bergstresser
If you find the notion of caring for and healing creation formidable—or even hopeless—Mennonite Creation Care Network has a resource that just might change your perspective. With... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Artbeat |
Palmer Becker’s “little book,” What Is an Anabaptist Christian? has been translated into many languages and used globally. But as he taught from it in various places around the... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Artbeat |
Paul Loewen is wrapping up his time as youth pastor at Douglas Mennonite Church and he’s given the youth he currently works with a unique gift. He wrote and self-published a book... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Whenever she tells her faith story, Carrie Lehn always mentions her paternal grandmother, who, she says, is a key example of gentleness and love. She always has other people on... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
In March 2017, I spent 10 days in Hebron and observed three throwing situations that showed a microcosm of the occupation in that Palestinian city. Hebron, a major city in the... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Web First | Kathy Moorhead Thiessen
On May 24, 2017, we returned from a two-week learning tour of the West Bank and Israel, sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). We were two among eleven participants,... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Web First | Edith and Henry Krause
This is an expanded report on an hour-long phone interview I did for the article “Muddying the waters on Israeli divestment.” In July 2016 Mennonite Church Canada delegates passed... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Web First | Will Braun
After much prayer and discernment, the board of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) is pleased to welcome Rick Cober Bauman to the role of MCC Canada executive director,... Read More
June 8, 2017 | Web First | Laura Kalmar

Workshop presenter Betty Pries, draws the life of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan as a river. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Where does one begin to renew a church? According to Betty Pries, the best place to start is with prayer, saying, “Finding our way through times of spiritual upheaval depends on... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
“I believe this is the defining issue of our time, how humans relate to creation.” Caleb Gingrich, a student at McGill University in Montreal, was so taken by the theme of... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

The final rally at the Human Rights Monument, with walkers standing under the inscription, ‘All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’ (Photo by Ally Siebert)

The crowd that gathered at the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa on May 13 didn’t allow the rain to dampen their celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the World | Ally Siebert
“The world has come to Gretna,” says Robin Neustaeter, a resident of the normally quiet town of 550 on the border between Manitoba and the U.S. On May 4, 2017, Manitoba’s... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) welcomes the Canadian government’s announcement that it will provide nearly $7.5 million over five years to Circles of Support and Accountability... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the World | Racahel Bergen
Craig Terlson is a real-life Bartholomew Cubbins. That is to say, he wears a startling number of hats. He is an erstwhile illustrator, present-day graphic designer, moonlight... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Artbeat | Beth Downey Sawatzky
When a Toronto-based LGBTQ orchestra approached queer classical pianist Darren Creech about performing Victor Davies’ “Mennonite Piano Concerto” with it in concert, it didn’t... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Danielle Raimbault’s first day of work as the chaplain at a residence for the elderly was a memorable one that quickly shattered her expectations. When the 24-year-old arrived at... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Karli Bijakowski, right, Karlie Haining, centre, and Jonathan Seiling display two completed comforters that were knotted for MCC during the Niagara Region Youth Hunger Relief Games on May 12. (Photo by Jonathan Seiling)

More than 30 youth from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregations in the Niagara Region gathered at Grace Mennonite Church in St. Catharines on May 12, 2018, for the “Hunger... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Back Page | Jonathan Seiling
“Wow, what well-organized parking!” is a review that few of us attending a big event will ever think to utter. But every year for the last 51 years, Paul Snyder has had the... Read More
May 26, 2017 | Web First |
The Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO), the most trusted online source for information on Anabaptist groups around the world ( www.gameo.org ), has found a... Read More
May 26, 2017 | Web First |
Mennonite church members report increasing violence in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Central Kasaï Province, where Michael J. Sharp died on a United Nations’ peace-building... Read More
May 26, 2017 | Web First | Lynda Hollinger-Janzen
For 21-year-old Amjad, trauma led to hope and solidified his unwavering faith in God’s protection. Amjad, a Syrian refugee in Ludwigshafen, Germany, lost his leg when a bomb fell... Read More
May 26, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The thrilling and tumultuous saga of the Maud Lewis painting found in a thrift shop donation bin has come to a successful end. The online auction of “Portrait of Eddie Barnes and... Read More
May 25, 2017 | Web First |
“I have three things I’d like to say today,” said American author Tony Campolo to a crowd at the 1982 interdenominational Spring Harvest church conference in England. “First,... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Web First | John Longhurst
“Argh!” I cried out, as I slammed my fist down hard onto the kitchen counter. “I hate this! I’m so tightly wound up my body feels ready to split open. I can’t stand the tension... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health | Sue Nickel
Singing has always been a passion for Sara Fretz. Long before she took up the profession of music therapy she found music “very therapeutic” for herself through her years of... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health |
After retiring from professional service almost two years ago, Valentine (Val) Warkentin found she missed her work as a counsellor and accepted an invitation to volunteer at... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health |
High anxiety is a characteristic of this age. Political and economic uncertainties abound, and electronic media, purported to help people connect with one another, actually seem... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health | Donna Schulz
Asked how many “walk-ins” looking for help at a church are likely to have a mental illness, pastors like Werner De Jong say “the majority, for sure.” De Jong, pastor at Holyrood... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
We do not expect our denominational leaders to write encyclicals, assume pompous titles or drop pastors into congregations, but what exactly do we expect of them within our... Read More
May 17, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
When delegates from the churches of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) met in Oakville, Ont., on April 28 and 29, the focus was on re-commissioning, based on Matthew 28:19-20... Read More
May 17, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
Last November, two Turkish men arrived in the small village of Floradale, in the heart of Ontario’s Mennonite country, seeking refuge. Leon Kehl, a local resident, had developed a... Read More
May 17, 2017 | God at work in the World | Barb Draper

This is the frame of the first latrine to be built as part of MCC's project in the rural community of Wopisa-Gabriyèl in Haiti. (MCC photo by Ted Oswald)

Hurricane Matthew hit the rural community of Wopisa-Gabriyèl, Haiti, hard last October, leading Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to respond to sanitation needs identified by... Read More
May 17, 2017 | God at work in the World | Rebecca Shetler Fast and Ted Oswald
When she was admitted to hospital at the age of 14, it didn’t take long for doctors to diagnose Julia Klassen with anorexia nervosa. She displayed all the classic symptoms: a fear... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Students at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., have a unique opportunity to de-stress before exams: puppy therapy. For the past two school years, the Student Counselling... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“To me, it’s always amazing how the guys come and keep coming to sing,” says Russ Regier. The guys he refers to are A Buncha Guys, an informal choir made up of young men in their... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Voices rise in Tigrinya, the most widely spoken language in Eritrea, and in tongues. Waves of music wash over the gathered congregation of refugees from the East African country... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Web First |
Marcus Shantz will serve as the eighth president of Conrad Grebel University College and will take office on Oct. 1, 2017. The Board of Governors cited Shantz’s outstanding... Read More
May 12, 2017 | Web First |
Youth are in demand. When the Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) held a cross-Canada tour in 2016-17, the importance of encouraging youth involvement in area and national church... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Screen shot from For Love of a River. (Photo courtesy of Rebel Sky Media)

