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Charles Simard holds a timber wolf hide as he explains to the Partnership Circle participants in Manigotagan, Man., their relationship with the land along the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg that has been their home for many generations. (Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

Although less than a three-hour drive from Winnipeg, Manigotagan seemed a world away. This Metis community of about 200 lives in the dense forest along the eastern shore of Lake... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Mark MacDonald, the Anglican Church of Canada’s first national indigenous bishop, speaks at the annual Building Bridges event at Circle of Life Thunderbird House in Winnipeg on March 13, 2015. (Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

Mark MacDonald is convinced that “it is the time for something great to happen and that the best thing we can do is get up and wait. There is no stopping it.” But the Anglican... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Hague Mennonite Church has voted to leave Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, choosing, instead, to become an independent congregation. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“We have not left. Maybe the [area church] leadership has left, but we have stayed with the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective .” With these words, Artur Esau, Hague... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Dancers perform to a song of praise at the opening of Mennonite Church Alberta’s 86th annual delegate sessions hosted by Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

Vietnamese Mennonite Church in Edmonton may seem small, but it is a hosting powerhouse! On March 20 and 21, 2015, the congregation of about 70 adults and 23 youth welcomed pastors... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
At the pastors council meeting, First Mennonite Church called for prayer as a letter that will be sent to all Mennonite Church Alberta congregations was shared. The letter... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Cook Carol Weber of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church shows off the soup stirrer created by set-up volunteer Dan Ulrich when he found out that the church had no spoons long enough to stir the deep soup pots used for Stirling Avenue’s community dinners. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“Grab a coffee and go and sit down. You get served at the table. They’re really nice here,” said one guest to another on March 14 of the community dinners served every Saturday... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky

Gary Garrison reads from his book Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons. On March 28, Mennonite Central Committee Alberta gave a copy of the book to each volunteer to thank them for their work in visiting prisoners this past year. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

Years ago, when Abe Janzen had just started his work as Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) director, he was taken to prison for a visit. There, he said, he “realized how biblical... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
When as a young teenager Larry Kehler delivered coal in the Altona, Man., area for his father, his wildest imagination could not have taken him to where his life eventually led... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in Us | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Evelyn Rempel Petkau is retiring after more than 18 years of reporting for Canadian Mennonite. She was hired as the provincial editor for Manitoba in 1997, just after Mennonite... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in Us | Barb Draper

Jeremy Enns is asking more than 50 of his friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances to participate in his SOS for Syria campaign.

In the early 1900s, SOS became the worldwide distress signal, but typically in maritime situations. These days it’s used as a sense of urgent message or appeal for help from... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Young Voices |

Ken Esau, right, director of biblical studies at Columbia Bible College, cuts the ribbon opening the Metzger Collection to the public. At left is Greg Thiessen, collection manager. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

A one-of-a-kind collection of museum-quality art and artifact replicas has found a permanent home at Columbia Bible College. With the cut of a ribbon, the Metzger Historical... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Artbeat | Amy Rinner Waddell

Iranian graduate students meet with Charlie Nelson, an indigenous elder from Roseau, Man., third from left. (Photo by Harry Huebner)

“I’ll intentionally call you my sister, for I have two and I love them so much. Now I have three and I love them all to the degree that I’m ready to die for them. So you are... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Young Voices | Lisa Obirek

There is a terrifying amount of paper documenting Mennonite history, and more than a few gems hidden in the vault.

It wasn’t until Grade 6 that I realized it was possible to be more than just a Mennonite. Our teacher asked us to come up with one word to described ourselves. One of my... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Young Voices | Olivia Klippenstein

Brander McDonald, speaker at the Canadian Mennonite 2015 annual banquet

Brander McDonald, indigenous relations coordinator for Mennonite Church British Columbia, will share his music and talk about his work as the main feature of Canadian Mennonite’s... Read More
April 7, 2015 | Web First |

Hanan Talabeh’s family arrived as refugees from Syria, they were met at the airport by Talebeh and her daughter Nada. From left Hanadi, Lara, Nada, Sara and Jaafar. (Photo courtesy of Hanan Talabeh)

It’s easy to hear the smile in Hanan Talabeh’s voice. Even over the phone it’s obvious she’s thrilled—months after her family arrived from Syria. Talabeh’s sister-in-law, along... Read More
April 7, 2015 | Web First | Emily Loewen

Lynn Schulze

Their stories are heart-rending, but their hopes are high. Navigating Canada’s increasingly complex immigration system wears them down, but their resilience still shows. Listening... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World |

‘We wish it was over,’ says Wilma Derksen, who, along with her husband Cliff, waited 27 years to learn what happened to their daughter. ‘I waffle about a new trial.’ (Photo courtesy of Cliff and Wilma Derksen)

“God has given us a toolkit,” said Wilma Derksen. First it was forgiveness when Wilma and Cliff’s daughter Candace was murdered in 1984. Then it was learning to love when they... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
What is CoSA? Mennonite Central Committee describes CoSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) as “a community-based reintegration program that holds federal inmates with... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
When a high-risk, low functioning, repeat child abuser was released from prison in the Hamilton, Ont., area in 1994, many locals responded with predictable revulsion. Harry Nigh,... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
It may not look like much, but the abandoned 90-hectare site of Kapyong Barracks is prime real estate in Winnipeg. It could also be a healing bridge, according to Steve Heinrichs... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese

Kirsten Hamm-Epp and Jerry Buhler prepare to serve the Lord’s Supper to participants at the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions held in Saskatoon recently. (Photo by D. Michael Hostetler)

“We don’t all know God in the same way,” Bruce Jantzen reflected at the recent Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions, “but that doesn’t change who God is.”... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
Like her counterparts in other area churches, Ida Buhler has the unenviable task of making budget cuts. At the recent Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions, the... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Jerry Buhler, outgoing area church minister for Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, gets a hug from colleague Kirsten Hamm-Epp, area church youth minister. Buhler served MC Saskatchewan for nine years.

With appreciation and affection, participants at Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual delegate sessions said thank you and farewell to Jerry Buhler, who served as area church... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

SMYO Committee members Zachary Stefaniuk, left, area church youth minister Kirsten Hamm-Epp, Gabby Martin (back to camera) and Hailey Funk discuss proceedings at the MC Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions.

“We want a church that is for everyone, and we want to be part of making that happen.” This statement from a Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization (SMYO) report to the... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
“Any loss for me is a grief,” said Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, in response to the withdrawal of Plum Coulee Bergthaler Mennonite Church from... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Maciel Arias from Toronto New Life Mennonite Church, left, translates for Lili Hurtarte, lay leader at Toronto New Life Mennonite Centre, while Rebecca Yoder Neufeld of First Mennonite, Kitchener, listens with Lucy Roca of the Refuge de Pais congregations in Quebec. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“Evangelism is dangerous,” Sze-Kar Wan said in conclusion of his three-day exegesis of the first three chapters of Galatians at the 2015 Mennonite Church Eastern Canada School for... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Story and photos by Dave Rogalsky

Gerry Loewen manages an MCC thrift shop in Winnipeg. She is the daughter of Selma Loewen, one of the founders of the first MCC thrift shop, in Altona, Man. That shop grew into a network of more than 115 shops in Canada and the United States. (Photo by Meghan Mast)

Gerry Loewen runs her fingers along a row of books and moves toward a clothing rack packed with sweaters and cardigans. She is explaining what sort of donations come in to the... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in Us | Meghan Mast

Rudy Wiebe shares themes from his new book, Come Back, with an audience at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

“Faith and death: An evening with Rudy Wiebe” drew an interested crowd to hear the noted Canadian Mennonite author speak at Trinity Western University (TWU) on March 3. Wiebe read... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Artbeat | Amy Rinner Waddell

Community Mennonite Church face off against East Zorra Mennonite Church at the 2014 Bible quizzing event. (Photo courtesy of Jeramie Raimbault)

For about 30 years, youth from several Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregations in Ontario have looked forward to their annual Bible quizzing event. It’s centred around... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Retired pastor Erwin Cornelsen, fourth from the right, meets daily with a group of Chinese Christians to sing and pray. (Photo courtesy of Jonas Cornelsen)

There is a natural dignity in the morning routine of a 95-year-old man living alone. Especially when the routine is based on building friendships across cultures. At 6:42 a.m.,... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Jonas Cornelsen

Emmaus House is an intentional community for university students in Winnipeg made up of 13 people. (Photo courtesy of Emmanus House)

When Davis Plett was considering moving out of his parents’ home, he wasn’t sure he was ready to be on his own. Moving into a 103-year-old house with 12 other people seemed like a... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

A basket of cloth strips was used to symbolize the pain victims of John Howard Yoder’s sexual abuse at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. The note reads: ‘Beloved of God, may you go into the complicated places with courage, for darkness will be conquered by light. May you go with resolve, for God has gone before you. May you go with hope, claiming the promise that evil never has the last word. Amen.’ (Photo by Rich Preheim)

For 40 years, women who had been sexually violated by John Howard Yoder were left suffering in silence while the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) professor became one... Read More
March 24, 2015 | News | Rich Preheim

More-with-Less Cookbook author Doris Longacre and her daughter Cara Sue prepare a garden vegetable and ground beef dish by the Chinese stir-fry method at a seminar. (Mennonite Central Committee photo by Ernie Klassen)

With one simple idea, a movement was born. As the classic cookbook of thrift and Christian compassion, the More-with-Less Cookbook has given generations of cooks healthy basic... Read More
March 17, 2015 | Web First |
A quantifiable angst hangs in the church air these days. Mennonite Church Canada is in decline. There are exceptions and bright spots, but the trend has long been unmistakable... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun

Peter Rempel, right, board chair of MC Manitoba, welcomes Pinawa Christian Fellowship into membership at the annual delegate sessions on Feb. 27 and 28, 2015. Ken and Willa Reddig and Lorna Hiebert, at left, are part of the Mennonite subset of the fellowship. In the 1960s, the government created Pinawa for workers to build and service a newly established nuclear research facility. Christians from a variety of backgrounds and traditions established homes in the community and, rather than forming many little denominational groupings, they formed one body called Pinawa Christian Fellowship in 1963 to convey a message of Christian unity. (Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

“Be not afraid“ was an apt theme for the 2015 annual delegate gathering of Mennonite Church Manitoba. Delegates were informed of a $234,647 deficit, the withdrawal of one their... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Tofield (Alta.) Mennonite Church.

In a letter dated Feb. 4, Tofield Mennonite Church notified the congregations of Mennonite Church Alberta that it had voted 94 percent in favour of withdrawing its membership from... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Delegates at Mennonite Church B.C.’s annual general meeting discuss future directions for the area church. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

With a focus on being missional and staying vibrant, healthy and connected, delegates and friends of Mennonite Church British Columbia gathered for annual sessions at Peace... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Amy Rinner Waddell

Edgar Schmidt

Despite risk to his reputation and livelihood as a federal lawyer, for more than a decade Edgar Schmidt has consistently spoken out against the federal government’s practice of... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Reverend Ibrahim Nsier stands in front of the site where his congregation, the Arab Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Aleppo, Syria, worshipped before the building was bombed. (Photo courtesy of Reverend Ibrahim Nsier)

In his own words, Reverend Ibrahim Nsier, a pastor of the Arab Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Aleppo, tells about his ministry in Syria. Mennonite Central Committee, through... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in Us |

Ruth Zehr, pictured in her ‘garden home’ at the Nithview Community in New Hamburg, Ont., holds Everyone Has A Story, Vol. 2, and the companion, Notes of Interest. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Ruth Zehr believes that everyone has a story worth telling. A decade ago, Zehr overheard a conversation involving Norma Iutzi, program assistant coordinator at the Nithview... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in Us | Eastern Canada Correspondent

‘Barn raising,’ an iconic image by David L. Hunsberger of mutual aid, has come to define the essence of community for many, including Governor General David Johnston. (Photo by David L. Hunsberger, The Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

According to Paul Heidebrecht, director of Conrad Grebel University College’s MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement, “Advancing peace requires many hands. It requires shoulders to... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Artbeat | Jennifer Konkle
A buzz of conversation filled the Bethany Manor fellowship hall as about 150 people gathered to celebrate the launch of three new books by Saskatchewan authors. Jake Buhler,... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Artbeat | Donna Schulz

St. Michael’s Residential School was open for 50 years. It now stands empty and decrepit, serving as a dark reminder of past abuses, awaiting its final demolition. (Photo courtesy of Janna and Jon Janzen)

Jon and Janna Janzen stood in front of St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay, B.C., in February and they say they felt darkness in its presence. During the half-century... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Young Voices |

Brian Froese, CMU’s assistant professor of history, teaches a class. According to a recent Maclean’s Magazine report, students at CMU in Winnipeg are very satisfied with their education and their experience at the Christian liberal arts school. (Photo by Rachel Bergen)

According to a recent Maclean’s Magazine report, students at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg are very satisfied with their education and their experience at the... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Rev. Dr. David Widdicombe, rector at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, speaks about Just War theory at CMU last month. (Photo by Jonas Cornelsen)

Late arrivals had to find their own chairs as students, academics and commu-nity members filled Marpeck Commons at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) on Feb. 26 to hear Rev. Dr... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Jonas Cornelsen
The Supreme Court of Canada's February decision to legalize physician-assisted dying shifted the moral landscape in Canada. Three-quarters of Canadians welcome that shift, but... Read More
February 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Feb. 6, 2015 that our current ban on physician-assisted death (PAD) is not in keeping with Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms... Read More
February 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Ruth Enns

Pictured from left to right: members of Rainham Mennonite Church—Dave Dick, congregational chair Charlie Roth, Mary Makey and Mary Roth. (Photo courtesy of Susan Kennel Harrison)

When Rainham Mennonite Church, near Selkirk, Ont., was audited by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in the summer of 2014, the auditor wanted to see the congregation’s constitution... Read More
February 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Ted Swartz

“It’s a good thing you in the church are discussing homosexuality, because otherwise I don’t think you would be discussing sex at all,” was one of many funny lines Ted Swartz... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Artbeat |

Artist Lynda Toews is pictured in her studio with some of her works from ‘A place in the kingdom: Paintings and heritage stories celebrating farm animals,’ on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg until June 20. (Photo by Gary Brown)

With brilliant and detailed clarity, Manitoba artist Lynda Toews has painted a series of farm animal portraits that will be on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Artbeat | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in a scene from American Sniper (Screen still courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Film review: American Sniper Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Jason Hall and Chris Kyle. Starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. A Warner Bros. Pictures release, 2014... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen

Counsellor Eizabeth Hoock gives a camper a piggy-back ride at Camp Squeah. (Camp Squeah photo)

At Camp Squeah, we care a great deal about our young adult staff. We believe that a community of staff that cares for one another and treats each other as Christ-like as possible... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Tim Larson

Grace Eagle, left, Meghan Murray and Mikaela Tang learn to make crafts out of recycled materials at Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace Camp. (Photo by Ryan Dunham)

I love camp. I love the silliness, the excitement and the community. Most importantly, I love the learning opportunities and teachable moments that camp can offer. Camp provides... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Katie Gingerich

Whimsy is something that campers seem to take to naturally. (Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp photo)

Like ripples flowing from the point where a stone hits the water, the choices we make everyday spread out from us and impact others. John shares a story in his gospel that... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Chris Pot
Making plans for university and picking out a graduation dress are typical activities for teenage girls in Grade 12, but Allegra Friesen Epp had something extra to contend with as... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Some female counsellors at Shekinah Retreat Centre’s 2014 summer camp put ‘pressure’ on the others. (Shekinah Retreat Centre photo)

This coming summer is a milestone in my camp career, being 10 years since I started spending my summers in leadership at Shekinah Retreat Centre’s summer camp. There are a lot of... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Katie Wiebe

‘Raise the peace’ camp facilitator Lishai Peel came from Toronto and had a way of helping the youth take off their ‘cool masks’ and open up with one another. (MCC Saskatchewan photo)

As summer staff, part of our job was planning and implementing a peace camp titled “Raise the peace” in the Meadowgreen area of Saskatoon last August. This area is home to many... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Charis Miller and Rachel Bueckert

Archery practice is popular with Camps with Meaning campers in Manitoba. (Camps with Meaning photo)

To feed our mind we go to school, to fix our body we go to the doctor, to feel our hearts we go home, and for our soul to flourish—that is when we go to camp! Camps with Meaning... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping |

By spending nearly all day, every day outdoors, campers unconsciously relinquish their fears and open themselves to the wonder of God. (Photo by Rebecca Seiling)

This year marks 60 years since Fraser Lake Camp began in a farmer’s field northeast of Bancroft, Ont. Since then, the camp has evolved and now covers 105 hectares of forest, field... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | David Alton

Counsellor Shelby Goertzen helps a camper with her archery skills. (Youth Farm Bible Camp photos)

Youth Farm Bible Camp is just that: Bible camp in a farm atmosphere. Located outside of Rosthern, Sask., we have wide open spaces holding pastures for horses, goats and sheep, and... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Holly Epp

Members of the Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization, from left to right, front row: Marcus Kruger, Kirsten Hamm-Epp and Jesse Neufeld; middle row: Dannica Funk, Gabby Martin, Brandon Jantzen and Robyn Martens; and back row: Zachary Stefaniuk, Anna Epp and Hailey Funk.

