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The animals will range in age from calves to springing heifers, and from grades to deep pedigreed purebreds

The 30th annual Heifer Relief sale sponsored by Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale Inc. will take place at Carson Auction facilities, Listowel, Ontario on Friday, February 18, 2011... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Web First | Anne L. Brubacher

--from Seeking Community website

Returning recently from a "seeking community tour," Paul Born, director of Tamarack Community here, says that "being in the southern US, in the birthplace of the Civil Rights... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports
In 2009, the high percentage of Canadian participants in the pastoral studies distance education program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) left program... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Annette Brill Bergstresser

Christy Anderson, second from the left, shares her experience at Canadian Mennonite University with fellow students.

“Most universities are good at academics,” says Sue Sorensen, who teaches English literature at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg, adding, though, “If you turn up on... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Josiah Neufeld

Solar Grebel students are thrilled to watch their green dreams take shape as they stand on the roof at Conrad Grebel University College with a partially installed solar thermal collector.

It started as an altruistic dream, but almost two years later a vision for a cleaner and greener Grebel has been realized. A student group began meeting in 2009 with the hope of... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Jennifer Konkle
Different people have different problems with the Bible, but what has troubled me the most over a few decades of reading the Bible and preaching regularly is that a lot of the... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Ed Neufeld

Nolt

The book Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History was first published in 1996 by Herald Press and presented the Mennonite faith story within the sweep of church... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Artbeat | By Jodi H. Beyeler

Victoria Neufeldt works on The Historian, a publication of the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, from her home office.

If you open the front cover of the Merriam-Webster’s Primary Dictionary, you’ll find acknowledgement of Victoria Neufeldt’s contribution in the preface. Lively illustrations make... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

Patrons at Sam’s Place in Winnipeg, Man., enjoy coffee, reading and good conversation under the watchful eye of ‘Sam,’ the Komodo dragon. The formerly independent, community-based, non-profit organization is now a part of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba and the board that ran it now acts in an advisory capacity.

Sam’s Place, a used book store, café and performing arts venue, has developed into a welcoming meeting place for people living in Elmwood, a working class neighbourhood in the... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow

Frank O’Dea, a former homeless panhandler on the streets of Toronto, Ont., who went on to found the Second Cup chain, told MEDA convention participants in Calgary how to ‘unleash’ their entrepreneurship potential.

For Frank O’Dea, a second chance led to the founding of Second Cup, Canada’s first specialty coffee chain. Speaking to the annual convention of Mennonite Economic Development... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Wally Kroeker
“The simple and quaint have raised their voices, loudly, on AnabaptistBlogs.com ,” says the blog’s founder, Jeff McLain. Several hundred years ago, Mennonites and their Anabaptist... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Ross W. Muir

Jenna Grubaugh performs in the 2010 Goshen College spring mainstage play "Tartuffe" with fellow student Sam Jones (right). (Photo by Emily Miller/Goshen College Public Relations Office)

Goshen College graduated senior Jenna Grubaugh, a theater major from Vancouver, British Columbia, placed in the top 10 percent of the almost 400 actors nominated in the American... Read More
January 27, 2011 | Web First | By Liz Core

House band musicians Willem Moolenbeck (sax) and Dave Tompson (guitar) anchored the singing during the 2011 Epicurean Hootenanny

Wearing strings of beads reminiscent of Mardi Gras in New Orleans 220 people were transported to Mississippi and Louisiana in Kitchener’s Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts on... Read More
January 27, 2011 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky, Eastern Canada Correspondent

Elizabeth three years ago

Canada's oldest living person, Winkler's Elizabeth Buhler, has died just two weeks shy of her 112th birthday. “Liese” (as she was known to family) passed away Sunday night, Jan... Read More
January 26, 2011 | Web First | Jake Buhler

Stoltzfus died March 10, 2010

A video clip and book about the life of Gene Stoltzfus, co-founder of Christian Peacemakers, has been created at the direction of his widow, Dorothy Friesen of Fort Frances, Ont... Read More
January 25, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports

Donald Kraybill

Donald Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pa., will give the 2011... Read More
January 24, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Palmer Becker will teach a course on Pastoral Care and Counselling at Bethlehem Bible College; his wife, Ardys, joins him later as librarian.

Though Jae Young Lee doesn’t think the recent North Korean shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island will lead to full-scale war, as Peace Program Coordinator for the Korea... Read More
January 21, 2011 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Elizabeth Soto

Jack Suderman, recently retired general secretary of MC Canada, was one of six persons named by the new nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA, Elizabeth Soto, who... Read More
January 21, 2011 | Web First | By Annette Brill Bergstresser

Regehr (center holding medal) is flanked by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, Nancy Wildgoose (left) and Nancy Regehr (right). Photo by Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall.

Called a “seasoned and tenacious advocate for peace who represents the best of Canada’s leadership in peace and disarmament,” Ernie Regehr of Waterloo received the 2010 Pearson... Read More
January 20, 2011 | Web First | Ellen Shenk, reporter
There is nothing like a new addition to the family to get parents and grandparents looking ahead to the future. Much of what lies ahead is unknown, but there are things like life... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Focus On | By Lynette Taylor
The mission of MAX (MutualAid eXchange)—creating and sustaining wholeness through preserving and restoring property, lives and communities—was very much in action during 2010,... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Focus On | By Tim Wagler
Herald Press: What is the purpose of this book? Kreider: The impulse behind these two volumes is to help people to pray through Scripture, and to deepen their walk of faith... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press
For Carrie Martens, a student at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., using a prayer book like Take Our Moments and Our Days helps her feel “connected to God, to... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press

Boers

Herald Press: What is daily prayer? Boers: Common daily prayer is the practice—or discipline—of praying every morning and evening, using a set of prayers being used by other... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press
When he was a young adult, Arthur Boers’ 17 year-old sister died of leukemia. Torn by grief, and unable to understand how God could allow such a terrible thing, he found himself... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press

The Harms’ golden wedding anniversary celebration took place on June 19, 2010, at the Lowe Farm Community Centre, Man.

A deep love for aboriginal communities in Manitoba inspired Jake and Margaret Harms to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer by honouring others. In lieu of... Read More
January 19, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Deborah Froese

Josie Winterfeld, missions, peace and justice worker at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., participates in the ‘die-in’ during the annual peace protest outside of the former School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga.

Fort Benning, Georgia—the home of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of the Americas—is also the home of annual peace protests each... Read More
January 19, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky
Eleven days before Christmas, local authorities in District Two of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, seized and demolished the home of Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang and his wife, leaders of... Read More
January 19, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Luke S. Martin
Several Mennonites have been in the news this past week, one with an op-ed piece in the local Kitchener-Waterloo Record , another featured as a “true saint of the community,” and... Read More
January 18, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

Toews looks down as protestors outside the University of Manitoba in October object to an honorary degree, holding placards condemning Toews for public statements he has made about crime and immigration. (CBC)

Peace Alliance Winnipeg is staging a peaceful rally Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. called “Let Them Stay” outside Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ office in Steinbach. The... Read More
January 17, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports

Loren Swartzendruber (l.) receives congratulations from EMU trustees chair Andrew (Andy) Dula following his announcement of Swartzendruber’s appointment to another four-year term as president. Photo by Lindsey Kolb

Loren Swartzendruber will serve another four-year term as president of Eastern Mennonite University. Andrew (Andy) Dula of Lancaster, Pa., chair of the EMU board of trustees,... Read More
January 13, 2011 | Web First | Jim Bishop

Learning exchange participants visit The Mennonite Story, a museum at St. Jacob’s Ont. Front row, from left, are Godfrey Walalaze (Tanzania), Hubert Mukalasi Lubyama (Tanzania), Dumisani Nkomo (Zimbabwe) and Rose Lala Biasima (Congo); back row from left are Ray Motsi (Zimbabwe) and Jean-Calvin K

Although Canada is a world leader in mining, its laws don’t ensure that Canadian mining companies operating in developing countries conform to human rights and environmental... Read More
January 13, 2011 | Web First | by Gladys Terichow, writer

Herbert Funk, left, and fellow members of a Work and Learn team from Paraguay clear away the rubble of Adral and Marie Sylvain’s house in Port-au-Prince, which collapsed during the Jan. 12 earthquake. Clearing the property made it possible for the Sylvains, who work with MCC and have four children,

From Paraguay, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, people volunteered through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to work side by side with Haitians , cleaning up rubble left by the... Read More
January 12, 2011 | Web First | By Linda Espenshade

Coptic Orthodox priests pray in the house of Fawzy Bkheit, who died after Saturday's bomb attack outside the Two Saints Church in Alexandria (Photo: Reuters)

Coptic Churches around the country expect an influx of Egyptian Muslims to share with the country's Christians their Christmas Eve mass “Although 2011 started tragically, I feel... Read More
January 7, 2011 | Web First | Nourhan El-Abbassy

J.M. Klassen at the MCC offices in 1983.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28 for J.M. Klassen, whose commitment and firm leadership helped shape MCC Canada for more than two decades. He died here on December... Read More
January 6, 2011 | Web First | MCC Canada staff

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman, a ThD student at the University of Toronto, has earned Conrad Grebel’s highest valued academic award – the A. James Reimer Award at the Toronto Mennonite... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle
The 10 members of the Canadian Association of Mennonite Schools (CAMS)—located in every province between Ontario and British Columbia—can all trace their lineage to a Mennonite... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Focus On | By Gail Schellenberg
‘Westgate . . . is a school grounded in the Anabaptist tradition. It is the mission of the school to provide a well-rounded education, which will inspire and empower students to... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Focus On | By James Friesen
On Nov. 10, Greenwoods Bookshoppe hosted a book launch for Canadian literary legend Rudy Wiebe’s newest book, Collected Stories/1955-2010, at Edmonton’s Oldtimer’s Cabin, a log... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Artbeat | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Gillian Mayers, left, was mentored by Maggie Martens for six years beginning in 2002 as part of an intentional intergenerational program at Edmonton First Mennonite, Alta. Although the mentorship relationship is now officially ended, the two remain close.

