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A view from the train window during the “Memories of Migration” tour. (Photo by Shelisa Klassen)

The premise of the “Memories of Migration” Russlaender centenary train tour is a complicated one. The July tour commemorated the journey of the historic migration of 21,000... Read More
August 8, 2023 | News | Shelisa Klassen

An eastern bluebird prepares to feed its chicks. (Photo by Merri-Lee Metzger)

When Gordon Janzen was searching for a way to unwind, he found it by looking up. Around 10 years ago, the Winnipegger realized he was working a lot and didn’t have many hobbies... Read More
August 8, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Springridge Mennonite Church attendees sing together on Christmas morning last year. (Supplied Photo)

This past spring, Mennonite Church Alberta held its first in-person annual delegate sessions in four years. Representatives from across the province were in attendance. Who hosted... Read More
August 3, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

John D. Roth, project director of Anabaptism at 500. (Jace Longenecker photo for MennoMedia)

Anabaptists around the world are gearing up to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Anabaptist movement in 2025. To mark this historic occasion, MennoMedia’s Anabaptism at 500... Read More
August 1, 2023 | News |

Sunset from the train west of Kamloops. (Photo by John Longhurst)

I like telling stories. And I like trains. So when organizers of the “Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour” asked if I would join the cross-country train tour as a reporter... Read More
July 28, 2023 | Web First | John Longhurst

Adelia Neufeld Wiens is a deacon at Bethel Mennonite Church, where 35 households were defrauded of more than $1 million. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Members of a Winnipeg church are feeling shocked and bewildered after the revelation that multiple households in the congregation were defrauded of a total of more than $1 million... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Sonny McHalsie (in red) tells stories of Kawkawa Lake, or Q’owqewem Lake, to Mennonites on an Indigenous tour in B.C. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

A nine-hour bus tour gave 30 participants a taste of the history of places that Indigenous people had inhabited for 10,000 years prior to the arrival of Mennonites in B.C. in the... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Westgate students on the roof of the Ecce Homo Convent in Jerusalem. (Photo by James Friesen)

On the last night of Westgate’s 2023 Middle East trip , students and staff met on the rooftop of the Ecce Homo Convent in the Old City of Jerusalem to reflect on their experiences... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | James Friesen

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Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) has added a new master of arts degree to its Graduate School of Theology and Ministry (GSTM) programming. As of fall 2023, students will be... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News |

Nichelle Bauman (left) and George Makinto work on a new song. (Photo by Anneli Loepp Thiessen)

Nichelle Bauman felt pressure going into a weekend retreat of Mennonite songwriters. What would she come up with? What could she contribute? She also had a strong desire to learn... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | Will Braun

Women prepare food for a Canadian Foodgrains Bank fundraiser in Leamington. (Photo by Denis Wiens)

The 10-acre corn field owned by Tiessen Acres near Leamington, Ontario, has a purpose. The proceeds of the field will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), as part of... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | Barry Bergen

Asa Suderman-Gladwell (left), chaplain Jessica Reesor Rempel, Savannah Edwards and Tim Khoo at a Grebel chapel service. (Photo by Jen Konkle)

When Timothy Khoo was choosing a university, he looked for something that stood out. “I kept hearing about this Mennonite residence from my family and church community, and it... Read More
July 13, 2023 | News | Farah Jurdi

Seasonal farm workers at The Farmworkers Hub in Virgil, Ontario. (Supplied photo)

The May 4 issue of Canadian Mennonite stated that “Niagara United Mennonite Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, will use a grant of $5,000 to build a laundry facility for... Read More
July 12, 2023 | News | Canadian Mennonite Staff

Ingrid Reisen Moehlmann of Winnipeg (left) and Jennifer Bergen of Abbotsford take time to swing behind an Old Order Mennonite school house in southern Ontario. (Photos by John Longhurst)

And that’s it: The first leg of “Memories of Migration: Russlaender Tour 100” is over. From July 6-11, 60 people travelled by train and bus from Quebec City to Kitchener-Waterloo... Read More
July 12, 2023 | Web First | John Longhurst

The choir singing at the last German service at St. Catharines United Mennonite Church. (Photo by Mary Klassen)

On June 4, St. Catharines United Mennonite Church held its last German language service, marking the end of 78 years of providing support for the spiritual life of German speakers... Read More
July 10, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Recent baptisms at a Meserete Kristos Church congregation planted by two ex-prisoners. (Supplied photo)

The following is an excerpt from the June 2023 issue of MKC News, the newsletter of Meserete Kristos Church (MKC), the Anabaptist denominational body in Ethiopia. Reprinted with... Read More
July 10, 2023 | News | Pastor Niguse Bekele

Oksana Druchynina discovered this photo of the room that was her office before Russians took over the Mennonite Centre in Molochansk, Ukraine. (Supplied Photo)

At first glance, the office appears unremarkable, but for the photograph of Vladimir Putin on a bookcase and the Russian flag on the desk. The woman in the picture looks awkward,... Read More
July 10, 2023 | News | Janet Dirks

This photo sold for over $18,000 in a thrift store silent auction. (Photo by Tim Albrecht)

In May, a painting sold for $18,900 at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Christian Benefit Thrift Shop in St. Catharines, Ontario. Bidding started on the progressive silent... Read More
July 10, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Volunteers work on repairing the roof of a hurricane damaged home on Cape Breton Island. (Photo courtesy of Heather Wiebe)

With suitcases full of work clothes and spirits full of enthusiasm, 13 people from Mount Royal Mennonite Church in Saskatoon traveled to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The group... Read More
July 10, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

Electric cars lined up in front of Osler Mennonite Church. (Photo by Patty Friesen)

Every year, the town of Osler, Saskatchewan, celebrates July 1 with a pancake breakfast; a parade with horses, old cars and tractors; rollkuchen and watermelon at the community... Read More
July 7, 2023 | News | Patty Friesen

The new housebarn at the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, B.C. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

A glimpse into how Mennonites lived and farmed a century ago awaits those who tour the recently opened housebarn at Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, B.C. The design is a... Read More
July 7, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

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One hundred years ago, the first of 21,000 Mennonites who left the Soviet Union boarded a train in Quebec City for new lives across the country. On July 6 some of their... Read More
July 6, 2023 | Web First | John Longhurst

Pastor Reuben Tut at the 2023 Mennonite Church Alberta annual gathering. (Photo by Ruth Bergen Braun)

Pastor Reuben Tut and his church, Edmonton South Sudanese Church, celebrated God’s calling of Tut at his ordination on May 13. God’s call has pursued Tut through doubts, civil... Read More
June 29, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

Ordination celebration outside Glenlea Mennonite Church. (Supplied Photo)

The Glenlea Mennonite Church family was thrilled to ordain Cheryl Braun on June 11, in the presence of not only the local congregation but also many of Cheryl’s friends and family... Read More
June 29, 2023 | News | Tammy Rempel

Cathrin van Sintern-Dick (left), Carrie Lehn and Lou Bruno, at Lehn’s ordination. (Photo by Dennis Gruending)

Carrie Lehn, associate pastor of Ottawa Mennonite Church, was ordained in the Sunday morning service on June 18. For Carrie, it was a sacred and special moment, and a milestone... Read More
June 29, 2023 | News | Jan Schroeder