Mennonite youth in Saskatchewan are raising their voices and offering a perspective on some of the controversial issues facing the denomination. The Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Young Voices |

Although she was diagnosed with cancer at the start of her Grade 12 year, Allegra Friesen Epp graduated on time last June.

Making plans for university and picking out a graduation dress are typical activities for teenage girls in Grade 12, but Allegra Friesen Epp had something extra to contend with as... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Harrison Davey, left, and Danielle Morton participate in a panel discussion at CMU exploring why young adults choose not to attend church.

For years, congregations have searched for a secret that will keep young people in the pews. Debates are had around worship style, young adult groups and the role parents play. At... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
A very special quilt hung at the rear of the church on Jan. 25, 2015, as Dutch Mennonites from the province of Friesland gathered in Drachten to celebrate World Brotherhood Day... Read More
February 12, 2015 | Web First | Barb Draper (with information from Minze Postma)

Working with people with disabilities has given Mike Wiebe a glimpse of the kingdom of God. (Photo courtesy of Mike Wiebe)

Last semester I took a class at Canadian Mennonite University entitled Anabaptist-Mennonite Theology. The course aims to analyze the works of contemporary Anabaptist-Mennonite... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Mike Wiebe
If an outsider were to walk into a Riel Gentlemen’s Choir practice, it would seem to be a combination of an alternative choral experiment, a boy’s club, a Manitoba fan club and a... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Music plays an important role in most teenagers’ lives. Through music they connect with peers and with issues that matter to them. Perhaps that’s why the Saskatchewan Mennonite... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
It was a “magical” and “spirit-filled” Jan. 24, 2015, evening for many who attended a Wildwood Mennonite Church event, held to provide a positive space for members of the lesbian/... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Rachel Bergen
Langley Mennonite Fellowship has become the first Mennonite Church B.C. congregation to acknowledge in writing that it sits on unceded first nations territory. At last year’s MC B... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the World | Amy Rinner Waddell
Retired Canadian Forces Captain Wayne Johnston received a warm welcome at 50 Kent, the home of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario and other Mennonite agencies in Kitchener... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
A new Sunday School peace curriculum in the U.S. pushes Mennonites in a direction very different than the predictable emphasis on the evils of war and the theological superiority... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Vernon Erb had a busy fall. Wet weather combined with a late planting season last spring meant the soybeans and corn were hard to get off the fields. “I guess I’ve gone full... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in Us |

Rhonda Harder Epp stands beside the final panel of ‘Green Lines,’ where the image of barbed wire unravelling leaves observers with hope for the eventual removal of barriers.

“Walls became an obsession when I went to Berlin in 2010,” artist Rhonda Harder Epp told the crowd at the opening of her Walls: Arbitrary Impediments art exhibition at King’s... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

The Riel Gentlemen’s Club are pictured at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in Winnipeg. Jesse Krause is pictured carrying the flag. (Photo courtesy of The Riel Gentlemen's Choir)

If an outsider were to walk into a Riel Gentlemen’s Choir practice, it would seem to be a combination of an alternative choral experiment, a boy’s club, a Manitoba fan club and a... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Young Voices |

Honouring God with our bodies can be difficult sometimes, but ultimately it’s worth it, says Amanda Zehr. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Zehr)

I am not a huge fan of going to the gym. I know exercise is good for me, but so is eating vegetables, and I’m not really into that either. At the end of a work day, even though I... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Amanda Zehr

Local Christians have distributed food in this encampment of displaced people in Yola, where many unidentified children are living with no parents. The EYN staff liaison provided this photo with the prayer, "Lord have mercy." (Credit: Church of the Brethren Newsline)

Muslims and Christians are fleeing Maiduguri, a large city in northeastern Nigeria, looking for safer places after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the area over the weekend, and... Read More
February 5, 2015 | Web First | Markus Gamache and Cliff Kindy

MDS Summer Youth Program volunteers work at a project in Jamestown, Colorado, in 2014. (MDS photo)

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is accepting applications for its 2015 Summer Youth program (SYP), which features three unique service opportunity locations in the U.S. and... Read More
February 5, 2015 | Web First | Mark Beach

Dr. Abram Hostetter has studied the incidence of mental illness in the Old Order Amish population compared to the general population. He has been involved with the project known in the field as the “Amish Study” since it began in 1976. (Photo by Jon Styer)

A decades-long study of genetics and psychiatric illness–in which Dr. Abram Hostetter has played a prominent role–continues to yield new clues about the causes of bipolar disorder... Read More
February 5, 2015 | Web First | Andrew Jenner

Girls play a game by throwing balls through a hole. MCC partner House of Light and Hope specializes in support for Syrian girls, including tutoring, activities and counseling. (Photo: Silas Crews)

Because of safety concerns, full names are not used for some Syrian refugees in this article, and some names have been changed. The garden courtyard in the center of Ahmad and... Read More
February 5, 2015 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
“It’s been a whole year already? Crazy!” That’s what a colleague wrote to me in an e-mail when I told her that Canadian Mennonite’s Year of Reading Biblically (YORB) had wrapped... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has never had a presence in student clubs on Canadian university campuses. Until recently, that is. On Jan. 15, an MCC-run student club was... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Kaytee Edwards, left, David Epp and Myriam Ullah form the leadership committee of the first MCC-run student club in Canada. It is on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has never had a presence in student clubs on Canadian university campuses. Until recently, that is. On Jan. 15, an MCC-run student club was... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Young Voices |

The Asante Children’s Choir sings with feeling “He Knows my Name” during a recent performance at Eigenheim Mennonite Church.

Enthusiastic singing, energetic danc-ing and electrifying drumming set the tone as the Asante Children’s Choir worshipped African-style with Eigenheim Mennonite Church congregants... Read More
January 28, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Peggy Mason of the Rideau Institute, left, talks with Nancy and Ernie Regehr after her presentation, ‘Countering ISIL: Why Canada needs to change course,’ at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., on Jan. 15.

“There is no military solution [to Islamic State [IS)], only possibly some short-term tactical gains that might give the illusion of success, but which pave the way for longer-... Read More
January 28, 2015 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Consultation participants work in groups to review current realities for the church and the surrounding cultures. Working with factors related to congregations and religious groups are Yoel Masyawong, pastor in Kitchener, Ont., left; Safwat Marzouk, professor at AMBS; Karen Martens Zimmerly, MC Canada denominational minister; Leonard Dow, a pastor in Philadelphia, Pa.; and Anna Geyer, a farming entrepreneur in Oxford, Iowa.

Designs for equipping multi-vocational leaders with entrepreneurial skills and a view toward mission took shape as 23 business, mission, pastoral and educational representatives... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Mary E. Klassen
From June 5 to 7, MCI (Mennonite Collegiate Institute) will celebrate 125 years in Gretna, Man., by throwing a party. Given who we are, we are likely to sing a few songs. We will... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Focus On |

Jonah Langelotz

Jonah Langelotz has been awarded the first Dr. Robert Janzen Memorial Scholarship by Canadian Mennonite University (CMU). Janzen was particularly interested in the environmental... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Focus On |

Eastern Mennonite University social work alumni Paula Weaver, far right, and Brian Schrock, second from left, pause during a hike in the Wentworth Valley of Nova Scotia with their children, 15-year-old Kellan, 13-year-old Eliana and 11-year-old Ingrid.

Paula Weaver had to take a moment to let a substantial blessing sink in. The 1988 social work graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, Va., had just heard... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Focus On | By Steve Shenk

Grade 10 church history students at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Kitchener, Ont., had the unique opportunity of experiencing a prayer labyrinth last December.

On Dec. 13, 2014, Grade 10 church history students had the unique opportunity of experiencing a prayer labyrinth. Patricia Horst Wagler, a pastor and trained labyrinth facilitator... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Focus On | By Lorie Williams
More than 100 guests gathered for the launch of the Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning at Trinity Western University (TWU) late last fall. An initiative of the... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Focus On |

After an attack on Jan. 18, 2015, Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang suffered a fractured nose and serious internal injuries. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Church Canada)

Nguyen Hong Quang, leader of the unregistered Vietnam Evangelical Mennonite Church (formerly referred to as the Mennonite Church in Vietnam), was severely beaten on his way to... Read More
January 23, 2015 | Web First | Luke S. Martin

Ben and Patti Wiebe (Mennonite Church Canada photo)

Last June, Shekhar Singh, president of Union Biblical Seminary (UBS) in Pune, India, contacted Mennonite Church Canada to ask whether Ben and Patti Wiebe of Beamsville, Ont.,... Read More
January 23, 2015 | Web First | Deborah Froese

World Council of Churches photo

Thousands of people are planning to embark on a pilgrimage of climate justice–either on foot or on bicycle–in many parts of the world. These faithful pilgrims, rooted in their... Read More
January 23, 2015 | Web First |
As excitement continues to grow for the global Assembly, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) has created a variety of free resources for congregations and communities to use as they... Read More
January 23, 2015 | Web First |
Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba’s 50th anniversary benefit concert will be held on April 18, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., at Knox United Church in Winnipeg. The fundraising event for... Read More
January 23, 2015 | Web First |

Shigute Edaso (centre)

Our Manitoba correspondent journeyed to Ethiopia last fall as part of a learning tour sponsored by Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). She reports her findings of the CFGB’s work... Read More
January 20, 2015 | God at work in the World | Story and photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Marianne (Dyck) Thiessen, a charter member of Pineridge Christian Fellowship, Calgary, died on Nov. 8, 2014. Professionally a nurse, yet she was much more than that: a flower that... Read More
January 14, 2015 | God at work in Us | By Henry Neufeld
Orlando Braun has always been fascinated by filmmaking. He recalls being a child and making detective films with his father’s camcorder, but never thought he could one day make a... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Orlando Braun has always been fascinated by filmmaking. He recalls being a child and making detective films with his father’s camcorder, but never thought he could one day make a... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
If you are a young adult considering going to the Global Youth Summit that will immediately precede the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly in July, Kristina Toews thinks... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Kristina Toews, pictured outside of Bogotá, Colombia, where she works for Mennonite World Conference, encourages young adults to attend the Global Youth Summit in Mechanicsburg, Pa., this summer. (Photo courtesy of Kristina Toews)

If you are a young adult considering going to the Global Youth Summit that will immediately precede the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly in July, Kristina Toews thinks... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Chris Karasewich, a local entrepreneur with ASAP Marketing, left, and Matt Veith, a Mennonite graphic designer, centre, are presented with a provincial tech award worth $7,500 by Kevin Chief, Manitoba’s minister of jobs and the economy, at last November’s Ramp Up festival for entrepreneurs. (Photo courtesy of Innovation Manitoba)

Winnipeg graphic designer Matt Veith stepped out of his comfort zone last November and helped develop a business idea at Ramp Up Manitoba, an entrepreneurial festival. It paid off... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Young Voices |
Winnipeg graphic designer Matt Veith stepped out of his comfort zone last November and helped develop a business idea at Ramp Up Manitoba, an entrepreneurial festival. It paid off... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
In “Do Not Store up Treasures in Pensions” (Jan. 5, 2015 issue) I wrote about Mennonite Church (MC) Canada's “core option” pension plan and the complications of Socially... Read More
January 14, 2015 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
I recall saying in my youth that “Christianity does not come equipped with standard airbags and anti-lock brakes,” features commonly advertised for cars at the time. I felt... Read More
January 14, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

A way of life is being dramatically changed as the pastoralist people learn to grow crops. The Foodgrains Bank and Canadian World Lutheran Relief are working through the Support for Sustainable Development organization on food-for-work projects that build irrigation systems. They provide training on how to grow and market crops. (Credit: Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

Manitoba correspondent Evelyn Rempel Petkau journeyed to Ethiopia last fall as part of a Canadian Foodgrains Bank-sponsored learning tour and reports her findings of the NGO’s... Read More
January 14, 2015 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Gerry Binnema, the new bi-vocational pilot/pastor of United Mennonite Church in Black Creek, B.C., is pictured with his wife Elaine, a counsellor.

In the 1800s, church clergy were often called “sky pilots,” in part in reference to their heavenly themes from the pulpit. Aviator Gerry Binnema has recently become the new pastor... Read More
January 14, 2015 | God at work in Us | By Harold Macy

The Rosco boys, from left to right: Trevor Hunsberger, producer; Ken Ogasawara, writer/actor; and Jonathan Steckley, writer/director. (Photo courtesy of Rosco Films)

When filmmakers get around to showing their work to their family and community, it is usually a past project for them. Such was the case for Rosco Films, whose principals—Jon... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky

Christian Bale as Moses in Exodus. (20th Century Fox photo)

Nine months after Darren Aronofsky’s biblical spectacle, Noah, we get Ridley Scott’s biblical spectacle, Exodus: Gods and Kings . I wasn’t a big fan of Noah, but at least it was... Read More
January 14, 2015 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Dieunold Sterling works on a motor at his motorcycle repair business in Desarmes, Haiti, as his nephew Dumas John watches. The advanced mechanical skills he learned at a vocational school that MCC helped re-energize, allowed Sterling to get an education and develop a business in his hometown without going to overcrowded Port-au-Prince. (MCC photo by Silas Crews)

Planting opportunity, rebuilding lives In Cabaret, 39 kilometres outside the capital city of Port-au-Prince, breezes flutter the sheer fabric hanging in the doorway of Gladys... Read More
January 12, 2015 | Web First | By Marla Pierson Lester

Anne Garber Kompaoré took time out from her Hebrew studies to discover the geography of Israel. (Photo credit: Mennonite Mission Network)

The Sicite people, a small ethnic group in southwestern Burkina Faso, stepped onto the world’s linguistic stage when their language was awarded a coveted place in the Max-Planck-... Read More
January 9, 2015 | Web First | Lynda Hollinger-Janzen
Craig Friesen and Matthew Wiens rang in 2015 by joining their hands and committing their lives to one another in front of friends and family at a New Year’s Eve wedding, the first... Read More
January 6, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Rachel Bergen
In “Do not store up treasures in pensions” Will Braun expresses unease with the fact that Mennonite Church Canada’s “core option” pension funds include investments in the fossil-... Read More
January 2, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Stories about music, the environment, justice, violence, the Mennonite-Anabaptist community, and sexuality got our readers’ attention this past year. Here’s a glimpse at what was... Read More
December 31, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

Cesar Garcia and Rick Stiffney (MWC photo)

Leaders of Anabaptist/Mennonite healthcare institutions and healthcare professionals will hold a conjoint international meeting during an international leadership summit July 20-... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Web First |
Do you know any atheists who celebrate Easter? I do. As you read this, A Year of Reading Biblically—the challenge I and a number of Canadian Mennonite readers have undertaken to... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

The 2014-15 CMU Student Council on Tuition Freedom Day, an annual celebration recognizing the generosity of donors, churches and the Manitoba government in supporting education at CMU. (Photo courtesy of CMU)

For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of being activities vice-president on the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) Student Council. Along with all the elections, blood... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Amber Neufeld

Every 17 minutes, a woman in Canada experiences sexual assault. (Photo courtesy of istock.com)

Every 17 minutes, a woman in Canada experiences sexual assault. Many times these women are assaulted by someone they know, sometimes even by someone they’re in a romantic... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

MC Saskatchewan participants in the five-session discussion of Steve Heinrichs’s book Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry grapple with the complexities of indigenous/settler relations. Pictured from left to right: Craig Neufeld, Cheryl Woelk, Bernie Thiessen and Larry Epp.

