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Daniel Epp has been going to the Winnipeg Folk Festival (WFF), or “Folk Fest” as it’s more commonly called, for the past five years and has volunteered there for two years. Though... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
If it wasn’t for Sarah Harmer, Serena Smith and Amanda Schmidt probably wouldn’t have gone to Assembly. The two young adults from Jubilee Mennonite Church in Winnipeg had never... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches in August 2009, and took up his new post in January 2010. At the time of his election, Tveit was the general secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations (2002-09).

Different faiths around the globe need to do more to promote human solidarity, said Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit , general secretary of the World Council of Churches ( WCC ), in the... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Web First | John Zarocostas
These paper planes may not fly themselves to Ottawa, but even so they will deliver a message to Stephen Harper—spend less money on war. Throughout Assembly youth folded paper... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
If you thought the weather in Waterloo was hot during assembly, it was definitely warmer where Willard Metzger was sitting during Tuesday afternoon’s “On the Hot Seat” seminar... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners with 15 church agencies, among them Mennonite Central Committee. --Photo by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Canada

Two new projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank member agencies, Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) and Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), have been... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain

Drought has plunged East Africa into the worst food security crisis Africa has faced in 20 years. More than 11.5 million people are currently in need of food aid in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.

An immediate and extended response to the current drought and food crisis in East Africa is essential for limiting the vulnerability of millions looking for enough food to survive... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
Based on John Kiser’s 2003 book The Monks of Tibhirine : Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria, Xavier Beauvois’ 2010 movie, Of Gods and Men, was called “best perhaps the best movie... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Henry Paetkau has completed his term as president of Conrad Grebel University College.

Henry Paetkau strides out of his office to resounding applause. After all, during his 8.5 years as president of Conrad Grebel University College, resident students have increased... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

To help people of Kenya affected by the drought and food crisis, MCC will support food-for-work programs similar to the one these Kenyan men and women are working on. Sand dams help to conserve water that can be used for irrigation during the dry season.

Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) is appealing for donations in response to a critical drought and food crisis in East Africa, which has affected about 11 million people. MCC is... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Linda Espenshade

Anna Marie Geddert, right, director of community ministry at Jubilee Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., works with members of the J Club to make trees and learn how to care for them.

Visiting Jubilee Mennonite Church on a Thursday evening one discovers upwards of 30 neighbourhood youths excitedly milling about waiting to be shepherded into vehicles for an... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Justin Zacharias

Justin Zacharias has been appointed Director of Camping Ministries for Mennonite Church Manitoba, as a half time, interim position that focuses on the development of a long range... Read More
July 25, 2011 | Web First | News release

Fernando Enns

The academic Congress on Just Peace, held June 23 and 24 at the Free University of Amsterdam, marked the official launch of the university’s new Chair of Peace Theology and Ethics... Read More
July 20, 2011 | Web First | Dirk Visser

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi , a former student and instructor in the Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Summer Peacebuilding Institute, died Thursday, July 14, in Nairobi, Kenya, from... Read More
July 18, 2011 | Web First | Mike Zucconi

Willie Reimer for MCC Canada

As part of Mennonite Central Committee’s ( MCC ) restructuring process, program directors for MCC Canada and MCC U.S . have been named to jointly administer MCC’s international... Read More
July 18, 2011 | Web First | MCC staff

Art DeFehr

Art DeFehr , a Manitoba business leader and founding chair of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, was inducted into the Order of Manitoba on July 12. The Order is the province's highest... Read More
July 14, 2011 | Web First | News release
When many people think about Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects, they imagine huge combines harvesting hundreds of acres of land. Those kinds of projects exist. But they... Read More
July 14, 2011 | Web First | John Longhurst

Rupert Murdoch was summoned by the British Parliament committee investigating his hacking scandal to give evidence next Tuesday, July 19, but it is not yet clear whether he will turn up. --Huffington Post

Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group ( EIAG ) said it will consider selling its 3.8 million-pound (US$6 million) investment in News Corp. unless the media... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

Marion Good

Marion Good of Waterloo, Ont. has been named regional director of Resource Development in Ontario for Mennonite Economic Development Associates and MEDA has won a first-place... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First | Linda Whitmore

A new arrival from Somalia looks on as UNHCR chief António Guterres visits the Dollo Ado refugee transit centre in south-eastern Ethiopia. --UNHCR photo

Church leaders in South Sudan expressed their readiness to help secure peace, stability, growth and development in their new nation, which was proclaimed an independent state on... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili
Canada is a diverse multi-religious society. People of different faiths will often encounter one another during the regular events of any given day. Farhad Hasan, a 23-year-old... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Young Voices | Chris Lenshyn
Among the recent Mennonite Church Canada staff reductions, the youth ministry facilitator role was downgraded to a contract position to plan the youth assembly every two years... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
It’s already clear that knitting is back. Boutique yarn stores spring up in abandoned storefronts and a search for “knitting” on chapters.indigo.com turns up 152 pages of results... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

After 20 years of service as children’s choir director at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., Lori Wiebe gets to sit back on May 8 and enjoy an encore of songs from past musicals she has directed over the years. Pictured at right is Mel Braun, who is also leaving his post as accompanist after 11 years.

For Lori Wiebe , the May 8 performance of The Rock Slinger and his Greatest Hit, a musical about David and Goliath, was a significant milestone in her life. After 20 years of... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Artbeat | By Karl Langelotz

Kevin, left, Dave and Dennis Neufeldt are pictured in front of bear-proof bins outside of their Haul-All/Sure Flame shop in Lethbridge, Alta.

If you visit a national park, you see them. If you work at winter construction sites, they keep you warm. If you were at the 2010 Olympic Games in Whistler, B.C ., they took care... Read More
July 5, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

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