Manitoba filmmakers Brad Leitch and Will Braun have brought the reality of settler-indigenous reconciliation work in Canada to the public screen. For Love of a River: Two Stories... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First | Beth Downey Sawatzky
On Good Friday, April 14, 2017, pilgrims from Winnipeg and beyond gather at Broadway Disciples United Church to walk the Stations of the Cross on Broadway, one of Winnipeg’s... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in the World |

Volunteers show off food baskets in front of the newly rebuilt House of Friendship Emergency Food Distribution Centre on Guelph Street in Kitchener, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

When the first food bank was created in Canada in 1981 in Edmonton, it was seen as a short-term project that would be unnecessary when the economy improved. Fast-forward to 2017... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
“I needed to go through what I did because that’s what helps me understand the people I work with,” said Jorgina Sunn. The indigenous singer/songwriter was the featured speaker at... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
A unique art installation graces Rosthern Mennonite Church’s stage these days. Created by the Rosthern Junior College (RJC) worship arts class, it depicts themes found in biblical... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Some might wonder about a Mennonite elder running public events about Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. But Nathan Swartz of Kingsfield-Clinton Mennonite Church in... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in Us |
Bruxy Cavey is unapologetic about particularism. In his new book, the pastor/author sums up the good news in one word (Jesus), three words (Jesus is Lord) and 30 words (Jesus is... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Artbeat |
It was while she was in Bethlehem, spray painting a black heart onto the Israeli West Bank barrier, that the reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict truly began to sink in for... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Canadian Mennonite spoke with the 2017 valedictorians from the three Canadian post-secondary institutions affiliated with Mennonite Church Canada, to find out who they are, what... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Around the world, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partners with people who are negatively affected by climate change. In response to increased droughts, storms and other... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Back Page | Rachel Bergen

Michael J. Sharp, right, along with Church of Christ in Congo staffers Mitterrand Aoci and Merthus Mwenebantu, checks the bean fields planted by internally displaced people living in Mubimbi camp, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (MCC photo by Ruth Keidel Clemens)

The peacebuilding career of Michael J. Sharp, a former service worker with Mennonite Central Committee, ended when he was kidnapped and killed while on a UN fact-finding mission... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
The Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College owns the world’s only surviving copy of the first printing, in 1564, of songs that eventually became the Ausbund , one of the... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First | Ervin Beck
A strategic plan vision has been realized at Conrad Grebel University College with the creation of the new J. Winfield Fretz Fellowship in Mennonite Studies. The Fellowship, to be... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First |
Henry Neufeld is joining more than 50 other walkers in the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights. From April 23 to May 14, participants will cover the 600-kilometre stretch between... Read More
April 25, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
In July 2016, Mennonite Church Canada joined a growing number of Canadian and American church bodies that have officially repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery. Assembly delegates... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Web First | Sara Anderson and Joe Heikman

Hereditary chief George Kingfisher, left, and Mennonite landowner Ray Funk chat during a scene in the documentary film, Reserve 107, about land rights in Saskatchewan. (Photo by Brad Leitch)

Long before the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission or the celebrated United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ( UNDRIP ), we... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Peace is rooted in building relationships, and that means creating space to get to know one another. With that thought in mind, Karl and Marla Langelotz of Winnipeg addressed an... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
The best way to learn about a new culture is to experience it first-hand. Rosthern Junior College (RJC) Grade 10 students recently had the opportunity to learn a little about... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
This spring marks the third year that Grant Dyck and his family of Artel Farms in Niverville, Man., have dedicated a section of their land to raise sponsored crops for overseas... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the World |
In the lead-up to the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic event headlined by Franklin Graham last month in Vancouver, church leaders representing more than 60 percent of the million... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
A boisterous and enthusiastic crowd greeted 36 paddlers who came ashore in Fort Langley late in the afternoon of April 9, completing the annual two-day paddle-a-thon in support of... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell
Jan Fretz has been working at her honours four-year fine arts degree at the University of Waterloo for a long time. But the incubation period has paid dividends. She loves to work... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Artbeat |
For the last two years in February, I have been on a pilgrim journey to different regions of the world in need of peace and justice, and I will be doing the same for the next... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen
If it were not for the time she spent studying at Rosthern (Sask.) Junior College (RJC), Crystal Lau might not be making a difference on campus at the University of Saskatchewan (... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is responding to the hunger crisis in Somalia, where immediate emergency assistance is needed to help prevent a hunger catastrophe. “At the back of our... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Back Page | Amanda Thorsteinsson
Barsha, whose real name isn’t being used to protect her identity, was 11 when her mother started forcing her to traffic drugs between India and Bangladesh. She was caught several... Read More
April 18, 2017 | Web First | Rachel Bergen, with files from Elizabeth Derstine
Mary Magdalene’s Easter discovery of the empty tomb is the greatest news possible for Christians. But for one group of Peruvians studying the account in John 20, it came shrouded... Read More
April 18, 2017 | Web First | Rich Preheim
Representatives of the Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), the Lutheran World Federation, and Mennonite World Conference met in Augsburg, Germany,... Read More
April 18, 2017 | Web First |
We had gathered in Ottawa—eight MCC staff, along with 30 students and young adults from across the country—for our annual MCC Canada student seminar. The topic of the seminar was... Read More
April 18, 2017 | Web First | Esther Epp-Tiessen
“I’m kind of anti-passion,” says Brenda MacDonald. “I don’t feel I have a passion. I have a lot of interests, and I’m interested in living responsibly. I’m not goal-oriented, but... Read More
April 7, 2017 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Jane Fonda received lots of criticism last year for travelling to Alberta to criticize future pipeline construction. Media outlets, including the Winnipeg Free Press , noted the... Read More
April 7, 2017 | Web First | John Longhurst
Sean Gortzen got his first taste of baroque cantata repertoire during his time at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), both on campus and through his involvement with local groups... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Artbeat |
Building to green standards using cutting-edge technology is a significant expense. After nearly four years in its 50 Kent Avenue building, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the World |
Mennonite Church Canada’s resolution on Israel and Palestine took centre stage during an informative workshop in early March 2017 at the Mennonite Church Manitoba annual general... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the World |

Retired physician Arnie Nickel, wearing the headset, is one of five volunteer trainers who lead the Forever in Motion Club that meets at Nutana Park Mennonite Church in Saskatoon. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Everyone’s welcome, it’s free of charge and refreshments are served. Those selling features should attract Mennonites by the dozen. Surprisingly, though, most participants in... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
More than just food will be on the menu when the Abby Eats Café opens here next year. The non-profit eatery, according to founder and proprietor Kyle Dyck, will focus on social... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the World | Amy Rinner Waddell
Both challenge and blessing were in evidence at the 88th annual Mennonite Church Alberta delegate sessions on March 17 and 18, 2017, at Trinity Mennonite Church in DeWinton. In... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Seven years ago, two friends and I from Rockway Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ont., agreed to begin a book club with inmates in the local Grand Valley Institution for Women, a... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Margaret Loewen Reimer
As the government of South Vietnam teetered on the brink of collapse in the spring of 1975, Mennonite missionaries living in Saigon agonized over whether to leave or stay. In the... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper
Christine Penner Polle knows well the warning in Al Gore’s presentations and his 2006 movie, An Inconvenient Truth . It is possible to move from denial to despair in regard to... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources |
Theology, Spirituality Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith . Palmer Becker. Herald Press, 2017, 182 pages. Becker has written a concise explanation of the... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Compiled by Barb Draper, Books & Resources Editor
“Fear[full]: We shall [not] be consumed” was the theme at this year’s Mennofolk, an annual event that celebrates art and music made by people associated with the Mennonite... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student Erin Froese, taking a break from studying in the classroom has allowed her to pursue her interest in healing broken relationships... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Christina Bartel Barkman and her son Cody, switching from a car to scooters has pumped new energy and insights into their morning commute. Mother and son used to endure an... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Chemistry uses the concept of a catalyst to describe a substance that, when added to another substance, promotes a reaction without being used up itself. Bernard Sejour is... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Web First |

