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Presenter David Neufeld chats with Leonard Doell, a member of the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, at the ‘Peace Saturday’ event at Mount Royal Mennonite Church in Saskatoon on Nov. 9. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“Peace Saturday,” a time of storytelling at Mount Royal Mennonite Church in Saskatoon on Nov. 9, 2013, featured four presenters with diverse points of view on the theme. Don... Read More
December 10, 2013 | Web First | Donna Schulz
A Leamington man has been killed in an attempted car-jacking on a highway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilian media reports say Dean Tiessen was travelling with a friend, Paul Carver... Read More
December 10, 2013 | Web First |

Bergen

As the world remembers Nelson Mandela today, Walter Bergen, an organic farmer from Chilliwack, BC, recalls a moment in July, 1986, when the Conference of Mennonites in Canada... Read More
December 6, 2013 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor & publisher

American evangelicals help plant and harvest grapes for Israeli settlers in the West Bank settlement of Dolev on the morning of Oct. 27, 2013. Photo by Debbie Hill, courtesy of USA Today

Sitting in the shadow of a row of leafy grapevines, 26-year-old Zac Waller grabbed his guitar and started playing a hymn. The soulful sounds tripped down the hillside adjacent to... Read More
December 5, 2013 | Web First | Michele Chabin / USA Today

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley celebrates Sunday Mass with other American cardinals at the Pontifical North American College March 3, 2013. Photo by Gregory L. Tracy/The Pilot

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given... Read More
December 5, 2013 | Web First | David Gibson

During Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to the U.N. General Assembly meeting in September, a U.S. diplomat presented this griffin-shaped chalice to an Iranian counterpart. (Photo credit: Mehdi Moazen, Islamic Republic News Agency)

Many paths led to the international agreement to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program: secret meetings in Oman, formal negotiations in Geneva, and a quiet encounter in New York... Read More
December 3, 2013 | Web First | By Christi Parsons

Paul Crouch, the religious broadcaster who co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network and was known for his prosperity gospel messages and lavish lifestyle, died Saturday (Nov. 30). He was 79. Photo courtesy Trinity Broadcasting Network

Paul Crouch, the religious broadcaster who co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network and was known for his prosperity gospel messages and lavish lifestyle, died Saturday (Nov. 30)... Read More
December 2, 2013 | Web First | Adelle Banks

Women in Ghana will benefit from the new water project.

Mennonite Economic Development Associates announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. MEDA... Read More
November 27, 2013 | Web First |
As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy on Friday (Nov. 22), many Christians will also pause to recall the death of C.S. Lewis,... Read More
November 22, 2013 | Web First | By Sarah Pulliam Bailey
There are some verses in the Bible that we studiously avoid thinking about, let alone discussing publicly. They are like repressed memories or family secrets that threaten, if... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Web First | Markus Poetzsch
How do we practise peace and justice in our daily lives? That was the question acclaimed activist Shane Claiborne explored at Peace It Together (PIT) 2013, a Canadian Mennonite... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite University
It's not very often that I get a chance to come into contact with experts in the field of peace and justice, so when I heard about the Peace and Justice Studies Association... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Mininger
Anna-Marie Epp-Janzen has 13 dresses, eight pairs of pants, 26 pairs of shoes, eight scarves and eight sweaters, but for the past 31 days she's been wearing the same dress. Janzen... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Sharing a meal is an important part of the day program offered by the Mennonite Benevolent Society in Ukraine. Several of the clients are blind, and this is a safe outing for them and one of the only times they get to socialize and talk.

I once read a quote describing the purest form of ministry as "everything believers do to honour and glorify God. " That's a broad definition. It gives us opportunity to do... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Artbeat | By Louis Sawatsky
There are some verses in the Bible that we studiously avoid thinking about, let alone discuss publicly. They are like repressed memories or family secrets that threaten to cast us... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Artbeat | By Markus Poetzsch

Ovide Mercredi, former grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Canada, was part of an indigenous delegation that travelled to England for the 250th anniversary of Royal Proclamation of 1763, a rather grandiose document whereby King George III of England went about the imperial business of colonizing a big chunk of North America.

Oct. 7 marked the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, a rather grandiose document whereby King George III of England went about the imperial business of... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

David Martin, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada executive minster, centre, stresses to Arli Klassen, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) development manager, and Willard Metzger, executive director of MC Canada, the importance of the collaborative nature of ministry to MC Eastern Canada at a gifting event on Oct. 30. MWC general secretary César García watches the proceedings from South Korea via Skype.

The new meeting room at 50 Kent Avenue was full of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada staff and representatives from many other Mennonite organizations from the Waterloo area on Oct... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Gabrielle Wiebe, Gerald Ens and Maria Dueck have worked at Camps with Meaning summer programs since 2006 or 2007. ‘We have to let go and dream differently,’ says Dueck of the proposal to allow MC Manitoba to divest itself of two of its camps.

"The 21st-century church will look very different from the patterns developed by the late 20th century, " Gerald Gerbrandt reported to Mennonite Church Manitoba delegates at their... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Alan Peters of the MC B.C. Finance Committee, left, discusses area church budget concerns with Matt Horst of Bethel Mennonite Church, Langley.

The future direction of Mennonite Church B. C. was the main topic for delegates to the special fall meeting of the area church at Langley Mennonite Fellowship on Nov. 2. Future... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Former Argonaut running back Michael 'Pinball' Clemons autographs Norma Rudy's program at the Fairview and Parkwood Mennonite Homes anniversary gala. Rudy worked at Fairview Mennonite Home for many years and her husband David served as executive director from 1961-88.

Although Michael "Pinball" Clemons is famous for his exploits in the Canadian Football League, he talked about the importance of humility and living for others when he spoke at an... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Barb Draper

Anthony Coralade stands in front of what is left of his concrete house in Carmen, Hernani, in Eastern Samar. His house was completed last month after painstakingly building it for seven years. Before the landfall of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, he hired men to find the cash he had buried under the floor. (Photo by ACT Alliance/Christian Aid)

As the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan continues to unfold in the Philippines, Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) is increasing its response to meet crucial needs for people on... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Web First | Marla Pierson Lester

Little Pine First Nation Chief Wayne Semagani (left) stands with Ovide Mercredi, former grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations, outside Buckingham Palace. Mercredi explained: “The trip that we made here was to show Canadians that we still have this connection with Britain and that the treaties were made by our ancestors…” (Photo by Brad Langendoen)

To mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 (Oct. 7), a delegation of indigenous leaders travelled to London, England, in October 2013. The group was organized... Read More
November 19, 2013 | Web First |
“We refuse to accept that running away from storms, evacuating our families, suffering the devastation and misery, counting our dead, becomes a way of life. We simply refuse to.”... Read More
November 16, 2013 | Web First | Carol Thiessen

Typhoon survivors stand in line for potable drinking water on Nov. 11, 2013, in Ormoc, Leyte. (Photo by Maryannm “Mai” Zamora, courtesy World Vision.)

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, disaster relief efforts are underway to help with cleanup and reconstruction. Mennonite Church Canada (MC Canada) is advising... Read More
November 14, 2013 | Web First |
Among the many memories that Shammah Nakawesi of Uganda brings home from her one-year service assignment in Indonesia is her new understanding of loving God and others. “Even in... Read More
November 13, 2013 | Web First |

Westminster Abbey

At an emotional worship service, considered one of the largest gatherings of Christians and Jews, some 1,600 British men and women filed into Westminster Abbey Sunday (Nov. 10) to... Read More
November 11, 2013 | Web First | By TREVOR GRUNDY

Ben Borne added the Peace Button to his profile photo.

For the last 20 years people have shared the message of peace by pinning red buttons reading, “To remember is to work for peace” to their shirts, coats, backpacks and purses. More... Read More
November 8, 2013 | Web First | Rachel Bergen

Sara Wenger Shenk

In this post I share a “pastoral letter” from Anabaptists in the United Kingdom who are praying for us. Alan Kreider notes this in introductory comments to the letter: The... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Web First | From the blog of Sara Wenger Shenk, president
When I grew up in a conservative, non-denominational church, the issue of homosexuality was never discussed, but it was regarded as “sin.” It was not until a friend came out to me... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Young Voices | Tyler Voth
The choirs, bands and performers at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) produce some of the most beautiful music around, but a few graduates are using music to help people achieve... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
I remember coming home the day my brain started bleeding. I had worked the morning shift that Friday and was pulling into my driveway when the spots in my eyes wouldn’t go away. I... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
A choir truly is a community-building venture. Something happens to people when they sing together. They bond, becoming part of something bigger than themselves. Menno Singers, a... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Focus On |

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, as astronauts Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski in Gravity.

“Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission,” says Matt Kowalski as he dances circles around the space shuttle Explorer, which is in orbit around the Earth. His words come... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Born into a plain-dressing, plain-speaking Mennonite farm family in Lancaster County, Pa., Shirley Hershey Showalter was named after Shirley Temple, a movie star she was forbidden... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Artbeat |
All I knew about pig butchering before I did it myself was the Low German saying that translates as, “good weather for slaughtering pigs,” which somehow surfaces from my... Read More
November 6, 2013 | God at work in the World | Column and Photo by Will Braun
The pleasure and fellowship that comes with food and eating seems increasingly flavoured with controversy and confusion. Controversy surrounding geneti cally modified organisms (... Read More
November 6, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Tamara Petkau
The Being a Faithful Church (BFC) Task Force is initiating opportunities for ongoing dialogue using Internet technology. The first online forum discussion is planned for Nov. 23... Read More
November 6, 2013 | God at work in the Church |
Mennonite Church Canada is discerning how best to respond to Canadian survivors of sexual abuse by theologian John Howard Yoder. Survivors of Yoder’s sexual abuse in the United... Read More
November 6, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Dan Dyck

In 1965, Ron Mathies works with students to ready a pole and a hoop for a basketball court at Blantyre Secondary School, Malawi. Mathies went on to become MCC executive director from 1996-2005. Photo courtesy of Ron Mathies

Forty years have passed since former Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) worker Nancy Heisey first stood in front of a classroom in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of... Read More
November 5, 2013 | Web First | Emily Will
With her gray hair tied neatly in a bun and her wire-rimmed glasses perched thoughtfully on her nose, Ellen Davis looks the part of a distinguished Bible scholar. Her resume... Read More
October 30, 2013 | Web First | Yonat Shimron
The accident that came to shape Lisa’s life happened three months after her first birthday. She was run over by a car. “The front and back wheel went over my head,” she says. “My... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Young Voices | Bethany Daman
This past spring, I walked the Camino de Santiago, an 800-kilometre pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galacia in northwestern Spain. Tradition has it... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Young Voices | Clare Schellenberg
UPDATE: The required process of home visits and sleepovers has begun for two families in the Old Order Mennonite community. Yesterday the children of one family were returned home... Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Stephen Siemens is the Restorative Justice Co-ordinator for MCC Canada.

Are Mennonites ready to discuss the ugly facts of pornography? A new resource being published by MCC can help start the conversation.Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On | By Karin Fehderau
Theology, spirituality Flowing with the River: Soundings from my Life and Journey . Sue Clemmer Steiner. Self-published, 2013, 174 pages.Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On |
Royden Loewen and Steven Nolt have undertaken a difficult challenge in writing a history of Mennonites in North America. The scope of the project is broad, not only in terms of... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper
Sue Clemmer Steiner’s recent publication crosses genres within autobiography. It is personal memoir and spiritual recollection. It is reflections on a life in pastoral ministry... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On Books & Resources | By Marianne Mellinger

Watch the World CD cover

Creating a CD is both simple and complex. The proliferation of digital recording equipment and the ease and non-expensive nature of producing CDs has led many local musicians and... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky

On Oct. 7, 2013, Idle No More held a rally at the Manitoba Legislative grounds in Winnipeg to mark the 250th anniversary of the Proclamation of 1763. About 10 percent of those in attendance to show solidarity with indigenous brothers and sisters were Mennonite.

When Moses Falco heard the words, “We never gave up our sovereignty,” at an Oct. 7 rally held in Winnipeg to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, they... Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese and Dan Dyck

Youth from the !Explore program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary worked with Pedal Power, a ministry of the Voluntary Service unit in Elkhart, Ind., connected to Prairie Street Mennonite Church. From left: Isaiah Friesen, Sara Erb (event pastor), Nick Simons (from Prairie Street), Ryan Miller, Madeline Gerig, Lynea Brubacher Kaethler.

As two Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary students led a program that encourages high school youth to consider ministry, their own call to ministry grew stronger.Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Mary E. Klassen
I had the privilege of teaching a pastoral theology class at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, last week. I had the entire senior class: 13 young, promising,... Read More
October 18, 2013 | Web First | Tom Ehrich

‘Book,’ a 2007 painting by Winnipeg artist Seth Woodyard.

Today, when people think of the word “icon,” images of computers and technology come to mind. For centuries, though, the icon—derived from the Greek eikon or ikon—has referred... Read More
October 17, 2013 | Artbeat | By Aaron Epp
The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders hope it might spark increased attention about present-day race relations. “It... Read More
October 16, 2013 | Web First | Adelle M. Banks

Yoder

Can a bad person be a good theologian? All of us fall short of our ideals, of course. But there is a common-sense expectation that religious professionals should try to behave as... Read More
October 15, 2013 | Web First | By MARK OPPENHEIMER
An Ohio court has given limited guardianship of a 10-year-old Amish girl to a lawyer who will make medical decisions instead of the girl's parents. Maria Schimer is also a... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | Katherine Burgess

Spong speaking to a church in England.

At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn't have to be the liberal enfant terrible whose pronouncements for gay rights and against traditional dogmas once... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | David Gibson

Gladwell

Author Malcolm Gladwell may not be known for writing on religion. His New York Times best-selling books "The Tipping Point," "Outliers," "Blink" and "What the Dog Saw" deal with... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
Maia was four years old when she was diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). She remembers being confused and upset. In many ways, the anger the Winnipegger feels... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Young Voices | Krystofer Penner
I’m not waiting for marriage. Like many other evangelical teenagers, I signed a yellow “true love waits” index card in youth group and wore a chastity ring. These symbols may... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Young Voices | Karla Braun
This past summer, Kathy Moorhead Thiessen, who works for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraqi Kurdistan, visited the Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) First Nation in... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Young Voices | Kathy Moorhead Thiessen
“Walk together, children, don’t you get weary,” said Bernice King, daughter of the legendary Martin Luther King Jr. Those words were spoken to a crowd that organizers estimated at... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Wilmer Martin, president and co-owner of TourMagination, sitting front left, and Yvonne Martin, back in sunglasses, enjoy tea while travelling in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on a joint TourMagination/MEDA trip in 2007.