They met in the library at Rosthern Mennonite Church, a good place for a book discussion group to meet. It wasn’t a typical book discussion group, but then they weren’t discussing... Read More
December 24, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Photo © Pep Hernandex / bit.ly/1wheB9Z

Nelson Mandela passed away a year ago last December, at the age of 95. Although we knew this time was coming, it does not alleviate the sorrow experienced by South Africa and... Read More
December 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | Andrew Suderman
I like the Bible verse that says, “Do not store up treasures on earth,” but I also like the thought of a few treasures on the side for the sake of financial security. That tension... Read More
December 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

From left to right: Norm Voth, director of evangelism and service for MC Manitoba; Orly Friesen, volunteer site manager; Jon Owen, caretaker and resident; Alvin Thieseen, supporter and volunteer; Pearl Plohman, resident; and Jamie Arpin-Ricci, pastor of Little Flowers Community, cut the ribbon to officially open Chiara House in Winnipeg. (Photo courtesy of Jon Owen).

“When one of our members suffered from untreated mental illnesses and committed suicide quite publicly five years ago, we realized how critical it is to provide community supports... Read More
December 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is appealing for donations to significantly scale up its humanitarian assistance in eastern Ukraine. Continued violence and armed conflicts have... Read More
December 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow

Jack Dueck

In his “Remembering Jack” soliloquy at Jack Dueck’s memorial service, the famous Mennonite novelist and writer, Rudy Wiebe, termed his friend, “a very large and complex human... Read More
December 24, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Cal Redekop
Directed by Francis Lawrence. Screenwriters: Peter Craig and Danny Strong. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. A Color Force/Lionsgate release, 2014. Rated PG-13. “... Read More
December 24, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Rebecca Dali, a member of the Church of the Brethren, visits a displaced family in a makeshift camp they fled to because of violence in northeast Nigeria. (Photo courtesy of Rebecca Dali, on the Church of Brethren website)

For the second time in four months Mennonite World Conference issued an urgent appeal for prayer, this time for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria... Read More
December 23, 2014 | Web First |

The MWC music ensemble leads the international assembly in song. (Credit: Merle Good)

Mennonite World Conference is seeking gifted vocalists to join the International Vocal Ensemble for the Pennsylvania 2015 Assembly. This ensemble will lead congregational singing... Read More
December 19, 2014 | Web First |

Joanne Dietzel of Lancaster, Pa., is coordinator of the Mennonite World Conference Prayer Network. (Credit: Liesa Unger)

Mennonite World Conference is establishing a prayer network, recognizing the importance of prayer as preparations are made for PA 2015, the global Assembly being planned for July... Read More
December 19, 2014 | Web First | Phyllis Pellman Good

Jasem Mohammed carries a food package distributed by MCC partner Zakho Small Villages Project at the Garmawa displaced persons camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. Like most people living in the camp, he fled the city of Mosul after its takeover by Islamic State. (MCC Photo by Ryan Rodrick Beiler)

It’s not just you. The news was been particularly bad last year. Islamic State is gaining ground, while videos of beheadings and other violence circulate online. In the same... Read More
December 18, 2014 | Web First | Emily Loewen
As a youth group leader at Trinity Baptist Church in Kelowna, B.C., I know how difficult it can be to capture young people’s imaginations. But when the Color, a Christian rock... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Young Voices | Nicole Block
Early this past October, I sat with a cup of peppermint tea in a church in the small town of Cobridge, England. The church had four walls, long windows and high ceilings. In place... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Young Voices | Ellery Penner
It’s been 25 years since a Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly has been held in North America, but next year Mennonites from all over the world will congregate in Harrisburg... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Rosthern Junior College student council representatives Kelsey Dueck, left, Kylee Kosokowsky, Joseph Hachachena, Kelsi Siemens and Brandon Janzen hold up a $5,000 cheque to kick off the school’s five-year ‘Do more. Be more’ fundraising campaign.

“Do more. Be more.” These words sound a little like the mantra of a motivational speaker. They are, in fact, the name given to a new five-year strategic fundraising plan for... Read More
December 10, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Donna Schulz

An external view of the new Marpeck Commons at Canadian Mennonite University.

For the past year-and-a-half, residents of Winnipeg have watched as Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) built a pedestrian bridge linking its north and south campuses over a busy... Read More
December 10, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau
To celebrate its 50th anniversary Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba planned an event to be held on Nov. 15, 2014, at the Immanuel Pentecostal Church in Winnipeg, a venue... Read More
December 10, 2014 | God at work in the World |

‘It seems to me that a generosity of spirit is at the heart of both Christian and Canadian aboriginal beliefs, so there should be a strong mutual interest in demonstrating mutual respect.’--Former prime minister Joe Clark (Photo by Will Braun)

The landmark event was intended, in part, to promote reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. That goal will likely be achieved to a far greater extent than organizers... Read More
December 10, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Participants pause by the Morden, Man., cenotaph to offer prayers concerning civil justice during their Peace Prayer Walk on Nov. 9. Michael Pahl, who came up with the idea for the walk, is pictured facing the camera with white papers in his hand. (Photo courtesy of Michael Pahl)

“Regardless of our perspectives on ‘just war’ and pacifism, as Christians we are all united in our desire for peace and justice in our community and around the world,” says... Read More
December 10, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

After travelling through a wormhole, Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway) lands on a potentially habitable planet in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. (Paramount Pictures photo)

“We’re not meant to save the world; we’re meant to leave it.” So says the protagonist of Interstellar , a grand science fiction epic from Christopher Nolan. One of Hollywood’s... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Aden Bauman sits at his home work bench after retiring from 46 years of running a watch repair business. His photo and story are part of the ‘Portraits of perseverance’ project by Karl Kessler and Sunshine Chen. (Credit: Karl Kessler)

Karl Kessler and Sunshine Chen openly admit to being inspired by Harvey Wang’s New York, a 1990 book of photographic “portraits of men and women in vanishing jobs and professions... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky
"Whatever you believe, there is something about the way words and music combine that allows us to see beauty, find comfort and connect with history.” This is the essence of the “... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Artbeat | By Janice Schroeder
Combining their gifts for words and pictures, two Mennonite Church Canada pastors who are long-time friends have produced a 2015 inspirational daybook. Lois Siemens, pastor of... Read More
December 10, 2014 | Back Page | By Amy Dueckman

The newest building on the campus of Canadian Mennonite University. “We are honoured to open this spectacular space,” says university president Cheryl Pauls. (CMU photo)

Canadian Mennonite University will celebrate the grand opening of Marpeck Commons, CMU’s new library, learning commons, and bridge, on Sat., Nov. 29, 2014. The public is invited... Read More
November 28, 2014 | Web First |

In response to an extremely large snowfall, volunteers from the Drayton, Ont. area, shovel snow off the roof of a dairy barn near West Seneca, N.Y. (Credit: Paul Hunt)

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers often describe their service as being “the hands and feet of Jesus.” During the weekend of Nov. 21-23, those hands—and backs—were... Read More
November 25, 2014 | Web First | Barbara Weaver
The World Council of Churches (WCC) has invited its member churches and partners to join the World YWCA campaign “NoXcuses for Violence against Women.” “There is no excuse for... Read More
November 25, 2014 | Web First | World Council of Churches

Bobby Switzer, organizer of the hymn marathon, leads a hymn during a Goshen College chapel service. In 2012, he started the Goshen College Hymn Club, which regularly invites the campus community to sing four-part hymns out of the blue Mennonite hymnal. (Photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach)

Bobby Switzer did not grow up going to church or singing, but he has become passionate about hymns and congregational music since coming to Goshen College four years ago. When he... Read More
November 21, 2014 | Web First |
Every Sunday after church, a woman in my congregation hands out candy to children in Sunday school who can recite a Bible verse from memory. My guess is that the goal is to... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Most university students use reading week to study or go on a quick vacation, but not the members of Pocket Change, a Winnipeg rock band. While their peers were hitting the books... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Ben Borne, 24, who self-identifies as gay, was talking to Krista Loewen and Joe Heikman, his co-pastors and friends, after attending a Mennonite Church Saskatchewan meeting to... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Peter Rempel, left, chair of the MC Manitoba board, addresses delegates at Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg on Nov. 6. Treasurer Tom Seals looks on.

Despite falling short of a quorum, delegates attending Mennonite Church Manitoba’s fall gathering on Nov. 6 gave the board strong affirmation for its 2015 proposed budget. The... Read More
November 19, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Adrian Jacobs, right, responds to questions and concerns from Rudy Friesen and Gerhard Neufeld.

Instead of the usual small, intimate gathering that has characterized previous fall Partnership Circle meetings, more than 85 northern indigenous people, Mennonite Church Manitoba... Read More
November 19, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Daryl Redsky of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation stands on a temporary bridge over the man-made channel that isolates his community. (Photo by Will Braun)

When Mennonites in Winnipeg baptize a believer, they do so with water from Shoal Lake. The baptismal water comes from a project for which the members of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation... Read More
November 19, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Mennonite Church Canada has responded with letters of support to the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community and the Middle East Council of Churches. The organizations state... Read More
November 19, 2014 | God at work in the World |

Keynote speaker Jae Young Lee, left, visits with Tina Doell at the MCC Saskatchewan Encounter and annual general meeting held in Saskatoon on Nov. 1.

How does a South Korean soldier become a teacher of peace? Delegates at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Saskatchewan’s Encounter and annual general meeting heard the answer to... Read More
November 19, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
Many people have grown tired of the pat answers that the church and religion have provided regarding questions of faith and meaning in life. A new book addressing the deepest... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Artbeat |

Day and night, children love to play on the metal playground equipment, placed there haphazardly many decades ago. . . . The rusted slides have gaping and jagged holes, and can’t be used except to scramble up and down; children do this each day, still wearing their blue and grey school uniforms as they pause for some fun. (Photo: Nathan Dirks)

When entering Bontleng in Botswana’s Gaborone Region from the southeasternmost road you find yourself passing tall grass, wrought-iron covers and headstones of a large cemetery... Read More
November 19, 2014 | Focus On | Nathan Dirks

Jewel and Richard Showalter

We are Richard and Jewel (Wenger) Showalter. As church planters, missionaries, educators, mission administrators, parents and now grandparents, we have walked as part of the... Read More
November 15, 2014 | Web First | Richard and Jewel Showalter

Laura Funk and Gilbert Detillieux live on the bridge between the Mennonite and Catholic faith. (Photo courtesy of authors)

The authors participate in the activities of Bridgefolk, “a movement of sacramentally-minded Mennonites and peace-minded Roman Catholics who come together to celebrate each other'... Read More
November 14, 2014 | Web First | Laura Funk and Gilbert Detillieux

Goshen College students will sing all 658 songs in the Mennonite hymnal from Nov. 14-16 in order to raise money for Christian Peacemaker Teams, an international peacemaking agency. (Credit: Goshen College)

With the goal of uniting in harmony to bring peace to a troubled world, Goshen College’s Hymn Club will bring together students and community members to sing continuously through... Read More
November 14, 2014 | Web First | Ariel Ropp

Chester and Sara Jane Wenger on their 70th wedding anniversary (Credit: Greta Shenk Bucher)

I am profoundly reluctant to write this letter because I know there are those it will wound deeply. But I have also come to the conviction that I can no longer hide the light the... Read More
November 11, 2014 | Web First | Chester Wenger

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has proposed a bill that would ban marriage for underage children and make polygamy grounds for deportation. (RNS photo courtesy Michael Swan/Flickr)

Canada is weighing legislation that would ban arranged marriages of minors and make polygamy grounds for deportation. The “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act,”... Read More
November 11, 2014 | Web First | Ron Csillag

Participants of the Thai Anabaptist conference pray for Khmu church leaders, after worship at a Khmu church in a Thai village. (Credit: Sarah Schoenhals)

Prior to Lek (not his real name) believing in Jesus, ten of his fifteen children died. After he became a Christian, his children stopped dying. People in his village noticed! Lek... Read More
November 7, 2014 | Web First | Sarah Schoenhals
While “deeply shaken” by the terror caused by IS (Islamic State) militias in Iraq and Syria, “we believe that the situation does not render pacifist convictions obsolete,”... Read More
November 7, 2014 | Web First |

“We know our lifestyle in North America far exceeds what the rest of the world enjoys. Building a tiny house is a small protest against that," say Jared and Rachel Regier. (Photo courtesy of Rachel and Jared Regier)

Newlyweds Jared and Rachel Regier are building a new home in Saskatoon . . . and it’s no bigger than a garage. The couple, who attend Nutana Park Mennonite Church, call it their “... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
As a student at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Kitchener, Ont., I was taught to care about the well-being of others. When I graduated in 2009, I originally planned to pursue social... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Young Voices | Tim Wenger
Video games are fun. They can be seen as an escape from reality, but often provide an opportunity to overcome challenges. Many of them are violent. However, for every violent... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Young Voices | Glenna Schowalter
We share in the grief and shock our nation is feeling. We honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who were killed. Our prayers for comfort and healing... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Natasha Brubaker Garrison
Like many Canadians, I find myself in a place of sadness following the senseless violence in our capital city on Oct. 22, two days after a similar incident in St-Jean-sur-... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the World | Willard Metzger
Canada is not among the nations to ratify the new United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that seeks to better regulate the $85-billion global arms industry and thus prevent weapons from... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Mennonite Church Canada’s General Board offers BFC 6 in a follow-up to delegate discussions at Assembly 2014, which took place in Winnipeg from July 3 to 6, 2014. Background The... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the Church | General Board, Mennonite Church Canada

Jerry Buhler, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s area church minister, standing, and his wife Kara visit with John Bartel of North Star Mennonite Church in Drake at the Equipping Day event in Saskatoon on Oct. 25.