Michael J. Sharp addresses the UN Security Council in August 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Sharp family)

Michael J. “M.J.” Sharp, a United Nations official kidnapped with five others in the Democratic Republic of Congo two weeks ago, has been confirmed as deceased by the Congolese... Read More
March 28, 2017 | Web First | Lauren Jefferson

Worship bank members from Elmira's Zion Mennonite Fellowship lead singing at the Evangelical Anabaptist Partners worship gathering at Community Mennonite Fellowship in Drayton, Ont., on Jan. 15, 2017. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Evangelical Anabaptist Partners (EAP) is a loosely affiliated group of pastors and lay people from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada who have been gathering regularly for worship,... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

The Gospel According to Food, a play written and performed by members of Pleasant Point Mennonite Church, encourages the audience to re-examine their relationship with food. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“Extending the table: Enough for all.” That was the theme chosen for Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual delegate sessions this year, and as delegates and guests broke bread... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
A school outing turned to tragedy on March 3, 2017, when a student from Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) in Abbotsford died during a ski trip to Whistler Blackcomb ski resort... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell
Mennonite Church Manitoba gave its final comments on the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7 process, which has dominated public attention since last summer, at the area church’s... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
“Moral selectivity is worse than immorality,” insisted Omar Ramahi, a Muslim Canadian invited to address an adult Sunday school class at Waterloo (Ont.) North Mennonite Church... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
“We are exhausted.” So say members of a group of Mennonite parents of LGBTQ children, who met together for 30 years to worship, pray, exchange stories and support each other and... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
Tilman Martin turned 90 on Jan. 3, 2017. He is the last of the four original church planters sent from Ontario to Quebec in 1956 whose work continues to pay dividends to this day... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in Us |
Joshua Enns goes through less than two kilograms of flour each week baking bread for himself and his wife Laura. By comparison, the original inhabitants of the house they live in... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Legendary rock ‘n’ roll drummers Keith Moon and Neil Peart inspired Matt Schellenberg to get into percussion, but it’s Bach and Beethoven that he will be playing when he performs... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
In preparation for his 40-day fast, which began on March 1, Ash Wednesday, Daryl Byler made a few changes to his recreational reading. This lawyer, ordained minister and executive... Read More
March 21, 2017 | Web First | Lauren Jefferson
Mary Jo Leddy asked those gathered on a cold Canadian evening in Waterloo what kind of Canada they want to be part of: one that is mean and nasty, with borders open for business... Read More
March 21, 2017 | Web First |
Trusting enough to be vulnerable and the willingness to be accountable are key intentional acts needed to build true community. In the extensively secularized culture of England,... Read More
March 21, 2017 | Web First |
“Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering/ There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything) / That's how the light gets in... Read More
March 21, 2017 | Web First |

Michael J. “M.J.” Sharp, a United Nations official and former Mennonite Central Committee peace worker, has been reported kidnapped with five others by unknown assailants in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this 2015 photo provided by MCC, he visits with Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, home to displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Jana Asenbrennerova, used with permission)

Michael J. “M.J.” Sharp, a United Nations official, was among six people kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a press release issued Monday by the... Read More
March 15, 2017 | Web First |
Nine-month-old Junia has just become the youngest participant to join the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights, a 600-kilometre walk through from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., to Ottawa,... Read More
March 11, 2017 | Web First | Dan Dyck
Despite meeting under the theme of “Building healthy connections,” many delegates who gathered for Mennonite Church British Columbia’s annual general meeting on Feb. 25, 2017,... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell
Exuding excitement and purpose, Nancy Mann, associate pastor of Floradale Mennonite Church, exclaimed “WEW!” for the newest chapter of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
Joan Lemauviel recalls her aging father needing more care than he received with assisted living, yet not qualifying for long-term care. “He was falling through the cracks,” she... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbour.” Kitchener (Ont.) First Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada are promoting “welcome signs” with... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the World |
The potent Trump phenomenon is rippling around the globe and Mennonites in southern Manitoba are not immune. Waves of mostly Somali asylum seekers, driven in part by fear of... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

Kalynn Spain’s interest in agriculture led her to visit 130 small farms throughout Manitoba. (Photo courtesy of Kalynn Spain)