Yvonne Martin, retired from the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, and her husband Murray, also retired, have travelled to many places—all of Canada, half of the U.S., and many... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

English professors Monika Hilder and Stephen Dunning together bring more than 40 years of research on the Inklings’ authors. They head the newly formed Inklings Institute of Canada at Trinity Western University.

Trinity Western University has established a new research unit dedicated to the study of a group of popular British authors and thinkers, the Inklings. While the name may not be... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Artbeat |

Rachel Kehl makes her own path to the future at First Mennonite Kitchener’s 200th anniversary fiesta.

A 200th anniversary fiesta broke out on First Mennonite Church’s parking lot on Sept. 28 with a bouncy castle, face painting, and worship in Spanish and English with the... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky
Four months after being placed on administrative leave by the board of Bethania Group Personal Care Homes, chief executive officer Ray Koop was let go on Oct. 3 following the... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Grace Smallboy sits among the decimated residents of North America/Turtle Island after many years of settler activity in the blanket exercise at a Kairos event held at Valleyview Mennonite Church, London, Ont., on Sept. 28.

Grace Smallboy, an Indian Residential School (IRS) survivor, sat on a small folded blanket in the middle of the Valleyview Mennonite Church sanctuary while around her others—... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

John Reesor, a resident of Stouffville, seen here with the peace plaque, was a conscientious objector during the Second World War.

When the white doves flew up from the newly installed peace plaque in the centre of Stouffville, Ont., Arnold Neufeldt-Fast’s heart must have stopped.Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Dick Benner

Brad Reimer with MCC Manitoba’s waste vegetable oil-powered vehicle.

When Ken Rempel stopped for a construction delay on Highway 2 near Winnipeg, the flagman asked if he was the guy who ran his car on vegetable oil. The flagman had confused Rempel... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this... Read More
September 30, 2013 | Web First | Kirsten Powers, colunnist
At first glance, Shane Claiborne and Arika Fraser would seem to have little in common. Claiborne is from Tennessee, is a popular author and is in demand as a speaker in Christian... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Young Voices | Carter Brooks
Crossing the street in a big Canadian city like Calgary isn’t very remarkable, but it’s a different story on the busy streets of Kathmandu. Stefan Dyck, 25, from Okotoks, Alta.,... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
GRETNA, MAN.—At the start of September, Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) eagerly welcomed 142 students for the 2013-14 school year, representing an 8 percent increase from the... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

Kathy Bergen

Kathy Bergen, recently of Ramallah in Israel/Palestine, and Marty Troyer, a pastor in Houston, Tex., share a breadth of ministries related to peace as Anabaptist Mennonite... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | By Mary E. Klassen

Kevin Sherk, a second-year youth-work student, follows the red rubber ball (top left corner) during a game of Octasquash at Columbia Bible College’s first-year retreat.

Columbia Bible College launched its 78th academic year, welcoming 419 students onto campus.Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

A joyful greeting from Grebel’s upper-year students welcomes new students into the residence on ‘Move-in Day.’

This school year marks Conrad Grebel University College’s 50th anniversary! As Grebel welcomed new students from coast to coast into residence and resumed teaching a variety of... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

Preliminary fall enrolment numbers show a 2.5 percent increase in students registered for classes at Canadian Mennonite University’s Shaftesbury campus and in its Outtatown program, compared to last year. Overall, 621 students have registered, with graduate program registrations increasing significantly by 15 percent.

Increased enrollment, new courses, new program initiatives, and a massive building project come together to bring a palpable excitement in the halls, classrooms and offices of... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Aaron Kauffman, a senior at Goshen College, left, and Stan Grove, professor emeritus of biology at the college, remove a polypropylene mat that is used to harvest algae grown in the photo-bioreactor.

The glowing green tanks on the second floor of the Goshen College Science Hall look like something from a sci-fi movie.Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |
As a supply teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board, I find our high schools exceptional communities of discourse. I enjoy young adults navigating the critical... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | Betti Erb

Pastor Gordon Carter of United Mennonite Church, Black Creek, B.C., is flanked by Garry Janzen, executive minister of Mennonite Church B.C., left, and Willard Metzger, executive director of MC Canada, during a July 7 service that involved the congregation rejoining the national church.

When United Mennonite Church of Black Creek joined the Mennonite Church Canada family at a worship service on July 7, it was more than a welcome. It was a welcome back.Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

Kitchener’ Nish Singers—from left to right: Bonnie Misquatis, Marylin Sutherland and Heather Mujoury—drummed and sang at ‘Healing the sacred hoop,’ a two-day Mennonite Central Committee Ontario event in mid-September that focused on Indian Residential Schools run by Mennonites.

The “sacred hoop” is the circle of nations. While it originally referred to indigenous nations in North America, the hoop has been broadened to include settler nations with whom... Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky

Elizabeth Wiens tries out her new hula hoop that she got at the children’s auction at the MCC Festival. The auction allowed kids and their parents to bid on kid-friendly items and brought in $1,876.

It was a fun-filled, exciting weekend at the annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Festival for World Relief held at the Abbotsford Tradex on Sept. 6 and 7. The annual event... Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Angelika Dawson

Pope Francis says the church "cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently." (Riccardo De Luca/Associated Press)

In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and... Read More
September 19, 2013 | Web First | By DAVID GIBSON
On a recent trip north of the US border, Menno Media's director of development, Steve Carpenter, met some interesting people in the persons of Vern Ratzlaff of Aberdeen and Dave... Read More
September 18, 2013 | Web First | Steve Carpenter

Mark Marmon (right) teaches fly fishing at the Fishers of Men retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Photo by Emily Krueger, Camp Allen | courtesy The Episcopal Diocese of Texas

The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their priest. One reason for the excitement?... Read More
September 18, 2013 | Web First | By G. JEFFREY MACDONALD of The St. Louis Dispatch
Before its Aug. 20 launch, officials at Al-Jazeera America emphasized that, despite its Middle Eastern roots and ownership, the fledgling cable news network would be aimed... Read More
September 17, 2013 | Web First | By REM RIEDER c.2013 USA Today

Roman Catholic Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of the Kisumu Archdiocese and the chairperson of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission, said the withdrawal will breed impunity and injure human-rights protection. Photos by Fredrick Nzwili

With Kenya’s president and his deputy facing trials at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, parliamentarians here have voted to withdraw the country from the... Read More
September 13, 2013 | Web First | By FREDRICK NZWILI
A federal grand jury has indicted seven people, most members of a Mexican Mennonite community working with a drug cartel, accused of moving tons of pot to Colorado Springs and... Read More
September 12, 2013 | Web First | Tom McGheee
“To love our neighbours as we love ourselves means also to love ourselves as we love our neighbours. It means to treat ourselves with as much kindness and understanding as we... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
In Dieudonne’s small apartment in Altona, Man., there is a colourful menagerie of crocheted animals: elephants, frogs and cats. He sells them for $15 each because crocheting is... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Nolan Kehler
A smoke-filled hookah bar in Syria. A tense meeting with Israeli soldiers on a “Jesus Walk” in Nazareth. A classroom in the deep south of the U.S. in the 1970s. Standing by a... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Artbeat | MennoMedia

Mark Vuorinen rehearses with his 250-voice mass choir in preparation for the performance of the War Requiem.

At a time when the world is once again gearing up for war, its horrors will be dramatized and brought home in Waterloo Region through an annual three-day international peace... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Artbeat | By Dick Benner

A dinner of Palestinian food was provided by Mamduh Saedam, left, who opened a restaurant in Hamilton only three years after being sponsored as a refugee to come to Canada. Helping out is Moses Moini, MCC Ontario’s refugee program coordinator.

Omar Alawasaje’s story of being invited by his Canadian sponsors to “go camping,” and his immediate and reactive response of “No!” led to general laughter in the group gathered at... Read More
September 11, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

The Cedar Valley Mennonite Church mission team members (dressed in orange T-shirts) from Mission, B.C., play in the streets of Santa María de Jesús, Guatemala, to attract neighbourhood children to the VBS program at nearby Bethel Church, a local congregation.

An ongoing discipleship and partnership program with a Guatemalan congregation led a team of 12 from Cedar Valley Mennonite Church in Mission, B.C., to travel to the Central... Read More
September 11, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman

To kick off Conrad Grebel University College’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, president Susan Schultz Huxman, centre, and board chair Susan Taves prepare mortar to lay a date stone in a wall of the institution’s new $8.7-million addition. More than $6.2 million has been raised already for the project that is to be completed late next spring.

Conrad Grebel University College celebrated an anniversary last month that many in the Mennonite world thought would never happen.Read More
September 11, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Fred W. Martin

Gordon Allaby, pastor of Osler Mennonite Church, performs with his 14-year-old daughter, Katherine, at a Mennonite Church Saskatchewan gathering in Saskatoon on Aug. 14.

It was the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon on the Prairies. Saskatchewan Mennonites gathered in a park near Mount Royal Mennonite Church in Saskatoon on Aug. 18 to listen... Read More
September 11, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Karin Fehderau
The United Church Observer , an award-winning independent monthly magazine published for the country’s largest Protestant denomination, is revealing the results of “Imagine: Your... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Web First | Staff reports

Egyptian Copts pray in Tahrir Square during the 2011 Egyptian protests.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams took Britain’s Christian community to task last month when he said that Western Christians need to “grow up” and stop claiming they... Read More
September 5, 2013 | Web First | By MONIQUE EL-FAIZY
The old saying goes that it’s better to give than to receive, but Kristina Toews’ six months in Colombia have taught her differently. The 26-year-old Eben-Ezer Mennonite Church... Read More
August 28, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Canada is known as a land of plenty but, through the eyes of a newcomer, it’s not necessarily the land of happiness. Paulin Bossou and his family moved to Winnipeg from Africa two... Read More
August 28, 2013 | Young Voices | Bethany Penner
Poet Sally Ito was born in Taber, Alta., and currently lives in Winnipeg. She has published three books of poetry, along with a collection of short stories. Her latest book of... Read More
August 28, 2013 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite
A simple game like roller hockey has turned into a ministry that has been going on at Eden Mennonite Church in Chilliwack for more than 17 years. Eden offers its church parking... Read More
August 28, 2013 | Back Page | By Amy Dueckman
If all the texts in the Bible are important, how do we decide which texts are the most important, the ones that deserve our utmost attention, discernment or devotion?Read More
August 28, 2013 | Artbeat |

Dave Rogalsky at the Coliseum in Rome during his sabbatical this May.

Before we took it, many people questioned my sabbatical.Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky
By the end of a long day of hearings, there are few adjectives—short of “monstrous”—that can do justice to the plain words of old men who face the Truth and Reconciliation... Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Roger Epp

Steve Plenert, left, peace coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba, prays at Winnipeg’s Honour the Apology rally on July 25.

Of the approximately 150 people who attended an Honour the Apology rally at the Forks in Winnipeg on July 25, more than 20 were members of the Manitoba Mennonite community.Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Deborah Froese

Flood damage in High River, Alta., is the worst Mennonite Disaster Service Canada has ever experienced.

“It was extremely daunting, knowing it was only one small basement on one street,” says volunteer Nancy Thiessen, one of about 250 people who volunteered with Mennonite Disaster... Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Trish Elgersma
In a world where differences and distance often divide people of faith, Mennonite youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo are participating in an exchange program to strengthen... Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Sheldon C. Good
Editor's Note: The following article arrived too late to appear in our Aug. 19 'Fat Calf Festival' print issue. On July 30, 2013, I travelled to Camp Assiniboia to deliver a... Read More
August 22, 2013 | Young Voices | Joanne Moyer
The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as secular forces across the Middle East are rising up in opposition to political Islam. Divisions reach from top... Read More
August 20, 2013 | Web First | By OREN DORELL of USA Today

Songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty. Photo courtesy Getty Music

The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a multi-denominational tussle, with Baptists joining the fray. At issue are... Read More
August 16, 2013 | Web First | By BOB SMIETANA of USA Today

Rageh Omaar travels to the place of Muhammad's birth to retrace the footsteps of the prophet in PBS' "Life of Muhammad". Photo courtesy PBS

He’s born poor. By age 6, he’s an orphan. Two years later, he loses his grandfather. Yet he overcomes his circumstances, develops a reputation for business integrity and... Read More
August 15, 2013 | Web First | By MENACHEM WECKER
Disrespect is nothing new for Michael Mifflin, who was born with spina bifida. In high school in Winnipeg, he was shoved into lockers and had his canes stolen and hidden by other... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Young Voices | Michael Wiebe
When I came back to church after a faith crisis in my early 20s, the first one I attended regularly was a place called Praxis. It was the kind of church where the young, hip... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Young Voices | Andrea Palpant Dilley
God loves you and he wants you to live life with him. That was the message youth from across Canada were left with at the Fat Calf Festival, Mennonite Church Canada’s 2013 youth... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Hans Werner uses his father’s stories to reflect on questions of autobiography and Mennonite identity in the 20th century. The stories of his father’s (and mother’s) experiences... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper

One of the plaques crafted by John Reimer.

John Reimer, who died on June 28 at age 86, left a lasting legacy to Mennonite Church Canada and its congregations. All of the wooden plaques depicting a dove with an olive branch... Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Edward S. Curtis gained fame a century ago for his iconic photos of indigenous people. That fame was later tainted by revelations that he removed traces of western society from... Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Masonry students such as 25-year-old Ronald Sadou Zami benefited from a 2012 MCC seminar on disaster-resistant construction.

In a decision that could have a direct impact on the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Haiti, the Canadian government has stepped up its contribution to the United... Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Casey van Wensem

Schellenberg

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada’s work with Low German-speaking Mennonite communities in Mexico will continue despite recent structural and administrative changes within... Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Gladys Terichow

The Faith and Life Women’s Chorus is pictured by the Menno Simons monument at Witmarsum, the Netherlands.

An idea that began in a chat on the way to choir practice became a dream come true for members of Manitoba’s Faith and Life Women’s Chorus.Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Manitoba social workers want parents of an orthodox Mennonite community to promise they will only spank kids on their behinds and not use objects, such as belts, as punishment... Read More
August 9, 2013 | Web First |

All photos by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky. Noah Friedman-Rudovsky also contributed reporting to this article.