“Jesus, help us live in peace,” people sang at the outset of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s “Equipping to listen” event, expressing the sorrow—but also the hope—of a church... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Tina Block Ediger

The woman known to countless Mennonite church missionary kids from Canada and the U.S. as “Aunt Tina” died on Oct. 16 at the age of 83 “Tina had a special place in her heart for... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Amy Keating, playing Velda, an Old Order Amish girl, tells the story of the Amish Mines shooting in 2006 through naïve chalk drawings on the floor of the stage in The Amish Project. (Photo by Joel Mieske/courtesy of Green Light Arts)

In 2006, when the Amish of Nickel Mines, Pa., forgave the man who shot their daughters and offered assistance to his widowed family, the world was divided: Were they insane,... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky

Christmas stocking ‘goodie bags’ greeted registrants for the B.C. women’s retreat at Camp Squeah in October. The theme for the weekend was ‘Unwrap your gifts.’

When Mennonite Women in B.C. members arrived at Camp Squeah for their annual fall retreat last month, they might have thought their calendars had skipped two months ahead. The... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Back Page | Story and Photos by Amy Dueckman

The Drayton Riders cycled in the Ride for Refuge, which raised almost $20,000. Back row (l to r): Pauline Weiland, Ange Dewar, Nicole Lienhart, Ron Weber, Luke Hiller. Front row (l to r): Travis Wiens and Jason Martin. Missing from photo: Joel Hiller. (Photo provided by MC Canada)

On October 4, 56 cyclists and eight teams in six locations across the country took part in Mennonite Church Canada’s Ride for Refuge. Together they raised almost $20,000 in... Read More
October 30, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese

The MHC Gallery exhibit, IDENTIDAD/IDENTITY features three artists with roots in South America. From L to R: Gabriela Agüero (Argentina), Lucy Riquelme (Chile), and Fanny Gómez de Correa (Colombia) stand in front of Riquelme’s mixed media painting, Mapuche’s Kultrún. (Credit: Ray Dirks)

On Sept. 19, 2014, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights received national attention for its opening in Winnipeg. On the same day, the Mennonite Heritage Centre Art Gallery quietly... Read More
October 30, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Afternoon prayer at the St. George Church in the historic Assyrian Christian town of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plain of Iraqi Kurdistan. Locals adhere to the Chaldean Catholic religion. The town was nearly overrun by Islamic fighters earlier this summer, when Peshmerga forces withdrew their forces, abandoning the Christian town. (Credit: Jodi Hilton/RNS)

Basima al-Safar retouches a picture of Jesus on an easel outside her house overlooking the flat Nineveh plains, 30 miles north of Mosul. The murals she paints tell the story of... Read More
October 30, 2014 | Web First | Cathy Otten
The Nigeria Brethren church headquarters property has been overtaken by Boko Haram extremist insurgents. The news was shared in the early hours of October 29, in an e-mail from... Read More
October 29, 2014 | Web First |
Liz Klassen felt the need to correct the rumour going around among the seniors that the play Cracked made fun of folk with dementia. Klassen, executive director of the Nithview... Read More
October 29, 2014 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
A collection of resources for conversations about sexuality is emerging from work of the faculty of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS). Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS... Read More
October 28, 2014 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen
The morning begins with many hugs, some handshakes and the hearty, infectious laugh of Kathy Giesbrecht, or “Kathy G.” as many refer to Mennonite Church Manitoba’s energetic... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Young Voices | Kalynn Spain
Did you know that there’s an illustrated Bible that retells the stories in Scripture using Lego? The Brick Testament is a series by a man in California named Brendan Powell Smith... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate decided that not only did it need to focus on sexuality for its students in grades 7 to 12, but it needed to invite the community, including Canadian... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Springs Church in Winnipeg is one of Canada’s most successful and success-oriented mega churches, where an ex-Hutterite, Phil Kleinsasser—his suspenders, beard and plaid long gone—serves as an assistant pastor.

Phil Kleinsasser urged the faithful to "sow" their money in the offering plate in order to “reap” abundance in all areas of their lives. Kleinsasser, of course, is a Hutterite... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun
Before 120 political leaders gathered at the request of the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon for a summit on climate change, and before more than 300,000 people... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the World | Randolph Haluza-DeLay

S. Roy Kaufman

Even urban Mennonites lay claim to an agrarian heritage. According to many speakers at Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, held last month at... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the World | Randolph Haluza-DeLay

Melanie Kampen camped out at the Native Women’s Protest site near the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg earlier this month, to protest the government’s lack of response to the 1,182 missing and murdered indigenous women from across Canada. (Photo by Chris Swan)

On a very windy, cold and dark Oct. 3 night, Steve Heinrichs, director of indigenous relations for Mennonite Church Canada, and a few others strung 20 dresses on fishing line on... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Goshen (Ind.) College president Jim Brenneman, left, presents the Culture for Service Award to alumnus Ray Funk at the college’s fall convocation and homecoming on Oct. 3. (Goshen College photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach)

“Everything I’ve done has been a team sport,” quips Ray Funk as he reflects on his life’s achievements. The community developer and former Member of Parliament was awarded Goshen... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Donna Schulz
Theology, Spirituality Good News: The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke . Darrin W. Snyder Belousek. Liturgical Press, 2014, 140 pages. As the executive director of... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | Compiled by Barb Draper
William Loewen has written a theological book disguised as a novel. This makes it challenging to classify, but it also opens new possibilities for how it can be used. I would... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | Review by Barb Draper
After getting a coffee I sat down to read The Winter We Danced. On the table next to me I noticed a book someone left behind. On the cover was a bold notice stating “2.5 million... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | Reviewed by David Driedger
Village houses face the main street with barns attached behind and fields beyond that. Young people gather for “singings.” A bone setter relieves headaches by carefully... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | Reviewed by Elma Martens Schemenauer

Called to Be a Soldier, by Darrell Frey.

Amsey Martin, an Old Order Mennonite deacon and long-time parochial school teacher, loves books. While most people in his community are farmers, he says that sitting in his study... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | By Barb Draper

Next year’s MWC Assembly will feature exuberant singing by people from around the world. (Credit: Merle Good)

In less than a year from now, our sisters and brothers from around the world, and from across North America, will be coming to Harrisburg to worship and fellowship with us. PA... Read More
October 16, 2014 | Web First | Phyllis Pellman Good

Babu Ayindo (standing, center) and Doreen Ruto, both Kenyan graduates of EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, co-facilitated the summertime training of USAID employees in South Sudan’s capital city, Juba, along with CJP staff. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Zook Barge)

Nearly 100 people in South Sudan, all employees of the U.S. government, recently benefited from intensive trauma awareness and resilience trainings facilitated by Eastern... Read More
October 16, 2014 | Web First | Lauren Jefferson

Author and disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada (Photo courtesy of Joni Eareckson Tada)

It has been heartbreaking these last few days to hear the story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old, beautiful young woman diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor and given only... Read More
October 16, 2014 | Web First | Joni Eareckson Tada
A 50th wedding anniversary traditionally calls for a gift of gold, but Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba is getting something a little different for their 50th... Read More
October 14, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
It’s easy to get fed up with talking about things while studying in college or university; the desire to do something hands-on can be overwhelming. When my religious studies... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Seth Ratzlaff
It’s 11 weeks until Christmas, and if you’re looking to buy something for the fun-loving Mennonite on your shopping list, Jonathan Kornelsen has just the items for you. Kornelsen... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
"Youth" is a strange term for people from 18 to 30-something, but Chris Brnjas has been given the task of connecting with at least 50 Mennonites between these ages from across... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Participants at the Shekinah Retreat Centre’s Quilting and Scrapbooking Retreat gather for a group photo on their final day together. Many of the women are holding items they crafted during the three-day event.

Assembling random pieces of fabric or paper to create something beautiful is what quilters and scrapbookers do. And they do it with gusto at the Shekinah Retreat Centre’s annual... Read More
October 8, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz

Volunteer exhaustion and the difficulty recruiting more and younger volunteers are a big part of the reason the Morris MCC Relief Sale is shutting down after 33 years, but George Klassen, chair of the now defunct board, identifies other reasons as well: ‘People do not need “stuff” as much as they used to.’ (Credit: Kristian Jordan)

“It almost felt like a huge sigh of relief coming from the volunteers,” said George Klassen as he closed the books of the Morris (Man.) Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale. On... Read More
October 8, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Kevin Peters Unrau, right, sits with Stephan Barton, his teacher, on the day Unrau achieved his first-level black belt in Aikido. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Unrau Peters)

Kevin Peters Unrau thinks that the Mennonite Church has gotten Jesus wrong. When Jesus calls on his followers to “not resist evildoers” in Matthew 5:39, many Mennonites have... Read More
October 8, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky
Managed chaos. That’s how Rachel Gerber describes parenting three young sons. Herald Press has published her first book, a devotional memoir, Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Artbeat |

The At-Tuwani Muslim women’s co-op leader talks to tour group members about her life beside an Israeli settlement. (MennoJerusalem photo)

“Have you ever watched those TV court programs where a witness is brought to the stand and asked to raise his hand and swear to tell the truth?” I ask my Israel-Palestine tour... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Focus On | Glenn Edward Witmer

Hearing the stories of both Israelis and Palestinians was a highlight of the Middle East learning tour Seth Ratzlaff participated in two years ago. (Photo by Seth Ratzlaff)

It’s easy to get fed up with talking about things while studying in college or university; the desire to do something hands-on can be overwhelming. When my religious studies... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Seth Ratzlaff
Nearly nine years ago, I lay in a hospital bed with a sleeping baby in my arms, engulfed by fear. Mine wasn’t the typical anxiety of new mothers. We had just received a diagnosis... Read More
October 2, 2014 | Web First | Amy Julia Becker
Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater, Olympic and world champion, is scheduled to participate in Mennonite-sponsored events in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. region. On Oct. 4, 2014... Read More
October 2, 2014 | Web First |
Karen Allen is originally from Kempton Park, South Africa, near Johannesburg, but she currently lives in Winnipeg. Why on earth would she choose to live there, you ask? You aren’t... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Ask Winnipeg filmmaker Paul Plett what it was like shooting his most recent project in Kenya, and he responds with two words: “Very intense.” Plett, 29, travelled to the East... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I have loved Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift stores since I was a kid. An essential part of my childhood revolved around a big, old “tickle trunk” filled with frilly pink... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Annika Krause

Emily Toews of North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, and Kirsten Hamm, MC Saskatchewan area church youth minister, relax on the dock at Churchill River Canoe Outfitters as Craig Neufeld of Rosthern Mennonite Church and Jerry Buhler, MC Saskatchewan area church minister, stand nearby.

“I would rather be out here thinking about God than in church thinking about paddling.” The slogan on Ric Driediger’s T-shirt bears witness to his preferred way of spending the... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Team members of the MEDA Mount Kilimanjaro fundraising climb celebrate as they reach the summit on July 14 after beginning that morning at 5 a.m., which required wearing headlamps to see. (Photo: Duane Eby)

After 27 years with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), the last 12 as president and chief executive officer, Allan Sauder of Waterloo felt that he needed a... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky
August 2014 As a team we teach about Christian/Muslim relations in North America and around the world. When the response time comes we can always expect questions about Islamist... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the World |

David Shenk, fourth from right; Pastor Jeremiah Choi, sixth from right; and Pastor Crystal Nana Lee, fifth from left, discuss relationships between Muslims and Christians at Agape Mennonite Church in Hong Kong in September 2013. (Photo courtesy of David Shenk)

“Are Muslims trying to take over America?” “Who are the ‘true Muslims’—the peaceful ones or the violent ones?” “How should Christians respond to jihadi Muslims?” “Isn’t force the... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Linda Moffett
Clerical collars and hijabs, men and women, black and white, the diversity in the crowd of more than 200 was clearly visible. Just as obvious, however, was the palpable presence... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Bryan Moyer Suderman

Bryan Moyer Suderman (SmallTallMusic.com) sees his music work over the past 11 years as an outgrowth of his desire to have Scripture alive in the church. He has been active in... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Josephine Sutherland shows off a small purse at the Sept. 11 launch of the sale of Niska Artisans beadwork products at the MCC Ontario complex in Kitchener.

The Niska Artisans cooperative, operating for the past seven years in Timmins, Ont., launched a beadwork display at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario complex at 50... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky

Lisa Isaak

In addition to new students, Rosthern Junior College began its 2014-15 school year with two new deans. Lisa Isaak, a 2006 graduate of the school, with a psychology degree from the... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Focus On | By Donna Schulz

Carol Ann Weaver, centre, flanked by her daughter Myra and husband Lyle Friesen, laughs in appreciation as she is toasted and roasted at her retirement party on June 9.

If anyone has been keeping track, Conrad Grebel University College is going through a generational shift in faculty and staff. This spring saw the retirements of James Pankratz as... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Stephanie Jorritsma and Emily Enns paint doors outside a client’s home. (Photo: Nick Hamm)

What good can a stranger with no construction skills do in a disaster zone in a week? Quite a bit, it turns out. While in high school I had the opportunity to serve on a Mennonite... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Focus On | Stephanie Jorritsma
In response to urgent appeals from the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon and from the Middle East Council of Churches, Mennonite World Conference... Read More
September 23, 2014 | Web First |

Loren Johns

Mennonite Church Canada has added a new resource to the list of documents for study and discussion in the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) process. The BFC Task Force asked Loren... Read More
September 19, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

Peter Nguyen and Kim Bui, left, celebrate 40 years of marriage with an official church wedding ceremony officiated by Pastor April Yamasaki on Aug. 10, 2014.

Peter Nguyen and Kim Bui received an anniversary gift on August 10 that they never got at their wedding 40 years ago: a church ceremony with a marriage licence. The pair had been... Read More
September 16, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and photo by Amy Dueckman
On their 20-day cycling trip from Bemidji, Minn., to Waterloo, Ont., earlier this year, Jami Reimer and Thomas Krause heard the chorus of bullfrogs, birds and rushing water. These... Read More
September 11, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
This past May, I was part of a group of 10 students from Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg and Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., that travelled to Iran to... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Young Voices | Cecilly Hildebrand

Rianna Isaak

Much time and energy at the Mennonite Church Manitoba office was directed this summer to helping host the MC Canada general assembly and Native Assembly 2014. With these two... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Stacey and Matthew Vandermeer stand in their backyard with a 77-litre garbage bag like the one they filled from July 1, 2013 to June 30 of this year. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Friends would apologize for throwing things out when they visited. People posted nasty notes on the CBC and CTV websites in response to “the challenge.” But Matthew and Stacey... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

With the help of youth and leaders from Sardis Community Church, Church of the Way conducted Vacation Bible School from July 7 to 11 for children from the Granisle and nearby Lake Babine communities. (Photo courtesy of Rob Wiebe)

Church of the Way in Granisle, British Columbia, may be small, but as the only church in town its witness in the community is large. Located on Babine Lake in B.C.’s northern... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman

Frank Elias, left, president of the Carman Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop, welcomes Ron Janzen, director of MCC Manitoba, as he arrives on his 600-kilometre bicycle tour of the 16 thrift shops in Manitoba. Each store was given a rebuilt bicycle to raffle off during the celebrations when Janzen arrived.