What are the risks and rewards for people who choose a life on the farm? Young Voices spoke with three young Canadian Mennonites who work in agriculture to find out. Jedidiah... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Finding a new church to belong to can be difficult. Just ask Katrina Woelk. Woelk grew up at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler, Man., but now lives in Winnipeg, where she is... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where about 100,000 people are facing starvation, says a United Nations release dated February 20, 2017. In addition, a further... Read More
March 7, 2017 | Web First |
Settled in their new home in New Hamburg, Ont., Lee Reh and Pheh Meh constantly think of family members still in Ban Mai Nai Soi Refugee Camp in Thailand who the couple and their... Read More
March 7, 2017 | Web First | Ferne Burkhardt
For Nathan and Taryn Dirks, ministry in Gaborone, Botswana, is all about relationships. But ministry by relationship is hard to measure, so they’ve creatively translated some of... Read More
March 7, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese with files from Nathan Dirks
Nora Marleni Martínez of Metapan, El Salvador, is in the first group of students in a regional Peace and Justice Institute program of the Seminario Anabautista Latinoamericano (... Read More
March 7, 2017 | Web First | Kelsey Hochstetler
Houses. Toilets. Schools. These are basic human rights to which Canadians feel entitled—and which many vulnerable and disenfranchised indigenous people do not have. Indigenous... Read More
February 27, 2017 | Web First | Dan Dyck
The Mennonite Heritage Centre, including its archival and art gallery programs, is being reorganized under a new partnership and name. Discussions over the last months between... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
The Future Directions process is moving slowly and surely forward with a specific restructuring proposal and a timeline for downsizing proposals. Meanwhile, the notion of... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
Jake Buhler knows an historical treasure when he sees one. That’s why he’s so excited that the Saskatchewan Valley News is donating all of its back issues to the Mennonite... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Last November, Vic Bartel and John Ilg pulled into the northern Manitoba Cree community of Cross Lake with a thousand Bibles. The Bibles had been requested by the local... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
A public panel discussion on the relationships between the three Abrahamic religions couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, occurring as it did on the heels of the opening... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the World |
The soulful voice of Matt Epp serenaded a crowd at Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary on Feb. 3, 2017. Epp partnered with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta and Canadian... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the World | Allison Goerzen
Gerald Neufeld of B.C. and Russ Sawatsky of Ontario have several things in common: they both served as missionaries in Japan, where they met their wives; and they both attended... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in Us | Amy Rinner Waddell
“There’s a crack in everything / that’s how the light gets in,” is often quoted by Christians as hope that God will “get in” to any situation. But the quote has a strange source,... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Artbeat |
How can we deepen Christian faith formation at camp? In wrestling with this question, the leadership team at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, located near Sauble Beach, Ont., launched... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Silver Lake Mennonite Camp
Attending Ontario Mennonite Music Camp at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont., has benefitted me in ways that I never could have imagined when I registered in 2012... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Katie Steckly
A highlight of each summer at the Shekinah Retreat Centre near Waldheim, Sask., is the coffee house during our senior-teen camp for ages 15 to 18. Campers come out of their shell... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Curtis Wiens
Conrad Grebel University College’s sixth annual Peace Camp was an opportunity to inspire young lives, strengthen community ties and make peace happen in Waterloo Region. The Peace... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Rebekah DeJong
The sun is shining through the tall trees today at Camp Valaqua near Water Valley, Alta., and the a hint of spring is in the air. This time of year brings hiring, planning and... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Jon Olfert
I’m an archetype. My family immigrated to Canada when I was 6, and while I went to school, my parents worked tirelessly to support me. They uprooted their lives in hope of a... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Yun Lin
The summer of 2016 was one the most memorable summers of my life. When the opportunity to work as a camp counsellor first came up, I was admittedly a little apprehensive. Having... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Andrew Zettel
Picture gleeful campers chasing squawking chickens back into their pen, and others exclaiming with delight as they bite into freshly picked tomatoes, juice dribbling down their... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Web First | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe
I am a thief. I steal our food system’s waste. Let’s be clear. Grocery stores throw edible food into their dumpsters. I go to those dumpsters and jump in. I dig through boxes and... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Young Voices | Nathaniel De Avila
An organization that works toward ending poverty and achieving a better world has recognized a young Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta employee for the reconciliation work... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Regional Anabaptists and leaders from around the world gathered on February 12, 2017, for “Transformed by the Word: Reading Scripture in Anabaptist Perspectives,” the first in a... Read More
February 21, 2017 | Web First |
When Maria and Heinrich Bueckert immigrated to Canada with their seven children in 2011, they looked forward to working together with their children and earning enough to feed... Read More
February 21, 2017 | Web First | Helen Bergen
A visit to Gift and Thrift Shop in Virginia, one of 108 Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift shops, was a revelation to Tarek Chebli, a peacebuilding student from Lebanon... Read More
February 21, 2017 | Web First | Doreen Martens
With a mixture of gratitude and sadness, the board of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) announces the retirement of Executive Director Donald Peters, effective September 30... Read More
February 21, 2017 | Web First | Laura Kalmar
In the feature “ A new recipe for church ” pastor and professor Carol Penner reflects on how the “recipe” or model for the church is evolving and adapting to new realities. She... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Web First | Carol Penner
Henry Neufeld’s feature last summer (Aug. 29, 2016, page 4) about the firing and layoff practices of some Mennonite organizations touched a nerve. Only one Canadian Mennonite... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
After stormy weather prevented many rural members from attending a Mennonite Church Manitoba meeting in Winnipeg on Jan.12 on how to implement the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
Option A: Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7 remains and Mennonite Church B.C. chooses to have congregations trust each other. Option E: MC B.C. rejects BFC 7 and chooses to leave... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell
“I am ______ (fill in the blank).” This was how speaker Amy Peters began the 2017 Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization’s senior-high retreat at Camp Kadesh, held from Jan. 27... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
• Hans Peters began as the minister of Milverton Mennonite Fellowship on Jan. 1. He spent the past seven years at Jane Finch Faith Community Church in Toronto as pastor. During... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
The project that took Manitoba churches by the heartstrings nearly two years ago is finally making major gains. Early last month, the federal and provincial governments struck a... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the World |
Many of you will have watched the first episode of CBC’s mini-series Pure last night (Jan. 9). As a spectator, I was mildly entertained. As a Canadian who loves this culturally... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Artbeat | Royden Loewen
Since the first couple of episodes of CBC’s Pure depicting Mennonites as drug runners from Mexico aired on Jan. 9 and 16, 2017, the temperature of our community’s righteous... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Artbeat | Dan Dyck
Until March 4, 2017, the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery is hosting an important exhibit of new art entitled “Synagogues in Germany: A virtual reconstruction.” First imagined by... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Artbeat |
I had to make my way past the sombre line-up of people waiting for welfare cheques at the band office. It was awful. I worked in the office of a northern first nation, and once a... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Artbeat | Will Braun
Jackson Nahayo knows a thing or two about turning tragedy into triumph. Left for dead as a child in the jungles of his native Burundi by the rebel soldiers who kidnapped him, he... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
In the last issue of Canadian Mennonite , we introduced you to Sparky and the Plugs , a bluegrass quartet from the Saskatoon area that got its start playing music in church. Read... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Yann Martel is known to many as the author o f Life of Pi, an international bestseller that became an Oscar-winning movie. But at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Saskatchewan,... Read More
February 7, 2017 | Web First | Yann Martel
Michelle O’Rourke never expected that within months of having a lead role in designing and building the 10-bed Chatham-Kent Hospice, which opened in April 2016, that she would be... Read More
February 7, 2017 | Web First |
Many of the people who have stayed behind in Ukraine’s militarized areas are those who cannot run away: the elderly, children and people with disabilities. “Certain pastors and... Read More
February 7, 2017 | Web First | Kelsey Hochstetler
Tobi Thiessen and Ginny Hostetler have been chosen by the board of Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS) Inc. to lead Canadian Mennonite ’s magazine and digital news... Read More
February 1, 2017 | Web First | Henry Krause
Following the news coverage leading up to the 2016 American election, I wondered if there was a place for hope in an atmosphere of division and fear. In the days leading up to the... Read More
January 31, 2017 | Web First | Michael Hostetler
Tremendous change rocked the western church 500 years ago, as successive groups discovered new things about God through Scripture and separated themselves from the Roman Catholic... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Web First |

Clockwise from left: Sara Erb, Steph Chandler Burns, Kathy Janzen, Ed Janzen and Chris Brnjas consider the questions posed at the second Emerging Voices Initiative listening tour event on Nov. 11, 2016, at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Over the past three months, the Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) conducted a cross-country listening tour, endeavouring to gauge the mood of Mennonite Church Canada congregants on... Read More
January 25, 2017 | God at work in the Church |

Tim Wiebe-Neufeld

Tim Wiebe-Neufeld has been hired as the new Mennonite Church Alberta area church pastor. Starting in February, he will combine this half-time position with a quarter-time role as... Read More
January 25, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
I live in one of the most beautiful places on the Prairies. The Shekinah Retreat Centre is situated in the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Northeast of my house, a deep ravine... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education | Jill Wiens
An Mennonite Church Manitoba meeting at Fort Garry Mennonite Church took a confrontational turn on Jan. 12, 2017, opening the floodgates of debate on just what it means for local... Read More
January 25, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
When Justony Vasquez decided to be part of World Youth Day in Poland last summer, she had no idea that the venture would land her at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU). In her... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education | Allison Courey

Grade 2 students Daniella, Makayla and Mackenzie display one of their STEM creations.