It is not normally an unusual sight, good friends finishing each other’s sentences and laughing, except that Maggie Martens and Gillian Mayers have something special, perhaps even... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Chris Buhler, Ashley Martin and Shirley Martin pack Christmas bags, a gift of Level Ground Mennonite Church, for residents of Peardonville House.

Christmas was a little merrier for women of Peardonville House treatment centre, thanks to some generous members of Level Ground Mennonite Church, Abbotsford. The week before... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman

Ruth Boehm, right, pastor of Faith Mennonite Church, Leamington,Ont., presents Rev. Thomas Mertz, co-pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with a breadbasket cloth she stitched from a 1545 German pattern book on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31.

On Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31, Faith Mennonite Church in Leamington, Ont., was visited by neighbours and friends from the local St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Reformation Sunday... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky
Historical records are shaped by the perspectives of those who write them, but perspectives that clash can cause centuries of pain. On July 22, 2010, an apology from Lutherans for... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Deborah Froese

The Fractor.

Grace Mennonite Church is engaged in an ongoing and earnest conversation about the Anabaptist peace position. Arnold Hildebrand, a church member and facilitator of a recent book... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Nguyen Hong Quang

Mennonite Church Canada has become aware that on December 14th, the Ho Chi Minh church buildings and home of Mennonite house church Pastor Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang were demolished... Read More
December 24, 2010 | Web First | Dan Dyck

Marvin Lapp, father of Glen Lapp, stands against mountains outside Faizabad, Afghanistan. He visited Faizabad and Kabul during an October trip to attend a memorial service and learn more about Glen’s work and life in Afghanistan. (MCC Photo/John Williamson)

Two months after MCC worker Glen Lapp and nine other aid workers were killed in rural Afghanistan , Lapp’s father, Marvin, brother Jerry and cousin Joe were welcomed in the... Read More
December 20, 2010 | Web First | By Marla Pierson Lester

John Calvin (1509-1564), whose followers developed Calvinism.

A gathering to improve relations between the many Protestant denominations in the Netherlands has taken place on the site of an earlier historic synod, though any idea of complete... Read More
December 17, 2010 | Web First | By Andreas Havinga

The Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan (and Palestine) (ELCJ), was born in Jerusalem in 1950, the child of refugees from Beersheba

The president of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Munib Younan has said before meeting Pope Benedict XVI that their churches should issue a common statement on Holy Communion... Read More
December 17, 2010 | Web First | By Luigi Sandri

The Just Food exhibit included a display of typical food consumed in a poor community in a developing country, left, a middle-class community in a developing country, centre, and many households in North America, right. The sign reads, ‘Where do you fit in?’

The right to food is a non-issue for many Canadians. In fact, many people in the western world take food for granted. From a faith perspective, many feel that, although they may... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Artbeat | By Rachel Bergen / Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Sara Wenger Shenk, new president of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, invites the gathered congregation to declare with her, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” during her inaugural address on Oct. 24, at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, near Goshen, Ind

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” the congregation called out, led by Sara Wenger Shenk in her inaugural address as the new president of... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Mary E. Klassen

Ying Ying Wang of China and Santiago Gomez of Colombia sport both poppies and MCC peace buttons at the Remembrance Day service in Warman.

Wearing both the traditional red poppy and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) alternative peace button, Ying Ying Wang from China and Santiago Gomez from Colombia—participants... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in the World | Mennonite Central Committee

Yemiru Tilahun, mission and evangelism director of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos Church, right, with two leaders of the Emmanuel United Church of Ethiopia. Emmanuel vice-president Samson Mariam, left, and president Bezalem Fisseha, centre, were mentored by Meserete Kristos leaders.

At least 30 mission and church leaders represented Anabaptist-related communities at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in South Africa this fall. The gathering,... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Noko is the first African to hold this position; as convener of the important new initiative Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa he brings a profound understanding of the multi-religious African continent and is a key voice of Christian leadership.

The president of an African Inter-faith peace group has called on religious leaders to protest over Ivory Coast's presidential election dispute, in which two politicians have been... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Poet of protest. Minneapolis-based independent publisher Graywolf Press has bought world rights to a first English-language collection of poetry by Chinese poet and newly anointed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, reports the Guardian newspaper

About 1000 people in Hong Kong joined a celebration co-organized by Christian groups to honour imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in a celebration coinciding with... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Francis Wong

Sultan Muhammadu Sa'adu Abubakar, one of four Nigerian faith leaders visiting the UK

Faith groups have a key role to play in stemming the environmental crisis in Africa, says an organizer of meetings on possible violence connected a looming Nigerian ecological... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

Margaret Loewen Reimer (Mennonite) and Allen G. Jorgenson (Evangelical Lutheran) have co-authored a study guide for congregations, based on the report of the Lutheran-Mennonite Study Commission (2010)

Walking in each other’s theological shoes for a day, professors from their respective seminaries in Waterloo , Ont.—Conrad Grebel University College and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary... Read More
December 10, 2010 | Web First | By Dick Benner, editor/publisher

In India right now, over one million children are being taken from their families and forced into prostitution and harsh, unpaid labor

Church officials and activists have welcomed an investigation ordered by India's federal Supreme Court into trafficking in children by pastors and exploitative Christians eyeing... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First | By Anto Akkara

J. Lorne Peachey (left) was often heartened by the gifts of Swiss chocolate that Markus Rediger (right), of Switzerland, left at his table during MWC executive committee meetings.

J. Lorne Peachey had long held a secret wish to work for Mennonite World Conference some day. Still, the invitation in 2001 to become editor of MWC's three-language magazine... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First | By Ferne Bukhardt

Howard Zehr, 2nd from left, in late November with German Mennonite Peace Committee members and others involved in honoring Zehr for his restorative justice work. The group is visiting a stone memorializing the martyrdom of Anabaptists Michael and Margaretha Sattler in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany.

Eastern Mennonite University professor Howard Zehr spent his Thanksgiving holiday this year receiving the thanks of German and Swiss groups for his work as a pioneer and... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | By Bonnie Price Lofton

Fifi Pombo Madikela, a Mennonite Brethren pastor and women’s leader in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, talks about her experience at the World March of Women. (MCC Photo/Suzanne Lind)

In solidarity with thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, five Mennonite Congolese women joined an international rally of... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | By Emily Will

These Brazil students are part of a younger group of students who have become involved in a garden club, set up by MCC worker Julie Alexander. The club is a mix of ages and encourages students to develop leadership skills while working together as a team. --Photo by Lowell Brown

Twenty-four Canadians were among the nearly 100 new workers assigned by Mennonite Central Committee recently for one-year and three-year assignments through its SALT – Serving and... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | News release

Dr. Sue Johnson does pre-conference training.

“Conversations on Attachment: Integrating the Science of Love and Spirituality,” will be held March 31-April 1, 2011, at Eastern Mennonite University. The conference, a first of... Read More
December 2, 2010 | Web First | Jim Bishop

Willard Metzger began his duties as general secretary on Nov. 1, 2010.

In this letter to the church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul provides some sound instruction for approaching leadership. Be clear on the ultimate purpose of God’s calling. Disregard... Read More
December 1, 2010 | Web First | By Willard Metzger

What angers residents the most is that they were not consulted.

A group of Moscow residents are fighting for official confirmation that a new mosque will not be built in their district of Russia's capital, amid controversies across the world's... Read More
November 30, 2010 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky

The action is seen as a challenge to the leadership of Archbishop Rowan Williams and the structure of the Anglican Communion.

A major step to promote harmony within the worldwide Anglican Communion has been rejected by leaders of a global grouping set up to fight against what its members call breaches of... Read More
November 30, 2010 | Web First | By Martin Revis

Lynn Bergsma Friessen is a teacher at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, ON, and a member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.

It’s admittedly a little hard to know how to take this Matthew passage. Should I be reading it as some sort of an encouragement? Sounds more like a threat. What does it mean? My... Read More
November 29, 2010 | Web First | Lynn Bergsma Friesen

Jeremy Bauman

Jeremy Bauman of Kitchener, in Year 3 at Wilifred Laurier University, has received a $3,500 Abner Martin Music Scholarship for 2010/11, announces Menno Singers, a community choir... Read More
November 29, 2010 | Web First | Lewis Brubacher

Mike Miller

Mike Miller, of Partridge, KS, has been named regional director of Resource Development for MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates). He will represent MEDA in the US Mid-... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First | Linda Whitmore
Christians involved in church-based gender justice movements say that men must develop a sense of positive masculinity in order to counter increasing levels of violence by men... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First | joint news release

Dave and Karen Mast have traded their home in Ephrata, Pa., for a trailer that they take with them on their assignments with Service Opportunities for Older People (SOOP), a Mennonite Mission Network ministry.