It only took a few seconds for Ron Janzen to catch his breath as he dismounted his bicycle and entered the Carman Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop to greet volunteers... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Ruth Klahsen, left, and Francis Evans stand at the counter of the Monforte on Wellington osteria in downtown Stratford, Ont. Klahsen is fond of saying that she would not open the restaurant until Evans signed on as a hostess (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“I’m not a very good Mennonite,” says Ruth Klahsen as she sells her Monforte cheeses at the New Hamburg (Ont.) Mennonite Relief Sale, where all sales go to support Mennonite... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky
Churches should be rooted in neighbourhoods or parishes. That’s the claim of the authors, who represent Pentecostal, Anabaptist and Reformed traditions. Our lives and churches are... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Henry Neufeld

Colleen McFarland

The recent announcement of the completion of the John Howard Yoder Digital Library, a collaborative project undertaken by the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Library, the... Read More
September 4, 2014 | Web First | Colleen McFarland

Jonathan Bornman met with Chief Imam Olarewaju on Friday, July 18, 2014. Standing outside the central mosque of the Anwar Ul-Islam Movement of Nigeria (front row, left to right): Rev. Dr. Daddy D.S. Ibulubo, Jonathan Bornman, Chief Imam Olarewaju, Aloysius Godfrey, and the assistant to the imam. (Photo provided by Jonathan Bornman)

More than 250 Bible school leaders met for “life-changing” seminars on building relationships with Muslims during the Africa Association of Bible Schools (AABS) annual two-day... Read More
September 4, 2014 | Web First | Linda Moffett

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Five months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, the Islamic extremist group has begun occupying churches in the country’s northeastern region,... Read More
September 4, 2014 | Web First | Fredrick Nzwili

The Rev. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center in Atlanta, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking at the Newseum on Aug. 22, 2013. (Credit: Adelle M. Banks/Religion News Service)

The youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leaned toward the 30 students facing her inside the library at Riverview Gardens High School on Aug. 26. Many of them live... Read More
September 2, 2014 | Web First | Elisa Crouch
I used to think I’d be flattered if evangelists targeted me. When someone tried to convert me to their belief system, I would surely see it as a selfless act borne out of genuine... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Young Voices | James DeGurse
In “Differently gifted,” Will Braun discusses the high emotional stakes related to the closure of facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. Here are more items he... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Web First | Will Braun

It takes a lot of hands to raise a cabin wall! Families work together on the Mennonite Disaster Service cabin-building project at Camp Valaqua.

Camp programs were in full swing alongside Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) hammers at Camp Valaqua this summer. MDS teams are usually found on disaster sites, helping to rebuild... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Ilda Bauman in the early 1940s in front of The House of Friendship for all the Nations on King Street in Kitchener, Ont.

A paper cut-out of Joseph Cramer has stood prominently at the many House of Friendship (HoF) events during the Kitchener-based social agency’s 75th-anniversary year. The... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky

Sometimes one needs to step over the line in order to score a hit, as this youngster discovers at MC Saskatchewan’s ‘day in the park’ in Saskatoon last month.

The sun shone, the air was warm—but not too warm—and there were no mosquitoes. It was, in fact, a day perfect for a picnic. On Aug. 10, people of all ages gathered at Scott Park,... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz

Executive director John Neufeld, left, and board president Trent Bauman stand with the Joseph Cramer cut-out at House of Friendship’s 75th annual meeting on June 17. Behind them is a quilt designed by Judy Martin and sewed by Arlene Martin, to be auctioned off to help fund House of Friendship.

When John Neufeld took the reins as director of Kitchener’s House of Friendship (HoF), he was confused by the 19 separate programs it was running: shelters, a food bank, addiction... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Bill Maust

On a Wednesday evening in early June, Waterloo musician and musicologist Wilbur (Bill) Maust was seated in the chapel of Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., among... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Hildi Froese Tiessen
“The only safe place is inside the story,” reads an epigraph to this first novel by Sarah Klassen of Winnipeg. This story moves through a momentous year in the life of the... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Artbeat | Margaret Loewen Reimer

Artist Ray Dirks, seated, and Hans (John) Funk looking over his easel. (Photo by Evelyn Petkau)

Seeking to honour the faith of Mennonite mothers who single-handedly brought their families through difficult and challenging experiences to safety, Winnipeg artist Ray Dirks has... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and photo by Evelyn Petkau
On Friday, May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger killed six people at the University of California Santa Barbara before he turned the gun on himself. In his manifesto, he stated he did so... Read More
August 27, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Last year I was asked if I was interested in serving on the planning committee for Mennonite Church Canada’s Native Assembly 2014. Taking a directed reading course on aboriginal... Read More
August 27, 2014 | Young Voices | Melanie Kampen

A march against rape culture and inequality (Credit: Chase Carter, CreativeCommons.org, CC by ND 2.0)

On Friday, May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger killed six people at the University of California Santa Barbara before he turned the gun on himself. In his manifesto, he stated he did so... Read More
August 27, 2014 | Young Voices | Various Contributors

Construction managers Herb Schaan left, and Gerry Harms stand in the renovated sanctuary of Douglas Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. (Credit: Deborah Froese)

When Douglas Mennonite Church decided to undertake an extensive renovation of their Winnipeg facility two years ago, they took tithing to a whole new level. They promised to... Read More
August 26, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Sol Sanderson, former chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, addresses festival-goers at the Spruce River Folk Festival.

It may be a blip on the radar compared to other events of its kind, but what it lacks in size the Spruce River Folk Festival more than makes up for in heart. The fifth annual... Read More
August 22, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
The pews are pushed together along the walls while in the middle of the sanctuary children play an energetic game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Vacation Bible School (VBS) is in session... Read More
August 22, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz

Fourteen-year-old Yusuf Yahiat carries a food package distributed by MCC partner Zakho Small Villages Project at the Garmawa Camp for displaced people in northern Iraq. Like most people living in the camp, Yusuf and his family fled the city of Mosul after its takeover by the militant group that now calls itself Islamic State. (Photo: MCC / Ryan Rodrick Beiler)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and partner organizations continue to meet the needs of families displaced by conflict in Iraq with a mid-July distribution of locally purchased... Read More
August 19, 2014 | Web First |
In “Finding ways to share this land of plenty,” Will Braun explains the two Supreme Court of Canada decisions concerning the Tsilhqot’in people (B.C.) and Grassy Narrows (Ont.)... Read More
August 14, 2014 | Web First | Compiled by Will Braun
A Year of Reading Biblically (YORB) continues, and if you are following the reading schedule, you’re somewhere in Jeremiah by now. The year is more than half over, and I thought... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Alicia and Billy Good with their daughter.

Alicia Good and her family lived below the poverty line for more than three years. That is, until last year. The 32-year-old currently serves as a pastor at North Leamington... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

The land at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in downtown Winnipeg was too important as an inter-tribal meeting and trading place to be held by any one people, says Clarence Nepinak, a learning tour leader at Native Assembly 2014. (Photo by Moses Falco)

An early morning fire and smudging ceremony started each day of Native Assembly 2014 that met from July 28 to 31 at the edge of the Assiniboine Forest on the Canadian Mennonite... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Brander—Strongraven/Standing Bear—McDonald shares insights into the indige-nous worldview at Native Assembly 2014.(Photo: Moses Falco)

Brander McDonald is soft-spoken. He moves about the room with quiet dignity, avoiding eye contact while he presents a workshop exploring indigenous worldviews at Native Assembly... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese

Vince Solomon’s dorm door was marked with an “X” to indicate his race when he was enrolled in religious studies. (Photo: Moses Falco)

There’s an imbalance here. Of the 250-ish gathered for Native Assembly 2014, indigenous participants are overwhelmingly outnumbered by non-native folks. A few months ago, planners... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dan Dyck

The judges’ bench in the main courtroom of the Supreme Court of Canada.(Photo by Philippe Landreville / © the Supreme Court of Canada)

Indigenous issues are charged, complex and unappealing to many Canadians. Understandably so. Competing histories and intricate legalities combine with strong sentiments to create... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
A Mennonite Church U.S.A. discernment group addressing sexual abuse by the late theologian John Howard Yoder has reported finding additional evidence of abuse. After a June 3,... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the Church |
An online digital library containing nearly 250 unpublished, informally published and popular works by theologian John Howard Yoder is now available for scholars and students... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the Church |

Scott Brubaker-Zehr, left, Clayton Kuepfer, David Armes, Geoff Wichert and Hidden Acres staff person Patrick Singh discover at a June retreat at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp near New Hamburg, Ont., that doing their own dishes is part of male spirituality.

Aged 18 to 71, 20 men gathered at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp from June 20 to 21 to explore what it means to be a Mennonite man in the 21st century. “Under construction: Reframing... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Fortunately for the humans, the apes are led by Caesar (pictured), who has many fond memories of humans.

The big blockbuster of the summer is the critically acclaimed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes . It is set in the near future,... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Wesley Hill is a New Testament professor at the Trinity School for Ministry and author of "Washed and Waiting," a book on being gay and celibate. (Photo by Rebecca Murden, courtesy of Trinity School for Ministry)

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church... Read More
August 6, 2014 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service
Between July 28 and 31, Mennonite Church Canada hosted Native Assembly 2014 in Winnipeg. It was a powerful time of exploring what it might look like for settler and Indigenous... Read More
August 6, 2014 | Web First | Steve Heinrichs

Emily Wirzba, program assistant for energy and environment, held a sign to help people with the words as they sang in Washington, D.C., on July 29, 2014. (RNS photo by Heather Adams)

More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.A.) to testify in support of the Obama administration’s Clean Power... Read More
August 1, 2014 | Web First | Heather Adams

Michael Born (left), Nathan Martin and Matthew Steinman sing in their award-winning rap video.

A video produced by two teenagers from Waterloo and Kitchener, Ont., won first place in the first Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multimedia Contest for high school students. Michael... Read More
August 1, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

Descendants of Peter and Elizabeth Tiessen gathered to celebrate 90 years since their ancestors arrived in Canada. (Photo: Martin Rahn)

On July 19, 2014, a “Dankfest” (festival of thanksgiving) was held at the farm of John and Janice Harder in New Hamburg, Ont., to commemorate the arrival to Canada of the Peter... Read More
August 1, 2014 | Web First | Anita Tiessen
Swimming, archery, horseback riding and campfires are typical summer camp experiences. While children and teens enjoy these activities each year at Youth Farm Bible Camp near... Read More
July 29, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and photos by Donna Schulz
Young Voices co-editor Aaron Epp is reading through in Bible in 2014. This is his plan. Read more about this project at A Year of Reading Biblically and join him in the challenge... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite
Many churches have an inherent aversion to change, according to Vic Thiessen. The same is true for the characters of the film Pleasantville (1998). Thiessen, Mennonite Church... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
The work being done by the Future Directions and Being a Faithful Church (BFC) task forces were the focus of the plenary sessions at the 2014 Mennonite Church Canada assembly, and... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp and Rachel Bergen
The old school has been burned to the ground and in its place stands a newly constructed, brilliant red building, a symbol of a new beginning for this Old Order Mennonite... Read More
July 23, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Brent Gingerich, the third generation of the Schlegel-Gingerich clan to helm the PeopleCare Inc. family of long-term care facilities, remembers travelling after high school with a... Read More
July 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
Writing as a spiritual journey and what it means for writers and readers was the topic of a July 11 authors forum at House of James Christian bookstore. Drawing on a variety of... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman
Many churches have an inherent aversion to change, according to Vic Thiessen. The same is true for the characters of the film Pleasantville (1998). Thiessen, Mennonite Church... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
The work being done by the Future Directions and Being a Faithful Church (BFC) task forces were the focus of the plenary sessions at the 2014 Mennonite Church Canada assembly, and... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Story and Photos by Aaron Epp and Rachel Bergen
Ron Sawatsky’s untimely death at age 64—shortly before the 2014 assembly of Mennonite Church Canada—prompts memories of his years of leadership in the Canadian church. For several... Read More
July 17, 2014 | God at work in Us | Dan Nighswander

Paul Heidebrecht

Paul Heidebrecht has been named director of the new Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) at Conrad Grebel University College. Heidebrecht spent... Read More
July 17, 2014 | Web First |
If Christians stopped bickering about church, presenting sex as a first-order concern, telling other people how to lead their lives and lending our name to minor-league... Read More
July 15, 2014 | Web First | Tom Ehrich
While the violence escalates in Israel and Gaza, a movement is taking hold that unites Jews, Muslims and others in a campaign for peace. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, a daylong fast... Read More
July 15, 2014 | Web First | Dale Hanson Bourke
In the song “ Working Holiday ” from his 2009 album Safe or Free, Matt Epp sings about Newfoundland, California and Alberta all feeling like home. The singer-songwriter grew up in... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Young adults are often transient people. They move away from home, go to school, find jobs, travel, serve abroad. While that’s challenging enough, finding a new community to... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
According to Merriam-Webster.com, the word “nerd” is defined as “a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.” or “a person who... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

The Goreme open air museum near Cappadocia, Turkey, includes rock-cut chapels that are part of an ancient Byzantine monastic settlement. A group of Ontario Mennonites visited the site in May as part of an intercultural learning tour.

On May 5, a group of eleven Mennonites from Kitchener-Waterloo area churches embarked on a ten day intercultural study tour of Turkey, sponsored by the Intercultural Dialogue... Read More
July 2, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Amanda Witmer

Erwin Warkentin, a member of the Harmony Group and Willard Metzger, executive director of MC Canada.

Members of the Harmony Group , formed six years ago by Mennonites seeking inclusion of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) in Mennonite Church Canada, recently... Read More
July 2, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Chaplain Hank Dixon

After a series of bumps and scares in recent years, a new system of federal prison chaplaincy has emerged, with a single company, rather than individual denominations, holding the... Read More
July 2, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

Hannah Martens (left), Cindy Klassen, and Rebecca Janzen enjoy each other’s company at the “GO” booth where Martens and Janzen earned money for MCC by running and biking on the stationary equipment.

Alberta Mennonites have few opportunities for large fellowship gatherings. While the annual Mennonite Central Committee relief sale is a huge amount of work, when the weekend... Read More
July 2, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and photos by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
In his new book Rewriting the Break Event , Robert Zacharias identifies a major theme running through four works of Canadian Mennonite literature. The author is currently a... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Artbeat | By Maxwell Kennel

Syrian children participate in a World Vision remedial education program in Jordan. They are tutored in subjects like math, Arabic and English to help the catch up on the school they’ve missed fleeing the violence. (RNS photo courtesy World Vision)

Dominating the news on World Refugee Day (observed on June 20, 2014), the annual commemoration of displaced peoples were photos and videos of people fleeing Syria and Iraq. With... Read More
June 26, 2014 | Web First | Dale Hanson Bourke

Professor Jesse Mugambi of the University of Nairobi Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, says such cultic reactions are not unique to Africa. (RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili)

In the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida became a household name. But today, other extremist Islamist groups, many in Africa, are vying for headlines. Recently,... Read More
June 26, 2014 | Web First | Frederick Nzwili
For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island regularly gathered where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet in Winnipeg. From July 28-31, North Americans... Read More
June 25, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese
This past Mother’s Day I was reminded again of how fortunate I am to have been blessed with a wonderful family. My husband and I have four children, and we are so proud of each of... Read More
June 25, 2014 | Web First |

The Netherlands team star striker Robin Van Persie (#9), who scored two goals in the opening game on June 13. (Provided by author)

The Netherlands! At least ethnic Russian Mennonites should, those whose ancestors came to Canada primarily in the 1870s, 1920s, or 1950s and still form a good portion of the... Read More
June 19, 2014 | Web First | Bill Schroeder
As A Year of Reading Biblically continues, a handful of people have drawn my attention to a recent study on the Bible reading habits of Christians in Canada. “Are Canadians done... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The American dream is just that for many—a dream. For Latin Americans facing violence in their home communities, the journey to make that dream a reality can be a nightmare. The... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Kyle Penner had one apple in his fridge and some leftover potatoes from his meagre meal the night before for lunch. After nearly a week of living on about five dollars worth of... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Florence and Otto Driedger’s Regina living room is the opposite of the mega-church auditoriums that have become popular. On a typical Sunday, you might find a handful of refugees... Read More
June 18, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

Greg Boyd, a best-selling author and cofounder of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn., was this year’s “peace and justice guest” at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind.