Before taking the STEM program, which incorporates science, technology, engineering and math, Mackenzie, a Grade 2 student at Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools,... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education |
Conrad Grebel University College students Mark Whyte, Mariak Achuoth, Jonathan Smith and Liban Farah accepted a challenge last fall: Build a social enterprise that restores the... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education | Jennifer Konkle
Nicholaus “Nick” Bauman (nee Erb), a Rockway Mennonite Collegiate graduate (Class of ’97) and general surgeon, and his spouse, Becky Bauman, are heading to Kathmandu, Nepal, the... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education | Christine M. Rier
A young woman in Waterloo, Ont., is using her passion for peace to positively impact students. Katie Gingerich, 24, is director of The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), a peace-... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
They might perform at cafes, bars and festivals throughout the Saskatoon area these days, but bluegrass quartet Sparky and the Plugs got their start playing music in church... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The new year brings a new beginning for Bethany College, as it announces its re-opening for fall 2017 with a new discipleship program called Thrive. Thrive replaces the college’s... Read More
January 24, 2017 | Web First |
A desire to immerse himself in a learning community in preparation for pastoral ministry was part of what drew Lee Hiebert to relocate to Elkhart, Ind., and enrol in the master of... Read More
January 24, 2017 | Web First |
Canadian Mennonite women were among millions who peacefully made their voices heard for justice, equality and a host of social causes at the Women’s Marches that took place across... Read More
January 24, 2017 | Web First | Doreen Martens
CBC’s new crime drama, Pure , which premiered on Jan. 9, 2017, has generated a lot of controversy in the Canadian Mennonite community, and for good reason. The six-part TV serial... Read More
January 23, 2017 | Web First | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

There are several varieties of Mennonite and Amish groups in Canada. (Photos by Barb Draper)

You may have seen traditionally dressed Mennonites at farmers’ markets or on TV, but you may not know that these are only a segment of the Mennonite population in Canada. There... Read More
January 12, 2017 | Web First | Barb Draper
In 2016 popular online stories on the Canadian Mennonite website dealt with gender identity, cohabitation, church institutions, and Mennonite history. Readers wanted to know about... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler
Frieda Woelk, who lives in a seniors apartment in Leamington, Ont., put together a “Special Cookbook for my Children, Grandchildren, Family and Friends,” with editions in 1994,... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Web First | Editorial assistant
Partners of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, are working to provide relief assistance for the hundreds of... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the World | Rachel Bergen
The year we left behind created big uncertainty for the year that lies ahead. Here is a glance at key questions that hang over what is sure to be an interesting and consequential... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Mennonite organizations played a large role in putting on a public panel discussion on indigenous land rights in Canada and how they impact social groups at the community level,... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the World |

Ottawa Mennonite Church is located at 1830 Kilborn Avenue in the nation’s capital.

In past years, there were only two Anabaptist congregations in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, one Mennonite Brethren and the other, Ottawa Mennonite Church, a member of Mennonite... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
With the moon still peeking over the mountains and the stars twinkling in the clear sky, more than 60 people gathered together in the wee hours of Christmas morning at the Epp... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Angelika Dawson
One of today’s most pressing social issues came to life onstage late last year at Trinity Western University (TWU) with the world premiere of the original drama, disPLACE: Refugee... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Artbeat | Amy Rinner Waddell
Like many Mennonites, Larry Krause grew up singing in Sunday school and church choirs. Music has always been an important part of his life, but in the past decade it has taken on... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Artbeat | Donna Schulz
What songs connect you to God and your community, and empower you to serve? What songs do you turn to in joyful or difficult times? What are your heart songs? These are questions... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Web First |
Christian activists in Australia repeatedly risk arrest when they call attention to the plight of asylum-seekers suffering mistreatment in indefinite detention. One of the... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Web First | Rachel Stella and Mennonite World Review
Millions of people will never pick up a book or magazine about Mennonites or enter any Mennonite church. But they will drop in anonymously to the Third Way website (thirdway.com)... Read More
January 10, 2017 | Web First |
In an ironic coincidence, ugly graffiti was sprayed on the outside wall of Edmonton First Mennonite Church the same day that teenagers from a local junior-high school painted a... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Tales of families separated through war and later reunited through letters 60 years ago were featured at the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C.’s fall fundraiser. The program,... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell

Wondimu Senbeto, left, chair of the Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa’s elders group, and Teso Felmina, vice-chair. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

The Oromo Christian Fellowship, which was established in 2004 and changed its name to Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa in 2010, has applied for emerging church status in... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
“I don’t know if it’s sunk in entirely, but it’s been a good experience so far.” That’s Charlie Clark’s assessment of his first weeks as the new mayor of Saskatoon. He admits... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
In an attempt to secure the future of the Salam Medical Centre, which he founded in a town some 25 kilometres north of Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Freddy Elbaiady, has embarked on a... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the World |
A presentation by Timothy Epp on the enduring relationship between blacks and Mennonites quickly morphed into a time of sharing and storytelling by members of the two communities... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Ruth Marlene Friesen
From seafaring cowboy to Christian book publisher, Ken Schwartzentruber embraced life and adventure with a hands-on attitude and a commitment to God. Born to the late Allen and... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in Us | Deborah Froese and Kelsey Hochstetler
The 40th-anniversary edition of the More-with-Less cookbook, with its many full-page photographs, has an updated and more sophisticated look. Rather than simple black-and-white... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Artbeat | Barb Draper
Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) professor Paul Doerksen launched a new collection of essays, Take and Read: Reflecting Theologically on Books , at McNally-Robinson Booksellers... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Artbeat |
This is a critical time in the world. From environmental threats like the Kinder Morgan pipeline, to the troubling rhetoric coming out of the United States after Donald Trump’s... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Jared Redekop has seen and done a lot in just over a year of working as a spiritual health practitioner at the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg. One experience that most sticks out... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
A film produced by the Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC) Archives about conscientious objectors (COs) is garnering significant attention. CBC recently aired The Last Objectors on... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Florence Cressman Kreider was a friend to both Jews and Palestinians, and she sought to spread peace wherever she traveled. The former mission worker died Nov. 1, 2016, in... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Wil LaVeist

