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Pictured clockwise from top right: host Aaron Epp and panellists Allegra Friesen Epp, Doyle Wiebe and Niigaan Sinclair.

This September, Canada marked its second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Throughout the month, people talked around dinner tables, in the media and at workplace... Read More
October 26, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

The first families of First Mennonite Church, Kelowna, B.C., gathered for worship in homes. (Archival photo supplied by First Mennonite Church, Kelowna)

Members and friends gathered to mark the 75th anniversary of First Mennonite Church, Kelowna, in a celebration service on Sept. 11. The service was a time of reflection on the... Read More
October 26, 2022 | News | Fran Siemens

Lethbridge Mennonite Church and L’Arche join for worship, pre-pandemic. (Photo by Ryan Dueck)

“When L’Arche comes, the lack of pretense, the joy, the enthusiasm, the simple faith and the light in Jesus, it was and is so refreshing,” says Ryan Dueck, pastor of Lethbridge... Read More
October 26, 2022 | News | Jessica Evans

Richard Janzen poses with the cast of Anastasia after RJC High School’s final performance in June. It was also Janzen’s final performance. (Photo courtesy of Richard Janzen)

“I remember so fondly the tours and travelling,” says Richard Janzen, the long-time music educator and choir director at RJC High School. “In 2002, we went on a tour along the... Read More
October 26, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

A bridge over Highway 6 near Twin Butte in southern Alberta, 2022. (Photo by Will Braun)

I’m nervous about presenting non-orthodox views about COVID. Some of my mandate-abiding friends will look askance. “Yes, but . . . ,” they will say, then demarcate limits of... Read More
October 26, 2022 | People | Will Braun

The Meeting Place meets at 541 Eatery and Exchange in Hamilton. (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/541Barton)

The Meeting Place started under the leadership of Sue Carr. (Photo courtesy of fivefortyone.ca) Earlier this year, the Meeting Place, an urban church plant in Hamilton, Ont.,... Read More
October 24, 2022 | Web First | Maria H. Klassen

Helga Bergen sews in a panel on an article of clothing. (Photo by Maria H. Klassen)

Working in a long-term-care home in Vineland, Ont., Helga Bergen saw a need among the elderly residents. She came up with an idea to alter clothing for the bed-ridden residents,... Read More
October 24, 2022 | Web First | Maria H. Klassen

A small group of participants race through a course of off-road bicycling, canoeing and kayaking around Camp Assiniboia’s new lake and running through the forest. (Photos by Darryl Neustaedter Barg)

The first adventure race fundraiser for Camps with Meaning (CwM) brought more than a hundred people to Camp Assiniboia on Sept. 18 to celebrate another summer of camp and to... Read More
October 12, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

An ensemble of singers, accompanied by Julia Toews on violin, performs traditional Mennonite hymns at the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C. fundraiser on Oct. 2. The theme for the afternoon was ‘Music that shaped our Mennonite souls.’ (Photo by Jennifer Martens)

“What we have heard and known we will tell the next generation,” says the watchword of the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C., and on Oct. 2 at South Abbotsford MB Church, the... Read More
October 12, 2022 | News | Robert Martens

Blaine Gatez is pictured with his team at the Grow Hope harvest. (Selfie by Blaine Gatez)

“We all believe that in our core values it’s important that if there is something that you can do, you do it,” says Emily Lappage of Gatez Farms. She is the eldest daughter of... Read More
October 12, 2022 | People | Jessica Evans

Leah Reesor-Keller resigns as MC Canada Executive Minister. (Photo courtesy of Leah Reesor-Kellor)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s Executive Council regretfully announced the resignation of Leah Reesor-Keller, executive minister on Sept. 28. “We are grateful for Leah’s... Read More
October 12, 2022 | People |

Trucks at the Manitoba legislative building. (Photo by Rick Wall)

Caleb Brown was a lead organizer of the Freedom Convoy protest outside the Manitoba legislative building last winter. I asked how he responds to people who dismiss all protesters... Read More
October 12, 2022 | People | Will Braun

