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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
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
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
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
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
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
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