Wendy Adema, program director for MCC Ontario who gives leadership to the Refugee Resettlement Team, left; Shelley Campagnola, director of the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support; and Lynne Griffiths Fulton, client support service director for Reception House, listen to Marlene Epp, professor of history and peace and conflict studies at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo. They participated in the ‘Three lanes on the refugee highway’ presentation at 50 Kent Avenue, in Kitchener. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“Why are there three Mennonite organizations working on refugee support in the Kitchener- Waterloo area?” was the question being answered at a Nov. 29, 2016, meeting at 50 Kent... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
For five days last October, intense rainfall caused severe flooding along Colombia’s Pacific coast in the Chocó area, seriously damaging the homes of more than 20,000 people... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
Faced with a funding crisis, sliding attendance and shifting cultural contexts, the response of Mennonite Church Canada and the five area churches has been a five-year process of... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
I want to be excited about church. I do not attend regional or national assemblies, but I care deeply about the broader church. I would rather hang out with my boys than attend a... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Web First | Will Braun
“The timeline [for the Future Directions plan] from Saskatoon did not reflect what was possible,” Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, told the... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Carol Penner went into ministry to be a “humble tool in God’s tool box—to preach, go to meetings and love people,” like the hammer she brought to the lectern with her. “But,” she... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
In October 2016, students arriving at a Christian school in Aleppo, Syria, discovered that a rocket had blown out a portion of a classroom. So many rockets were landing in the... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Rachel Bergen
Academics, students, independent researchers and lay people alike gathered at the University of Winnipeg in late October 2016 for a global history conference on “Mennonites, land... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World |
“In this resolution we are not taking sides between Israel and Palestine,” said Palmer Becker at Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016. “We support the need for a safe place to... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
Missions is not a very popular word in some circles these days, but when Masaki Higashiguchi visited Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., on Oct. 30, 2016, it was a... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in Us | Barb Draper
If self-confessed “marriage geek” Katherine Willis Pershey knows one thing after 14 years of marriage, it’s that couples bound together in a sacred covenant need more than cheery... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Artbeat | Kelley Hughes
Nolan Kehler knows a thing or two about music. In addition to studying vocal performance at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, the 22-year-old works part-time as an AM... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Winnipeg artist Megan Krause, painting is a process of problem solving. “I never plan a piece ahead of time. Not anymore, anyway,” the 32-year-old says. “It’s all intuitively... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Digna Macias remembers clinging to a door frame in her home in Manta, Ecuador, while the walls fell around her last April following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
Twenty-five years ago, Michel Monette was selling encyclopaedias door to door seven days a week. One of his fellow salesmen, a Mennonite Brethren man, would take Sundays off to go... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First |
Hundreds of concerned American citizens gathered peacefully to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and pray on Nov 26, 2016. At the same time, dozens more gathered at Home Street... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First |

The Amish of Milverton, Ont., use open buggies with slow-moving-vehicle signs. The various Ontario Amish settlements have their own idiosyncrasies, as buggy styles and other customs are not necessarily the same in each community. (Photo by Barb Draper)

The Amish in Ontario are a diverse group, explained Fred Lichti at the fall meeting of the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, held on Oct. 15, 2016, at Milverton Mennonite... Read More
November 30, 2016 | Web First | Barb Draper

Mesfin Woldearegay, pastor of Bethel Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Kitchener, Ont., leads his congregation in worship at Central Baptist Church on Sunday afternoons. The congregation worships in Amharic, a Semitic language from East Africa. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