“Look like Jesus, love like Jesus, serve like Jesus.” Greg Boyd, Ph.D., repeated this line several times during his visit to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) over two... Read More
June 18, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Mary E. Klassen

Patty Ollies (left), MCC Ontario thrift development officer and Kathleen Leadley, board chair, cut the cake celebrating the 40th anniversary of the thrift store in St. Catharines.

The Niagara-area Mennonite churches celebrated the 40th anniversary of the thrift stores in this area on March 24 with a dinner and potluck dessert. Over 200 past and present... Read More
June 18, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and photo by Maria H. Klassen

Masie Sum, professor of music at Conrad Grebel University College, plays hand drum as part of the Grebel Gamelan players, at Sound in the Land on June 7. Gamelan are ensembles of Balinese percussion instruments. The Sound in the Land festival/conference was held at Grebel June 5-8, 2014.

Sound in the Land. Sound of the Land. Sound for the Land. Sound with and behalf of and from the Land. Sound. Land. Take your pick, there was something of all these in the 2014... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photos By Dave Rogalsky

Henry Neufeld holds an ornamental walking stick that he carved from wood he picked up at Camp Assiniboia.

A buzz of excitement filled the common room at Bethel Place on June 5. A button collection with buttons dating as far back as the 1700s, photos over 100 years old, a beautifully... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Cheryl Pauls, Canadian Mennonite University president, centre, awarded President’s Medals to valedictorian Scott Sawatzky, left, and Justin Rempel, both English majors in the four-year bachelor of arts program, in recognition of their qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Make the future a figment of your imagination. That was the message delivered to 80 graduates at the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) graduation service on April 27. “Faith in... Read More
June 18, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Canadian Mennonite University

Cheryl Woelk coordinates the Language for Peace website project.

Words are powerful, which is why the Language for Peace project aims to explore how Anabaptist and other philosophies of peacemaking are incorporated into various language courses... Read More
June 17, 2014 | Web First | Wil LaVeist

Each day of the PA 2015 will begin and end with singing—by the thousands of attendees, as well as by international choirs. (Credit: Merle Good)

Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, and Brethren in Christ of North America have invited sisters and brothers from around the world to come to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in a little... Read More
June 11, 2014 | Web First | Phyllis Pellman Good

Karl Lehman

Everybody needs healing prayer. But if you’re a pastor or church leader so many others depend on for therapy and support, where do you turn for help? Dr. Karl Lehman, a clinical... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The Trinity is the central way that Christians throughout history have expressed who God is to us: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Many Mennonites view the Trinitarian nature of the... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Young Voices | Susie Guenther Loewen
Just a few days ago I graduated with a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). My future? It’s a terrifying thought. The past two years of my life were... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
I was anxious in the weeks leading up to my 30th birthday. I didn’t expect an encounter with a tall, lanky Winnipeg musician I barely know to give me peace of mind about the... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Two topics were front and centre when the board and staff of Mennonite Church Manitoba travelled the province in April for face-to-face conversations with congregations in seven... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The cross with the crucified Christ is an important icon for Greek Catholic worshippers. (Credit: George Dyck)

A former Mennonite church building in Ukraine is being restored and transformed with the help of Canadian Mennonites into a Greek Catholic church. According to observers, this... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Ron Rempel

Recent member Donna Bentz and founding member Ron Zehr look at photos from Hillcrest Mennonite’s 50 years at the anniversary celebration on May 24. Behind them are the 50 comforters knotted this year as an anniversary service project.

Things moved fast 50 years ago. On May 14, 1963, East Zorra Mennonite Church near Tavistock decided that it needed to plant a daughter church to alleviate crowding in the mother... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Josephine and Garcie Cogar of Webster Springs, W.V., test out their new walking bridge that connects their home to the community. It was built by Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers as part of the organization’s efforts after Hurricane Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard of the U.S. in 2012. MDS and community volunteers can be seen in the background. (MDS photo by Paul Hunt)

Thirteen metres isn’t a long walk, but it can be a difficult journey when the creek between your house and the rest of your community is running high and the bridge across it is... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in the World |

Elmer Hildebrand, left, chief executive officer of Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. in Altona, Man., is pictured with Brad Fehr, an on-air radio host/producer.

As a young boy, Elmer Hildebrand enjoyed selling greeting cards and garden seeds to his neighbours in the farming community near Altona. He had no idea where these interests and... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Participants at Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s continuing education seminar, ‘Faith and literature,’  held recently at First Mennonite Church in Saskatoon, explore the transformative nature of literature through Toni Morrison’s novel A Mercy.

“I’m hoping it’ll be like a three-day book club,” said one participant of the continuing education event offered by Mennonite Church Saskatchewan recently. Seventeen participants... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
The National Council of Canadian Muslims is suing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for defamation, alleging his spokesman linked the group to terrorism in January. The suit... Read More
June 3, 2014 | Web First | Omar Sacirbey

MCC Nigeria peace coordinator Mugu Zakka Bako speaks at a meeting for Emergency Preparedness Response Teams in Barkin Ladi, Nigeria. Bako and response-team volunteers were at the scene of the recent bombing in Jos, ready to address signs of violence. (MCC photo by Dave Klassen)

When Mugu Zakka Bako arrived at the scene of twin bomb blasts on May 20 at a busy market in the city of Jos, Nigeria, he saw more than the destruction and injured people. He saw... Read More
May 29, 2014 | Web First | Linda Espenshade

Jessica Reesor Rempel was one of six LED talk speakers at the MCEC Annual Gathering.

You have heard about TED Talks—experts give informative, inspirational talks that are viewed and shared online. What about LED Talks? For its annual gathering, held April 25-26,... Read More
May 28, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

MEDA president Allan Sauder models his mountain climbing gear at a staff celebration lunch for the upcoming Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb. (Credit: MEDA)

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) supporters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, along with president Allan... Read More
May 27, 2014 | Web First |

Rebecca Dali shows photos of violence in Nigeria. She leads the Center for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiatives, which collects stories of survivors and pictures following attacks. (Stan Noffsinger/Church of the Brethren)

As the Church of the Breth­ren in Nigeria entered the second month of a crisis involving hundreds of kidnapped girls, the U.S. Church of the Brethren continues to support its... Read More
May 23, 2014 | Web First | Tim Huber

A banner at the May 15 Stop the Violence rally in Jos, Nigeria. (Credit: J PRM)

Dave and Mary Lou are serving with Mennonite Central Committee, based in the city of Jos, Nigeria. They shared this reflection in their support network, following an incident in... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Web First | Dave and Mary Lou Klassen
During a visit in Occupied Palestine, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) representative Joanna Hiebert Bergen, along with a group of visitors, witnessed a group of military jeeps... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Young Voices | Chloe F.S. Bergen
If I could eliminate one thing from the lives of church-going teenagers today, it would be sports. This might come as a surprise to people, since I love sports and am incredibly... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Young Voices | Paul Loewen

Cutting the celebratory birthday cake for B.C. Women’s Ministry are members of the planning committee: Cheryl Dyck, left, Waltrude Gortzen and Rita Siebert.

Seven-and-a-half decades after its founding, Women’s Ministry of Mennonite Church B.C. celebrated its diamond anniversary on May 3 with a day of memories and celebration. The... Read More
May 21, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Cheryl A. (Francis) Peters, right, holding the MCC blanket given her, in turn gives Forrest Johnstone a sparkling ball she had recently purchased for herself. Peters says she wanted to give one of her possessions to the child.

The former St. Mary’s Indian Residential School in Mission drew 50 Fraser Valley Mennonites on May 10 to hear stories of history and culture by the Stó:lō Nation leadership... Read More
May 21, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Amy Dueckman

Don and Louella Friesen of Carmen Corner Meats happily package an order for a customer.

Mennonite-style farmer sausage sizzles on the grill at many prairie gatherings, and a growing number of those gatherings serve sausage from Carmen Corner Meats. Don and Louella... Read More
May 21, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

All of the instruments played by members of Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra are made from garbage, including this upright bass fashioned from a discarded oil drum.

What do cake pans, candy tins, bottle caps and wooden pallets have in common? They were all found in a landfill, and they’ve all been made into musical instruments for Paraguay’s... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz

Seniors often take on the responsibility of caring for their peers.

It would appear that 65 is the new 40 across Mennonite Church Canada. As Canadians continue to be active into their 60s, 70s and even 80s, so, too, are Mennonites remaining active... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Focus On | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz
When it comes to creating beauty out of garbage, Rosthern Junior College (RJC) students needn’t play second fiddle to the Paraguayan Recycled Orchestra . “Rethink/Recycle”, an art... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Back Page | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. As least, that’s what about one in five U.S. adults believe. But they’re... Read More
May 20, 2014 | Web First | Cathy Lynn Grossman

Brian Quan

If you want to get Brian Quan’s attention, you may need to knock on his door three times. Even God had to do that. Quan is the pastor of English Ministries at Toronto Chinese... Read More
May 15, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Betty Pries

As a teenager, Betty Pries raised uneasy questions about church and the life of faith. Who is Jesus, really? What does it mean for Jesus to be called God’s son? What does it mean... Read More
May 15, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese

One of the original trailer trucks houses the new exhibit on the evangelistic campaigns of the Brunk family. The legend on the side reads: The Whole Gospel for the Whole World. (Credit: Joan Daggett/VBMHC)

The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will hold a celebration and service of dedication for the Brunk Revivals exhibit on Saturday, May 24, 2014... Read More
May 13, 2014 | Web First | Joan L. Daggett and Gerald R. Brunk

The former Mennonite church building in the village of Snegurovka, Ukraine, is now being renovated for the use of a Greek Catholic congregation. (Mennonite World Conference photo)

In Ukraine a former Mennonite church building is being restored and transformed – with the help of Canadian Mennonites – into a Greek Catholic church. This development, according... Read More
May 13, 2014 | Web First | Ron Rempel for Mennonite World Conference
At the end of March 2014, Canada’s final Truth and Reconciliation Commission event took place in Edmonton. While the commission is legislated reconciliation between Aboriginal... Read More
May 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
There is great debate over church music these days. What was once a fight over traditional versus contemporary tunes and how they are played has blossomed into something more. It’... Read More
May 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Canadian Mennonite walked away with six awards here at the annual banquet May 2 of the Canadian Church Press, getting a first-place award for a “theological reflection” series by... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Web First | Canadian Mennonite
This whole Year of Reading Biblically (YORB) was a bad idea. It seemed like a good idea last October, but today I’m questioning what I was thinking when I concocted this scheme... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The student diet rarely gets a three-star review, unless you consider peanut butter and beer to be gourmet. Students who cook for themselves are often limited by skinny budgets... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Young Voices | Ally Siebert
As the world watches the situation in Ukraine change almost daily, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) affirms its commitment to its current work in the country. It also offers... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the World |
Justice Murray Sinclair proudly and lovingly put his arm around Sarah, his granddaughter. “Tomorrow is one of the most important days in my life, the birthday of my granddaughter... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
“Little is known about the day school part of our colonial history and it is pretty critical we get to know it,” said Steve Heinrichs, director of indigenous relations for... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Earlier this year, World Vision U.S. announced a landmark policy change that would permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed by the Christian aid... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
“We are formed to be consumers, wanting maximum value for the lowest price,” Scott Hagley of Forge Canada told a group gathered at Level Ground Mennonite Church for “Consumed:... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman

Bryan Moyer Suderman

Four new directors were named to the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS) board at its 43rd annual meeting held here from April 10 to 12. They are Henry Krause of Langley... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the Church |
Mennonite Church Canada’s General Board offers this discernment guide in advance of Assembly 2014, to be held in Winnipeg from July 3 to 6. Introduction The Being a Faithful... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the Church |

LaVerna Klippenstein

LaVerna Klippenstein will be remembered by many Canadian Mennonite readers for the columns she wrote in the Mennonite Reporter, precursor to this publication. She was also a... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
When Naomi Martin was three years old, she declared, “Mommy, I’m going to have a colouring recital.” Her mother, Sarah Martin, asked her what a colouring recital was, and Naomi’s... Read More
May 6, 2014 | Web First | Greg Yantzi for Mennonite Central Committee
Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) is well into preparations for the third in a series of music festival-conferences, to be held from June 5 to 8, 2014. Sound in the Land... Read More
May 6, 2014 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle
David Driedger remains passionate about the church, but it’s not an easy passion. He continually wrestles with theology, his understanding of who God is, and how to live in the... Read More
May 3, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Match.com, OkCupid, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, ChristianMingle: These are just some of the sites that more than 25 percent of all Canadians are using to meet new people and start... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
A converted ballroom in Winnipeg’s Exchange District served as home for Mennofolk 2014, the annual showcase of visual art, music and spoken word stemming from southern Manitoba’s... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Fifty years ago—March 21, 1964—22 Waterloo County Mennonites got together and deposited a dollar each in a cash box to create a credit union to serve members of their faith... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
I was standing beside Neill Von Gunten, former co-director of Mennonite Church Canada Native Ministries, and trying to peer over heads to see into the “Churches Listening Area” at... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Anabaptist leaders present a blanket and a statement for inclusion in the Bentwood Box, a repository for offerings and commemorations at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event in Edmonton last month. Standing with the TRC commissioners and survivor representatives are Tim Dyck of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference, centre, and Hilda Hildebrand of Mennonite Church Canada, fifth from left.

The following statement was presented at the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in Edmonton in March. We are leaders of a group of Canadian Christian churches... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World |
Because Jesus asked us to love our neighbours, a group of Christians from Winnipeg were willing to walk 550 kilometres to honour and remember their indigenous brothers and sisters... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is in the closing stretch of its five-year mandate. The most important truth being conveyed is the experience of former Indian... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | John Siebert

Irene Crosland adds some prairie sage to the sacred fire burning outside one of the main entrances to the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, the site of the seventh and final national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event. She wrote this poem as a result of her experiences at the TRC event.

Gathering crowd surges Finding space Residential School survivors And listeners This is my time You listen Throbbing drum beats Pulsing loudly Tonal language singing Prayers... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Irene Crosland
If a buffalo shouts or a salmon cries in a forest, does anybody hear? A packed room of 50 people at the Toronto School of Theology (TST) hung on every word of four panelists... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | Jonathan Seiling
In 2010 Todd Burpo, a Wesleyan pastor from Nebraska, told the “astounding story” of his four-year-old son Colton’s “trip to heaven and back.” Heaven is for Real (Thomas Nelson... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky
Some of the earliest Mennonites to live in large cities in Canada were young women who went to work as domestics in upper-class homes. Before the 1920s, Mennonites were farmers... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper
In her history of the first 50 years of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada, Esther Epp-Tiessen repeatedly defends the decision to create a separate Canadian MCC, distinct... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper
Theology, Spirituality Discerning God’s Will Together: Biblical Interpretation in the Free Church Tradition . Ervin R. Stutzman. Cascadia Publishing House, 2013, 175 pages... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Focus On | Compiled by Barb Draper
“This book launch is 141 years late,” quipped historian Walter Klaassen. He was referring to the recent event celebrating the translation of his great-grandfather’s book, History... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Focus On | Story and photo by Donna Schulz
On a sunny morning, to the sound of Canada geese and in view of the flowing Grand River, a group of adults and children (and one dog) took part in a Holy Saturday peace walk. Held... Read More
April 22, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

A crowd gathers for the Survivors Walk into the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C., on Day One of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s British Columbia National Event. (Credit: Melissa Knapp, provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission)

In the fall of 2013 a Mennonite delegation of six Americans and Canadians went to Vancouver, B.C., for a Truth and Reconciliation event. They joined representatives of Indigenous... Read More
April 22, 2014 | Web First | Jenn Carreto
John 9 tells a story of blindness and sight. With the exception of Jesus, all the characters in this story are blind in some way. Blind disciples: ignorance and prejudice The... Read More
April 22, 2014 | Web First | Werner De Jong
I had a great idea for starting this sermon—a PowerPoint presentation of artists’ depictions of this Bible story. I could imagine the paintings: a man in beautiful robes running... Read More
April 22, 2014 | Web First | Carol Penner
The 2013/14 season of the Pax Christi Chorale will close with a premiere public performance of a new Easter piece by Stephanie Martin, “Now the Queen of Seasons.” This composition... Read More
April 19, 2014 | Web First |

Christ at the Checkpoint conferences, held in Bethlehem, have drawn a variety of speakers from the local Palestinian and Messianic communities, as well as from international Christian circles. The stated mission of the 2014 conference: To challenge evangelicals to take responsibility to help resolve the conflicts in Israel-Palestine by engaging with the teaching of Jesus on the Kingdom of God.