For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town’s women. There was no other explanation. No way of explaining how a woman could wake up with... Read More
August 6, 2013 | Web First | By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

Nation to nation bike tour begins July 31.

This August, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will participate in a unique bike tour through southeastern Ontario to build bridges of understanding and respect based on a... Read More
July 31, 2013 | Web First | Staff reports

Metaxas

Before evangelical leader Chuck Colson fell ill at a conference last year, crumbling at the podium and later dying at the hospital, it was Eric Metaxas who introduced him. At the... Read More
July 30, 2013 | Web First | By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY
On any given night thousands of Canadians languish in ramshackle housing, line up at shelters or sleep in our streets and alleyways. This situation is not limited to our big... Read More
July 25, 2013 | Web First | By Jino Distasio, Expert Advisor
Every morning in Jessica Burridge’s house begins with dancing. Accompanied by her children, Dakota, six, Danika, four, and Dawson, three, the family begins each day with joy to... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Rebecca Kuhn
Some of the most horrifying injustices in Canada and the U.S. happened when more than 600 indigenous women went missing or were murdered in the last 20 years. The public hardly... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
I often find myself questioning the way the church handles single people. Surely there is a better way for the church to relate to those of us who aren’t married. When I looked... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Amanda Zehr

Elmon Lichti’s boots represent the 10,000 Canadians who chose alternative service rather than army service during World War II. Lichti, from Tavistock, Ont., was in alternative service as a road builder, farmer, and forester.

It’s an unusual place for an exhibition about peace. Instead of in a Mennonite institution, this exhibition is at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa where permanent exhibit space... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Artbeat | By Ellen Shenk

Jake Neufeld continues to volunteer much of his time with maintenance work at Camp Koinonia.

Jake Neufeld, lay minister for 46 years, was released from his ordination to ministry last October in Whitewater Mennonite Church in Boissevain. Neufeld leaves ordination behind... Read More
July 24, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Nine members of Eben-Ezer Mennonite Church in Abbotsford spent a week in New York City in May, but not as tourists. They were volunteering their time as Mennonite Disaster Service... Read More
July 24, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman
U.K. Anabaptist leader Stuart Murray engaged Anabaptists in South Korea during a country-wide speaking tour this spring.Read More
July 24, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese

This is a typical scene Dyck encountered in the MDS clean-up. --MDS photo

Editor's Note: The response to the flood disaster in High River, Alta, has been overwhelming. Here Gerald and Lee Dyck , who spent a week there directing clean-up efforts, give a... Read More
July 19, 2013 | Web First | Gerald and Lee Dyck, Director for British Columbia
A month after the nation’s leading Christian “ex-gay” group apologized and announced plans to close, a similar Jewish group is facing a first-of-its-kind lawsuit for consumer... Read More
July 18, 2013 | Web First | By CORRIE MITCHELL
Hundreds of millions of dollars set aside to help the world’s poor went unspent in the last fiscal year, new figures from the parliamentary budget office show, prompting fresh... Read More
July 17, 2013 | Web First | Lee Berthiaume
Preaching on the Sunday morning after the George Zimmerman/ Trayvon Martin verdict seemed daunting. It turned out not to be so. The worship bulletin was already printed. Hymns had... Read More
July 15, 2013 | Web First | Dan Webster
On the first anniversary of his inauguration as Egypt’s first ever elected president Mohamed Morsi found himself facing demonstrations, unprecedented in size, demanding his... Read More
July 4, 2013 | Web First | Dina Ezzat
The Archbishop of San Salvador is calling for international support in shutting down a Canadian-owned gold mine just across the border in Guatemala. Archbishop José Luis Escobar... Read More
July 4, 2013 | Web First | Michael Swan
As a Ph.D. student studying Mennonite history, Susie Fisher Stoesz finds it hard sometimes to explain to her family what exactly she does when she goes to her office at the... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Saida Sheikh, a Somali young woman who fled to a refugee camp in northwest Kenya when she was just nine years old, is one of two initial graduates of a World University Service of... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
On any given summer day, you will find 22-year-old David Leitch at Investors Group Field receiving passes from the Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterbacks, joking around with coaches or... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Young Voices | Julia Sisler
Late in this summer’s first blockbuster film, Man of Steel, Superman declares, “I’m as American as it gets!” Truer words were never spoken. But when the overt underlying message... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
In recognition of National Aboriginal Day in Canada, on June 21, 2013, Herald Press released Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice and Life Together... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Artbeat |

Engbrecht

“It was an amazing time when I think back,” says Henry Engbrecht. “How could I be so lucky to grow up in that experience?”Read More
July 3, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Oil sands or tar sands? The economy or the environment? The issues are divisive. How can the Mennonite church helpfully engage them constructively?Read More
July 3, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

During its May 2013 meeting in Akron, Pa., MWC Executive Committee members planted a tree at the Mennonite Central Committee Welcoming Place. From left to right, taking their turn placing sod around the tree, are: Cisca Mawangu Ibanda, Democratic Republic of Congo; Ron Penner, Canada; and Adi Walujo, Indonesia.

“An excellent car, but little fuel.” This is how treasurer Ernst Bergen described the situation currently facing Mennonite World Conference (MWC) when the Executive Committee met... Read More
July 3, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Ron Rempel
A group of Old Order Mennonite families who moved from southern Ontario to rural Manitoba just over six years ago, to escape the encroachments of society, have run headlong into... Read More
July 3, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page decision Wednesday (June 26) striking down a federal ban on same-sex marriages... Read More
June 26, 2013 | Web First | Kevin Eckstrom
A group of Old Order Mennonite families who moved from southern Ontario to rural Manitoba just over six years ago to escape the encroachments of society have run headlong into the... Read More
June 26, 2013 | | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The house on the bottom right corner belongs to Erinne Wolfe, a member of Trinity Mennonite Church. She is scheduled to leave for Europe on Thursday but can’t get into her house to retrieve her passport. They tried to get through yesterday but weren’t successful, according to Rita Janzen.

Editor's Note: With our Alberta correspondent, Donita Wiebe-Neufeld , on sabbatical, we asked Rita Janzen to give a first person account as an update to after-flood conditions in... Read More
June 25, 2013 | Web First | Rita Janzen
A woman who has lived legally in this country (US) for more than 30 years was granted her request to become a naturalized United States citizen Thursday (June 20) after initially... Read More
June 21, 2013 | Web First | By KIMBERLY WINSTON

At 31, Ryan Anderson has become one of the leading millennials debating gay marriage. Photo by Benjamin Myers

Ryan Anderson has planted himself on arguably the most unpopular stance for his generation: opposing gay marriage. At 31, Anderson has become one of the leading voices in the “... Read More
June 21, 2013 | Web First | By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY
Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,” announced late Wednesday (June 19) that it’s... Read More
June 20, 2013 | Web First | By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY
A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the already high level of restrictions on religion in the Middle East and North Africa – whether resulting from government... Read More
June 20, 2013 | Web First | Researchers

Martin Luther, founder of Germany’s Protestant (Lutheran) Church, nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Religion News Service file photo

Lutherans and Catholics have pledged to celebrate together the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, with both sides agreeing to set aside centuries of... Read More
June 19, 2013 | Web First | By ALESSANDRO SPECIALE
Long, voluminous hair has long been regarded as an archetypal feminine trait. Anna-Marie Janzen, 25, currently has long curly blonde hair, but she won’t have it for much longer... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
In addition to being smart, funny, politically conservative and an entrepreneur, Jude (a pseudonym) is also same-sex-oriented, a secret he has kept from his parents and most of... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Young Voices | Laura Tait
In North American society, where most people have been blessed with an abundance of resources, many see short-term missions as a way to use what we have to help others. But is... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Young Voices | Bethany Daman

Jamie Arpin-Ricci, pastor of Little Flowers Church, left, and Janet Conrad take part in the I’m Sorry campaign at this year’s Gay Pride Parade in Winnipeg on June 2, to express regret for the way Christians have not shown love to their LGBTQ neighbours.

For the second year in a row, a group of Christians gathered in Winnipeg to say “I’m sorry.” They joined the crowds on the sidelines of the annual Gay Pride Parade in downtown... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Back Page | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Max Wiedmer’s Peace Maker film, created in ‘portrait’ format, rather than as a conventional ‘landscape,’ was shown seven times over seven hours on May 17 in Basel’s Theodorskirch as part of the city’s first Night of Faith Festival.

More than a thousand people saw the movie Peace Makers at the Theodorskirch during the first Night of Faith Festival that took place in Basel on May 17.Read More
June 18, 2013 | Artbeat | By Michael Sommer
Three former staff members of Mennonite Pioneer Missions and Native Ministry, the predecessor organizations of Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations, passed away in April... Read More
June 18, 2013 | God at work in Us | Mennonite Church Canada

James Jakob Fehr of the German Mennonite Peace Committee, left, presents Judy da Silva, a member of the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario, right, with the 2013 Michael Sattler Peace Prize for her environmental advocacy work against multinational logging companies in her community.

Judy da Silva, a member of the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario, was this year’s recipient of the Michael Sattler Peace Prize from the German Mennonite Peace... Read More
June 18, 2013 | God at work in the World |

Syrian refugees are pictured in an informal settlement in Lebanon known colloquially as ‘a gathering.’

“Every night I go to bed thinking about what I will feed my family in the morning,” says a Syrian woman who fled with her family to a refugee settlement in Sidon, south of Beirut... Read More
June 18, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Emily Cain

‘Act justly,’ from Micah 6:8, was one of the three theme days at this year’s Walk, Witness, Worship Youth Retreat, held at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp on the May long weekend.

Our youth group from Petitcodiac Mennonite Church in New Brunswick had the opportunity to travel to Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, Hepworth, Ont., on the May long weekend for the... Read More
June 18, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Mika Driedger
Will native son and national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with illness? That is the single question dominating headlines, speeches, Twitter and conversation... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Web First | by Zaheer Cassim and Catherine Featherston, USA Today
Quebec's decision to ban Sikh religious headgear on the soccer field is having national repercussions. Last week, the Canadian Soccer Association suspended the Quebec Soccer... Read More
June 17, 2013 | Web First | Ron Csillag

Cris Derksen and choir

East Vancouver is one of the city's most culturally diverse areas. Thus, it was entirely fitting that Tim Corlis brought his Vancouver Peace Choir there to give a very special... Read More
June 14, 2013 | Web First | Lorne Brandt
Nearly 35 years after conservatives launched a takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention, a new divide is emerging — this time over the teachings of 16th-century Reformer John... Read More
June 7, 2013 | Web First | Greg Horton
A discussion among us thirty-something Mennonites has been heating up online. It’s a discussion that cuts to the heart of nearly everything the church worries about us. The... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Young Voices | Peter Epp
Zoe Matties describes the four months she spent taking groups on tours between Argentina, the Falkland Islands, Georgia and Antarctica with One Ocean Expeditions as “holy moments... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
“Imagine spitting into a Dixie cup. After doing so, how would you feel if you were asked to drink the contents of the cup?” This is the opening image used by Richard Beck in... Read More
June 5, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by David Driedger

Amanda Falla

Amanda Falla believes that miracles appear to be uncommon because people don’t talk about them. But she cannot keep quiet about hers.Read More
June 5, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Kelsey Hochstetler

Todd Hanson’s picture taken in Chengdu, China, was named first-place News Photo at this year’s Canadian Church Press Awards held last month in Toronto.

Canadian Mennonite received four awards at this year’s Canadian Church Press (CCP) ceremony held in Toronto last month at the conclusion of the association’s annual convention.Read More
June 5, 2013 | God at work in the Church |

Douglas Mennonite young adults Emily Penner, foreground, and Kristi DeFehr help prepare a bed frame for assembly.

You don’t need to travel the globe to find a place to serve. That’s what the young adults at Douglas Mennonite Church in Winnipeg came to realize when they decided on a local... Read More
June 5, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, centre, who will leave office this month as Iran’s president after serving two terms, is pictured at a February 2007 meeting with members of a Mennonite Central Committee-led delegation.

After Iranians replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a two-term president, in this month’s elections, much of the world will remember him as an enigmatic hardliner from a far-off place... Read More
June 5, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
The online English-language al-Qaida magazine Inspire , which once printed instructions for building a pressure-cooker bomb, has published a special edition that attempts to take... Read More
June 4, 2013 | Web First | Doug Stanglin
The Syrian civil war is increasingly drawing in nations across the Middle East, a regionwide conflict that threatens to pit world powers against each other and Muslim against... Read More
May 31, 2013 | Web First | by Oren Dorrell and Ahmed Kwider of USA Today
I was sitting in a theology class during my first year at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg, when the question first dawned on me: Where does my professor go to... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Young Voices | Melanie Kampen
Some readers may only know me as Canadian Mennonite’s Young Voices co-editor. Not many know a lot about me. I have a meaningful relationship with Netflix, I’m addicted to Twitter... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Walid Dabbous, left, a Syrian refugee now living in Sidon, Lebanon, tells his story to Don Peters, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada, centre, and Ali Jammoul, a worker with the Development for People and Nature Association.

The executive director of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada says the situation in Syria is likely to worsen and more must be done for the people affected by the conflict.Read More
May 22, 2013 | Back Page | By Julie Bell
Leland Harder, a scholar of both Anabaptist history and Anabaptists of the late 1900s, died at the age of 86 in North Newton, Kan. Harder was a pastor, seminary professor and... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Focus On | By Mary E. Klassen

Henry Regier exhibited a 160-year-old Kroeger clock face along with copies of Arthur Kroeger’s book, Kroeger Clocks.

Where could you go in your town to find a show of artifacts from three or four continents? Our 50 +/- group at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, Waterloo, did just that after we... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Focus On | By Miriam Maust
The title of Coming Home is an appropriate metaphor for this fascinating retelling of the last 60 years of Robert Kreider’s 93-year pilgrimage. We read about at least three “homes... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by Ronald J.R. Mathies

As Frances Ringenberg, left, a member of the pastoral team of Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Ind., greets Emma Sommers Richards at the celebration of the book about Richards’ ordination, Ringenberg said, ‘You were the first woman pastor I ever saw.’ Richards was pastor of Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Church, where Ringenberg was a member b

By telling the story of the ordination of Emma Sommers Richards, a new book from the Institute of Mennonite Studies aims to show that “all church members will share in the... Read More
May 22, 2013 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Mary E. Klassen

Through the safe spaces provided for connection and discussion by the Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) Dialogues, Mzwandile Nkutha, left, and Cobus van Wyngaard are building an unlikely friendship across a history of racial divide.