English is still the dominant language in Mennonite Church Canada as a whole, but worship also happens every Sunday in Cantonese, Lao, Tigrinya, Oromo and 14 other languages... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
As Lucy Roca was leaving Colombia for her safety and that of her family 12 years ago, the Colombian national church commissioned her to establish Spanish-speaking congregations in... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
The little church that was home to the New Church Society of Rosthern for more than a century has a new home beside the Mennonite Heritage Museum on the Rosthern Junior College (... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
With titles such as “Don’t be a culture monkey” and “I saw an orange glow on the horizon,” participants at Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual Equipping Day had a difficult... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Since Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued its final report in 2015, denominations and congregations across the country have wrestled with how to respond in... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
During the First World War (1914-18), some citizens of Berlin, Ont., grew uncomfortable with their city’s name. At war with the Germans, they did not want to be identified as... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the World |
Peter Kehler, long-time Mennonite missionary, pastor and church worker of Abbotsford, B.C., died Oct. 5, surrounded by his family. He was 89. Kehler was born in St. Anne, Man., on... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in Us | Amy Rinner Waddell
What do popular films like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark have to do with the Bible? Gary Yamasaki explores this question by identifying the filmmaking principles... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Artbeat | Amy Rinner Waddell
Old behaviour influenced the music on singer-songwriter Anna Wiebe’s latest musical release, New Behaviour . The 24-year-old folk-pop songstress based in Guelph, Ont., partially... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
From 2011 to 2013, I was a resident of the Menno Simons Centre, a not-for-profit student residence located near the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. At Menno, I... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Young Voices | Thomas Bergen
“God is helping us take apart what was, in order to build something new, so that we can engage the world in more effective ways,” says Keith Regehr confidently. Regehr is the... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
“It is all of us together that make Mennonite Central Committee [MCC] breathe,” said Eileen Klassen Hamm, and each element of MCC Saskatchewan’s “encounter” and annual general... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Members of the new Mennonite Worship and Song Committee met for the first time Sept. 22 to 25, 2016, at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va. A new collection of worship... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese, with MennoMedia files
“Every transition is an invitation to journey with God,” is how Cindy Wallace ended each session with the women attending the annual Mennonite Church Saskatchewan women’s retreat... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Web First | Lois Siemens
“Who is MC B.C.? What kind of family are we and what kind of family do we want to be?” These questions were posed by Garry Janzen, executive minister of Mennonite Church British... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell
Donna Entz, an outreach worker for Mennonite Church Alberta, has many friends in the North Edmonton communities in which she lives and works. Manna Ali, a member of the Somali... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Selfies just might be God’s idea. Remember, you are smarter than your smartphone. What if virtue went viral? With these three ideas front and centre, David Balzer, assistant... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Spending half of Canadian Thanksgiving in the U.S. away from my family is not how I usually like to plan things. But this past summer as I was thinking through my fall schedule,... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Virginia Gerbrandt Richert
Among many aboriginal people the eagle feather communicates respect, humility, courage and wisdom. Several years ago, I received an eagle feather as a sign of appreciation for my... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the World | Peter Oliver
Church planter Mario Marchand responded to being licensed toward ordination on Oct. 16 by reciting his vision for the church in Québec: “Jesus, the centre of faith; the community... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in Us |
Recently, I have become curious about the life of the early church. What did its members believe? What did they preach and what did they practise? More to the point, what did they... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Artbeat | Lorne Brandt
For Johise Namwira, being a student and being an activist go hand in hand. During the 2015-16 school year, the 19-year-old was involved with a variety of different groups on... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Two-and-a-half years ago, I took over a long-running column that appears in the Winnipeg Free Press . Each week, I write about a different volunteer in the city. The column is... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Comparing Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to a big tent, Don Peters, the executive director of MCC Canada, described the organization as “the place where the Anabaptist... Read More
November 1, 2016 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
On September 30, 2016, friends and colleagues of Susan Schultz Huxman paid tribute to her time as president of Conrad Grebel University College. She has accepted the presidency of... Read More
October 31, 2016 | Web First | Fred Martin
Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) is embarking on a fall 2016 workshop tour. This group of concerned young adults hopes to encourage further discussion about the process of... Read More
October 31, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese with files from Emerging Voices Initiative
It all started simply enough. In January 1996, Clare Jantzi, worship leader at Valleyview Mennonite Church in London, invited three men from the congregation to sing an introit... Read More
October 29, 2016 | Web First | Victor Fast
On September 28, 2016, Palestinian Christian Jonathan Kuttab spoke to Mennonites gathered for lunch at the Mennonite Central Committee Ontario building in Kitchener, Ont... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Web First |
This simple soup was eaten in Amish Mennonite communities in southwestern Ontario and was often called by its Pennsylvania Dutch name. Some cooks served it simultaneously with a... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler
As a busy professional engineer and a young father, Calvin Quan’s days are full, yet he is ready and willing to serve as Mennonite Church Canada’s new moderator. Where does he... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
With special “Menno-poly” Chance cards, five different Monopoly boards scattered throughout Saskatoon and fun team challenges, the Mega Menno Monopoly Rally kick-off got groups... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
Keith Regehr, a managing partner working in the field of conflict resolution and restorative justice for the L3 Group in Kitchener, Ont., formerly known as Associates Resourcing... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Kuen Yee, pastor of English ministries at Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church, has resigned her three-quarter-time position effective Oct. 31, 2016. Yee is Chinese and has an... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Molly Schaeffer, standing rear, one of this summer’s resident managers, acts as emcee for Camp Koinonia’s 50th-anniversary celebration on Oct. 2, 2016. Close to 150 people... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Elaine Hofer and Paul Waldner are members of Green Acres Colony, near Wawanesa, Man. Their Hutterite colony, along with Enes and Fata Muheljic from Wawanesa, worked with Mennonite... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the World | Elaine Hofer
As a young girl in Pennsylvania, where she was born, Janet Ranck’s interest in missions and supportive missions was nurtured by her family. Her father gave a house to the Eastern... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in Us | Doug Snyder
David Lewis began as the intentional interim minister of Niagara United Mennonite Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sept. 4, 2016. Lewis has a bachelor of theology degree from... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in Us |
The strange case of the Amish beard cutters five years ago thrust a normally quiet American community into the national spotlight. The bizarre attacks seemed so out of character... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources |
If a person has a body that is physically and intellectually disabled, is it ethically right to use technology to keep that body small and childlike so that it is easier to care... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper
Poetry has always spoken to me. Whether it is the blank verse of Shakespeare, the doubling images of Hebrew scripture, or the lyrics of song, popular or otherwise. But I had not... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources |
Theology, Spirituality All You Need is Love: Honoring the Diversity of Women’s Voices in Theology . Jennifer Castro, ed. Women in Leadership Project, Mennonite Church U.S.A., 2016... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources |
Winnipeg filmmaker Brad Leitch’s next project is a deeply personal one. The 30-year-old, who attends Hope Mennonite Church in the city, is making a documentary about “playback... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For many people, studying at college or university is about more than just going to classes. It’s about connecting with peers at social events, service projects and forums that... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Step into the fields of Etienne Tiendrébeogo (pictured at right in the bright shirt) in Yé, Burkina Faso, and you’ll notice something striking: large half-moon shapes dug into the... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Back Page | Marla Pierson Lester
When rushing water of the River Gris, overflowing with rain from Hurricane Matthew, washed away Sarditren Dete’s and Antovan Enit’s houses and possessions, it destroyed their... Read More
October 12, 2016 | Web First |
On Monday, September 26, 2016, I flew from Canada back to Colombia more excited than usual. After four years of negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC... Read More
October 11, 2016 | Web First | Hannah Redekop
“Are you on a tour?” Squinting in the summer sunlight, we glanced across the street as a man stepped out of his car. Guilty as charged. Our walking neighborhood tour, composed of... Read More
October 5, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Matthew Veith
A month after a pastors-only meeting, Mennonite Church B.C. congregations are being invited to give their personal views on the national church’s Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7... Read More
October 5, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell
It isn’t every day that Mennonites share a potluck meal with Muslims. Yet this is what happened when Wildwood Mennonite Church in Saskatoon invited members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim... Read More
October 5, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
Doug Snyder retired (again) on Aug. 28, 2016, this time as pastor of St. Agatha Mennonite Church, west of Waterloo. Born in 1941, Snyder remembers going forward at a Brunk tent... Read More
October 5, 2016 | God at work in Us |
Ted and Darlene Enns Dyck came in the late 1980s to Conrad Grebel College in Waterloo, Ont., from Winnipeg, Manitoba’s urban capital. When they completed their time at Grebel,... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education |
Our purpose at Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) in Gretna, Man., is to educate young people in an Anabaptist/Christian context, seeking to develop their God-given potential in... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education |
I recently enjoyed a visit with a Rosthern (Sask.) Junior College (RJC) alumnus whose graduating class is from decades past. There were many smiles as we talked about old... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education | Jim Epp
This fall, Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) debuted an expanded course catalogue featuring its new MA in Restorative Justice program . In... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education | Lauren Jefferson
On a hot June weekend, more than 100 Rockway Mennonite Collegiate alumni rehearsed, relived and performed a Rockway choral experience. Three beloved choral directors—Jan Overduin... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education | Dave Lobe
Two members of Mennonite Church Canada congregations are among four recipients of 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards from Canadian Mennonite University (CMU): • Peter Guenther, a... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education |
CMU Preliminary fall enrolment figures at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg show stability of student registrations across all programs, with an overall full-time... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education |
In recent months, Krista Loewen has been thinking a lot about Jeremiah 29:11: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm,... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For some people, writing a song is a laborious process. Not for Michaela Loewen. Most of the time, the music and lyrics come to her in under half an hour. “I know if I can write... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“We Are Your Future/Somos Su Futuro” opened at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg on Sept. 9. The exhibition focusses on the lives of women from the indigenous... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Back Page | Ray Dirks
Julianne Funk is a peacebuilder. In Bosnia, the northern region of the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. And at the University of Zurich, where she teaches religion as well as... Read More
October 4, 2016 | Web First | Henry Neufeld
Ted Giesbrecht of the Kitchener, Ont., law firm Giesbrecht, Griffin, Funk and Irvine has been honoured by the Waterloo Region Law Association with the 2016 Coulter A. Osborne... Read More
October 4, 2016 | Web First |
Over the last two years, the “20 under 35: Young professionals changing the world initiative” instituted by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) recognized 40 young... Read More
October 4, 2016 | Web First |
UPDATE (Oct. 3, 2016): In an Oct. 2 plebiscite, Colombian voters rejected the proposed peace deal by a thin margin of 50.21 to 49.78 percent. Angélica Rincón could not stop... Read More
September 27, 2016 | Web First | Elizabeth Phelps
The road ahead for the recovery of Fort McMurray, Alta.—devastated this spring by wildfires that forced the evacuation of 88,000 residents while consuming and scorching large... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Several members from the Bergthal Mennonite Church left their own place of worship in Didsbury, Alta., on Aug. 28, 2016, to join with their Chin brothers and sisters in worship at... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Anna-Lisa Salo
Last February I wrote an article that elicited more response than anything I have written for this publication. The piece originated when a reader challenged my acceptance of the... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
For anyone who lives in Elmira and needs a ladder to clean out his eavestroughs or get a Frisbee off her roof, call Bruce Weber. Zion Mennonite Fellowship, in an effort to... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World |
For families with children who have exceptional needs, taking a summer vacation may seem like nothing more than an elusive dream. But now a groundbreaking program offered by... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
On Sept. 2, 2015, the heartbreaking picture of Alan Kurdi’s body on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea was a wake-up call to the world. The three-year-old’s death was a tragic... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Julie Bell
On September 2, 2015, the heartbreaking picture of Alan Kurdi’s body on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea was a wake-up call to the world concerning the plight of refugees. In... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World |
Willard Metzger’s mother was the janitor at the Glen Allan Mennonite Church (now closed) northwest of Waterloo, Ont. Now executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, he... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in Us |
The Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre is a long-standing hidden gem of Manitoba’s fine arts scene. The amateur company is just that—a group of honest-to-goodness theatre lovers, whose... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Artbeat |
Even though the journey was more than 7,500 kilometres, Martin Bauman almost wished it wouldn’t end. On Aug. 29, the Waterloo, Ont., resident entered St. John’s, N.L., completing... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I turned on the radio in time to hear CBC perfectly capture my past year’s journey in one sentence. “The thing about seeking reconciliation with indigenous peoples is that... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Young Voices | Deanna Zantingh
Canadian Mennonite wants to know about the young adults who are making a difference in your church or community. In a special feature we will publish in the new year, Canadian... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Young Voices |
Matt Yeater can relate to Bible stories in which God moves in seemingly impossible ways. His own story is one of them. Blinded in a meth lab explosion when he was 20 and... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Web First | Annette Brill Bergstresser
While cheap gas prices were celebrated in the United States, in Venezuela the low cost of oil has led to painful shortages in everyday needs, such as food, electricity and... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Web First | Danielle Klotz
Holding his 19-month-old grandson, Ray Martin told the audience gathered at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on Aug. 11 why he had made a generous donation to study and combat... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Web First |
“There is no path, Pilgrim. The path is made by walking.” This lovely phrase by the poet Antonio Machado epitomizes my life journey, particularly the two years I sojourned in... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Web First | Rut Atarama
To ensure women receive the education and training they need to help build the body of Christ, Meserete Kristos College, a ministry of the Ethiopian Meserete Kristos Church, is... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
Here is a question you do not hear every day: When was the last time you visited an archive? Not your email archive, a but a local bricks-and-mortar archive. Many of us don’t... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Ontario started discussions with Dave Erb, executive director of Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, over a year ago, to explore the possibility of... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
For decades, Colombia has been known for violence, narcotics and instability. But now it is within sight of an historic peace agreement that César García—the Colombian who heads... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