A year ago, Dave and Karen Mast traded their 240-square-metre home in Ephrata, Pa., for a 12-metre-long travel trailer. Dave, 51, and Karen, 48, now travel across the eastern U.S... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Focus On | By DeVonna R. Allison
A short promotional video about the new Herald Press book, Whatever Happened to Dinner?, can now be found on YouTube, courtesy of Wayne Gehman, a video producer at Third Way Media... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst
Because it’s like driving cold and restless I put my arms up and out and feel wind pushing me pushing me pushing me like an aching like a crumbling like an ending you ask if I’m... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Sarah Ens

Ens

Senior year in high school is generally busy, but Sarah Ens managed to pack more activities and achievements into Grade 12 than many do in a lifetime, combining academic... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church youths welcomed guests to a fellowship meal following a grand opening celebration for the congregation’s new worship space at a mall in northwest Toronto.

Why would several hundred people enter a storefront on Finch Avenue West in northwest Toronto late in the afternoon of Sept. 26? Not to get a haircut; that’s next door. No, these... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Allan Reesor-McDowell

Jake Rempel and Brian Wiebe prepare a hole to plant one of 37 trees that will border the Carman Mennonite Church property on three sides. About half of the funding came from Manitoba Hydro’s Forest Enhancement Program.

On Nov. 9, a wagonload of 37 trees and an eager group of Carman Mennonite Church members armed with spades, including a massive tree spade powered by a tractor, showed up in the... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

At the site of the Philippines' contested TVI Pacific mine, owned by a Canadian company. (Photo: KAIROS)

KAIROS is deeply disappointed by the defeat of Bill C-300 at its third reading in the House of Commons, according its recent newsletterThe private member’s bill, which would have... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | From a recent newsletter

Richard Showalter

Richard Showalter has resigned as president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), effective in the fall of 2011. EMM Board Chair Joe Sherer says “Richard has been a strong and... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | Staff report

Ying Ying Wang from China and Santiago Gomez of Colombia at the Remembrance Day service. (Photo courtesy Terry Pugh, Clark's Crossing Gazette)

Two participants in MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program stood before a crowd of 600 people gathered here for a Remembrance Day service, and talked about peace. Wearing... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By MCC staff

Jacob Friesen is one of the first teachers to use a new teaching resource published by MCC Bolivia.

Students attending one-room village schools in this Mennonite colony 60 kilometres south of Santa Cruz use slates instead of notebooks. Instruction is in German and the main study... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow

Rev. Nikolaus Schneider

A European form of Islam needs to develop before a meaningful interfaith dialogue can take place on the continent, the new leader of Germany's 24 million Protestants has said. "We... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By Anli Serfontein

Reuters – Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has opened the door on the previously taboo subject of condoms as a way to fight HIV , saying male prostitutes who use condoms may be beginning to... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By NICOLE WINFIELD and FRANCES D'EMILIO

Rudy Wiebe signs copies of Collected Stories/1955-2010 at a Nov. 10 book launch.

Canadian literary legend, Rudy Wiebe and his wife Tena, have supported the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers since it began in the 1980s. “Refugees have always been of... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

St. Matthias and St. Luke Church in Vancouver, one of the breakaway Anglican churches. --Photo by Ian Lindsay/Postmedia

An Canadian appeals court has ruled in favor of an Anglican diocese in a property dispute with congregations opposed to same-gender blessings. In a unanimous decision released on... Read More
November 22, 2010 | Web First | Leanne Larmondin

Dr. Luis Lugo

A vast majority of Africans are very accepting of people from other faiths, Dr. Luis Lugo of the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, told the first forum... Read More
November 19, 2010 | Web First | Karl Juhlke

MPN’S Sunday school curriculum, currently includes tips for teachers and a downloadable Power Point presentation about how to use the curriculum.

What will Sunday school look like in the future for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada congregations? That was the question addressed at a consultation organized by... Read More
November 19, 2010 | Web First | John Longhurst

“Are we satisfied the process has been a healthy one?” MC Canada moderator Andrew Reesor-McDowell asked the General Board members.

What began as a bit of barn-burner issue settled down this past weekend into a few comforting embers during the Mennonite Church Canada leadership assembly in Saskatoon, when... Read More
November 19, 2010 | Artbeat | By Karin Fehderau

John Longhurst

John Longhurst, of Winnipeg, has been appointed director of resources and public engagement with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an international relief and development organization... Read More
November 19, 2010 | Web First | Emily Cain, Communications Officer
Geez! Has it been five years already? It was 2005 when Aiden Enns launched Geez, a self-described “cheeky” magazine for the “over-churched, out-churched, un-churched and maybe... Read More
November 17, 2010 | Web First | By John Longhurst

Pak Samuel lost his wife, who was seven months pregnant, his small son and daughter in the flash flooding that crashed through the village of Rado in Papua, Indonesia. He is sitting on the rocks where his home used to stand. (MCC photo by Paulus Hortono)

In Java, Indonesia, palm trees fold like umbrellas under the weight of volcanic ash spewing from Mount Merapi. On the outskirts of this black and white world, more than 380,000... Read More
November 15, 2010 | Web First | Linda Espenshade, MCC news coordinator

The newest distance learning course offered at Eastern Mennonite Seminary will help students integrate faith perspectives into communication theory while sharpening their skills in this arena.

“We are most like God because of our ability to communicate,” said Julie Gochenour, instructor of a newly-developed online course in communication offered by Eastern Mennonite... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Web First | by Laura Lehman Amstutz

Wolf in sheep's clothing: Mugabe attending a masowe church service

Church and rights groups in Zimbabwe have warned against new elections saying the situation in the country is "highly volatile, uncertain and tense" after a bloody presidential... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Web First | By ENI Zimbabwe news correspondent
Heidi Wagler, a registered nurse, and her husband Brian were all set to travel to Haiti with a medical team in February when the devastating earthquake there threw a wrench into... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Focus On | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky
John Bell, a leader in the Iona Community and a major contributor to the Wild Goose Resource Group, often notes that Christians need to leave the safety of their favourite psalms... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Focus On | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Dueck

The passing of Henry Dueck has left a gap in the greater Mennonite community of Leamington, Ont., where he lived and served for many years. His health began to steadily decline... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Barry Bergen

Jake Buhler of Osler Mennonite Church, Sask., stands beside a sign he erected on his land boldly declaring 'To Remember is to Work for Peace'

Jake Buhler is a man with a different pair of glasses. They reflect a steely determination to pursue peace and help others do the same. “Peace is the lens through which we see... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

MC Manitoba board members Dave Wiebe, Dan Horne and Justin Zacharias listen as delegates share concerns about the budget and about how the area church can communicate more clearly with its member congregations.

“Do we want to keep on doing what we are used to doing or do we want to think in new ways?” With the lack of a quorum and a budget that will possibly be unmet, this question was... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
More than a week after meeting with Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media reps to discuss a proposed merger of the two organizations, Mennonite Church Canada’s... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Above the Underground associate Pam Thompson, left, and manager Darlene Davy welcome shoppers to their trendy thrift store—‘the best kept secret in Abbotsford.’

For a little clothing store, Above the Underground is making a big impact on the lives of people in Abbotsford. And if Darlene Davy, the store’s manager, has her way, many more... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Angelika Dawson

Elder Xiao Hui-Ying of the Zhong-He Mennonite Church in Taipei, sticks a fruit on the wishing tree.

At their annual assembly held in Taipei Oct. 31-Nov. 3, pastors and delegates from Taiwan’s 21 Mennonite churches committed themselves to renewal in mission. Much of the gathering... Read More
November 9, 2010 | Web First | From reports by Sheldon Sawatzky
Faced with a shortage of volunteers willing to fill leadership positions, the committee that organizes the popular and successful Winnipeg MCC Festival and Relief Sale has... Read More
November 8, 2010 | Web First | Gladys Terichow

Ken Warkentin

Ken Warkentin, pastor of the Niverville Community Fellowship, has been named the new executive director of Mennonite Church Manitoba, filling the vacancy left by Edgar Rempel who... Read More
November 8, 2010 | Web First | MC Manitoba news release

Yemiru Tilahun (far right), of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos Church, with two leaders of Ethiopian evangelicals, the Emmanuel United Church of Ethiopia, Samson Mariam (left), Emmanuel vice-president and Bezalem Fisseha (centre), president, who were mentored by Meserete Kristos leaders.

At least 30 mission and church leaders represented Anabaptist-related communities at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization here, October 17 to 24. The gathering,... Read More
November 2, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder
Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) has been named among the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada for the second consecutive year, moving to 19th from our debut... Read More
October 28, 2010 | Web First | News release

But Cape Town Opera's managing director said the company was reluctant to take the political stand of shunning cultural ties with Israel, despite Tutu's plea.