An unlikely but emerging friendship between Mzwandile Nkutha and Cobus van Wyngaard through the Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) demonstrates in a small way what it... Read More
May 22, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Andrew Suderman

Madeline Spence of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation at Nelson House, Man., says ‘Our land used to be so good; the shorelines used to be so different.’

The director of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba at the time told me two issues stirred up the most flak from constituents: MCC’s work in Israel-Palestine and its... Read More
May 22, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

A group of young teenage musicians are a highlight at the Mather Coffeehouse on April 13. Zach Tiessen, Tyler Rempel, Myles Tiessen, Brianna Hildebrand and Daria Hildebrand are from Trinity and Crystal City Mennonite churches and Cornerstone Ministries Church.

The tiny hamlet of Mather in southwestern Manitoba is home to about 100 people, but for one night of the year the population burgeons. On April 13, the Mather community held its... Read More
May 22, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Bedding plants on a garden bench help participants get into the spirit of this year’s Saskatchewan Women in Mission Enrichment Day theme: ‘Like a watered garden.’

The foyer of Eigenheim Mennonite Church, filled with bedding plants on a garden bench and trickling water from several fountains, visually and audibly depicted the theme of this... Read More
May 22, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
Twenty-five top Christian leaders gathered in the U.S. city with perhaps the worst reputation for civil discourse Wednesday (May 15) and committed themselves to elevating the... Read More
May 16, 2013 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers. Canadian flag image... Read More
May 15, 2013 | Web First | Ron Csillag
It’s not an original idea. Chances are good you’ve either done it yourself or you know someone who has given up Facebook for some length of time. That’s what I did for the month... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I have no medical training. Moving among nursing staff and doctors with years of clinical training and experience on my first day seeing patients at Cambridge (Ont.) Memorial... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Young Voices | Michael Turman
As leaders of the environmental movement are despairing that there is little hope for the future of our world, A Rocha, a national faith-based creation-care organization, saw a... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

A scene from Forgiven/Forgotten, the latest play by the Toronto-based Theatre of the Beat troupe, which is on a cross-Canada tour sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Canada. Pictured: Kim Walker and Johnny Wideman.

A bottle of wine moves through Forgiven/Forgotten, the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada-sponsored play about restorative justice that premiered last month at the Conrad... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Clyde Dougans is pictured in action on the auction floor at last year’s MCC Festival for World Relief, Abbotsford, B.C. The popular auctioneer passed away on March 7.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff and volunteers are mourning the loss of their friend and long-term volunteer, Clyde Dougans. Dougans was a fixture at the annual MCC... Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Angelika Dawson
Elisabeth Elliot’s 1957 classic, Through Gates of Splendor, was billed by the publisher as “the boldest and most dramatic missionary exploit of modern times . . . a collision of... Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

César Garcia, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) general secretary, left, visits with Vidya J. Narimalla of Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church at the MWC/Mennonite Central Committee Ontario-sponsored pastors breakfast on April 25.

Ears pricked up when César Garcia suggested that all national churches need to be in communication with other national churches about issues of faith and practice.Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Rochelle Benny Gerard, Marisa Pathmanathan and Kameesna Kamal of the Markham Christian Worship Centre perform a worship dance about not needing to be afraid because ‘God most high’ is in charge.

Twenty-five years ago Mennonite Church Eastern Canada gathered at the United Mennonite Educational Institute in Leamington, Ont., for its inaugural annual conference.Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky

This cross was carved out of a downed tree after a deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. At a celebration to commemorate two year’s of rebuilding efforts, Kevin King, executive director of Mennonite Disaster Service, said of the carving, ‘It is now weathered and cracked from the drying sun, proclaiming the injury of the past.’

Nearly two years after an EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Mo., Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) closed its project site in Joplin with a celebration.Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in the World | Mennonite Disaster Service
In an age when many Mennonite churches worry about losing young people, David Epp has a solution: the church should become their landlord. At Rosthern Mennonite Church’s semi-... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
The blue hymnal is nestled in the pew rack, its binding loose from having its spine cracked and pages flipped too many times to count. Now, as technology drives the culture, more... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Rebekah Krahn
Casa de la Amistad—House of Friendship—is a welcome change for about 140 Bolivian children aged 4 to 18. They are happy to participate in a program that offers them two meals a... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Theology/Spirituality Citizenship: Paul on Peace and Politics . Gordon Mark Zerbe. Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2012, 276 pages.Read More
April 24, 2013 | Focus On | Compiled by Barb Draper
Development of a new Sunday school curriculum called Shine is underway by publishers MennoMedia and Brethren Press. Writers are beginning this month on the first quarter of Shine... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Focus On |
More information does not mean we will make the right choices, but less information insures an impoverished understanding. As the initial wave of media attention over Idle No More... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by David Driedger
Amish romance novels are big business, with the top authors selling millions of copies. From the 1990s to 2004, one or two Amish novels were published each year. By 2008, there... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper

Shahina Siddiqui, executive director of the Islamic Social Services Association, left, presents Brenda Suderman, Faith Page reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, with the Ihsan Award for her journalistic bridge-building efforts.

Brenda Suderman, a member of Home Street Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, was one of two Winnipeg Free Press journalists to be honoured by the Islamic Social Services Association with... Read More
April 24, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

A crowd of about 60 people of various ages, almost all from Mennonite congregations, gathers outside the chain-link fence of the Enbridge pumping station near Gretna, Man., for a service of lament on Holy Saturday.

A cross in the ditch is a common marker for tragic events, so on Holy Saturday, March 30, a wooden cross is planted in the snowy ditch just outside the chain-link fence of the... Read More
April 24, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Metzger

While Mennonites in Canada enjoy an era of economic abundance, less and less of that wealth is trickling down to the area and national churches.Read More
April 24, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun
“So Kyle, are you ever going to be a lead pastor?” Good question. I am 29, married, have two kids and an undergrad degree, and have worked as a youth pastor for almost eight years... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Young Voices | Kyle Penner
Companions, guides, watchdogs and friends; No matter how you slice it, pets play a huge role in the lives of Canadians. The latest survey by Statistics Canada shows this, too,... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Young Voices | Laura Tait
Conversation within the walls of the Great Hall once fell on deaf ears, as what is now Canadian Mennonite University was originally built as a school for the hearing-impaired... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Young Voices | Michael Wiebe

Angelika Dawson, a member of the Good Friday Blues Band, nails her ‘blues’ to a cross as part of the Good Friday Blues service.

Blues filled the House of James Christian bookstore for two nights during Holy Week, raising the roof with music and raising funds for a local charity.Read More
April 10, 2013 | Back Page | By Amy Dueckman

Visual artists Miriam Rudolph and Bennie Peters explore their upbringing in Paraguay in the new art exhibit, ‘From Paraguay to Winnipeg: Explorations of Place, Home and Childhood,’ at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.

Miriam Rudolph has spent most of the past decade living in Winnipeg, but Canadians often ask her what it’s like living in Paraguay, where she grew up.Read More
April 10, 2013 | Artbeat | By Aaron Epp
CMU Press of Winnipeg describes its latest release, Citizenship: Paul on Peace and Politics, by Gordon Zerbe, as a collection of essays that offers “a revisiting of Paul’s... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Artbeat | By Nadine Kampen
On March 18, shock waves rippled through the small community of New Hamburg, where the headquarters of Ten Thousand Villages Canada is located, and beyond, as store closures and... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Focus On | Dave Rogalsky
Jonah Langelotz and three of his classmates needed to participate in a nonviolent action for their History and Strategies of Nonviolence course at Canadian Mennonite University (... Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Jim Cornelius, left, Foodgrains Bank executive director, presents a glass grain elevator—an “image of what the Foodgrains Bank has stood for and meant across the country”—to CIDA president Margaret Biggs and Julian Fantino, federal international cooperation minister. At right is Don Peters, the Foodgrains Bank’s board chair.

Helping people in need overseas is not only a “tangible expression of Canadian values,” but also a “critical instrument for advancing Canada’s long-term prosperity and security.”Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
In a luncheon discussion with local Mennonite pastors and church leaders at Lethbridge Mennonite Church, where Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service board members were holding... Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Matt Groenheide, left, a well-known local percussionist specializing in classical percussion and world drumming, and Scottish singer/cellist George Fowler, provided the entertainment for Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service’s annual banquet held last month in Lethbridge, Alta.

Canadian Mennonite was urged at its annual banquet last month to “pass on the best of the Anabaptist faith” to its Mennonite readership and to speak without fear in the face of... Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner
From her seat at the front, Mennonite Church Alberta secretary Joani Neufeldt could see all of the gathered Mennonite Church Alberta delegates as the story of the newly forming... Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
In the basement of Toronto’s Danforth Mennonite Church, two chairs and a laundry basket serve as a makeshift set. Two young actors repeat their lines over and over, practising how... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
On page 35 of the Jan. 21 issue, Thorpe wrote “Advocating for the orphan” about international adoption. Now she looks at local adoption, and the story of a young couple who... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe
It’s a Wednesday night and there is a good turnout at the St. Clair O’Connor Community, an intergenerational housing project in Toronto, where internationally renowned author... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Avery Peters
The late John Howard Yoder has long been recognized as an important Mennonite theologian, but his work has mostly been used by scholars and has not been readily accessible to the... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper

Cassandra (left) and Jalon

Government and media often brand people who have committed offences as “bad guys” to be feared and put away. But that’s not how their kids see them. In What Will Happen to Me? a... Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the World |

Derksen

In 1984, Cliff and Wilma Derksen’s 13-year-old daughter Candace was abducted and murdered. The case was not solved until 2011. Below are excerpts of Wilma’s presentation to a... Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the World |

Hutton

When John Hutton sees a person convicted of murder or assault, as he regularly does, he does not see a “bad guy” to be feared or reviled. Instead, he sees the potential for change.Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Attendees at a March fundraising banquet view the display telling of Mennonite Disaster Service’s many projects during the past year.

From a wind-damaged Bible camp in northern B.C. to a flooded town in North Dakota, and even to storm-ravaged New York City, British Columbians gave of their time and talents to... Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman
How to financially sustain ministry is a topic of discussion for at least six national church bodies in Canada, including Mennonite Church Canada.Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese

The new archbishop, Justin Welby, smiled and occasionally laughed as he watched African Anglicans dance and sing.

Justin Welby , the 57-year old former oil executive who quit the world of high finance in 1992 to become a priest, was enthroned Thursday (March 21) as the 105th archbishop of... Read More
March 22, 2013 | Web First | Trevor Grundy

Isabel Peron

In 1974, when the Rev. Jorge Bergoglio was the top Jesuit in his native Argentina, a former nightclub dancer named Isabel Peron came to head the nation – an accidental and weak... Read More
March 20, 2013 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
Dreaming big can be dangerous when you’ve got an obsessive personality. Once you’ve got a crazy idea, you need to make it happen. That’s a lesson Paul Plett learned after he... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Jesse Krause, 27, spent nearly a year in total fashioning instruments out of whatever he could find and writing music based on biblical stories, all to tell an old story in a new... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Young Voices is excited to welcome Isaac Friesen and Wanda Wall-Bergen as our newest bloggers. Isaac and Wanda are currently serving in Egypt with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Where might you find coffee grounds, potato skins and egg shells mixed with meat, napkins and leftover spaghetti? Typically, beside other garbage in the dump. In fact, for years,... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Back Page | By Kristina Lopienski

Kenton Lobe, left, and Megan Klassen-Wiebe harvest basil at the urban Canadian Mennonite University Community Shared Agriculture farm.

“The health of the land is probably the best indicator of the health of the covenant between God and God’s people.”Read More
March 13, 2013 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Young chicken farmer Colin Brown of Carstairs, Alta., holds a Light Brahma chick in his hand. Note the feathered feet common to the type.

Not many aspiring Alberta farmers find inspiration in Hawaii, but that is exactly what happened for 11-year-old Colin Brown of Carstairs, Alta. While on a family vacation three... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
My cousin Arthur’s book about clocks of the Russian Mennonites, and about Kroeger clocks in particular, is the result of a life-long labour. He is the last in a Krueger/Kroeger... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Henry A. Regier

Nolan Andres, left, puts on a Conrad Grebel University College tie given him by Paul Penner, Grebel’s director of operations, at the Feb. 20 fête honouring Andres as he leaves PeaceWorks Technology Solutions, which he founded 17 years ago.

In his first year working in information technology (IT) in 1996, Nolan Andres was living at Conrad Grebel University College and his roommate was Tim Miller Dyck, later to become... Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
Canadians of European ancestry generally don’t pay much attention to the benefits and advantages they enjoy because of their skin colour. So says Sue Eagle, a director of... Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Gladys Terichow

Lee Dyck, left, the new moderator of Mennonite Church B.C., talks with Ray Cymbaluk of Crossroads Community Church, Chilliwack, at the area church’s annual delegate sessions.

Mennonite Church B.C. managed to accomplish in one day what used to take two.Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Craig Neufeld, as Jesus, tells the parable of the Sower and the Seed during one of the worship sessions at last month's annual delegate session. Organizers chose to use a lot of Scripture as one way of 'dusting off the Bible,' says Jerry Buhler, area church minister.

At times, there seemed to be more questions than answers. But for those in attendance at the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan delegate sessions at the end of February, there was also... Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

Stuart Murray Williams, keynote speaker at last month’s Mennonite Church Manitoba annual delegate session, chats with Byron Rempel-Burkholder about what the future may hold for the area church.

Mennonite Church Manitoba is at a critical juncture as it faces issues that reflect changing times.Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Allaby

Gordon Allaby is grateful for the services his wider church provides. But he is deeply concerned about how charitable giving is changing.Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dan Dyck
When I interviewed her in her studio overlooking Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, artist Chantel Mierau was hard at work putting together materials for her first-ever solo... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
On my recent two-week visit to Palestine/Israel, I had the pleasure of meeting the renowned author and archbishop, Elias Chacour. Referring to the Israeli occupation of his... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Kayla Drudge
Doubt is common to everyone, but it seems to be especially so for young adults, since we are the ones who are starting our own independent lives and have uncertainties about our... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Young Voices | J.D. Dueckman
“This will be my last year!” say the 16-year-olds, sadly bemoaning the fact that after this summer they will be too old for Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, held each summer at... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Ingrid Loepp Thiessen
With its very name meaning “place of refuge” in the local Salish dialect and its location on Sto:lo territory, Camp Squeah has always felt an innate connection with first nations... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Amy Dueckman

‘Mudfest’ is a popular activity at Glenbrook Day Camp.