American evangelicals have played a significant role in U.S. support for Israel; by some measures they are even more supportive than American Jews. But in the spring issue of... Read More
April 17, 2014 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Dr. Trevor Bechtel

Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Trevor Bechtel to the role of dean, effective July 1, 2014. He succeeds Jim Pankratz who has... Read More
April 16, 2014 | Web First |

Tim Corlis (Photo credit: Marlis Funk)

Timothy Corlis has been appointed as assistant professor of music at Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC), beginning August 1, 2014. He will focus his teaching on music theory... Read More
April 16, 2014 | Web First |
Homeless youth will get some support from a group of musicians who want to use their talents to benefit others. The Good Friday Blues Band will hold two worship services at the... Read More
April 10, 2014 | Web First | Angelika Dawson
On Holy Week we gather to celebrate communion along with the Christian church throughout the world, as Jesus invited us to do. As we do so, we remember how Jesus shared the last... Read More
April 10, 2014 | Web First | Cornel G. Rempel
How would I act differently if I carried a Bible in my hand everywhere I went? Since A Year of Reading Biblically began, I’ve kept my Bible in my bag along with my notebooks, pens... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The Mennonite Foundation of Canada (MFC) recently awarded 17 youth and young adults for work they did in the spirit of generosity. The Spirit of Generosity Award is given to one... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Recipes are typically the key ingredient in a cookbook, but when Ellery Penner and Rachael Peters put together one to celebrate their church’s anniversary, including stories was... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“As a child, I didn’t see the wall,” Arlyn Friesen Epp told delegates to the 85th annual Mennonite Church Alberta assembly, as he spoke of growing up in small-town Saskatchewan... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Maclean’s magazine sits on the library shelf at the Mennonite seminary in Elkhart, Ind., but there are few Canadians there to read it. Officially, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
According to Ernie Regehr, for statistical purposes a war is defined as political fighting—not criminal violence—that engages the security forces of the state; as well, it is a... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
On Jan. 17, 2014,Tim Kuepfer, pastor of Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond, B.C., was invited to join a local Muslim youth gathering for the commemoration of the birth of the... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in the World | Tim Kuepfer
It isn’t easy to distil six months of life in the Holy Land into an hour’s conversation. This is evident in the way Jerry Buhler searches for the right words and sometimes stops... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in Us | Donna Schulz
Several years ago, Chau Dang, pastor of Calgary Vietnamese Mennonite Church, enthusiastically recounted for me the Caribbean cruise from which he had just returned. Coming from... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in Us | Hugo Neufeld
Those who miss the days of Hollywood biblical epics will be happy to see that one of the first stories we hear in Sunday school has come to the cinema as a grand, big-budget... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Five Core Media, a video production firm in Goshen, Ind., has produced an American Sign Language (ASL) version of Who Are the Mennonites? , a DVD/video originally produced by a... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Artbeat |
A friend of mine who is an elementary school teacher in Rio de Janeiro described once how he and the students had to duck under the tables as they were caught in the crossfire. In... Read More
April 8, 2014 | Web First | Gustavo Frederico
Going to church these days can be a bit like eating at a fast food joint. It might be quick and tasty. But it won't satisfy your soul. You can't franchise the kingdom of God, say... Read More
April 2, 2014 | Web First | Bob Smietana
Young Voices co-editor Aaron Epp is reading through in Bible in 2014. This is his plan. Read more about this project at A Year of Reading Biblically and join him in the challenge... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite
Ask Cara Baergen what an average workday looks like for her, and she replies that there is no such thing as “average” these days. Day-to-day operations have yet to start at the... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
What are your church attendance patterns like? Special occasions only? Once every couple of months? Every other week? Every Sunday? If your church attendance patterns have become... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

César García

“What would happen if, following the example of monastic orders, there would be a ‘vow of poverty’ in multicultural mission teams for everyone?” This question, posed by César... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Ron Rempel

Representatives of the MC Saskatchewan council, Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization and Rosthern Mennonite Church flank new area church youth minister Kirsten Hamm in a prayer of commissioning at the annual delegate sessions.

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan now has a new safe church policy, ratified during the area church’s annual delegate sessions held in Regina on March 14 and 15. But before the... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

As Pope Francis finishes his first year as pontiff, 85 percent of Americans have a favourable view of him, but the number of people attending Catholic churches in the U.S. has not increased.

It's been a year since Argentina's Jorge Bergolio became the 266th Roman Catholic pope. Although he is 77 years old, the new pope has brought fresh energy to one of the most staid... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun
Recent weeks have been a financial roller coaster ride for Joan Carolyn and Daniel Epp, the program director and associate for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA)... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Homelessness in the city of Abbotsford has made headlines in recent months. There was the dumping of chicken manure by city crew members on a homeless camp, a months-long protest... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Last October, Willard Metzger, right, and seven other Christian faith leaders met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Evangelical Fellowship of Canada delegation to discuss matters of importance to the church. Topics ranged from Canada’s relationship with its host peoples to climate change and homelessness. (Photo used by permission of Office of the Prime Minister)

A growing awareness of Anabaptism is increasing interest in Mennonite Church Canada, and Willard Metzger is happy to respond. “I hear so many people tell me that they have found a... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Deborah Froese
In the middle of the most violent places in Guatemala, music is a healing presence. While recording their most recent CD, Even in the Smallest Places, in Guatemala and El Salvador... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Artbeat | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

“Honour walkers” Laurens Thiessen van Esch, Ann Heinrichs, Brad Langendoen and Nathan Thorpe, joined by their supporters. (Credit: Deborah Froese/Mennonite Church Canada)

On March 6, ‘honour walkers’ Laurens Thiessen van Esch, Ann Heinrichs, Brad Langendoen and Nathan Thorpe were joined by 16 supporters on the campus of Canadian Mennonite... Read More
March 20, 2014 | Web First |

Clerics have pressed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, pictured here in Nairobi, to use the state security services against the militants. (Credit: Fredrick Nzwili/Religion News Service)

For five years, bombs and bullets from Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram have ripped through churches and their members, raising concerns over the security of Christians in... Read More
March 19, 2014 | Web First | Fredrick Nzwili

A man in Central African Republic shows a bandaged arm following an attack in the violence.(Credit: Nestor Aziagbia)

Churches in Central African Republic are caring for thousands of Muslims who have been trapped in a cycle of revenge attacks, perpetrated by a pro-Christian militia. Since... Read More
March 19, 2014 | Web First | Fredrick Nzwili
Reading the Bible is fun. I’m mid-way through Deuteronomy as I write this, and I’ve really come to look forward to my daily Bible reading. In the Jan. 29 issue of Canadian... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
When Rod and Susan Reynar tell people they are inviting 10 university students to live with them and form an intentional community, they are typically met with one of two... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
On a wet, snowy Abbotsford afternoon, 300 people rallied at city hall to protest the municipal government’s treatment of homeless people. They held signs saying, “Everyone... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Leaders and planners want participants to bring their wildest hopes and dreams for the future of the church to Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2014, from July 3 to 6 in... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
Excitement and challenges in Mennonite Church British Columbia were a recurring theme when delegates met for their annual general meeting at Eden Mennonite Church in Chilliwack on... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
“Please do not take photographs.” With these words, Jake Buhler, chair of the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, introduced the evening’s guests, an a cappella choir... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Snow camp. The title brings to mind a group of kids running in the snow, creating snow angels and starting snow-ball fights. While the annual event, hosted by the Mennonite Church... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Danika Peters
Tom Poovong’s passion for sharing the gospel was first fuelled by his mother, a woman he describes as deeply spiritual and abundantly generous. Tom was just 15 years old when his... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dan Dyck
The music studio and classroom in the backyard is decorated with Apple computer prints of creative individuals. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Einstein, Picasso, Amelia Earhart, some... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Ian Willms’s provocative photo of a young girl walking away through the windblown grasses towards a small Russian village on a lakeshore was part of his winning entry in the 2013... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky

Brothers Bishara Awad (left) and Mubarak Awad have conversation with filmmaker Yasmine Perni about “The Stones Cry Out,” a documentary which was screened at the conference. (Credit: Palmer Becker)

Three hundred seventy evangelicals and others from around the world are meeting in Bethlehem, March 10-14, 2014, to strengthen the Palestinian church and to seek resolution to the... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Web First | Palmer Becker

Logo from the “Cosa Solidarity” Facebook page, which has garnered 528 “likes” since March 4.

In a reversal of its decision to cut funding for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) as of March 31, Corrections Services of Canada (CSC) has restored $650,000 to CoSA,... Read More
March 7, 2014 | Web First | From reports by Mennonite Central Committee and Edmonton Journal
In a telephone call on February 20, 2014, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) informed Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario that their Circles of Support and Accountability (... Read More
March 6, 2014 | Web First | From MCC sources, Winnipeg Free Press and Waterloo Region Record
High River, Alta. (pop. 13,000) gets its name from the Highwood River, which flows through the town. In the days leading up to June 20, 2013, Alberta experienced heavy rainfall... Read More
March 5, 2014 | Web First |

A Rocha promotes "Good Seed Sunday."

“The Holy Spirit is a great choreographer,” Rick Faw told the delegates gathered here Feb. 21-22, 2014, for the annual meeting of Mennonite Church British Columbia. “What would... Read More
March 1, 2014 | Web First | Dick Benner

Will Braun

My wife and I have chosen to keep our sons, aged 3 and 6, out of school, but we're not “homeschoolers.” The whole point of what we do is that it is not school and does not rely on... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun
As the one-year anniversary of the first apprehensions of children from an Old Order Mennonite community in rural Manitoba came and went, new developments emerged that lent an air... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Micah Mission coordinator David Feick, left, chats with Father Joseph Jacek at the ‘10,000 Healing Steps’ conference held recently in Saskatoon in an effort to get people out of gangs.

What do Mennonites and former gang members have in common? “Not much,” one might be tempted to reply. But at a recent Saskatoon conference they sat side-by-side learning about... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
As Syrians continue to watch their nation disintegrate, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has become a leading Canadian responder there. Its long-standing relationships in the... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Viola and Victor Dorsch were honoured at a retirement tea held at Nithview Community on Jan. 16, 2014. Victor served there as a volunteer chaplain for 20 years. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Victor Dorsch was only 6 years old when the visiting pastor put his hand on his shoulder and said, “You’ll make a minister some day.” That was in 1933 and Dorsch was living on a... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Having just become a mother several months ago, I was intrigued to learn that Mothering Mennonite had recently been published, and once the sleepless fog of the early weeks of my... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Susie Guenther Loewen

On a hot day, camper Owen Crouse discovers there is nothing like a dip in the pond at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp, near New Hamburg, Ont.

The biggest way that camp has affected me is in my faith and my walk with the Lord. For me, this past summer he led me ever so gently with much more grace than I deserve, all... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Focus On | Emily “Coora” Lantz

Kristen Berg, the director of Fraser Lake Camp near Bancroft, Ont., balances her daughter Miriam on her shoulders.

Every summer for as far back as I can remember, I would pack my suitcase a week early in anticipation of going up to Fraser Lake Camp near Bancroft, Ont. I lived for the moment... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Focus On | Kristen Berg

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp staff do their best to look cool at the 2013 talent show. Campers can judge whether they succeeded.

People who attend Ontario Mennonite Music Camp love this camp! They feel welcome and wanted right away, no matter who they are. When I was in my middle school years, I wondered if... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Focus On | Angela Ishaka
Ethan Eshbach is 22-years-old, a recent college graduate, and is the newest, youngest addition to the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) team. The creation of... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
A Mennonite filmmaker is enlisting the public’s help to fund his next project, a video series that retells biblical stories in a modern-day context from the perspective of a child... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I was a summer program co-director at Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Camp Assiniboia for the summers of 2006 and ’07. By the end of August 2007, when I left camp for the last time, I... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Timothy Dyck

MCC is supplying building materials, including plywood and tin sheets similar to those being loaded onto this bicycle-powered rickshaw, to almost 3,000 Filipino families whose homes were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. In addition, MCC is paying local people to build the houses in the towns of Naval and Dulag.(Credit: Laura Armstrong/ MCC)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is providing disaster-resistant shelters and basic kitchen utensils for almost 3,000 Filipino families who lost their homes during Typhoon Haiyan... Read More
February 24, 2014 | Web First | Linda Espenshade

Gio Andollo looks for food in the dumpsters in Manhattan, New York. Andollo, who is driven by his faith, goes Dumpster diving about once a week. (RNS photo by Sarah Pulliam Bailey)

As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life. On a recent outing, he carefully untied bags outside a supermarket next to Columbia University... Read More
February 21, 2014 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) spent many hours in executive session working on a statement regarding the inclusion of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,... Read More
February 20, 2014 | Web First | Anna Groff

Robyn Sneath’s research on the relationship between education and Old Colony Mennonites was awarded a Trudeau scholarship, one of Canada’s most prestigious doctoral awards. (Photo supplied by Robyn Sneath)

It’s hard to understand Canada’s Old Colony Mennonites without first understanding their views on education. In 1922 about 8,000 Old Colony Mennonites left Canada for Mexico and... Read More
February 18, 2014 | Web First | Kelli Yoder
Ron Krahn: A farmer responds I don’t believe the phrase “farmers feed the world” implies a certain way of producing food. It’s a simple fact. Anyone who engages in the act of... Read More
February 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | Compiled by Will Braun
Recently, I posted on Facebook about the term “friend zone.” I’ve often heard it used to victimize guys who can’t deal with rejection and vilify women who turn down “nice guys.”... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Matt Veith
Nashville Predators players Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher are famous for their hockey careers, but what many may not know is that they are also Christians eager to speak about... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
“A person released from prison with a high risk to reoffend moves back into our communities. What can we do?” This is a question Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) in... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Daniel Epp-Janzen
As a task force we have been publicly silent as perspectives are expressed and information is shared all around us. This silence has been intentional. We want to lead a process... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church |

A reflection on the meaning of life, death and life after death by a Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization member attending this year’s ‘Zombie apocalypse’ winter retreat at the Shekinah Retreat Centre.