A Jewish group in South Africa has criticised a call by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu for the Cape Town Opera to cancel a performance in Israel in November. "Peace and... Read More
October 28, 2010 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni
Theology, Spirituality Ecclesiastes. Douglas B. Miller. Herald Press, 2010, 300 pages. This is the 23rd volume of the “Believers Church Bible Commentary” series. Miller is... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | Canadian Mennonite
If she were alive today, would Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the More-With-Less Cookbook and Living More With Less, have a Facebook account? That’s the question being asked by... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | By John Longhurst
Editing a book about living simply has a way of throwing one’s own hypocrisy into stark relief. When I began work on the 30th-anniversary edition of Living More With Less for... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | By Valerie Weaver-Zercher

Ted E. Friesen holds the inaugural Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award presented to him by Canadian Mennonite University president Gerald Gerbrandt on Sept. 25. Looking on is Friesen’s wife, Linie.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) presented its inaugural Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award on Sept. 25, naming Altona, Man., citizen Ted Friesen as the first... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in Us | Canadian Mennonite University Release

Stephanie Epp, chair of an ad hoc committee of seven Saskatoon, Sask., area churches created to promote peace in the public square, stands beside a ‘peace bus’ in Saskatoon.

A grassroots response to Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square campaign is rolling through the streets of Saskatoon, Sask. On Sept. 6, five posters adorning the... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese
Willard Metzger began his post as Mennonite Church Canada’s new general secretary on Nov. 1, taking over from the retiring Robert J. Suderman. Metzger has felt called to national... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the Church | Canadian Mennonite

Willard Metzger assumed the role of Mennonite Church Canada general secretary on Nov. 1.

Most 10-year-old boys express their dreams of being astronauts, firefighters or police officers when they grow up. For Willard Metzger, the new general secretary of Mennonite... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Nathan Funk, associate professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, is the centre's lead researcher.

Conrad Grebel University College has just established The Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace (CSRP) to "advance knowledge and awareness of religious contributions to peace... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | Susan Fish

Leonard Gerbrandt

Assisting with autumn cleanup and yard maintenance at one's church is a common activity for many MAX members. On Oct. 16, this annual activity turned tragic for Leonard Gerbrandt... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | MAX Canada

Followup included preparation of a study book, the initiation of a world day of prayer for Latin American Anabaptist women, and the declaration of a decade to work to change situations of family violence and the devaluing of leadership of women in the churches.

A sense of solidarity and fellowship took a leap forward September 6 to 8, at the third meeting of the Encuentro de Mujeres Teólogas Anabautistas de Centro América, Belice y... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder from reports by Sandra Campos and Olga Piedrasanta

Wenger-Shenk invites the congregation to declare with her, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” --Photo by J. Tyler Klassen

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” the congregation called out, led by Sara Wenger Shenk in her inaugural address as the new president of... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen

Jake Buhler shares a message of peace on a highway billboard near Osler, Saskatchewan. Photo by Rod Andrews, Saskatchewan Valley News

Jake Buhler is a man with a different pair of glasses. They reflect a steely determination to pursue peace and help others do the same. “Peace is the lens through which we see... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | by Karin Fehderau

Cathedral features an all-glass covering that encloses the entire building.

The Crystal Cathedral, the gleaming Southern California megachurch known for its "Hour of Power" television broadcast, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | By Adelle M. Banks

Pro-unity and pro-independence Sudanese clash during a demonstration in Khartoum on Oct. 23.

A former general secretary of the World Council of Churches has warned that tension in Sudan ahead of a plebiscite on independence for the south of Africa's biggest country could... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Vic Toews

There's a global recession and Canada's economy is not immune. Shiploads of strange, foreign refugees — economic migrants and oppressed minorities — have been landing on our... Read More
October 22, 2010 | Web First | Bruce Cheadle

Ron Rempel (left) converses with Sheri Hartzler, Third Way Media, Joan Pries, one of three Canadian board members of MPN and Phil Bontrager, chair of MPN's board. --photo by Dick Benner

Coming down off the mountaintop of excitement about a proposed merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media, members of MC Canada’s Formation Council looked the... Read More
October 22, 2010 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

MCC canners are (left to right) Aaron Ressler, Jeffrey Durksen, Ryun Lawrence and George Wieler, Jr. -MCC photo by Brenda Burkholder

In 1997, when Martin Rahn heard that volunteers in an Ontario town were making plans to host a portable meat canner, his first thought was: “I need to stop this.” Rahn, a food... Read More
October 20, 2010 | Web First | By Ed Nyce

Few Muslim women wear the niqab in Canada

A Canadian court has urged compromise when considering whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear veils while testifying in court. The Court of Appeal in the province of... Read More
October 18, 2010 | Web First | By Leanne Larmondin

Around 4,000 Christian leaders are gathering in Cape Town for the Third Lausanne Congress on world evangelisation.

The head of the World Council of Churches has reached out to a global gathering of Evangelicals saying Christians of different traditions need to learn from each other to... Read More
October 18, 2010 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni

Kids laughing in film scene

A documentary film exploring the consequences of war in Afghanistan, "The Garden at the End of the World", has earned a 2010 human rights award from two global Christian... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | By Stephen Brown

The Neufeld children in Swift Current colony in Boliva reading Das Blatt für Kinder und Jugend, a magazine for children and youth. --MCC photo by Silas Crews

Eleven-year old Franz Neufeld tries to hold back his tears as he talks about a Bible story that his mother reads to him and his siblings. It is the story of Joseph, who is... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | by Gladys Terichow
Spending billions on more prisons in Canada won’t create safer communities, says a spokesperson for Mennonite Central Committee. “Spending more money on bricks and mortar will not... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | Gladys Terichow, writer

Event is an invitation to harness our creativity to challenge the necessity of war.

“To Remember is to Work for Peace” is the theme for the annual Fraser Valley Arts and Peace Festival, which runs at various locations in Langley and Abbotsford from Nov. 7-13th... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | Angelika Dawson
Starting next summer—the year of celebration for Dutch Mennonites—Mennonite Heritage Tours will offer four new heritage tours for Mennonites from all over the world. Mennonite... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Focus On | Mennonite Heritage Tours Release

During a stop of the Lehman homestead in the Jura area of France, TourMagination travellers check out a family chart.

While we each appreciate different aspects of travel, many people assume travelling with a tour group is not for them. They associate tour groups with older people or a lack of... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish
Those who believe in a creating God must acknowledge that a bodily existence—our sexuality—and our spiritual essence—our souls—are both part of God’s creative action in bringing... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Artbeat | By Youtha C. Hardman-Cromwell
Anne Krabill Hershberger is editor of the second edition of Sexuality: God’s Gift (Herald Press, 2010). In July, she spoke to John Longhurst of Mennonite Publishing Network about... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst

Ross Shantz shows off his Arizona purchase of a Mennonite Central Committee model box car.

Ross Shantz, chair of the New Hamburg (Ont.) Mennonite Relief Sale, is an ardent model train enthusiast, so when he and his wife Sandra were on holiday in Phoenix, Ariz., this... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Alejandra Romero, a Colombian, enjoys the “sky swing” at Camp Valaqua, Alta., during this summer’s ‘Planting peace: How do we stop killing each other?’ event that brought together 10 international young adults and a group of their Canadian counterparts.

What does peace look like? “In my context, working for peace is to swim against the current,” writes Alejandra Romero, a Colombian who helps school children with conflict... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

The Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer with fellowship—and cake.

The 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. passed in understated Mennonite fashion, with cake and fellowship at the company’s... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Olav Fykse Tveit is a Norwegian theologian who took up his WCC post in January.

Muslim and Christian leaders need to set up permanent structures of relating to each other to head off potential conflicts in a world where religion is often seen as having a... Read More
October 12, 2010 | Web First | By Stephen Brown
A private member's bill, which would have allowed U.S. conscientious objectors to the Iraq War to remain in Canada, was defeated on second reading in the House of Commons on Sept... Read More
October 8, 2010 | Web First | Bits and Peaces

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu smiles during a press conference --AP file photo

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, often described as South Africa's moral compass, officially retired on his 79th birthday saying he wishes to devote time to... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni

Stephanie Epp poses in front of a “peace bus.”

A grassroots response to Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square initiative is rolling through the streets of Saskatoon. On September 6, five king boards – the... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First | Deborah Froese

A Palestinian man shows burnt pages of the Quran inside a West Bank mosque

The Council of the Religious Institutions of the Holy Land has expressed "grave concern" over the Oct. 3 burning by militant Israeli settlers of a mosque in the West Bank village... Read More
October 6, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Matiku Thomas Nyitambe during the MWC Executive Committee meetings, July 2009, in Asunción, Paraguay. (Photo by Merle Good)

Matiku Thomas Nyitambe, a prominent leader in the Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania (KMT), was killed in an automobile accident October 3, while driving from his native home of... Read More
October 6, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Sumana Basumata is the fifth Mennonite World Conference intern to serve for a year in the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office. (MCC photo by Doug Hostetter)

Sumana Basumata dreams of working with an international organization that promotes peace education among children and youth. This year, she is taking a big step toward that goal... Read More
October 5, 2010 | Web First | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder
The head of the United Bible Societies has praised the newly released Revised Chinese Union Version Bible, which took 27 years to complete, as a uniting point for Chinese... Read More
October 5, 2010 | Web First | By Francis Wong

German President Christian Wulff gave his first major address at the 20th anniversary celebration in Bremen. Wulff's speech was a much-anticipated foray into integration politics, and was generally well-received by the German press.