As a parent, you know that for your son or daughter to be successful in life they need to be well rounded. They need to be strong academically, but also socially, emotionally,... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Eric Musselman

Nathan Warkentin leads a lakeside worship service at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp.

“I’m a better person when I get home from camp.”Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Dave Erb

I-J Bellamy climbs Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp’s rock wall.

As Hidden Acres prepared to introduce and inform our many supporters about our new Camper Subsidy Fund at our 50th anniversary benefit concert I had a few butterflies in my... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Tina Wheaton

Toews (left) and Manzullo-Thomas (right)

Last year, the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) General Council approved a global communication strategy calling for changes in the reach, frequency, form and content of the... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Artbeat | Mennonite World Conference

Block

Bill Block has more than 1,300 sermons that sit in his bottom filing cabinet drawer, evidence of his many years of working for the Mennonite church as a pastor, chaplain and... Read More
February 27, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Mar Elias High School students Sally Dabbah, left, and Miyas Nassar, right, are pictured with Westgate Mennonite Collegiate student Avery Letkemann during a recent visit from Israel/Palestine. Letkemann and other Westgate students will be making a return visit to Israel later this year.

The hallways at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate in Winnipeg were abuzz with excitement. Eight students and their teacher, Emil Haloun, had arrived from Mar Elias High School in... Read More
February 27, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Speakers at this year’s Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand conference include, from left, Dave Andrews, who has lived among marginalized people groups for more than 30 years, and Nora Amath, chair of Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity.

Jan. 26 is Australia Day, the equivalent of Canada Day. Over the Australia Day weekend the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand held its biennial conference in... Read More
February 27, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Mark S. Hurst and Nathan Hobby

David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He writes for RNS and until recently covered the religion beat for AOL's Politics Daily. He blogs at Commonweal magazine, and has written two books on Catholic topics, the latest a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.

If you want a crash course on how papal politics really works, look no further than the saga of Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien. On Friday, Britain's most senior Catholic cleric... Read More
February 26, 2013 | Web First | David Gibson
When Robert Mugabe clung to power after Zimbabwe's 2008 election he was quick to wield the power of the law and the authority of the state, reported Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC's... Read More
February 26, 2013 | Web First | Anna Maria Tremonti
A new poll suggests Quebecers are no longer among the least religious residents of Canada. The reason? Quebecers are now slightly more likely to feel an "attachment to religion"... Read More
February 26, 2013 | Web First | Ron Csillag
As the 117 Roman Catholic cardinals walk into the Sistine Chapel next month for the election of a new pope, one hopes that they fully recognize the unfolding, dramatic pilgrimage... Read More
February 19, 2013 | Web First | by Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
Unchurched Americans have high expectations that they will have sex on Valentine's Day. Lutherans, Presbyterians and other mainline Protestants? Not so much. A new study from the... Read More
February 14, 2013 | Web First | Lauren Markoe

The Rev. Amy Butler, senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

The church that I pastor sits on a busy corner in downtown Washington, D.C . It’s the kind of neighborhood where most people, whether they live or work in the area, rarely if ever... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Web First | Rev. Amy Butler
“I want to talk to God, but I’m afraid ‘cause we ain’t spoke in so long.” (Kanye West, “Jesus Walks”) “Please talk to me / Won’t you please talk to me? / We can unlock this misery... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“Even in the smallest places can a garden grow.” This line from Noah Gunderson’s song, “Garden,” captures the essence of a CD recording tour with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Megan Enns
“The states, parties to the present covenant, recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Ellen Paulley

In the wake of Typhoon Bopha in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, Daniel and Joji Pantoja’s staff loaned one month of their salaries to purchase food aid for 650 families, prompting smiles of gratitude from young recipients.

A typhoon, five million hungry people and no available funds for relief operations. When Peacebuilders Community Inc. (PBCI) faced that scenario late last year, staff rose to the... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Back Page | By Deborah Froese

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as the young Joe, in Looper, a film that challenges the myth of redemptive violence.

Looper is an independent, critically acclaimed, futuristic, neo-noir, time-travel thriller. By itself, this is a unique set of characteristics guaranteed to attract viewers like... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Paul M. Zehr is retiring after serving as chair of the editorial council of the Believers Church Bible Commentary (BCBC) series for more than 25 years. “While it’s been a labour... Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in Us |
As a quiet first-year college student, I took a long, nervous walk down the dorm hallway, across a dimly lit ideological divide and into the room of the second-year student who... Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Syrian refugee children take shelter against the cold shortly after arriving in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan, early in the morning of Nov. 26, 2012. Mennonite Central Committee has delivered 900 comforters, 350 relief kits and 3,520 school kits to the camp so far. For story on the worsening crisis in Syria.

The crisis in Syria is rapidly spinning out of control.Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Building on years of separate bilateral dialogues between Mennonites and their Catholic and Lutheran counterparts, the three denominations began trilateral talks on the issue of... Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Mennonite World Conference

Bernie Wiebe and pastor Lynell Bergen break bread during Hope Mennonite Church’s communion service officially welcoming the LGBTQ community in its midst. The special cloth draped over the communion table had been created for the event.

The welcome offered at the communion table on Jan. 20 at Hope Mennonite Church signalled the congregation’s arrival at a significant milestone on what has been a long, winding and... Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Beyonce

Super Bowl halftime shows often burn more vivid images into the American conscience than the most-watched football game of the year, and can claim millions more viewers. They can... Read More
February 1, 2013 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
Youth growing up in many Mennonite churches could be forgiven for thinking that homosexual sex is the only kind of intercourse people have, because that’s the only kind many... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
At one point Christianity was the centre of life in North America; now it has been pushed to the margins. But that’s an important place to be, according to Cam Roxburgh. Mennonite... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
‘Metaphors in cloth and clay,’ a new exhibit at the Mennonite Heritage Gallery, Winnipeg, combines the individual and collaborative work of Winnipeg artists Ingrid Lincoln and... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Back Page |

Martha Smith Good signs her book Breaking Ground: One Woman’s Journey into Pastoral Ministry for Jean Shantz at a book-signing event at Wilmot Mennonite Church, Ont., in mid-December.

Guelph Mennonite Church, which Martha Smith Good was pastoring, had requested ordination for her, but the then Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec wanted to license her... Read More
January 30, 2013 | God at work in Us | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Neufeld

Joseph S. Neufeld was born into a large Mennonite family and community in rural Alberta. Having many sisters and brothers, and growing up in the Dirty Thirties, he quickly... Read More
January 30, 2013 | God at work in Us | By David Neufeld

Sitting in quiet, yoga retreat participants at Camp Squah experience the presence of God.

Determination to exercise more, or to improve one’s spiritual life, are on many people’s lists as they begin a new year. Thirty people who met at Camp Squeah from Jan. 11 to 13... Read More
January 30, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

Victor Khambil of the Chin Christian Church, a Mennonite Church Eastern Canada emerging congregation, leads chants with his megaphone in support of the Kachin people of Burma.

Victor Khambil, secretary for the Chin Christian Church, Kitchener, was front and centre at a peaceful protest at city hall on Jan. 19.Read More
January 30, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
Peace. The final frontier. This is the hope of the Mennonite Church. Its mission: To witness in a strange new world. To seek renewed life, renewed community, and to boldly go... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Focus On | By Sean East

Khuankaew

Ouyporn Khuankaew travelled a long way to teach at the 2012 Canadian School for Peacebuilding at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) last summer, and she says the trip was well... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Focus On | By Lindsay Wright

Bethany Johnson is a first-year student at the Medical School for International Health in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Bethany Johnson is exactly where she wanted to be after graduating from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2012 with a degree in biology: well on her way to a career in medical... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Focus On | By Andrew Jenner
There are countless good schools that prepare all manner of public servants. We have great doctors and lawyers, business leaders and scientists—thanks be to God.Read More
January 30, 2013 | Focus On | By Sara Wenger Shenk

President Barack Obama looks at the portrait of Abraham Lincoln that hangs in the Oval Office prior to meeting with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, June 29, 2009. RNS photo by Pete Souza/The White House

President Obama will publicly take the oath of office with Bibles once owned by his political heroes, Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr . One Bible was well read... Read More
January 18, 2013 | Web First | Daniel Burke
Chantel Klassen and her husband Jared have declared themselves passionate about advocating for the orphan. These twenty-somethings from Warman, Sask., see loving the orphan as an... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe
The Idle No More movement is not just an “Indian thing.” Thousands of people in Canada and around the world—including Mennonites—have rallied to stand in solidarity with this... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
In an age where young-adult church attendance is often declining, many churches want to build a vibrant group for this demographic. Springfield Heights Mennonite Church seems to... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Young Voices | Thomas Guenther
Playwright and actor Ted Swartz has scripted his most personal work yet, this time in autobiographical form.Read More
January 16, 2013 | Artbeat |

Rehan

Dessert was artistically displayed against a candlelit backdrop at Wildwood Mennonite Church as a few dozen people gathered late last year to celebrate Anna Rehan’s long and... Read More
January 16, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

Conrad Grebel University College professor Derek Suderman holds up his group’s cartoon of the plot of the biblical passage being studied at the ‘Contextual Bible study’ seminar, while Chris Brnjas, a master of theological studies student at the college, explains it.

“I hope this is the beginning of something.”Read More
January 16, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Dave Rogalsky

Howard Zehr, widely known as the ‘grandfather of restorative justice,’ will co-lead the Zehr Institute of Restorative Justice at the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Harrisonburg, Va. Zehr will step aside from his teaching responsibilities at EMU following the spring 2013 semester.

Howard Zehr, widely known as the “grandfather of restorative justice,” will step aside from his teaching role at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) after the spring 2013 semester... Read More
January 16, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Lora Steiner and Bonnie Price Lofton
Recently, I gave a presentation on the tension between answering God’s call and the demands of the world. I explained how hard it is, because most North American consumers seem to... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by Galen Lehman
I love the piano in our living room. The small Wurlitzer fits nicely into the proportions of the room and often provides a good platform for seasonal decorations and whatever... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Focus On | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen

Hildebrand (left), and Schlegel (right)

Two Mennonite businessmen have been named to the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston, out of a total of 91 recipients recognized. Ron Schlegel of Waterloo, Ont.,... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Focus On | By Dick Benner
Are you feeling unsatisfied with the state of democracy in Canada? You may not be the only one. A recent poll released by the charitable organization Samara found that only 55 per... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Young Voices | Casey van Wensem
Why does business matter to God? As a business major at Canadian Mennonite University this is a question that has kept me up at night as I think about what I want to do with my... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Young Voices | Ethan Heidebrecht
After almost 28 years in her position as area church youth minister of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, Anna Rehan is retiring. In her time in this role, she came to understand the... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Cindi Powell and her daughters Erica and Emily are the owners of this house in St. Catharines, Ont., built through a partnership between Habitat Niagara and the local Mennonite community.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara has been building houses in the Niagara Peninsula since 1993. This year the house built on Tasker St. in St. Catharines was a partnership Habitat for... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Back Page | Story and photo by Maria Klassen
At the end of the grade 10 Christian Studies class at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, students are asked to do a project in which they reflect upon a foreign religious practice.Read More
January 2, 2013 | Focus On | by Sarah Currie
New public service announcements produced by MennoMedia are being distributed to 13,000 radio stations across the U.S. A grant from Schowalter Foundation helped with funding.Read More
January 2, 2013 | Artbeat | MennoMedia

Mutabazi

Shadrack Mutabazi is a Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student who is trying to concentrate on his studies in spite of the trauma that plagues his family and his country... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Lyndsay Wright
At a Brotherhood meeting in Altona, Man. last November, the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church decided to withdraw as one of the member churches of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and photo by Will Braun

Wesley Driedger (left) and Elaine Dueck and other volunteers wash and dry cans of meat at the MCC meat canning operation in Winkler.

Elaine Dueck, 15, eagerly anticipates the annual 64-hour around-the-clock meat canning operations when Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) mobile meat canner comes to her home... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the World | Gladys Terichow

Laureen Harder-Gissing, archivist at Conrad Grebel University College, examines some of the items from Lorraine Roth’s collection that recently found a new home at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

A lifetime of persistent and meticulous research into the lives and family histories of Amish Mennonites has been donated to the Mennonite Archives of Ontario at Conrad Grebel... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the Church |

One stop on a guided bus tour was the Furby Street building where members worshipped from 1945-1955. This 105-year-old building is now used by the St. Demetrius Romanian Orthodox Church. It is also the birthplace of Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now CMU).

In 1937, a tired and aging Rev. Benjamin Ewert sat in the old Eaton’s waiting room in downtown Winnipeg. As young people drifted through, he studied their faces to see if he could... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) helps women get loans to develop small businesses, such as this woman in Ghana who sells salt at the market.

Although the Saskatoon chapter of MEDA is considered to be a small group, their dreams to help others are big. Each year, this group of business people raises money for one... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau
Path #12: Grace and justice for the vulnerable By Laura Loewen, Being a Faith Church Task Force member Jesus is portrayed as “consistently interpreting Scripture in reference to,... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the Church |
In preparation for next September’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Christians in B.C. gathered to learn about the First Nations worldview. Brander McDonald, Mennonite Church... Read More
December 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
When I think of Mary, the chosen mother of Christ, I think of one iconic image. I think of the Catholic version of the eternal virgin on a pedestal. This doesn’t seem right, and I... Read More
December 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe
Praying 25 times over the course of five days will change the way you look at God, yourself and others. Just ask Maddy Loewen. This past June, the student at Winnipeg’s Westgate... Read More
December 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Last Christmas Eve, Todd Hanson encountered road blocks on his way to church in Chengdu.

On his way to church last Christmas Eve, Todd Hanson found the police had erected roadblocks to facilitate crowd control. Hanson lives in Chengdu, China, where he and his wife... Read More
December 12, 2012 | Back Page |
What happens when an ethno-religious group feels their way of life is threatened? For over a century, before the October 1917 revolution in Russia, Mennonites in Ukraine had... Read More
December 11, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Henry Neufeld

Mbonye Buhunda, 38, her husband and their six children, including Mapenli, 11 and Ishara, 13, pictured, have been displaced repeatedly.

