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Members of Shalom Worship and Healing Centre lead worship. (MCEC photo by Paul Schmidt)

At its annual gathering, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada welcomed new congregations, announced a break from status quo spending and heard bold challenges from Fanosie Legesse and... Read More
May 18, 2023 | News | Will Braun

Joan Perrott (left), Dolly Jeffares, Marah Rafih and Sana Almotlak at the 2020 Great Winter Warm-up event in Edmonton. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

Decolonization, interfaith dialogue, intersectionality—these terms can feel heady and intimidating, but Suzanne Gross says they can all happen through the well-practiced Mennonite... Read More
May 18, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

Coffee beans drying outside at the Malipayon Peace Hub. (Photo by Dorothea Enns)

Over brunch on Sunday, April 23, at Niagara United Mennonite Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, two members of the church shared about the Mennonite Church Canada learning... Read More
May 18, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

A scene from Women Talking. (Photo by Michael Gibson/Orion Pictures)

An Abbotsford audience had the chance to view and discuss Women Talking , the film that has generated buzz in both Mennonite and Hollywood circles. The movie had not been shown in... Read More
May 18, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Mark Leistra, Leola Roth and Owen Roth enjoy an intergenerational supper together. (Supplied photo)

While cousins Adam and Owen Roth had grown to “love the Grebel community,” as first-year students at Conrad Grebel University College, one crucial thing was missing from their new... Read More
May 18, 2023 | News | Farah Jurdi

Cyndi Nickerson (left) and Marie Haak (right)

Between conversation and quiche, B.C. women were inspired, touched and encouraged as they heard one another’s stories at this year’s Women’s Day. The Mennonite Church B.C. annual... Read More
May 18, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Joni S. Sancken speaks at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary earlier this year. (AMBS photo by Kayla Holdread)

A new book aims to help Christians process collective traumas. In All Our Griefs to Bear , seminary professor Joni S. Sancken suggests practices that church leaders and members... Read More
May 18, 2023 | Focus on Mental Health | Aaron Epp

(Photo courtesy of Mike Janzen)

If Mike Janzen hadn’t been thirsty one night seven years ago, it’s possible he wouldn’t have recorded his three most recent albums. In 2021, the Toronto singer-songwriter released... Read More
May 18, 2023 | Focus on Mental Health | Aaron Epp

Linda Redekop, left, and Maria Rigby have been part of Ottawa Mennonite Church's refugee resettlement work since its start. (Photo by Carla Klassen)

For more than 20 years, a refugee support group at Ottawa Mennonite Church has used an unusual fundraising method that has allowed it to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Carla Klassen

(istock photo by doidam10)

From households clustered around computer screens to sanctuaries filled with people, church services have taken a variety of forms since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Emma Siemens

CPT's award depicts two hands, the smaller hand cradled by the larger, and both cradling a globe. (Supplied photo)

Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT) was awarded the International Peace Award by the Community of Christ Church and the Shaw Family Foundation on April 22 during the church’s... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Community Peacemaker Teams International

Kelowna First Mennonite Church, built in 1989, sold its property to an MB church, and now worships next door in the theatre room at the Northwood Retirement Resort. (Northwood Retirement Resort photo)

Members of Kelowna First Mennonite Church are selling their church building, but that doesn’t mean they are closing their doors. As of May, the small congregation is meeting in a... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Carmen (Man.) Mennonite Church (MC Canada facebook photo)

In the same year that two congregations joined Mennonite Church Manitoba, adding new member churches for the first time in a decade, two congregations have also withdrawn from the... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Reuben Tut, left, Manas Ngongjock, Shim Beack, Joon Park, Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, Tracy Brown Ewert and Zander Ewert share smiles and stories around the table. (Photo by Jan Wilhelm)

When most people think of Mennonite cuisine, they think of perogies and farmer sausage, or perhaps fresh rollkuchen dipped in Rogers Golden Syrup. Yet at A Taste of MCA, a... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

The Joshua Tree made U2 superstars. The band—Larry Mullen, Jr., Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge—is pictured here in 2017. (Photo by Olaf Heine)

There was nothing unusual about it when Richard, Paul and Adele Armin walked into the recording studio on New Year’s Eve in 1986. It was just another job, really. Music producer... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Graduating students make their way across campus to the ceremony at CMU in 2019. (Photo courtesy of CMU)

Hundreds of students are preparing to graduate this month from post-secondary institutions supported by Mennonite Church Canada and its regional churches. Canadian Mennonite spoke... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Amanda Dodge, centre, and Leanne Schellenberg, right pose with EPP lead guide Laura Hooper. (Photo by Laura Hooper)

These days, if someone asks, “What number are you?” they are likely not asking your age. The Enneagram, a personality typing system based on nine types, has exploded in popularity... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

Wendy Dunn (left) with Ann Albrecht, a resident of Knollcrest Lodge. (Supplied photo)

Although Wendy Dunn had long felt a nudge to pursue theological studies, she never did so until COVID lockdowns at the care home where she worked as a nurse practitioner led her... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Madalene Arias

Land burned by colony Mennonites in Colombia. (Photo courtesy of Sebastian Vargas)

For many Latin American colony Mennonites, a life of isolation, farming and family is the fulfilment of God’s will, but for others, it is the destruction of sacred lands. Various... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Emma Siemens
J. Nelson Kraybill bluntly states that his book has no special formula that will save the church or the world from destructive polarization. Instead, it offers guidance on how... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper
Over the past several decades, a particularly painful and dissonant question has arisen within the Mennonite church: What is a faithful response to violence perpetrated by the... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Susanne Guenther Loewen
Theology, Spirituality All Our Griefs to Bear: Responding with Resilience After Collective Trauma . Joni Sancken. Herald Press, 2022, 200 pages. In a world traumatized by a... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

Lorne Brandt has authored a book on Mary, the mother of Jesus, entitled A Sword Shall Pierce Your Soul. (Photo courtesy of Lorne Brandt)

Getting into the mind of Jesus’ mother inspired a retired psychiatrist to write a novel about what Mary might have experienced during her son’s life. Lorne Brandt, who attends... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Amy Rinner Waddell

Anna-Marie Janzen is the founder and operator of Reclaim Mending. (Photo by Anna-Marie Janzen)

“An estimated 92 million tons of textile waste is created annually from the fashion industry,” Fashion Revolution reported in 2020, citing Global Fashion Agenda. “Every second,... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

On March 19, members of Toronto United Mennonite Church wrote letters of support to MB churches that have been disciplined for LGBTQ+ inclusion. (Photo by Madalene Arias)

March 19 was “PIE Day” at Toronto United Mennonite Church. Just before noon, attendants gradually moved out of the worship hall into the lobby for coffee and tea. Two long tables... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Madalene Arias