Islam is part of a modern, changing Germany, the country's president, Christian Wulff, told the nation in an address on the 20th anniversary of the reunification of the once... Read More
October 4, 2010 | Web First | By Anli Serfontein

Conrad Grebel University College president Henry Paetkau presented “Barn Raising,” a Peter Goetz print from the Grebel collection, to David Johnston as a farewell gift on behalf of the uWaterloo University Colleges. Johnston is Canada's new Governor-General. Photo by David Perrin

David Johnston began his first day on the job as Governor General by telling Canada about Mennonites, Blackberrys and the students that marked his time back in Waterloo Region. In... Read More
October 4, 2010 | Web First | Greg Mercer

Uganda's Watoto Children's Choir performs at the 2007 Feast

Thousands of evangelical Christians from 100 countries have participated in a 30th "Feast of Tabernacles" event, organized by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a... Read More
October 1, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

MCC engineeer Jon Viducich kneels in front of a vegetable garden watered by a sand dam constructed by the Christian Council of Mozambique in Phiri-meque, Tete province, Mozambique. The garden was cultivated using conservation agriculture principles. The final stages of the sand dam were completed in

In Mozambique, the use of sand dam technology, introduced by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), is spreading across the country, increasing people’s access to water and catching... Read More
October 1, 2010 | Web First | By Tim Shenk
Conrad Grebel University College has long tried to keep a blend of first-year and returning upper-year students in its residence program, but this year the balancing act became... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish

In the Middle East, the only places you will see camels are in the tourist areas and the only people who will give you a ride on a camel are those people whose job it is to separate rich tourists from their money.

I had the good fortune this summer to spend five weeks in the Middle East and I didn’t ride a camel once. I flew to Istanbul, Turkey, and worked my way—sans camel—overland to... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Ramon Rempel

One of CMU’s new dissecting microscopes provides students with a close-up view of a tiger beetle on the screen.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) students wanting to pursue a career in the field of science are one step closer to that goal thanks to a brand new, fully equipped science lab... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Rachel Bergen
The merger of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and MC U.S.A., and Third Way Media, a department of Mennonite Mission Network... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | From a joint MPN/MMN Release
I watched them to the very end, but Richard Dawkins was not in Agora’s list of credits, but he might as well have been. An “evangelical” atheist, Dawkins is known for quipping... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Twila Lebold poses with Dr. Kumar, who performed liberation treatment to open blocked veins from her brain in an effort to relieve her MS symptoms. The controversial treatment is currently not available in Canada.

“Did the prayers work?” was Twila Lebold’s first question after her liberation treatment in India to relieve her multiple sclerosis (MS).Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Thiessen (left) and Johnson (right)

While Vic Thiessen, Mennonite Church Canada’s chief operating officer, says “executive staff . . . are not aware of any concerns raised by MC Canada churches or constituents on... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

‘When the doors open, people will come,’ says Klaus Rempel, who is part of a committee developing a rehabilitation centre that will provide addiction treatment services for Bolivian men.

As the criminal investigation continues into allegations of gang rape in some Mennonite colonies in Bolivia, many local congregations see a need to reach out to people dealing... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Gladys Terichow

During a trip to Bolivia earlier this year, Helen Funk, a Winnipeg-based Low German radio host, distributes her Low German cookbook, Met Helen en de Kjäakj/With Helen in the Kitchen, that she wrote at the request of Bolivian colony listeners.

Despite tragic reports of sexual assault, alcoholism and drug use among Old Colony Mennonite communities in Bolivia this past year, there are many good things happening there,... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Leona Dueck Penner

The late Jim Reimer, a member at Rockway Mennonite Church since 1975, was a regular preacher and was instrumental in starting a lay preaching team, according to Scott Brubaker-Zehr, pastor. Started as a church plant of First Mennonite 50 years ago, Rockway's active membership is 157.

Introduction I have chosen two texts to illustrate my sermon, which are not part of today’s lectionary selections: the conversion of Paul described in Acts 9 (vs. 10-19), and the... Read More
September 28, 2010 | Web First | Sermon by A. James Reimer, given March 28, 2010

A Palestinian man works at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yakir, south of the Palestinians town of Nablus.

Hours after a freeze on West Bank Israeli settlement construction expired, bulldozers moved into an area close to Revava, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, with many... Read More
September 27, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Bulgarian clergymen and Orthodox believers marched on Sept. 24 to voice their support for the introduction of a mandatory religion course in schools, submitting a petition to that end in Parliament and to the Government.--Photo by Georgi Kozhouharov

The head of Bulgaria's Muslim community has announced his backing for a campaign by the country's Orthodox Church to make religious education compulsory in schools. The church... Read More
September 27, 2010 | Web First | By Ivan Andreev

Robert J. (Jack) Suderman, recently retired general secretary for Mennonite Church Canada, urged world religious leaders to "stop teaching and justifying violence" in our faith communities, as part of a World Religious Summit this past June. His appeal got into the language of the 8 goals.

Political leaders at the summit acknowledged that progress towards achieving the eight MDGs by 2015 is not where it should beRead More
September 24, 2010 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger and Peter Kenny

Ron Rempel, who retires next summer as executive director of MPN after seven years, eliminated a legacy debt of almost $5 million; created a major new Sunday school curriculum, called Gather ‘Round; and brought costs under control through consolidation and downsizing.

Dynamic, innovative, fully-integrated and multi-media—that’s the goal of a new organization to be formed out of an integration of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the... Read More
September 24, 2010 | Web First | By John Longhurst

During “21 days of Peace Activism” Africa Youth Ministries in northern Uganda invited 900 churches to pray, sing, march, and debate together for peace.

“We pray for Africa, especially for Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo where violence and suffering are a tragic reality,” was the prayer from Nairobi at an... Read More
September 22, 2010 | Web First | World Council of Churches release

Friends of the Earth Middle East do a big jump into the Jordan River.

The European Parliament has expressed concern at devastation to the Jordan River and has called on Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to "cooperate and rehabilitate" it... Read More
September 22, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Phil Helmuth, executive director of development at EMU, accepts the keys and title to Margaret Martin Gehman's 1967 Volkswagen Beetle. Photo by Jim Bishop

At age 88, Margaret Martin Gehman of Harrisonburg has lost a little of her trademark drive, largely because she has parted company with a faithful friend. Dr. Gehman and her... Read More
September 20, 2010 | Web First | By Jim Bishop

The monastery was founded in 2000 at the old mine where the bodies were dumped during the Revolution. --BBC photo

Fire has destroyed one of the main churches at a monastery near where the remains of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II and his family were dumped after they were murdered by Bolshevik... Read More
September 20, 2010 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky

Police officers stand guard as Pondok Timur Indah Christians worship in a field in Bekasi. --AP photo in the Jakarta Globe

Leaders of the Protestant Christian Batak Church, a Lutheran church in Indonesia, have condemned the beatings and stabbings of its pastor and church members in Bekasi, outside the... Read More
September 17, 2010 | Web First | By Hisashi Yukimoto

Pope Benedict arrives in Edinburgh today, Sept. 16, where secularism is growing and Christianity is declining.

Pope Benedict XVI is likely to focus on religious freedom during the first official State visit by a pontiff to Britain, where secularism is growing and Christianity declining... Read More
September 16, 2010 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

Chinda Kommala, pastor of the Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite, shows members of the Mennonite Men (now Joint Hands) the new worship centre in Toronto toward which the MM donated $40,000. The presentation was made at a “Join Hands” luncheon meeting held at Assembly this summer in Calgary.

When Chinda Kommala opens the doors next Sunday, Sept. 26, to a newly-renovated 2,000-square foot worship centre, known as Unit 23 in the 70-unit commercial/professional mall on... Read More
September 15, 2010 | Web First | Dick Benner
-"Hell is a half-filled auditorium," wrote the U.S. poet Robert Frost. In Canada, it's slightly less full. According to new poll, a bit more than half of Canadians believe in... Read More
September 15, 2010 | Web First | By Ron Csillag

Christine Penner participates in Hope Mennonite Church’s YouTube video that presents 350 biblical reasons for Christians to care for the Earth.

Hope Mennonite Church in Winnipeg produced a video for YouTube expressing its belief that God calls Christians to look after creation. The idea was conceived on Peace Sunday,... Read More
September 15, 2010 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Not that long ago, many people knew how to preserve food. Information about canning, freezing and drying was passed down from generation to generation. But that’s not the case... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst

Like most CEOs, Brent Zorgdrager finds his desk at the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union head office in Kitchener, Ont., filled with work.

Brent Zorgdrager’s surname translates from Dutch to English as “sorrow carrier or caregiver,” an apt description of the new chief executive officer of Mennonite and Savings Credit... Read More
September 14, 2010 | God at work in Us | by Dave Rogalsky

Gene and Mary Herr opened the Hermitage in 1985. This photograph was taken in 1996.