Many of the people displaced when rebel group M23 recently took control of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo had already been displaced a number of times earlier this year... Read More
December 11, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Linda Espenshade
Over the last number of years the St. Clair O’Connor Community (SCOC) Board has reviewed and renewed its mission statement and constitution. Through these evaluations many... Read More
December 11, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Walter Friesen
Path # 8: We are part of a larger story of “God’s love affair with the world.” By Willard Metzger, Being a Faithful Church Task Force member “Scripture calls us to remember that... Read More
December 11, 2012 | God at work in the Church |
After a Winnipeg shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence lost out on $450,000 from the city , local recording artist and record label manager Michael Petkau Falk... Read More
November 23, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Peter Worsley coordinates MCC Alberta’s community chaplaincy program.

Mennonite Central Committee's chaplaincy programs in Alberta and Ontario are facing a fund gap following the Canadian government's decision to change how it supports community... Read More
November 23, 2012 | Web First | Gladys Terichow
In a surprise move that shocked both sides of a years-long debate, the Church of England on Tuesday (Nov. 20) rejected an expected move to allow women bishops, preserving the... Read More
November 23, 2012 | Web First | Tevor Grundy
In an attempt to help their church become more environmentally friendly, Emmanuel Mennonite Church has done some environmental audits and proposals. The ideas proposed have became... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
I remember standing at the entrance to the cathedral in the German city of Muenster, gazing upwards at the metal cages suspended from the bell tower. I listened as my Mennonite... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Young Voices | Scott Bergen
When I was asked to write an article for Canadian Mennonite, I did not know where to start. I have so many stories to tell, but these stories are complicated, given the history my... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Young Voices | Kholoud Al Ajarma

Volunteers, (from left) Sasha Homenko, Anna Marie Giesbrecht, Laeun Kin and Birte Wiebe get to know each other as they work in the kitchen at Sam’s Place.

Packages of beans, tomatoes, carrots, apples and pesto fill the freezers at Sam’s Place, a used book store, café and performing arts venue in the Winnipeg neighbourhood of Elmwood.Read More
November 21, 2012 | Focus On | By Gladys Terichow

(l-r) Meaghan McCracken, Rebecca Campbell, Carol Ann Weaver, Ben Bolt-Martin and Willem Moolenbeek perform Winter Prayers and Blessings from Weaver’s Three Seasons for Lydia Herrle, on Oct. 31 at Conrad Grebel University College.

Elementary school student Lydia Herrle was thrown 25 metres after being hit by a truck as she stepped off her school bus in front of her family’s Country Farm Market on Erb’s Road... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Artbeat | Story and photo by Dave Rogalsky

Job (Mark McKechnie) refuses to be convinced by Sonny (Dan Bieman), the fundamentalist Christian, while the “High and Mighty” house band play in the background in Ross Muir’s Job’s Blues.

Ross Muir, managing editor of Canadian Mennonite, penned the lyrics to his blues’ opera, Job’s Blues, during one of the happiest times of his life, in 1988. The idea had been in... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
This personal narrative of one of the darkest hours for Russian Mennonites, suffering unspeakably under the repression of a ruthless regime, is one of the most compelling I have... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Artbeat | Review by Dick Benner,

Mukanzo

Although Odette Mukole has surely told her story hundreds of times, she speaks softly. She is patient, humble and gracious.Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Dan Dyck

With the oak sapling in the background, Art Friesen addresses the group gathered to recognize the gift of the tree grown from the famous Chortitza oak to M.E.I.

The Chortitza oak, a large tree that has stood in Ukraine for over 700 years, continues living on in a new generation on the campus of Mennonite Educational Institute (M.E.I.) in... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Amy Dueckman

Dinah John (left) and Angel Mathew are part of an intergenerational team of women learning and sharing information about HIV and AIDS in Arusha, Tanzania.

Tears flow freely at Binti Mama (daughter/mother) gatherings as mothers and their teenage daughters talk openly about issues such as HIV and AIDS. Led by an intergenerational team... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow

Cheryl Pauls (right), president of Canadian Mennonite University and Terry Schellenberg, vice-president external, were among those who attended the Mennonite Church Canada leadership assembly in Edmonton where winter came early. They also met with pastors, parents and students in Edmonton and Calgary during their trip.

A blast of winter welcomed Mennonite Church Canada leaders to Edmonton’s First Mennonite Church for the annual fall leadership assembly Nov. 7-10. Most travellers managed to be on... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Proclaiming Jubilee is the mission and vision of both the congregation and Mennonite-owned business, David Miller told a workshop of business leaders and pastors when Mennonite... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Editor/publisher
Path # 7 Holy Spirit and interpretive community By Robert J. Suderman, Being a Faithful Church Task Force member “It is the Holy Spirit who guides the interpretive community in... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the Church |
What offends you? When should Christians be offended by what they see in the world around them, and how should they respond? Those questions were recently addressed in a... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Canadian Mennonite University took 12 students on a study tour to the United Kingdom this summer led by Professor Irma Fast Dueck. The students explored the theme of Christianity... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Young Voices | Ben Borne and Gabrielle Lemire
Sheep, shepherds and wolves—that’s the metaphor Virgil O. Wiebe uses to describe how Mennonites have traditionally related to human rights. Wiebe, a professor from the Faculty of... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Young Voices | Amanda Thorsteinsson
If the grim historical associations with words like “purity” and “cleansing” are any indication, then Sider is right to suggest that the church has had trouble reconciling the... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Artbeat | Review by David Driedger

This Annie C. Funk postcard was issued a couple years after her death in 1912.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Throughout this commemorative year there has been much in-depth coverage of the Titanic but a little-known... Read More
November 7, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The Frey Yoder family, from left to right: Deborah, Nancy, Jeremiah and Bruce.

Nancy Frey and Bruce Yoder are building a new home in Burkina Faso with their children Jeremiah and Deborah. In the capital city of Ouagadougou, the Frey Yoders connect with and... Read More
November 7, 2012 | God at work in the World |
A federal government agency has warned Canadian Mennonite about publishing material that could rally its readers to oppose specific politicians and political parties. A letter to... Read More
November 7, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Carl DeGurse
Path #2: Context makes a difference By Rudy Baergen, Co-chair, Being a Faithful Church Task Force “Context makes a difference in how Scripture is interpreted, understood, and... Read More
November 7, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Devon Clunis, a 25-year veteran of the police force, will be sworn in as chief of police later this year.

The sound-byte was simple, “What would happen if we all just truly—I'm talking about all religious stripes here—started praying for the peace of this city and then actually... Read More
October 30, 2012 | Web First | By David Driedger
In a time when some development agencies report a chilling relationship with the Canadian International Development Agency, and others have seen their funding reduced, three... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
I bought 1kg of sugar for $7. It is Camino golden cane sugar. As it says on the back of the packaging, it is grown at “the first farmer co-operative in Paraguay to produce and... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Young Voices | Elise Epp
With the celebration of the missionary efforts that led to the creation of the Mennonite Community in Congo a century ago (Sept. 3, page 4), now is perhaps a good time to review... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Focus On | Reviewed by Ross W. Muir
The fifth and final volume in the Global Mennonite History Series, the history of North American Mennonites, was released in late September. Seeking Places of Peace by Royden... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Focus On | By Phyllis Pellman Good
Theology, spirituality The Jesus Factor in Justice and Peacemaking . C. Norman Kraus. Cascadia Publishing House, 2011, 125 pages.Read More
October 24, 2012 | Focus On |

Katie Goetz

Katie Goetz, a church sister, asked if we could talk. Something was bothering her.Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Carl DeGurse

Students from Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., learn about First Nations culture by helping to put up a tipi at the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation, Duck Lake, Sask.

Students from Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., spent Sept. 19-27 learning outside the classroom. While first-year students learned about poverty and homelessness by working in... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the World | Jerry Letkeman

Andrew and Karen Suderman, Mennonite Church Canada workers in South Africa, are hosting a Learning Tour Feb. 6-19. They have been in Pietermaritzburg since 2009 and their daughter, Samantha, was born there.

Spectacular water falls. A sweeping, ruggedly beautiful coastline. Exotic wildlife, sophisticated cities and an endless variety of cultures. These are some of the treasures... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

Ka Moua (left), Kia Xiong and Seng Yang wore traditional Hmong attire to dress up for the Saturday afternoon High Tea at the women’s retreat at Camp Squeah.

The planning committee for the Mennonite Church B.C. women’s retreat learned the hard way that God is in the details as they struggled to put together a weekend of renewal and... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Waltrude Gortzen
Path #3: Scripture already interprets scripture By Robert J. Suderman For the Being a Faithful Church Task Force “Scripture already interprets Scripture. It is very important to... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new president of Somalia, is standing in center-front among classmates at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute. This class, titled "Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach," was one of three that the president took.

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud , deepened his understanding of building peace in traumatized societies in three classes taken at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Web First | Bonnie Lofton

Doreen Ruto of Kenya, pictured working in Somalia, is playing a key role in a USAID-funded project using materials developed at EMU for Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR). The goal is to introduce trauma-healing principles to about 115,000 Somalis and thus decrease the likelihood of cycles of violence.

A graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) , as well as the center’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Web First | Andrew Jenner

Coming to a theatre new you.

Recently released to wide critical acclaim across the U.S. and Canada, Hellbound ? is the brainchild of filmmaker Kevin Miller, a graduate of Columbia Bible College and resident... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen, Film Critic
Young adults have a lot to say about the future of the church—and the wider church is listening. Mennonite Church Canada and the five area churches invited eight young adults from... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Young Voices | Deborah Froese
Growing up playing sports, Brad Thiessen occasionally heard the stereotype that Christians are too meek to care about competing at a high level and winning games. “I think [some]... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For 11 years Rachel Potter de Reyes, a missionary from Scotland, has worked in Guatemala with Mike Black Ministries. Initiated in January 1990 by Pastor Mike Black and his wife,... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Young Voices | Shina Park

Dave and Mary Lou Driedger walking the Great Wall in China

We returned to Canada July 18, 2011, after spending six years teaching at the International Christian School in Hong Kong. My husband Dave and I moved into a condo in downtown... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Focus On | Mary Lou Driedger
One businessman had a hard time getting his head around the idea of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook authors giving all their royalties to charity. Charlotte Penner and her husband,... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Artbeat | By Melodie Davis

Elsie Cressman, (foreground) the subject of a documentary, Return to Africa: The Story of Elsie Cressman, is pictured with filmmakers Paul Francescutti, and Paula and Paul Campsall, at a screening in Waterloo in 2010.

Funeral services were held Sept. 23, for Elsie Cressman, a former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker in East Africa, who died Sept. 11. Cressman was known for her work among... Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Linda Moffett

Resident Jen Born relaxes in the Atangard lounge. The former Fraser Valley Inn was converted into community housing for young adults.

By turning a former flophouse into a cozy community living space, young adults in Abbotsford have found a way to recycle and build community at the same time.Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and photo by Amy Dueckman
Too often, Christians use scripture in unhelpful ways to advance a particular point of view. As Mennonite Church Canada we want to honour Scripture and use it with integrity... Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Rudy Baergen
I wanted to clarify some inaccurate information published in Ron Csillag’s article “Canada cuts all non-Christian prison chaplains” regarding the Government of Canada’s policy on... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Web First | Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety
The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. By next spring, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and other non-Christian inmates will be... Read More
October 9, 2012 | Web First | by Ron Csillag
I’ve been told that I have a problem. Well, not me in particular, but all of us as Christians. Many people still blame Christianity, or a Christian worldview, for our current... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Young Voices | John Bergen
The Canadian government has called on its diplomats in Iran to leave the embassy, abruptly and unilaterally cutting off all diplomatic ties there. The evacuation of the five... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
There’s been no shortage of headlines involving protest in recent years. The events surrounding the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, the Arab Spring that began that same year, and the... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Young Voices | Nick Schuurman

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

Kitchener resident Patty Dorsey was at a crossroads in life. After raising five children and working with mentally challenged individuals for twenty years, Dorsey needed a change... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Focus On |

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

On a warm summer evening in Winnipeg there is lots of laughter, picture-taking, and food—it’s very much a typical “girls’ night out.” But this party is unique as more than half... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Focus On | By Dora Dueck

A scene from Petrichor includes (from left): Andrew Penner (Dick), David Tompa (Peter), Monica Dottor (Susan), Shannon Taylor (Mary).

The theatre was dim. A projection screen showed an animated scene of a farm yard by night. The wind rippled through the trees and grass. Clouds blew across the moon. Crickets... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
“Friendship is a jewel in life. Delphine Martin knew how to polish that jewel,” said Melba Tanner, a fellow family therapist at the memorial services of her friend held at... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner,

Bishop Ntambo Ntanda admires the Congolese dress that Pamela Courture, wears in solidarity with the Congolese people, while Mama Emman Selemani, another of the DRC leaders looks on. Courture is currently doing ethnographic research on the peace building efforts of indigenous Congolese persons.

“Our people have to walk 50 miles to buy an aspirin and pregnant mothers have to walk 100 miles for pre-natal and medical care in birthing,” Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda of the... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Dick Benner

Store manager, Bryan Heidebrecht (L), and board member Harvey Friesen, hold a ribbon made of thrift store ties at the grand opening of the new location for Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Store.

Even with a 50-percent-off deal store-wide, Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift store had record sales at its official grand opening. On an average day 60 customers walk... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Don and Dorothy Friesen enjoy the service of retirement, recognizing Don’s many years of pastoral service at the Ottawa Mennonite Church.

Pierre Trudeau was Canadian prime minister for the first time. Jimmy Carter was president of the United States and Leonid Brezhnev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Obama address the UN assembly.