Children make their own pizzas, one of many activities offered in Nutana Park Mennonite Church’s Adventure Club. (Photo courtesy of Marie Guenther)

“How can we bring people back to church?” It’s a familiar question for churches across the country and across the denominational spectrum. The arrival of COVID-19 in March 2020,... Read More
October 12, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

Rockway’s administrative team, pictured from left to right, front row: Stacey VanderMeer, director of admissions; and Elaine Ranney, principal; and back row: Josh Hill, vice-principal; Chris Ainsworth, director of advancement; and Steven Reesor Rempel, director of finance and human resources. (Photo by Michlynn Schweitzer)

Joyful! This is how I felt when I joined the exceptional team of faculty and staff at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. Since assuming the role of principal in January, I have been... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Elaine Ranney

Marvin Grasmeyer, the director of athletics at Mennonite Simons Christian School, challenges students to be ‘peacemakers’ even in sports. (Photo by Ann Pam)

Marvin Grasmeyer has a passion for the students, which is evident in everything that he does at Menno. As director of the athletic program, he has ensured that Menno keeps an all-... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education |

Keeley and Natalya relax outdoors during MCI’s get acquainted social. (Photo by Kayla Giesbrecht)

We want our children to be set up for success. As we look at life after high school, one way we see success is being able to live independently. As I step into my ninth year of... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Submitted by Kieran Reynolds

Grebel’s yearly faculty/staff/student volleyball game resulted in a triumphant win by the students. Orientation Week activities at Grebel are designed to build community and inspire interaction between students, faculty, and staff. (Photo by Margaret Gissing)

The air was buzzing at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo on Sept. 3, as new students moved into the residence, accompanied by their parents and welcomed by enthusiastic... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Jen Konkle

Adela Friesen Wedler

Adela Friesen Wedler of Edmonton had recently retired from teaching when an ad in the church news caught her eye. “The ad said that students could take two courses at Anabaptist... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Annette Brill Bergstresser

Aliya Penner, left, and Lia Campbell-Enns co-founded Westgate’s BIPOC Alliance group as Grade 12 students last year. (Photo by Olivia Lu)

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate students can now participate in a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) Alliance, thanks to Lia Campbell-Enns and Aliya Penner. They... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Emma Siemens

Delaney Dault, Meghan Recker, Vivienne Fittler, Emma Brown and Elyse Couto are pictured at UMEI’s all-school retreat. (UMEI photo)

UMEI seeks to educate the whole person in order to make young people “doers of the Word.” We believe deeply in our mission and see the wonderful things that our graduates are... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Submitted by Chani Wiens

Hyejung Jessie Yum.

When Hyejung Jessie Yum first encountered Mennonites, she found value and inspiration in the writings of the 16th-century Anabaptists and adopted them as her faith ancestors. At... Read More
October 6, 2022 | Web First | Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi

(Image courtesy of Government of Canada)

Today marks Canada’s second-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday that recognizes the impact of residential schools on the country’s... Read More
September 30, 2022 | Web First |

Volunteers from Bethel Mennonite Church in Waterville, N.S., drove three-and-a-half hours to Antigonish, to cut down fallen trees in the coastal town of 4,300 in the northeast part of the province. (Photo by Shannon Long)

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada began cleanup work in Antigonish, N.S., on Sept. 30 in response to Hurricane Fiona. That’s when volunteers from the Bethel Mennonite Church... Read More
September 30, 2022 | Web First | John Longhurst

A card introducing the (then) new editor/publisher used at the Winker, Man., national church assembly in 2004.

A particular joy this year has been the restarting of events cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At my local Mennonite Central Committee relief sale in New... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Tim Miller Dyck

In this photo from 2008, pipes are stockpiled outside of Lubicon Cree territory in northern Alberta, in advance of government approval of a TransCanada application for a pipeline through contested aboriginal land. (Photo courtesy of Amnesty International)

I travelled to Israel/Palestine in the spring of 2008 and wrote about it for Canadian Mennonite . It was, however, the follow-up article where I related the issues to my own... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

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