Technically, there is no such thing as a Mennonite monk. But if you travel to a remodelled century-old barn in the rolling countryside of southern Michigan, you will find some... Read More
September 14, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

Imvu enjoyed the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa this summer.

A passion for writing children’s stories and a desire to engage children in church life gave birth to Imvu, a small knitted sheep who connects Mennonite Church Canada ministry in... Read More
September 14, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

A father and his ill son consult with a Church World Service (CWS) health team worker in Pakistan. Donations to MCC will help support CWS’ Pakistan flood response. (Photo courtesy Chris Herlinger/CWS)

Following weeks of disruptions, loss and trauma, people in flood-stricken areas of Pakistan are facing enormous challenges as they struggle to rebuild their lives. “How does a... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow

17 people are reported killed and more than 150 injured in yesterday’s mass riots in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the north of the country.

Churches in India are asking for support after Christian institutions became the target of violent protests linked to the reported desecration of a copy of the Quran in the United... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Web First | By Anto Akkara

Klaus Rempel represents a seven-member planning committee to develop a 20-bed rehabilitation centre.

As the criminal investigation continues into allegations of gang rape in some Mennonite colonies in Bolivia, many local congregations see a need to reach out to people dealing... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | by Gladys Terichow

Flutes played in Hiroshima and Bethlehem

A Hiroshima-based group is holding peace concerts featuring music with pan flutes made from Palestinian olive trees cut down by Israel to build a separation wall that juts into... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | By Hisashi Yukimoto

Pastor Terry Jones of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Centre near Gainesville, Fl, has backed down from his plan to burn 200 Qurans on Saturday, Sept. 11, claiming he has worked out a deal with Muslims in New York City to move the proposed mosque to be built near Ground Zero.

In response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, many members of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ congregations reached out to Muslims in their communities to support and... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | Open pastoral letter from Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Stanley C. Shenk

Goshen College Professor Emeritus of Bible Stanley C. Shenk passed away on Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Greencroft Healthcare Center in Goshen. Shenk, 91, taught Bible at the college... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | Goshen College news release
OTTAWA--Over the summer months, there have been several new developments for war resisters seeking permanent residency in Canada. In June, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | By Esther Epp-Tiessen

Vic Towes, raised Mennonite, says the Tamil ship is run by criminal smugglers.

One of Canada’s leading church groups calls it “puzzling,” “unfortunate” and “disheartening,” that the pubic safety minister is stirring up fears the recent Tamil arrivals to... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | By Carol Sanders

James Reimer, left, visibly weak, is accompanied by Henry Schmidt, Ron Harder and Bob Janzen, as they perform the final concert of Five on The Floor.

A. James (Jim) Reimer died on August 28 just two days after the final concert of his beloved blue grass gospel quartet, Five on the Floor. The concert epitomized Reimer’s love for... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | by Dave Rogalsky
In his new book, Nelson Kraybill, most recently president of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart Ind., does not follow the Book of Revelation in a linear fashion,... Read More
September 1, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Floods have destroyed homes and livelihoods across much of Pakistan, including the Dera Ismail Khan District, pictured. Photo: Zafar Wazir, Church World Service

Pakistan’s worst floods in eight decades have killed more than 1,600 people and disrupted the lives of more than 14 million—about 8 percent of the population. With hundreds of... Read More
September 1, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Ross W. Muir

Anne Driediger, a resident at Bethany Manor, speaks with a Saskatoon, Sask., city planner about the seniors complex expansion.

It’s a warm summer evening on the north side of Saskatoon and residents in this busy neighbourhood are enjoying the opportunity to cycle, walk, play tennis or rip up the tarmac at... Read More
September 1, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Karin Fehderau
Martyrs Mirror is newer than the Bible and longer than some copies of it. Like the Bible, though, the book has a powerful message for today, said James Lowry, a Mennonite... Read More
September 1, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Celeste Kennel-Shank
“Mennonite World Conference is in good shape. There are no crisis areas. What we agreed to do, we have been able to do.” With those words, general secretary Larry Miller, who will... Read More
September 1, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By J. Lorne Peachey
Sustainable communities require long-term planning David Neufeld of Winnipeg, Man., has a long history with both Mennonite and secular efforts to address environmental issues. He... Read More
September 1, 2010 | God at work in Us | Reprinted from July 2010 MCCN newsletter.
A fresco of Christ on the Kremlin Wall in Moscow rediscovered after being plastered over during the 1917 Bolshevik revolution has been presented in a ceremony attended by... Read More
August 31, 2010 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky
The joint synod of Italy's Waldensian and Methodist Protestant churches has, as the denominations' highest governing body, agreed to authorise the blessing of same-sex couples in... Read More
August 31, 2010 | Web First | By Luigi Sandri
A retired California Presbyterian minister, rebuked on charges that she violated her ordination vows by marrying same-sex couples, plans to appeal against a ruling that she said... Read More
August 31, 2010 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger
Kenyan Christian leaders said prayers at a national ceremony for the promulgation of a new constitution, although they strongly opposed the law in the referendum campaign that led... Read More
August 31, 2010 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili
More than 25 000 people gathered at Kolkata's Sealdah railway station for the launch of the "Mother Express" train, a highlight of the centenary celebrations of the birth of... Read More
August 31, 2010 | Web First | By Anto Akkara

Elsie Cressman, foreground, the subject of the new 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, Ont., this summer.

On June 27, the Princess Twin Cinema in uptown Waterloo had to open up a second room to view the 2010 movie, Return to Africa: The Story of Elsie Cressman, with Cressman, now 87,... Read More
August 26, 2010 | Artbeat | by Dave Rogalsky

Homes that will be built through the collaboration of MCC, MEDA and Fonkoze will be similar to this one repaired for Isaac, Viola, and Estania Auguste, left to right, of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti.

Haitians left homeless by January’s earthquake are getting construction help from a collaborative venture of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Mennonite Economic Development... Read More
August 26, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Wally Kroeker

Horse Lake Mennonite Church (left) and Tiefengrund Mennonite Church today (right)

Many people with ties to the Tiefengrund Mennonite Church near Carlton, Sask., came to relive the past, rejoice in the present and anticipate the future of this church community... Read More
August 26, 2010 | God at work in the Church | by Henry Patkau

Juan Raul Junay of Guatemala City, Guatemala, poses for a photograph in a field of golden Manitoba wheat.

Juan Raul Junay, 25, never tires of explaining how Canadian mining companies are affecting farming communities in his home country of Guatemala. “Mines give people jobs, but there... Read More
August 26, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Gladys Terichow

Plans are underway for a version of the family friendly Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival to come to North America in 2011 under the name “Wild Goose Festival.”

U2, Bruce Cockburn, the Emerging Church Movement and Mennonites share one thing in common: each has been present, active and influential at the Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival... Read More
August 17, 2010 | Artbeat | By Vic Thiessen
Bags of clothing from Vietnamese immigrants in Abbotsford have found their way to help clothe Karen refugees in Surrey, thanks to a cooperative effort between church groups. David... Read More
August 17, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman

Visitors to Riverton Fellowship Circle receive a mug “full of love.” Church leader Barb Daniels, centre, presents church mugs to translator Ed Toews, left, Brigido Loewen of Paraguay, Alina Itucama of Panama and translator Liz Drewnisz.

Riverton Fellowship Circle, a Mennonite Church Manitoba congregation since 2006, thinks it can. When it comes to the church’s goals to be Christ-centred, welcoming to visitors and... Read More
August 17, 2010 | | by Rachel Bergen

Alina Itucama, left, of the Wounaan tribe just outside of Panama City, Panama, was given a star blanket commemorating the relationship between Latin and North American aboriginal people groups. Also pictured are Neill and Edith von Gunten, MC Canada Native Ministry co-directors.

A year after members of Hollow Water First Nation in central Manitoba travelled to Paraguay for the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly and a subsequent tour of indigenous... Read More
August 17, 2010 | | by Rachel Bergen

Katie Penner of Vineland, Ont., stands among the art and graffiti found along the security wall between Israel and Palestine.

My first reaction to seeing the wall that separates Israel and Palestine was the enormity of it. This isn’t any little chain-link fence that marks a property line. It’s an... Read More
August 17, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Katie Penner
For three weeks this past May, I participated in a joint Mennonite Central Committee/Mennonite Church Eastern Canada learning tour for young adults to Israel/Palestine. Called... Read More
August 17, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Katie Erb

A quilt of sorts was put together as a symbol of the commitment of many interfaith youths and young adults, to aid the Millennium Development Goals in any way possible. It was hung at the University of Winnipeg during the World Religions Summit 2010.

Just days before the leaders of the G8 countries were preparing to meet in central Ontario to discuss such new issues as maternal health in the developing world and a restoration... Read More
July 17, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

Susan Pries prepares a group lunch at RiverSong, a day retreat centre along the Conestoga River outside of St. Jacobs, Ont.

The yellow warbler flits among the trees back of the patio and main building at RiverSong as Susan Pries takes a break from providing meals and snacks to a daylong retreat of... Read More
July 12, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Karen Hamilton, general secretary for the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), left, enjoys a laugh with Robert J. Suderman, general secretary of Mennonite Church Canada, at last month’s World Religions Summit 2010 in Winnipeg, Man. MC Canada is a CCC member.