President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 25) gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. Here are... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
The Church of the Brethren requests prayer for college communities in Kansas and Virginia following three separate and unrelated tragedies: McPherson ( Kan .) College and... Read More
September 25, 2012 | Web First |
When Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition in the US, was discovered to have raked in millions of dollars from the super lobbyist — and eventually convicted felon... Read More
September 24, 2012 | Web First | news sources
Amish bishop Samuel Mullet was convicted Thursday (Sept. 20, 2012) of federal hate crimes and conspiracy for exhorting followers to forcibly shear the hair and beards of those who... Read More
September 21, 2012 | Web First | James F. McCarty for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

Elsie Cressman, foreground, the subject of a documentary, Return to Africa: The Story of Elsie Cressman, is pictured with filmmakers Paul Francescutti, and Paula and Paul Campsall, at a screening in Waterloo in 2010

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 23, for Elsie Cressman , former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker in East Africa, who died Sept. 11, in New Hamburg. Cressman was known... Read More
September 20, 2012 | Web First | Linda Moffett
An ecumenical leader in the Netherlands has called on the country's churches to examine their role in the history of slavery, ahead of next year's 150th anniversary of the Dutch... Read More
September 19, 2012 | Web First | By Andreas Havinga
At a place called Antietam , 23,000 soldiers died in the bloodiest day of the American Civil War. More than 150 years later, 20 different religious traditions will gather on this... Read More
September 17, 2012 | Web First | By ENInews Staff
Coptic Christian leaders in the United States distanced themselves from an anti-Muslim film that has sparked protests in more than 20 countries, and denounced the Copts who... Read More
September 17, 2012 | Web First | Daniel Burke
I had an experience of God’s presence at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota, in July at the Bridgefolk conference. “Bridgefolk is a movement of sacramentally-minded... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Michael Turman
This past August, my friend and I hosted our 10-year high school reunion. It was fun to reconnect with a number of the 60 people we graduated with from Westgate Mennonite... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
On June 10, Gabriella Neufeld, Sarah Pries, and I were put to work preparing supper for 100 people in Pauingassi First Nation (PFN). It marked the start of a three-day fishing... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Melanie Kampen

Larisa Zehr (centre), Jessica Sarriot and William C. Morris are recent EMU grads who have headed 2,000 miles south to work alongside Colombians seeking to emerge from decades of warfare and destitution. Photo by Emma Stahl-Wert.

Months after earning their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2011, Jessica Sarriot (Silver Spring, Md.), Larisa Zehr (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and William C... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Web First | Steve Shenk

Karen Cornelius (left), a Winnipeg artist and guest curator of the Prairie Connections exhibit, invited artist Liang Yu (right) to show his art in Winnipeg. Ray Dirks (centre) is curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.

The flat lands of Manitoba’s wide Red River valley would seem to have little in common with northern China—unless you’ve seen the expansive silkscreen prints of Chinese artist... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Back Page |

This painting by Ray Dirks tells the story of Agatha Harms Reimer who escaped from the Soviet Union with three sons after World War 2. It is part of the “Along the Road to Freedom” collection which opens at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 14. Agatha, the grandmother of Dirks’ wife, lived to be 103.

Ray Dirks, curator and artist, has embarked on a project to paint as many as twenty canvasses to tell the stories of Mennonite women who brought their families out of the Soviet... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | By Harold Jantz
Alan and Eleanor Kreider, recently “retired,” have had a full life of ministry, mostly in the United Kingdom, but with influences throughout the world. Working in post-Christendom... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky
As the son of Russian Mennonites who arrived in Canada in 1924 and 1926, I have a positive bias towards this book which takes the 26 letters of the alphabet and picks one event,... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Fred Redekop

Benjamin Mubenga Wa Kabanga, president of Communauté Evangélique Mennonite au Congo, blesses one of the 16 pastors ordained during the Golden Jubilee celebration. White powder is a sign of spiritual blessing that family showered on the pastoral candidate during the celebration.

Prime-time television news, amplified guitar riffs and deep-throated traditional drums announced to the city of Mbuji Mayi that Communauté Evangélique Mennonite au Congo (... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Lynda Hollinger-Janzen, with reports

Jameel Dababneh, Caritas Jordan’s emergency response coordinator, welcomes a young Syrian refugee. MCC partners with Caritas Jordan, one of the organizations that welcomes refugees, offers material resources and links them to services.

At the corner grocery in our Jabal al-Webdah neighbourhood of Amman, a Syrian man in his early 20s now runs the meat and cheese counter. Ahmed (not his real name) is one of more... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the World | By J. Daryl Byler

Robert (Jack) Suderman (left) was among 35 people from seven countries gathered at Goshen College to begin the process of gathering stories about costly discipleship.

More than 35 people from seven countries gathered at Goshen College on August 5-8 for an international consultation on the theme, “Bearing Witness: A New Martyrs Mirror for the... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Kaeli Evans

Owen Sararus and Andre Wiederkehr act out a Bible story as Theo Wiederkehr films, Dave Sararus directs and Lydia Dyck supervises. The youth at Hanover (Ont.) Mennonite Church were very involved in their congregation’s Vacation Bible School program as they made films for each day’s Bible story.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Hanover Mennonite Church has been an inspiring ecumenical endeavor year after year, but the dramas of the MennoMedia curriculum were always a... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Sararus
Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl who was charged with blasphemy. Pastor Youcef... Read More
September 11, 2012 | Web First | Adelle M. Banks
A delegation of religious leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is visiting the U.S and Canada as part of a tour seeking to build awareness of a re-emerging war at... Read More
September 10, 2012 | Web First | By ENInews Staff

Arli Klassen begins her duties Oct. 1.

Arli Klassen , formerly executive director of the binational Mennonite Central Committee before its reorganization earlier this year into a Canadian and US entity, will serve as... Read More
September 10, 2012 | Web First | news release
The World Association for Christian Communication ( WACC ) said it welcomes a plan by Argentina's National University of Entre Rios to oversee a seminar on "subjective... Read More
September 10, 2012 | Web First | Maria Teresa Aveggio
Barack Obama invoked Abraham Lincoln in Thursday's speech in which he accepted his party's nomination for president. "I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming... Read More
September 7, 2012 | Web First | Yonat Shimron
What a revealing end to a disturbing political convention. An actor who built a career on pretending to be a tough guy talked to an empty chair, pretending it was President Obama... Read More
September 5, 2012 | Web First | Tom Ehrich

Rev. Sun Myung Moon

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling... Read More
September 5, 2012 | Web First | Daniel Burke
The streets are packed. Hordes of people move at once, criss-crossing over the smooth stone streets and deftly navigating down many stairs. Vendors shouting in Arabic call from... Read More
September 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
Last year, a few of my cousins and a bunch of the friends I made growing up in church, in high school and during my time studying at Canadian Mennonite University got engaged. And... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Thomas Epp as told to Aaron Epp
All the anticipation in the world cannot prepare someone for the experience of leaving home to live in a foreign country for a period of time, even though one understands that it... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
“To live in the Holy Land, you must be crazy, or you must believe in miracles,” farmer Daoud Nassar tells our group assembled in a cave just outside of Bethlehem. He is sharing... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
For Sara Doua of Bamako, Mali, receiving a three-month ration means she no longer has to go door-to-door asking her neighbours for food.Read More
August 29, 2012 | Back Page | Story and photos by Kelly Di Domenico

Elsie Rempel was available to sign her new book at MC Canada Assembly in Vancouver.

Elsie Rempel, Mennonite Church Canada Formation Consultant, launched her new book, Please Pass the Faith, at Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2012 in Vancouver. The book explores... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Artbeat | By Ardell Stauffer

Sam Gingerich and Ryan Roth

The spring after I turned 15, Sam cornered me in the hallway of Steinmann Mennonite Church and said, “You’re playing church league ball this summer.” It was more of an instruction... Read More
August 29, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Ryan Roth
North American churches forget how special Anabaptism is, say Erwin and Marian Wiens, recently returned from Korea. The Wienses are no strangers to South Korea. Ten years ago,... Read More
August 29, 2012 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese

Norm Voth, director of Evangelism and Service for Mennonite Church Manitoba, and Jamie Arpin-Ricci, pastor of Little Flowers Community Church, stand outside Chiara House.

When Andrew, a new Christian in Little Flowers Community Church, tragically took his life, it shook the church to its core. Pastor Jamie Arpin-Ricci said it was the death of... Read More
August 29, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau
The streets are packed. Hordes of people move at once, criss-crossing over the smooth stone streets and deftly navigating down many stairs. Vendors shouting in Arabic call from... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
“To live in the Holy Land, you must be crazy, or you must believe in miracles,” farmer Daoud Nassar tells our group assembled in a cave just outside of Bethlehem. He is sharing... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
A bail hearing is set for today, Aug. 28, in Islamabad in the case of a girl charged with blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Quran, Islam's holy scriptures. Several... Read More
August 28, 2012 | Web First | By Anto Akkara
Law officers testified Wednesday (Sept. 5, 2012) about the chaotic and bizarre scene they discovered the night of Oct. 4, 2011, when they arrived at the Holmes County, Ohio, home... Read More
August 28, 2012 | Web First | James F. McCarty for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

The leader of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church has urged citizens to observe peace, love and tolerance as the country mourns the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi . The Rev... Read More
August 23, 2012 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Southeast Christian Church, a Louisville, Ky., megachurch, holds services like this one during Christmas time. Credit: Religion News Service photo courtesy of Southeast Christian Church

Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses – just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger... Read More
August 21, 2012 | Web First |

US Representative Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas) --Photo Courtesy

OK, so like I'm on vacation in Maine and you're pondering the fate of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), but what would we do without those crack investigative reporters at Politico, Jake... Read More
August 21, 2012 | Web First | Mark Silk
The United Church of Canada, the country's largest Protestant denomination, has approved a recommendation to boycott products produced in Israeli settlements in occupied... Read More
August 20, 2012 | Web First | By Kristine Greenaway

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has said talks with the White House over a proposed contraception mandate are "going nowhere." --RNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan defended his invitation of President Obama to the annual Al Smith Dinner in October, saying he is trying to encourage civility and dialogue amid a... Read More
August 20, 2012 | Web First | Chris Lisee

Paul Ryan--Romney's veep choice.

For the first time in U.S . history, both sides of the ballot include Roman Catholics: Democrats' Vice President Joe Biden, and Republicans' newly named vice presidential... Read More
August 20, 2012 | Web First | Daniel Burke
A Vermont jury found an Amish-Mennonite pastor guilty Tuesday (Aug. 14) of abetting an international kidnapping to keep a young girl from her lesbian parent. Virginia pastor... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
A Moscow court found three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" today (Aug. 17) for a guerrilla performance in Moscow... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky

Sto:lo Drummers and Activists Rally in Front of the Chilliwack Court House on July 26. On July 25, the prior day, Kwitsel Tatel and her son, Kwiis Hamilton, were both jailed and penalized for her decision to drum and sing her evidence into Court dressed in Aboriginal regalia.

In another of many court trials for Kwitsel Tatel , the aboriginal mother of two charged with illegal possession of fish, was jailed here July 25, along with her son, before the... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor and publisher
From Vacation Bible School to Bible camp, many children participate in a variety of different activities during the summer. This year, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
It’s fairly common for young Canadian Mennonites to attend one of the Mennonite institutions for their undergraduate studies, but many young Mennonites are heading back to school... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Rachel Halder started Our Stories Untold to explore the topic of sexual violence in the Mennonite church (Photo courtesy of Rachel Halder)

In Canada 1,397 sexual assaults occur every day, according to the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. In the United States nearly one in five women reported... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Rabus and Otto

Jennifer Otto and Gregory Rabus, from Ontario and Connecticut respectively, have accepted an invitation to lead an urban church plant in southern Germany in partnership with the... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

Pastoral intern Christina Edmiston engages ministry team leader Mike Thiessen in conversation at the potluck following Wanner Mennonite’s 175th-anniversary celebration service on June 24 in Cambridge, Ont.

The way Ken Bechtel, Wanner Mennonite Church historian, puts it, the “175” in this year’s celebration refers only to the construction of the first dedicated church building. The... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
Is the New Testament inherently violent? What does Jesus’ brutal death on the cross mean to persons holding a more passive view of non-resistance? How does one seriously read the... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dick Benner

Muriel Bechtel, retiring this summer after 12 years as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada conference minister, is pictured in her office, familiar to many pastors through the years.

After 12 years as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s conference minister, Muriel Bechtel will be moving into retirement this summer. On June 24 she also celebrated 20 years since... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Basil Kaboushi, left, and Wajdi Haddad, volunteers with Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, help to distribute MCC relief kits and comforters to Syrian refugees at the Latin Patriarchate School in Mafraq, Jordan, in June.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) continues to address needs of refugees fleeing from increasing violence in Syria. Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, is distributing comforters,... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Ed Nyce

Derek (7) and Michael (10) Thiessen, comprising the entire Sunday School, began a goat project in June, just weeks before the last worship service of Portage Mennonite Church. They are not sure where will they will go to church now that it is closing. 

For over 35 years “the little church that could” nurtured faith, built community, and sent many of its members out into the wider world to work in with MCC, Canadian Foodgrains... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Africa has topped the list of most devout regions of the world, with 89 percent calling themselves religious, according to a worldwide poll called "The Global Index of Religiosity... Read More
August 14, 2012 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni
Gray skies sputtered rain into the muggy Ohio afternoon as friends and family gathered for the memorial service for Alfred Geiser on Aug. 5. The organist played "When Peace Like a... Read More
August 7, 2012 | Web First | by Sherah-Leigh Gerber
While governments and corporations may paint a rosy picture of Colombia, some facts are worth bearing in mind. Colombia’s continual internal armed conflict perpetuates serious... Read More
July 30, 2012 | Web First | Sonia Hsiung, legislative intern for International Affairs

Catwoman: 'There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne."

She has the best of lines; she has the worst of lines. I am referring to the dialogue of Catwoman in this summer’s mega-blockbuster film, The Dark Knight Rises, based very loosely... Read More
July 30, 2012 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen, Film Critic

Basil Kaboushi, left, and Wajdi Haddad, volunteers with Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, help to distribute MCC relief kits and comforters to Syrian refugees at the Latin Patriarchate School in Mafraq, Jordan, in June. --MCC Photo/Nada Zabaneh

Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) continues to address needs of refugees fleeing from increasing violence in Syria. Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, is distributing comforters,... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Ed Nyce

The wonder of it all!

With a record donation to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, members of the Niverville and District growing project have reason to celebrate. On July 24, the project harvested 78.2 bushels... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Emily Cain

As president of one of the nation's largest family owned businesses, Chick-fil-A's Dan T. Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based quick-service chicken restaurant chain founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy. There are presently 1,600 franchise units across the US.

Billy Graham, usually silent since he retired to his cabin in the beautiful North Carolina mountains, has come out roaring this week. Days ago he decried America’s spiritual... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Yonat Shimron
The historic District of Niagara included what is roughly the whole of the Niagara Peninsula. It began at Hamilton and stretched along Lake Ontario toward the Niagara River,... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Web First | Jonathan Seiling
In her book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman describes an autobiography that eighth-grader May Lee completed for school. Lee, a Hmong girl living in... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Nick Schuurman
Growing up in a pro-military culture like Mesquite, Texas, meant that Kimberly Rivera never thought she would leave the army. “I was pro-war, pro-life, pro-death penalty,” said... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
A Guatemalan man named Byron took a political stand against the injustice in his country. As a result, his family was murdered before his eyes. Byron managed to escape to Canada,... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Unlike the directors of many non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Jennifer Henry can speak freely. She’s the head of Kairos, a social justice organization representing seven of... Read More
July 25, 2012 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

Kurt Janz, left, host of the Alberta Heritage Retreat at Camp Valaqua on June 6, poses with guest speaker Mary-Ann Kirkby, author of I am Hutterite, during one of several breaks.