A roomful of zombies set the frightful scene for this year’s senior-high retreat organized by the Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization (SMYO). While they weren’t real zombies... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Suzanne Gross, back row left, a member of Edmonton First Mennonite Church, and Sam Semier, Julie Saby and Andre Tinio, students at the University of Alberta, pose with their Sudanese music students as part of an applied ethnomusicology course. Christmas Chany, Naigay Bhan and Changkuoth Tut hold instruments donated to Edmonton South Sudanese Mennonite Church by Mennonite Church Alberta; they began learning guitar last November and were able to help lead singing at their church’s anniversary celebration on Jan. 26.

“When people named Rueben, Peter, James, and John show up at your door, you realize it’s a sign from God. . . . When they say they want your help to start a church, you help in... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Will Braun

Without conventional agriculture more people would starve. That is the link commonly drawn between global hunger and the dominant form of North American farming, which depends... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Paul and Tabitha Langel are pictured in front of their bakery at the Forks in Winnipeg. ‘We had a vision for a dreamy kind of neighbourhood bakery,’ Tabitha recalls.

Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company is well-known in and around Winnipeg for its gooey cinnamon buns and its organic local baking and preserves, suffusing the marketplace at the... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Kenna Forrester relaxes with her grandmother Marlene Froese in the Rosthern Junior College student commons.

It is not uncommon to hear people complain about the younger generation. But are today’s youth really all that different than youth of previous generations? Saskatoon grandmother... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
Zealot is a popular presentation of scholarly research on the historical Jesus, read through the lens of Jewish resistance to Roman imperial domination. The main thesis of the... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Amanda Witmer
“Give love to your friends—and your enemies,” Luis Hurtarte whispered, quietly translating as members of the Toronto Mennonite New Life Church sang in Spanish. “Everybody needs... Read More
February 10, 2014 | Web First | Micah Toub

Photo credit: Universal Pops on Flickr Creative Commons

If your congregation cancels the Sunday worship service because of snow and ice, there is no need to stay in bed all morning. Here are some ideas for redeeming the time: 13. Walk... Read More
February 7, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

Jeff and Suzanne Becker buried father and husband Gilbert Becker naturally, in a hand-carved log casket after his death in Sept. 2013. (Photo by Sally Morrow, RNS)

Growing up in small-town Georgia, John B. Johnson had family friends who ran the funeral home down the street, so the particulars of a typical American funeral — the embalming,... Read More
February 6, 2014 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
A collaboration between two long-time friends and the woodwork of a man with a long history with Mennonite Church Canada are the basis for two exhibitions now showing at the... Read More
February 5, 2014 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Theda Good

On Sunday (Feb. 2), a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination. Theda Good’s licensure... Read More
February 3, 2014 | Web First | Elizabeth Evans
Winnipeg writer Paul Loewen has self-published four novels that combine fictional stories with theological points in an attempt to create modern-day parables. But his latest book... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
A Korean Mennonite is facing prison time for refusing to participate in South Korea’s mandatory two-year military term due to his religious convictions. Lee Sang Min, a 27-year-... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Reading the Bible is hard. It’s hard to sit still. It’s hard to concentrate. It’s hard to make sense of what I’m reading. And it’s hard to read stories I’ve heard seemingly a... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I’ve never been successful with New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, eat less or get organized. For some reason, however, a promise to read Scripture every week is one... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Nine people from the Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church pose with certificates earned by reading the whole Bible in 2013. Pictured from left to right, front row: Esther Pham, Rebecca Pham and Lily Hue Do; and back row: Pastor Kuen Yee, Vernie Yee, David Yee, Deborah Yee, Ut Van Ngo (chair of the board of elders), and Pastor Thomas Pham.

How would you respond if challenged to read the whole Bible in a year? When Kuen Yee issued the challenge to her congregants at Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church at the end of... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

A damage report from Super Typhoon Haiyan compresses a huge disaster into one page of stark statistics. This report is for just one assessment area. (Photo by John Chau / Used by permission)

Like the news, the winds and rain that came with Super Typhoon Haiyan have let up. But the damage from the storm that slammed regions of the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, remains... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Dan Dyck

Mary Klassen and James Neufeld relax in the café at Sam’s Place, where the sorted and organized donated books are sold as a fundraising project for Mennonite Central Committee.

Mary Klassen and James Neufeld bring a rare commitment to volunteerism. Ever since Sam’s Place opened in 2009, Klassen has spent her retirement from teaching volunteering full-... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Meghan Harder poses in a human-sized nest she built in Waterloo Park, Waterloo, Ont., as part of her art challenge to our current culture, to think about how dependent Canadians are on technology. She wonders how humans would—or will—live if their possessions and supports are taken away from them. (Photo courtesy of Meghan Harder)

Meghan Harder’s art works at themes of political, social and environmental issues, using mixed media, public installations, interventions and performance. At Box 13—a series of... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky
For God and Country is a bit of a surprise for a Mennonite publisher. Although non-Mennonite readers may find the questions it raises about the role of Christian soldiers thought-... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper
What was it like to be a conscientious objector during the Second World War? Did Mennonites participate in the War of 1812? Did Mennonite women contribute to First World War... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On | By Laureen Harder-Gissing
Ongoing debate in the divided Old German Baptist Brethren Church illustrates difficulties that the conservative Anabaptist group continues to face in its efforts to restrict... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On |
Munching on a fresh zwieback (because sauerkraut and spring rolls would be too messy to eat on the podium), John Thiesen, archivist at Bethel College’s Mennonite Library and... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On | By Melanie Zuercher

Composer Tim Corlis, left, with Gerard Yun, Kenneth Hull and Mark Vuorinen, conductors of Conrad Grebel University College’s three choirs, who came together to perform Corlis’s musical setting of Psalm 150 on Nov. 30, 2013, at one of the college’s 50th-anniversary events. (CGUC photo)

As home to the Music Department at the University of Waterloo, the culture at Conrad Grebel University College is steeped in harmony. The college hosts dozens of concerts each... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On |

Kathleen Doll, Columbia Bible College’s associate dean of students, relaxes in the commuter lounge with a couple of students.

I was 18 when I first walked on to the Columbia Bible College campus for new student orientation. Filled with nervous anticipation, I approached the registration table. A young... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On | Kathleen Doll
When the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed around the world this year from Jan. 18 to 25, there will be a special focus on Canada. Each year, churches in a different... Read More
January 23, 2014 | Web First | Leigh Anne Williams

In Damascus, a woman accepts a box of food supplied by MCC through its partner, the Syrian Orthodox Church. People in the photo are not identified for security reasons. (Photo courtesy of the Syrian Orthodox Church)

As international efforts are under way to convince warring parties in Syria to gather for peace talks in Geneva on Jan. 22, 2014, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is releasing an... Read More
January 22, 2014 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
We almost missed it on the first pass, buried under the newspapers and magazines that were filling a large recycling bin. If we hadn’t been checking each piece, it would have been... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Focus On | Mike Strathdee
Before Malcolm Gladwell signed copies of his newest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, for a gathered crowd at Floradale Mennonite Church... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Saskatchewan guide Ric Driediger helps people meet God in the wilderness. (Photo by Churchill River Canoe Outfitters)

The trickling of an indoor waterfall in the room where Ric Driediger sits evokes images of a northern stream while he reflects on 40 years on the waterways of northern... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
At the end of December, I sat down with my journal and day planner to jot down my highlights of 2013. I quickly had a list of 32 events or milestones that I felt were significant... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Many of us are familiar with the concept of organ donation that occurs after someone passes away, but more recently I have learned about the need for living organ donations. Over... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Young Voices | Daniel Bigham
For many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) children, the ongoing Mennonite church’s inclusion discussion brings them back to different points in... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
My fellow Canadian Mennonite writer, Aaron Epp, has launched his Year of Reading Biblically , offering public reflections on his private cover-to-cover reading of the Good Book. I... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

‘The occupation has meant a lack of income for people, and that makes this natural disaster a catastrophe,’ says Khalid Abu Sharekh, chair of Al Najd, a Mennonite Central Committee partner, of the flooding in Gaza shortly before Christmas.

A week after torrential rain battered the Gaza Strip, people in the al Nafaq Street area of eastern Gaza City were still struggling to clean mud and debris out of their homes and... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Sheldon C. Good

Karen Ens, Sophia Kutsiuruba and Andy Arthur are co-managers of MCC’s Village Green Thrift Shop in Saskatoon.

Twenty-four-year-old Andy Arthur remembers the April day in 2013 that a factory full of garment workers collapsed in Bangladesh. As he did his job as assistant at the Mennonite... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Julie Bell

Sister Sophia was full of thanks for the work that Mennonite Central Committee had done in her commu-nity and for the work it would do in the future.

Last year, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Learning Tour group—including the author—visited Ethiopia and Uganda to get a grasp of MCC’s work and its effectiveness in the holy... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dan Unrau
On a cold, windy December day in Winnipeg in 1963, 40 men made the decision to form Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada . Exactly 50 years later, a group of people braved... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
The Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery invites artists to submit artworks for consideration for a national exhibition to take place during the Mennonite Church Canada assembly to... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Web First | Mennonite Centre Heritage Gallery

Ex-offender Ryan Grills, who chairs the Forward Step support group, left, chats with Dave Feick, coordinator of the Micah Mission.

Sporting a bright orange T-shirt and a shaved head, Ryan Grills is an imposing presence, but his handshake is warm and his voice enthusiastic as he speaks about Forward Step, a... Read More
January 9, 2014 | Web First | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Ashley Goff, minister for spiritual formation at Church of the Pilgrims, compares her time in her church’s backyard to making lasagna -- spreading vegetable scraps in one layer, straw in the next. (RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks)

The wheelbarrow outside the sanctuary was overflowing with vegetable scraps; decomposing matter filled the baptismal font; and a pile of rich brown soil replaced the Communion... Read More
January 6, 2014 | Web First | Adelle M. Banks

RJC students Trissy Murphy, left, and Katie Laye craft earth-friendly Christmas gifts during the school’s Youth Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (YESS!) Summit on Nov. 28.

They had only 20 minutes to create a skit based on a Bible text and a box of props. It was “creation care” up close and personal for the students and staff at Rosthern Junior... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
When my family moved to a rural community in southwestern British Columbia, I didn’t realize how much life and my faith would be challenged. I was born and raised in the Fraser... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
How do we reconcile leading Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder’s theological brilliance with his sexual harassment of a number of his female students? It’s something I’ve been... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Young Voices | Susie Guenther Loewen

Finn Klebe, a Grade 11 student from Germany studying at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, is pictured with Jacob Deng of Wadeng Wings of Hope, an organization committed to helping the rural people of South Sudan.

The staff, students and teachers at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Kitchener, Ont., had the privilege to welcome Jacob Deng, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” to speak to us in... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Focus On | Finn Klebe

Jimmy Juma, centre, coordinator of the African Peacebuilding Institute in South Africa, talks with Mennonite Collegiate Institute students Rebecca Giesbrecht, Karina Letkeman, Renee Peters and Sam Schellenberg during MCC Day at the school on Nov. 21, 2013.

Taking learning beyond the regular classroom, Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) invited Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on Nov. 21, 2013, as guest speakers engaged students... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Focus On | By Shanda Hochstetler and Peter Epp
The board and staff of MennoMedia, the publishing agency for Mennonite Church U.S.A. and MC Canada, has issued a statement regarding the continued publication of John Howard Yoder... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Artbeat |
Directed by Frances Lawrence. Written by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn (screenplay); Suzanne Collins (novel). Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Frederik de Klerk, left, and Nelson Mandela shake hands at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, in January 1992.

I was on Chapter 10 of Alan Paton’s defining South African novel, Cry the Beloved Country, when Nelson Mandela died. The story of the man and the story in the book—published in... Read More
December 31, 2013 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

Three hours before the memorial service for Nelson Mandela began, people gathered to honour their beloved past-president and peacemaker in a celebratory manner. The gathering included singing, dancing, clapping and shouts of ‘Mandela ,you’re my president!’

After a lifetime spent struggling for the emancipation and equality of all, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela can finally rest, his long walk at an end. “Madiba,” as he is affectionately... Read More
December 31, 2013 | God at work in the World | Andrew and Karen Suderman
Early last month an open letter to the leadership of Mennonite Church Canada was posted on a website called FossilFreeMenno.org, asking individuals to sign it, identify their home... Read More
December 31, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
The annual Christmas concert at the rural Manitoba school where Old Order Mennonites normally send their children had to be cancelled last month as the building has sat empty for... Read More
December 31, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
If there is indeed a "War on Christmas," those on the anti-Christmas side of the war have lost — big time. The television pundits, conservative politicians and talk-radio... Read More
December 23, 2013 | Web First | Charles Austin
Traditionally Mennonite worship did not acknowledge the nuances of the church year. Today more congregations and individuals are seeing the seasons of the church calendar as a... Read More
December 19, 2013 | Web First | Compiled by Ginny Hostetler

Karen and Andrew Suderman and their children

South Africa lost the “Father of the nation” and the world lost an icon when Nelson Mandela passed away Dec. 5, 2013. There is a hush in the air and I find myself weeping even... Read More
December 18, 2013 | Web First | Andrew and Karen Suderman
The world seemed very different when I awoke last Friday morning and heard the news: “Mandela is dead.” I first heard about it in an e-mail from a friend in Canada who, so he told... Read More
December 17, 2013 | Web First | John W. de Gruchy

Lorraine Roth

Lorraine Roth, a well-known Mennonite genealogist, passed away early on Wed. Dec. 11, 2013, at the age of 83. She grew up near Shakespeare, Ont., and spent her last years in... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Web First | Barb Draper
“J esus is not a pansy or a pacifist.” That’s what Mark Driscoll, pastor of the Mars Hill multi-venue mega-church conglomerate, said in its The Resurgence magazine recently. The... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Young Voices co-editor Aaron Epp is reading through in Bible in 2014. This is his plan. Read more about this project at A Year of Reading Biblically and join him in the challenge... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite
Why read the Bible? I posed that question on Facebook last month. More than 20 friends, including Christians, agnostics and atheists, responded. Some responses were snarky, most... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Logan Mehl-Laituri, a veteran of the war in Iraq, has written a new book, For God and Country (In That Order): Faith and Service for Ordinary Radicals, the first book written by... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Artbeat |

Former opera singers Terry and Monique Mierau with their youngest son, Hein, at their house-barn home in Neubergthal, Man., where they practise sustainable farming.

W hen Terry and Monique Mierau moved to rural Manitoba in 2011 with their three young children, they had, for the most part, stopped singing. The former opera singers,... Read More
December 11, 2013 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

After being an integral part of the town of Leamington, Ont., for more than a century, the HJ Heinz Corporation will shut its processing plant next June, putting 740 employees out of work and leaving more than 40 local tomato growers wondering what they will be planting come spring.

After being an integral part of the town of Leamington for more than a century, the HJ Heinz Corporation will shut its processing plant next June, putting 740 employees out of... Read More
December 11, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Barry Bergen

At a pilgrimage of peace at Imjingak, close to the border between South and North Korea, pilgrims attach prayers for peace on the iron fence.

Perspectives of peacebuilders, shedding light on how peace can be achieved in communities, societies and nations, were featured at a plenary session of the 10th assembly of the... Read More
December 11, 2013 | God at work in the World |

Karen Martens Zimmerly, MC Canada’s denominational minister, helped to develop Transitioning into Ministry (TiM), the national church’s new two-year online coaching program. It is designed to connect beginning pastors via the Internet for conversation, networking and, perhaps, coffee.

TiM has been launched in Western Canada—and this isn’t another story about a coffee franchise. Transitioning into Ministry (TiM) is Mennonite Church Canada’s new two-year online... Read More
December 11, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Deborah Froese

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