There are currently eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were agreed to by 192 United Nations member states in 2000 and that are to be achieved by 2015. But according to... Read More
July 12, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Rachel Bergen

The sacred fire, protected in a teepee that was set up by representatives of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada at the World Religions Summit 2010, was lit to act as a doorway for the entrance of the ‘Spirit.’

Of the 192 member countries of the United Nations, Canada ranks fourth on its Human Development Index, but Canada’s First Nations rank 68th. According to Edith Von Gunten, who co-... Read More
July 12, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Rachel Bergen
John Howard Yoder is one of the best-known Mennonite thinkers on peace. But before Yoder, there was Guy F. Hershberger, whose reflections on war, peace and violence not only... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Artbeat | by John Longhurst
Have you ever felt abandoned by God? You pray, go to church and read the Bible, but God seems so far away. What’s going on? What’s happening, says Daniel Schrock, is the “dark... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Artbeat | by John Longhurst
If there is one thing Mennonites should know a lot about, it’s Menno Simons, the 16th century Anabaptist leader who gave their church its name. Myron Augsburger worries that the... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Artbeat | by John Longhurst
Immoral behaviour, competing religious and ideological beliefs and philosophies, church members and leaders who fail to live up to the high standards of the gospel: It sounds like... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Artbeat | by John Longhurst
Beginning in Winnipeg in the1920s, This Hidden Thing by Manitoba novelist Dora Dueck tells the moving story of Maria Klassen, a newly landed Mennonite immigrant. Maria becomes a... Read More
July 12, 2010 | Artbeat | CMU Press Release

Raised in an Evangelical Christian home in Ethiopia, Frew Zinna returned to the faith after a disastrous experience at a secular university. He is now studying at Meserete Kristos College, where MC Canada Witness volunteer Fanosie Legesse teaches.

Leaving home to attend university exposed Frew Zinna to new attitudes and lifestyles that pulled him away from his family’s legacy of faith, but the words of Jeremiah 33:3 called... Read More
June 23, 2010 | God at work in Us | by Dianne Legesse

From left to right, CMU graduates Michael Bueckert, Andrea Dick, Jessica Dyck and Tim Rempel reflect on their Mennonite Brethren and General Conference traditions, and how they related to their school experience at CMU.

A century-and-a-half after the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church and General Conference (GC) Mennonite Church divided, Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) held a “Celebrating 150... Read More
June 23, 2010 | God at work in the Church | by Rachel Bergen

As a way to mark the century milestone, Aberdeen Mennonite Church, Sask., erected a commemorative sign in front of the building. Former pastor Dave Neufeld, left, Ally Fehr and David Klassen unveil the sign during the June 5-6 celebrations.

In the town of Aberdeen, Sask., population 600, a small but committed group of Mennonites that call this place home gathered together in early June to celebrate 100 years of... Read More
June 23, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

Governor-General Michaëlle Jean spoke with the media during a visit to the Mennonite Central Committee Ontario warehouse in Kitchener, Ont., where she helped knot a comforter and pack a relief kit.

Work at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario office and warehouse in Kitchener came to a halt on June 14, when Michaëlle Jean, the Governor-General of Canada, dropped in... Read More
June 23, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Barb Draper

Oil in the marsh of Plaquemines Parish.

Maurice Phillips, a commercial fisher of Plaquemines Parish, La., took a group of disaster management leaders out on a small boat to “see the oil” on June 7. This is the best way... Read More
June 23, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Anna Groff

Simon Reimer, left, Kyle Sawatsky and Peter Reimer from the Altona Sommerfeld Mennonite youth group assist Mennonite Disaster Service by cleaning out flooded basements in Emerson, Man., earlier this month.

On May 29, 10 centimetres of rain fell in an hour on the small border town of Emerson. By the end of the day, more than 15 cm had come down. With the ground already saturated, the... Read More
June 23, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Evelyn Rempel Petkau
As a boy, I couldn’t get enough of the Robin Hood legends. I read every book I could find on the subject and I loved the 1938 Errol Flynn film. While it’s true that Robin... Read More
June 23, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Marty and John Bender, Elkhart, Ind., are pictured in front of the Oberammergau Passion Play Theatre in Germany at the end of May.

In 1633, the people of Oberammergau in Bavaria (now part of Germany) pleaded with God to save them from extinction. Not only had the Black Death—or plague—taken its toll in the... Read More
June 23, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by John Bender

Alvin and Helen Lepp pose in front of a mural in the Siksika community hall, Alta., following an afternoon honouring them for their service to people of the First Nation.

Members of Siksika Nation and Mennonite Church Alberta gathered twice on May 2 to give honour to God for a lifetime of faithful ministry by Alvin and Helen Lepp. With the faithful... Read More
June 4, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Marvin Baergen

The Mennonite Church Canada Youth Assembly 2011 Planning Committee includes, from left to right: (on floor) Jean Lehn Epp; (seated) Scott Eyre, Aaron Neufeld, Luke Derksen, Trang Tran, Anna Rehan, Emma Bartel and Kathy Giesbrecht; and, (in back) Rod Wiebe

As delegates begin to register for Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2010, planners for Youth Assembly 2011 are remembering the future—a reference to the assembly’s theme text... Read More
June 4, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Deborah Froese

Stan Cuthand, 92, a member of Little Pine First Nation, worked for years on the draft of a Cree translation of all of the New Testament and 40 percent of the Old Testament. The newly released Gospel of Mark is based on his work.

A large group of educators, church workers and Cree speakers turned out last month to help celebrate the release of a new Cree translation of the New Testament Gospel of Mark. A... Read More
June 4, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Karin Fehderau

Author Gareth Brandt, seated, signs copies of his book Under Construction: Reframing Men’s Spirituality at this spring’s book launch at House of James Christian bookstore, Abbotsford, B.C.

Gareth Brandt has written a personally grounded book on men’s spirituality as a resource for men’s prayer or discussion groups. His goal is to re-frame the basic contours of the... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Scott Brubaker-Zehr

MC Saskatchewan youth minister Anna Rehan, right, is congratulated by area church moderator Renata Klassen following the tribute to Rehan’s 25 years of youth ministry in Saskatchewan.

Anna Rehan sits behind her desk at the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan offices. This past February, during the conference delegate sessions, the area church’s youth pastor was... Read More
May 31, 2010 | God at work in Us | by Karin Fehderau

Photo courtesy of James Friesen

I write these thoughts only a few days after returning to Winnipeg, Man., and life at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, but the Middle East already seems so far away. Twenty-four... Read More
May 31, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By James Friesen

Carr-Pries

Calling for more involvement of children in worship by re-naming the traditional Sunday school hour “formation hour,” Lisa Carr-Pries told Mennonite Church Eastern Canada... Read More
May 31, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Ed Janzen, chaplain at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., moves that the Congregational Ministries Council prioritize youth and young adult ministry in its funding allocations.

Moderator Aldred Neufeld summed up Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s 23rd annual delegate sessions last month by saying, “Even the wrong decisions can get us to the right place... Read More
May 31, 2010 | God at work in the Church | by Dave Rogalsky

Metzger

Willard Metzger has been appointed to the post of general secretary of Mennonite Church Canada. He will succeed outgoing general secretary Robert J. Suderman, who has served in... Read More
May 31, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Don Friesen

David Milgaard, who spent more than two decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, is pictured with copies of his book of poetry, prose and a love letter written while he was in prison. The book is available from Ronald N. Storozuk, 689 Beaverhill Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R2J 3P2.

On April 30, a man who spent 22 years behind bars took the stage at First Mennonite Church, Edmonton, to share his story at a banquet honouring M2/W2 (Man 2 Man/Woman to Woman)... Read More
May 31, 2010 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Coverage of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly in Paraguay and John H. Neufeld’s three-part series, “Reading the Bible for all its Worth,” earned first-place honours... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Artbeat | By Ross W. Muir

John Ruth a retired English professor and author, right, has led TourMagination tours since 1974.

Turning 65 used to mean it was time to trade in the company car for a rocking chair, but today organizations recognize the value of wisdom and life experience gained by older... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish

Ernst Hamm, left, this year’s Bechtel Lecturer at Conrad Grebel University College, discusses his presentation on “Science and Mennonites in the Dutch Enlightenment” with Michael Driedger, centre, professor of history and liberal arts at Brock University, and Conrad Grebel academic dean Jim Pankratz

During his 2010 Bechtel Lecture presentations at Conrad Grebel University College, Ernst Hamm held that as 17th and 18th century Dutch Mennonites were involved in commerce,... Read More
May 19, 2010 | God at work in the Church | by Dave Rogalsky

After his life began spiralling downhill seven years ago, Len Bergen of Winnipegosis, Man., right, now is serving as a lay minister at Nordheim Mennonite Church while waiting for the Lord’s call taking him and his wife Mary into mission work.

When a crisis hit Len Bergen seven years ago, his life began to spiral downward. Now seven years later, he sees how God did not abandon him, but led him through and out of that... Read More
May 17, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Nick Driedger, who retired as chief executive officer of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, poses with his farewell gift, a numbered Peter Etril Snyder print, at the credit union’s annual general meeting last month in Kitchener, Ont.