“Interesting!” “Informative!” “Inspiring!” were immediate responses to the question, “What did you think of the day?” Well over 100 participants, most of them over 60,... Read More
July 25, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Doreen Neufeld
A top church historian has said he believes Christianity faces a "bright future" worldwide, but predicted the Roman Catholic church will undergo a major schism over its moral and... Read More
July 9, 2012 | Web First | By Jonathan Luxmoore

Members of the Warwick River Mennonite Church youth group and their leaders work on the roof at the Hamilton Welcome Inn as part of the MDS Summer Youth Build. --Photo by Dave Rogalsky

It was a hot Southern Ontario day in July but the crew from Warwick River Mennonite Church in Newport News, Virginia felt that the humidity was nothing compared with home. They... Read More
July 6, 2012 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
A new kind of Christianity is spreading across the globe, and the Mennonite church can be a leading voice in discerning what that means for how Christians pass on their faith to... Read More
July 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Spring and summertime means that it’s time to till the soil, plant seeds, tend to the garden and, hopefully, watch the plants grow. For a few Ontario young adults, their community... Read More
July 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
For all the youths and young adults that I have talked to, it seems that most of our knowledge of Canada’s history with indigenous issues depended on our school teachers. In my... Read More
July 4, 2012 | Young Voices | David Zentner
The late Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder authored 25 books, inspiring many others to write their own books and research papers about him and his ideas.Read More
July 4, 2012 | Artbeat | By Steve Shenk

Eliesabeth Klassen celebrated her 103rd birthday on March 3. A few weeks later, six of her students from 60 years ago went to visit her at Blenheim Lodge. Pictured from left to right, front row: Lucy Meyer, Eliesabeth Klassen, Marie Penner and Margie Ewert; and back row: Elfrieda Klassen, Margaret Ewert, Helga Stobbe and Elvira Guenther.

Eliesabeth Klassen says she’s three. “Forget the other hundred years,” she says with a laugh, using a magnifying glass to scan familiar faces in old directories from Vancouver’s... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Rebekah Funk

Mario Snyder is pictured with his second wife, Egda, in 2001.

In 1947, Mario Snyder was an inaugural graduate from Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Kitchener, Ont.Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Josiah and Mona Neufeld and son Elias of Hope Mennonite Church participate in the I’m Sorry event, part of the Pride Winnipeg Parade last month.

On June 3, a small group from Little Flowers Community and Hope Mennonite Church joined a crowd of upwards of 20,000 people who came out for the Pride Winnipeg Parade. They... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Executive director Eunice Valenzuela, left, and board chair Marlene Epp pose at the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support’s anniversary banquet on April 21 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, Ont.

With a swirl of skirts, the stomp of dancing shoes and the flourish of a flamenco guitar, Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support celebrated its 25th anniversary with a banquet on... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Khadijah, Yehia and Bashar are refugees from Iraq who arrived in Ontario in 2010. Threats of kidnapping and death forced their family to flee Iraq.

According to the UN, there are 10.5 million “refugees of concern” in the world. These are people uprooted from their homes, fleeing conflict, natural disaster or persecution... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Eric Dyck of 4-D Farms, Springstein, Man., explains how a combine works to a class of English-as-an-additional-language students who meet at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg.

Most often people think of crops from our prairie farms going abroad to feed the world. So it was a bit of a shift on June 15, when 20 women and 15 children representing 10... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Elsie M. Epp

The construction of the crematorium at Living Water Church, Borabu, Thailand, began in February and was finished in June.

When Borabu’s first Christian crematorium is finished, it will finally bring peace of mind to members of Living Water Church in this region of Thailand who have been concerned... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Wil LaVeist

Architect’s rendering of Canadian Mennonite University’s new library and learning commons, and pedestrian bridge.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) has made public its plans for a major new capital project that will significantly enhance CMU’s infrastructure for delivering quality post-... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Sitting: Gary & Beatrice Wilkinson, Floris Leis (Absent-Wayne Leis) Standing: James & Halley Matthews, Marilyn & Gary Zehr, Donna Jantzi, Gail Nafziger.

Sunday, June 24, was a special Sunday for the St. Agatha (Ont.) Mennonite congregation. Our Church Membership Sunday welcomed persons through baptism, membership by confession of... Read More
June 28, 2012 | Web First | Wilmer Martin

The present hymnal is now 20 years old.

“The Love of God” is the song most sung in Canada and the US in the Hymnal: A Worship Book and their two supplements, Sing the Journey and Sing the Story , reports Amy Gingerich... Read More
June 27, 2012 | Web First | Michael Spory
Young Voices is looking for two young writers to fill vacancies on its blog . We want to hear from writers with thoughts about faith, art, finances, books, politics, school, the... Read More
June 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Arnoldo Wiens: suspended candidacy for president in 2013.

News update: In what is being called a Saturday night coup, Paraguay's Senate removed President Fernando Lugo for what they charged was his role in a deadly clash between police... Read More
June 22, 2012 | Web First | By Dick Benner, editor and publisher

Police drag the body of one of the peasants shot dead during an eviction of squatters in Curuguaty. --Photo courtesy of WordPress

The leader of the Latin American Council of Churches ( CLAI ) has condemned a deadly clash June 15 between army troops and farmers fighting eviction in Paraguay. "No violence of... Read More
June 22, 2012 | Web First | ENI news staff

Jonathan Seiling, right, consults with Carol Penner, pastor of The First Mennonite Church, Vineland, Ont. on a recent historic tour. (Photo by Melissa Seiling)

The War of 1812 is important to commemorate for many reasons. As the only defensive war fought on Canadian soil in the last two centuries, it was also the first testing of the... Read More
June 21, 2012 | Web First | Jonathan Seiling

Some 150 people gathered in front of city hall, Kitchener, Ontario, Monday evening, June 18, to protest and sign petitions against reduced health care for refugees. --Photo & video by Dick Benner

According to the UN, there are now 10.5 million refugees who have been forced to flee their countries due to conflict, natural disaster or persecution. About 25,000 of these... Read More
June 21, 2012 | Web First | Will Braun, Senior Writer

After winning Mennonite Church Canada’s draw for Chris and Selah action figures, Rebecca and Andrew Stoesz place them in the family worship centre. The action figures are based on Mennonite Church Canada’s ‘At-Home’ family worship resources, written by Elsie Rempel, designed by Megan Kamei and sewn by Mary Funk.

Chris and Selah have found a new home. The action figures based on Mennonite Church Canada’s Advent- and Lent-at-Home resources were awarded to Rebecca and Andrew Stoesz, aged... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Back Page | Story and Photo by Deborah Froese
Mennonite communities have developed a rich tradition of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year at community events like the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale. This... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe
Travelling to another country has a way of creating a new lens on life with a vivid new focus, but not in the way that I had expected. As I discovered more and more about South... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Lauren Harms
“That woman has really nice shoes,” said a man with whom I am acquainted. I was at a restaurant in Vancouver with four men. Three of them were talking about women’s shoes, but, in... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
It was January 1989 when J. R. Burkholder taught liberation theology at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Interterm at AMBS is one course, usually studied over... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Chris Summerville in his executive director office at the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society.

All the fear, stigma and social prejudice that surrounds mental illness recently surfaced again in the media when a review board granted Vince Li temporary passes to take... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Steve Heinrichs, director of Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations (previously Native Ministry), says that people like the new name because it emphasizes the need for respectful friendships and conveys the interconnectedness of all peoples.

Mennonite Church Canada’s Native Ministry has changed its name to Indigenous Relations effective immediately.Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Deborah Froese

Henry Neufeld, right, a former day school teacher in Pauingassi, Man., presents a talking stick that he crafted to Joan Jack, who is heading up the National Day School Class Action Suit.

Official government apologies and the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process do not include all prior students of government-funded, church-run schools for... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese
“The stories are horrific. You can’t listen to them without a sick feeling of disbelief rising in your stomach. It’s easy to tell yourself that, because you were not personally... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

The opening ceremonies at the Meeting Place featured music and dance from various indigenous communities.

How can Canada’s churches move past their residential school history into a positive relationship with Indigenous Peoples? That was one question asked during The Meeting Place... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Emily Loewen

Church leaders pray for J. Nelson Kraybill, second from left, president-elect of Mennonite World Conference (MWC). Also pictured from left: Danisa Ndlovu of Zimbabwe, MWC president; Ervin Stutzman, Mennonite Church U.S.A. executive director; and Janet Plenert of Canada, MWC vice president.

It took three impromptu songs to count the ballots and confirm the results, but Anabaptist leaders from around the world elected J. Nelson Kraybill as president-elect of Mennonite... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Tim Huber
In three presentations at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) General Council meetings last month, theologians and historians revisited the Anabaptist vision in a global context... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Tim Huber

Walter Wink, dead at 76.

New Testament theologian Walter Wink, noted for relating the biblical phrase “principalities and powers” to the dominating sociopolitical structures of the modern era, died May 10... Read More
June 19, 2012 | Web First | John Dart

Peace church members gather at the settlement site on Main Street, where an historical marker notes that Abraham and Elizabeth Reesor-Stouffer settled the town. MCC's Care and Share Thrift shop is in the background. --Photo by Peter Kear

Some 60 Mennonites, Quakers and Brethren in Christ members, including seniors and children, gathered for a peace church testimony Saturday, June 16, during Stouffville’s... Read More
June 19, 2012 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

Rachel Miller-Jacobs

Rachel Miller Jacobs and Andy Brubacher Kaethler have been appointed to faculty positions at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, each to focus on different aspects of... Read More
June 15, 2012 | Web First | Mary Klassen

Jeff Huebner

Jeff Huebner, of Calgary, has been appointed by the Board of Governors to the faculty of the Redekop School of Business at Canadian Mennonite University. Huebner comes to CMU from... Read More
June 15, 2012 | Web First | Nadine Kampen
As the battle over the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline plays out, key questions about the moral make-up of Canada will be answered: questions about the balance between economic... Read More
June 13, 2012 | God at work in the World | Will Braun, Senior Writer
Laura Epp is passionate about the Mennonite church. The 22-year-old is the secretary of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s Ministries Commission.She has attended the annual MC... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
It has been said that life is a highway. Sometimes that highway leads you out of the country, across oceans and completely out of your comfort zone. This is the case for Darnell... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
The seminary is important. For years the standard has been, “If ministry is in your future, then so should seminary.” But I’m not sure if I will be going to one because I think... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Young Voices | Chris Lenshyn

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

Like most North Americans, I grew up in a household where no meal was complete without a serving of meat, although I didn’t really know where the meat that I ate came from. But... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Focus On | By John Borger

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

Jane Snyder chose the local Seven Shores Urban Market and Café in Uptown Waterloo to meet. Within walking distance of her home, and featuring local produce and fair trade coffee,... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

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

There’s nothing new under the sun, the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us, but in Waterloo Region, Ont., there are lots of new things under the sun: solar projects, that is!Read More
June 6, 2012 | Focus On | By Jane Snyder
When an army of nasty aliens in giant reptilian ships threatens to take over the Earth and enslave all of its inhabitants, one superhero is not enough to stand in the way. For a... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed By Vic Thiessen
Dale Schiele sees value and worth in that segment of society that most people would rather shun. At age 60, he’ll be retiring from a 30-year career as director of Person to Person... Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

Nick Blais of Fort Erie, Ont., right, and other MDS volunteers work in New Orleans, La., in January.

After spending seven years and $8 million responding along the Gulf Coast to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) has formally closed its last project in... Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Sheldon C. Good

Norman Meade divides his time between co-pastoral duties at Manigotagan Community Fellowship and his work as coordinator of Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba’s Aboriginal Neighbours Program.

Manigotagan Community Fellowship is thriving nine years after budget restraints led to the cutting of Mennonite Church Canada’s Native Ministry program.Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Christuskirche Niedernberg members—Jenny Spenst, 24, left, Tatjana Hagelgans, 23, Alexander Spenst, 49 (Jenny’s father-in-law and one of three church elders), and Johann Siemens, 23—enjoy a sunny day after the Sunday morning worship service on May 20 in Niedernberg, Germany.

Jenny Spenst is fascinated by her parents’ stories of life in the Soviet Union.Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Christuskirche Niedernberg members—Jenny Spenst, 24, left, Tatjana Hagelgans, 23, Alexander Spenst, 49 (Jenny’s father-in-law and one of three church elders), and Johann Siemens, 23—enjoy a sunny day after the Sunday morning worship service on May 20 in Niedernberg, Germany.

Jenny Spenst is fascinated by her parents’ stories of life in the Soviet Union.Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Tim Huber

Church leaders pray for J. Nelson Kraybill, new president-elect of Mennonite World Conference. From left are Danisa Ndlovu of Zimbabwe, MWC president; Kraybill; Ervin Stutzman, Mennonite Church USA executive director; and Janet Plenert of Canada, MWC vice president. — photo by Merle Good/MWC

It took three impromptu songs to count the ballots and confirm the results, but Anabaptist leaders from around the world elected J. Nelson Kraybill president-elect of Mennonite... Read More
June 1, 2012 | Web First | Tim Huber

Tom Yoder-Neufeld: "Community happens when Christians join in communion with the divine Trinity."

In three presentations at the Mennonite World Conference General Council meetings May 20-27, theologians and historians revisited the Anabaptist vision in a global context and... Read More
June 1, 2012 | Web First | Tim Huber

Jamie Pitts begins in July.

Jamie Pitts, Ph.D ., will become assistant professor of Anabaptist studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, beginning July 1. Pitts currently serves as social media... Read More
June 1, 2012 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen (story and photo)

This feature quilt titled "Fiesta" fetched $3,200. With a final bid of $6,700, the quilt titled "Underground Railroad" pushed the sale totals to $335,000.

It was titled “Underground Railroad” and it went for $6,700 as the top quilt of the event, pushing the total raised to $335,000 for the 46th Mennonite Relief Sale held on the... Read More
May 28, 2012 | Web First | Janice Harder, Marketing Director

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