The sign directing people to Stony Hill, the former site of St. John’s Lutheran Church and of the Young Chippewayan Reserve No. 107, was changed earlier this year to reflect its importance to indigenous people. The name Opwashemoe Chakatinaw means Stoney Knoll in English. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“It’s really cool to see white people here today,” said Cheyenne Fineday. The first nation teenager was speaking at the 140th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 6 on Aug. 23,... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
In Waterloo Region, “Herrle’s” brings to mind sweet corn, melons, gelato—and blood. Yes, blood. Herrle’s Country Farm Market in St. Agatha has been well-known since 1988 as a “go-... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in Us |
A new memoir by Albertans Isaac “Ike” Glick and Mildred “Millie” Alger Glick, Risk and Adventure: Community Development in Northern Alberta (1955-1970) , highlights the work of... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Artbeat |
For Anneli Loepp Thiessen, singing in church is just as much about listening as it is about making sounds. “In a culture that is increasingly busy and full of excess noise, church... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For much of my life, I’ve called myself a global citizen. Until recently, though, I had no idea how naïve saying this actually was. A global citizen is someone who identifies him... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Erb Street Mennonite Church not only welcomes all people who enter its doors, as its vision statement indicates, but it also extends that same welcome to “future guide dogs.”... Read More
September 6, 2016 | Web First | Leona Dueck Penner
When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and violence has ebbed and flowed ever since... Read More
September 6, 2016 | Web First | Emily Loewen, with files from Candacia Greeman
A dedicated fundraising website for the new song collection for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA has been launched at hymnalproject606.com. MennoMedia is taking... Read More
September 6, 2016 | Web First |
Cloudy skies and a cold wind weren’t enough to keep a large group of people from gathering in the parking lot at the Bethany Manor seniors’ housing complex to celebrate the... Read More
September 6, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
When Geoff Gould ponders his six years directing the SEED program at Camp Squeah, it is with mixed emotions: pride, joy, humility, gratitude. But there is also sadness. After much... Read More
August 24, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Angelika Dawson
Rockway Mennonite Church in Kitchener has worshipped in rental properties for all of its 56-year existence. Until now. On June 26, 2016, the congregation had its final regular... Read More
August 24, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
The passions that inspired Winnipeg’s community shared agriculture (CSA) movement and the famous Tall Grass Prairie Bakery are now making waves around the world, from Winnipeg to... Read More
August 24, 2016 | God at work in the World |
Jane Austen once wrote that, for a developing writer, “three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on.” While Steinbach, Man., is certainly no “country... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Artbeat |
Anna Rehan has logged countless hours of volunteer time as Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s music librarian. Appointed by the area church council, her mandate was to organize the... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Artbeat | Donna Schulz
While the aroma of fresh-baked zwieback filled the air, members of the “Mennonite Girls Can Cook” blog group launched their newest book at the Mennonite Heritage Museum on Aug. 3... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Artbeat | Amy Rinner Waddell
Tending to the grapes she grows in the house she lives in provides Terri Lynn Paulson with a very tangible way of considering John 15, a chapter of the Bible she has been... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

During his internship, Andrew Brown, centre, happened to meet John Redekop, left, and Peter Redekop, right, who were part of a group of Mennonites Brown researched. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Brown)

This spring I was awarded an archival internship with the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission that allowed me to travel to various Mennonite Brethren archives in North... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Young Voices | Andrew Brown
Holy Spirit fire dances in Bercy Mundedi's eyes. It sets aflame the ministries to which she has been called—the most recent being to lead the Kalonda Bible Institute in Democratic... Read More
August 23, 2016 | Web First | Lynda Hollinger-Janzen
By the time Feryal arrived at a camp for displaced people in Iraq’s northern Ninewa Governorate, she had little desire to leave the security of the tent she shared with her... Read More
August 23, 2016 | Web First | Marla Pierson Lester
God is at work and the gospel is alive in our cities, towns and communities. This is the message Marty Troyer wants to share in his new book, The Gospel Next Door , released by... Read More
August 23, 2016 | Web First | Ardell Stauffer
A conversation about the needs and issues facing military veterans has been arising in an unexpected place this year: the halls of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS). The dialogue... Read More
August 23, 2016 | Web First | Walt Wiltschek with Lauren Jefferson
It had probably been a while since Horse Lake Mennonite Church welcomed so many worshippers. Filling every pew, they gathered to celebrate the life of this small country church... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Hannah Taylor, left, Linda Ramer and Milissa Fortier stand beside an 'open door' welcoming guests to a barbecue and hymn sing that were part of Wideman Mennonite Church's 200th-anniversary celebrations over the weekend of July 23-24. (Photo by Joanna Reesor-McDowell)

Hundreds of friends from near and far attended Wideman Mennonite Church‘s 200th-anniversary celebrations over the July 23-24, 2018, weekend. It was a culmination of special... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Joanna Reesor-McDowell
Mennonite Foundation of Canada (MFC) will change its name to Abundance Canada in October. The decision to rebrand follows 18 months of market analysis, survey research,... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Jess Huxman
“We are not living in the 16th century, and whatever is called Anabaptism today inevitably looks and sounds quite different,” said Paul Martens during a recent talk entitled “Neo-... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Henry Neufeld
The ongoing discussion about medical assistance in dying has publicly raised questions that extend beyond the realm of politics and public policy to the bedrock of morality... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
George and Jake are great friends George, 3, is a child who attends Southview Child Care, located in the First Mennonite Church building. Jake Baergen is a member of First... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in Us | Fran Aarnoutse

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