It was standing room only at the 46th annual general meeting of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) last month in Kitchener. Many were there to discuss a board proposal... Read More
May 17, 2010 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Helen Loftin, left, MEDA regional project manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan, shows a shawl—an embellished fabric product from Pakistan—to Jim Brubacher and Sharon Martin Brubacher at the Waterloo, Ont., MEDA annual dinner on March 13 at Floradale Mennonite Church.

A record number of guests came to the annual dinner of the Waterloo chapter of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) last month to hear keynote speaker Helen Loftin... Read More
May 17, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Dave Rogalsky

Wiebe

Imagine that you and your family are refugees from a technically “safe” country, but are experiencing persecution, violence or the threat of violence in your homeland. To escape... Read More
May 17, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

Those Shoes of Peace playwright Barb Draper (playing Grandma Katie), left, Steve (Ort) Bauman (playing Grandpa Peter), and Robb Martin (playing Kevin), discuss peacemaking around the family kitchen table.

Applause broke out in the audience at Floradale Mennonite Church when Kevin Bauman (played by Robb Martin), a recently returned Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) member from... Read More
May 17, 2010 | Artbeat | Review and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
So many people spend their time and energy accumulating things, but what they really want are simpler lives and deeper connections with others. Knowing that reconnecting with... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau
After stories went national earlier this year announcing that Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley, B.C., had fallen afoul of the Canadian Association of University... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Ross W. Muir
Beginnings, endings and growth marked the Mennonite Church B.C. annual meetings at Eden Mennonite Church, Chilliwack, on April 10, under the banner of “The hope of the reconciling... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman
Being the church in the 21st century is no easy task, Robert J. Suderman told the delegates and pastors gathered at Eden Mennonite Church, Chilliwack early last month for the... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner
The response of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake will gradually shift from the capital city of Port-au-Prince to rural communities that are expected... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Linda Espenshade
The Friesen Family Band just keeps getting better! As quickly as the children grow, the seven-member family grows in its music, adding instruments, expertise and new material. On... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
New cookbooks are ubiquitous, and family histories have become popular, but a cookbook that is a family history—or a family history that is a cookbook—is a curious hybrid. Lisa... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Theology 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus . Paul M. Zehr. Herald Press, 2010, 406 pages. This is the 22nd volume of the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series. Zehr has many years of... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Focus On | Canadian Mennonite

Richard Twiss, a Lakota First Nation “follower of Jesus,” speaks animatedly during an address at Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond, B.C, last month.

Mitakuye Oyasin (“All my relations”). With these words of greeting, Richard Twiss, a Lakota First Nations speaker, author and “follower of Jesus,” began two evenings of teaching... Read More
April 19, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Angelika Dawson
In his welcoming comments to the 2010 Mennonite Church Alberta delegate sessions, Erwin Wiens, pastor of the host Trinity Mennonite Church, described the area church, made up of... Read More
April 19, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner
A University of Regina professor caused a commotion last month when he spoke out against the practice of paying the full tuition of children of slain Canadian soldiers. Jeffery... Read More
April 19, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Karin Fehderau

Rempel

For Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the ministry of publishing is growing ever more complex. The mission for the publisher of Mennonite Church Canada and MC U.S.A. remains the... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Artbeat | By Deborah Froese

University student Melinda Goertz poses with her baking and the fair trade products she used to create them.

Indian dancers from the Swastini Dance Group led by Swati and Nidhi Juthani swirled over the stage at Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener on March 27. Both traditional and “... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

Bonnie Sawatzky, a member of Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond, B.C., was the first to carry the Paralympic torch upon its arrival in Vancouver. She is pictured with her supporters and Leon, her service dog.

When Bonnie Sawatzky rolled her wheelchair down the student union plaza hill just after lighting the Paralympic torch at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver last... Read More
April 5, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Amy Dueckman

Gene Stoltzfus

Gene Stoltzfus, the founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), died of a heart attack in Fort Frances, Ont., while bicycling near his home on the first spring-like day... Read More
April 5, 2010 | God at work in Us | From Christian Peacemaker Teams Releases

An artist’s rendering of the new Columbia Bible College residence, anticipated to cost $3.5 million.

Fundraising for a new residence hall, estimated to cost $3.5 million, is underway at Columbia Bible College (CBC). The four-storey residence for 134 students will be located on a... Read More
April 5, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman
It’s been six months since Whitewater Mennonite Church in Boissevain, Man., laid aside its committee work, to rest, read Scripture, and engage in prayer and fellowship with one... Read More
April 5, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Canadian Mennonite Staff

Emmanuel Ali El-Shariff

When Christians proclaim the unique claims of God to Muslims, it often goes awry when they bring Jesus into the equation, according to Emmanuel Ali El-Shariff, who says it is... Read More
April 5, 2010 | God at work in the World | Rachel Bergen

André Gingerich Stoner, director of interchurch relations for Mennonite Church U.S.A., left, talks with Walter Sawatsky, who has recently edited a book of proceedings from consultations that brought together representatives of Reformation movements in Europe.

Walter Sawatsky, professor of church history and mission at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), has edited proceedings of two ecumenical consultations in a newly... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Artbeat | By Mary E. Klassen
Four years after Winkler hosted more than a hundred combines in an attempt to set a record for harvesting 65 hectares, the rural southern Manitoba community is at it again. On Aug... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Focus On | From a Children’s Camps International Release
A team of five cyclists, made up of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) faculty members and alumni will race from Vancouver to Winnipeg in pursuit of ultra-marathon cyclist Arvid... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Focus On | Canadian Mennonite University Release

Arisnel and Syvelie Mesidor are together at last in their Winnipeg home after a frightening separation. She was a victim of the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti, while he was studying at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg.

Jan. 12 was a day like no other for Arisnel Mesidor . On this day, Haiti, his homeland—and the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere—was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude... Read More
March 22, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Rachel Bergen

Alan Kreider, keynote speaker at this year’s Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions, helped participants overcome obstacles to witnessing to their faith in Christ in a multicultural and multi-faith world.

Freed from some of the Mennonite ethnic restraints of the past, some 50 pastors from Mennonite Church Saskatchewan attending the annual delegate sessions last month conversed with... Read More
March 22, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Patti Friesen, left, and Erna Funk ham it up during a report on Rosthern Mennonite Nursing Home at this year’s MC Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions.

Saskatchewan delegates took a step into the future during their annual delegate sessions at the end of February, when they accepted a new congregation into their midst and moved... Read More
March 22, 2010 | God at work in the Church | by Karin Fehderau

Delegates frequently called for times of prayer as they discerned new directions for the future of MC Manitoba at the annual delegate sessions in Winnipeg in February.

Although much of last month’s Mennonite Church Manitoba annual delegates sessions was concerned with the area church’s camping ministries (see “Camping issues top MC Manitoba... Read More
March 22, 2010 | God at work in the Church | by Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Tom Seals, Mennonite Church Manitoba treasurer, reported that donations from congregations in 2009 were down by 3.4 percent, or $23,442. Although the congregational giving budget... Read More
March 22, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Omar Cortés Gaibur, Mennonite Church Canada Witness Associate in Santiago, survived the Feb. 27 earthquake.

Within minutes of hearing midday news reports on Feb. 27 of a magnitude 8.8 earthquake that had occurred earlier that day in Chile, Tim Froese had sent an e-mail alert to all... Read More
March 22, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Dan Dyck
On the morning of Feb. 27 a one-minute earthquake left nearly 300 dead and a half-million homes destroyed. Power cuts, blocked roads and collapsed communications services made it... Read More
March 22, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Luis Maria Alman Bornes

Paul Dueck plays the Paraguayan harp during the prelude to Paraguay Primeval.

The standing-room-only audience in the Conrad Grebel University College chapel on March 3 listened to street sounds (cars, voices, music), Spanish voices shift into aboriginal... Read More
March 22, 2010 | Artbeat | by Dave Rogalsky

Boers

Arthur Paul Boers was installed in the R. J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, on Jan. 26. Boers, who formerly taught at Associated Mennonite... Read More
March 8, 2010 | God at work in Us | Tyndale Seminary Release
From June 29 to July 3, delegates from across the country will meet at Ambrose University College in Calgary, Alta., for Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2010, with the theme, “... Read More
March 8, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Deborah Froese

Youths work together to pull a farm tractor forward during the 2009 MC Canada youth assembly.

For the first time ever, the 2010 Mennonite Church Canada assembly will include youth ambassadors as participants in delegate sessions. “Youth are an integral part of the church... Read More
March 8, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Deborah Froese

Last spring, Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers did something new after serious flooding along the Yukon River in Alaska destroyed many buildings in the town of Eagle: they built log homes for the victims—13 in less than 11 weeks.

After 60 years of building homes for other people, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is doing a little building of its own. The years of trying to run the operation from a two-... Read More
March 8, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Karin Fehderau
A cornucopia of events and exhibits in Waterloo Region has celebrated the centenary of artist Woldemar Neufeld’s birth. Shows in St. Jacobs, at the Waterloo Children’s Museum,... Read More
March 8, 2010 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky

Camp Valaqua out-trip leader Jared Bourn prepares for another day of paddling on the North Saskatchewan River.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and... Read More
March 8, 2010 | Focus On | By Jon Olfert

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