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L to R: Gayle Zacharias, Kathryn Derksen, Michelle Hildebrand, Susanna Derksen, Judy Hildebrand and Jake Plett. (Photo courtesy of Judy Hildebrand)

Great winter warm-up By Nikki Hamm Gwala Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba For Judy Hildebrand of Crystal City, Man., brightly coloured comforters add cheer to long prairie... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News |

Melanie and Jonathan Neufeld. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Neufeld)

If there are places where the church is centring the voices of people on the margins, Jonathan Neufeld wants to be there. “Theologically, that’s my home,” says Neufeld, Mennonite... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

The Lucerna Community Choir, with singers from Point Grey and Chinatown Peace congregations, sings at the “Cross Culture” service in Vancouver. (Photo by Walter Toews)

Six Vancouver Mennonite congregations launched the new year by singing, praying and worshipping together in three languages. The service, held at Sherbrooke Mennonite Church on... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

F-35A Lighting II:
Length: 51.4 ft/15.7 m,
Wingspan: 35 ft/10.7 m,
Internal Fuel Capacity: 18,250 lbs/8,278 kg,
Weapons Payload: 18,000 lbs/8,160 kg,
Speed (Full Internal Weapons Load): Mach 1.6 (~1,200 mph),
Range: 2,200km
(Source: (Photo released by Lockheed Martin)

From Dirk Willems loving his enemy in 1569 to Colombian Mennonites building peace today, Anabaptists have offered a bold peace witness. But being a peace church is complicated... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News |

Erin Koop Unger, pictured last year at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach. (Photo by Andrew Unger)

Erin Koop Unger has travelled the world, but these days it’s Manitoba and the Mennonites who live there that have captured her imagination. Koop Unger is the creator of Mennotoba... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

(Photo courtesy of Tim Albrecht)

Trudy Enns and Tim Albrecht of the Christian Benefit Shop in St. Catharines highlight Raw Carrot soup packages in the store. (Photo courtesy of Tim Albrecht) Thrift stores sell a... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place Jan. 18-23. (Photo by Rosie Sun/Unsplash)

During the pandemic, Christian churches across various faith traditions have disagreed with public health orders restricting in-person gatherings. Some church leaders challenged... Read More
January 13, 2023 | Web First | Dan Dyck

Anneli Loepp Thiessen, left, and Katie Graber are co-directors of the Anabaptist Worship Network. (Photo courtesy of Anneli Loepp Thiessen)

Congregational needs for worship resources and support skyrocketed when the pandemic roared into full swing and people struggled to create meaningful worship experiences in an... Read More
January 11, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Jacquie Loewen building her backyard oven. (Photo by Michelle Burkowski)

One might be able to live on bread alone, at least according to Jacquie Loewen. The resident of Winnipeg’s West End neighbourhood has spent the past year building a stone oven,... Read More
January 11, 2023 | News | Emma Siemens

Youth at United Mennonite Church of Black Creek, B.C., with socks they collected. (Photo courtesy of Marian Peckford)

The youth group at United Mennonite Church of Black Creek were thinking about Christmas stockings in December, but not what they would find in their own. They were all about... Read More
January 11, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Clockwise from bottom left: panellists Justin Sun, Kim Penner, Moses Falco, and host Aaron Epp.

“Why are you a Mennonite?” That’s the question panellists were asked at the third instalment of Canadian Mennonite’s online discussion series. People on 47 different screens tuned... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Young people from three Leamington Mennonite churches participate in the Junior Youth Converge event on Nov. 25. (Photo by Barry Bergen)

Like many of their peers in Mennonite Church Canada congregations, the youth pastors in Leamington were wondering how to react to declining Sunday school participation and overall... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Barry Bergen

Ed Willms, former executive director of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Ed Willms had high hopes when he organized a Sept. 13 event for about 45 pastors and other leaders from the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (ONMB) to talk about... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | John Longhurst

MDS funds churches in Canada to be the hands and feet of Jesus. (MDS photo)

A Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregation is among five Canadian churches that received grants this fall from the 2022-23 Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada Spirit of... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | John Longhurst

Mark von Kampen, the Menno Office chaplain, and U of M student Andrew Enns at IMCA’s annual meeting. (Photo by Gladys Terichow)

After two years of online learning during the pandemic, Andrew Enns is finally experiencing in-person learning on the University of Manitoba campus. Enns, a third-year student in... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Gladys Terichow

Ethiopians gather to share meals and storytelling at Christmas. (Mennonite World Conference photo)

One of the most outstanding Christmas traditions among communities in Kenya is having vigils popularly know as “Kesha” on Christmas Eve. Most worshippers come together to... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Valary Otieno

In the wake of Hockey Canada’s recent scandal, some Mennonites are re-thinking what it means to be a hockey fan. (Flickr photo by Brad Saunders)

Like other Canadians, many Mennonites watch or play hockey. But in the wake of Hockey Canada’s recent sexual-assault scandal, some Canadian Mennonites are considering what it... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Emma Siemens

Religious make-up of Canadian population. (Pie chart by Betty Avery)

Every 10 years Stats Canada collects religious data. Recently, World Vision and WayBase —another Christian organization—partnered to distill the numbers related to changes in... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News |

(Flickr photo by Lawrence OP)

In the Christian tradition, the story of Christmas is grounded in the truth that God took on human form and came to live among us. Isaiah 7:14 says: “Therefore, the Lord will give... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Emily Summach

(Mennonite World Conference photo)

“We raise a cry of alarm to the different faithful members of the Mennonite church around the world,” writes Reverend Alphonse Kisubi Kassa, a leader of Communauté des Églises des... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News |

CMU faculty David Balzer, a key figure in launching the radio-style show, has more than a decade of experience working in broadcast radio in Winnipeg. (Screenshot by Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Karen Ridd was struck by how many people around her immediately called for military troops to be sent. “In those moments it becomes really... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Andy Brubacher Kaethler teaches a graduate-level course at AMBS in June 2022. (Photo by Peter Ringenberg)

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is now accepting applications for a new doctor of ministry degree—the first of its kind. Not only is the seminary’s doctor of... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Annette Brill Bergstresser

This painting by Ray Dirks, entitled “There is surely a future hope for you,” is from a series of 14 paintings from his personal experiences in several countries, all with titles taken from the book of Proverbs. (Image courtesy of Ray Dirks)

The Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC) Gallery is featuring Ray Dirks’ exhibit, Thankful: moments, memories, and some art , in which the gallery founder and retired curator reflects... Read More
December 21, 2022 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Sandy Plett is MC Canada’s new climate action coordinator. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Church Canada)

Sandy Plett of Morden, Man., is the new climate action coordinator for Mennonite Church Canada. Having started the half-time role on Nov. 28, Plett shared some thoughts with... Read More
December 21, 2022 | People | Amy Rinner Waddell

Gerry Grunau, right, moderator of MC B.C., presents outgoing executive minister Garry Janzen with a retirement gift. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

In his 15 years as executive minister of Mennonite Church B.C., Garry Janzen ordained, preached, led, coordinated and worked to inspire the pastors and congregations of the... Read More
December 21, 2022 | People | Amy Rinner Waddell