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John Calvin (1509-1564), whose followers developed Calvinism.

A gathering to improve relations between the many Protestant denominations in the Netherlands has taken place on the site of an earlier historic synod, though any idea of complete... Read More
December 17, 2010 | Web First | By Andreas Havinga

The Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan (and Palestine) (ELCJ), was born in Jerusalem in 1950, the child of refugees from Beersheba

The president of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Munib Younan has said before meeting Pope Benedict XVI that their churches should issue a common statement on Holy Communion... Read More
December 17, 2010 | Web First | By Luigi Sandri

The Just Food exhibit included a display of typical food consumed in a poor community in a developing country, left, a middle-class community in a developing country, centre, and many households in North America, right. The sign reads, ‘Where do you fit in?’

The right to food is a non-issue for many Canadians. In fact, many people in the western world take food for granted. From a faith perspective, many feel that, although they may... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Artbeat | By Rachel Bergen / Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Sara Wenger Shenk, new president of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, invites the gathered congregation to declare with her, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” during her inaugural address on Oct. 24, at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, near Goshen, Ind

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” the congregation called out, led by Sara Wenger Shenk in her inaugural address as the new president of... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Mary E. Klassen

Ying Ying Wang of China and Santiago Gomez of Colombia sport both poppies and MCC peace buttons at the Remembrance Day service in Warman.

Wearing both the traditional red poppy and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) alternative peace button, Ying Ying Wang from China and Santiago Gomez from Colombia—participants... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in the World | Mennonite Central Committee

Yemiru Tilahun, mission and evangelism director of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos Church, right, with two leaders of the Emmanuel United Church of Ethiopia. Emmanuel vice-president Samson Mariam, left, and president Bezalem Fisseha, centre, were mentored by Meserete Kristos leaders.

At least 30 mission and church leaders represented Anabaptist-related communities at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in South Africa this fall. The gathering,... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Noko is the first African to hold this position; as convener of the important new initiative Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa he brings a profound understanding of the multi-religious African continent and is a key voice of Christian leadership.

The president of an African Inter-faith peace group has called on religious leaders to protest over Ivory Coast's presidential election dispute, in which two politicians have been... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Poet of protest. Minneapolis-based independent publisher Graywolf Press has bought world rights to a first English-language collection of poetry by Chinese poet and newly anointed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, reports the Guardian newspaper

About 1000 people in Hong Kong joined a celebration co-organized by Christian groups to honour imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in a celebration coinciding with... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Francis Wong

Sultan Muhammadu Sa'adu Abubakar, one of four Nigerian faith leaders visiting the UK

Faith groups have a key role to play in stemming the environmental crisis in Africa, says an organizer of meetings on possible violence connected a looming Nigerian ecological... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

Margaret Loewen Reimer (Mennonite) and Allen G. Jorgenson (Evangelical Lutheran) have co-authored a study guide for congregations, based on the report of the Lutheran-Mennonite Study Commission (2010)

Walking in each other’s theological shoes for a day, professors from their respective seminaries in Waterloo , Ont.—Conrad Grebel University College and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary... Read More
December 10, 2010 | Web First | By Dick Benner, editor/publisher

In India right now, over one million children are being taken from their families and forced into prostitution and harsh, unpaid labor

Church officials and activists have welcomed an investigation ordered by India's federal Supreme Court into trafficking in children by pastors and exploitative Christians eyeing... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First | By Anto Akkara

J. Lorne Peachey (left) was often heartened by the gifts of Swiss chocolate that Markus Rediger (right), of Switzerland, left at his table during MWC executive committee meetings.

J. Lorne Peachey had long held a secret wish to work for Mennonite World Conference some day. Still, the invitation in 2001 to become editor of MWC's three-language magazine... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First | By Ferne Bukhardt

Howard Zehr, 2nd from left, in late November with German Mennonite Peace Committee members and others involved in honoring Zehr for his restorative justice work. The group is visiting a stone memorializing the martyrdom of Anabaptists Michael and Margaretha Sattler in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany.

Eastern Mennonite University professor Howard Zehr spent his Thanksgiving holiday this year receiving the thanks of German and Swiss groups for his work as a pioneer and... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | By Bonnie Price Lofton

Fifi Pombo Madikela, a Mennonite Brethren pastor and women’s leader in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, talks about her experience at the World March of Women. (MCC Photo/Suzanne Lind)

In solidarity with thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, five Mennonite Congolese women joined an international rally of... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | By Emily Will

These Brazil students are part of a younger group of students who have become involved in a garden club, set up by MCC worker Julie Alexander. The club is a mix of ages and encourages students to develop leadership skills while working together as a team. --Photo by Lowell Brown

Twenty-four Canadians were among the nearly 100 new workers assigned by Mennonite Central Committee recently for one-year and three-year assignments through its SALT – Serving and... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | News release

Dr. Sue Johnson does pre-conference training.

“Conversations on Attachment: Integrating the Science of Love and Spirituality,” will be held March 31-April 1, 2011, at Eastern Mennonite University. The conference, a first of... Read More
December 2, 2010 | Web First | Jim Bishop

Willard Metzger began his duties as general secretary on Nov. 1, 2010.

In this letter to the church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul provides some sound instruction for approaching leadership. Be clear on the ultimate purpose of God’s calling. Disregard... Read More
December 1, 2010 | Web First | By Willard Metzger

What angers residents the most is that they were not consulted.

A group of Moscow residents are fighting for official confirmation that a new mosque will not be built in their district of Russia's capital, amid controversies across the world's... Read More
November 30, 2010 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky

The action is seen as a challenge to the leadership of Archbishop Rowan Williams and the structure of the Anglican Communion.

A major step to promote harmony within the worldwide Anglican Communion has been rejected by leaders of a global grouping set up to fight against what its members call breaches of... Read More
November 30, 2010 | Web First | By Martin Revis

Lynn Bergsma Friessen is a teacher at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, ON, and a member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.

It’s admittedly a little hard to know how to take this Matthew passage. Should I be reading it as some sort of an encouragement? Sounds more like a threat. What does it mean? My... Read More
November 29, 2010 | Web First | Lynn Bergsma Friesen

Jeremy Bauman

Jeremy Bauman of Kitchener, in Year 3 at Wilifred Laurier University, has received a $3,500 Abner Martin Music Scholarship for 2010/11, announces Menno Singers, a community choir... Read More
November 29, 2010 | Web First | Lewis Brubacher

Mike Miller

Mike Miller, of Partridge, KS, has been named regional director of Resource Development for MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates). He will represent MEDA in the US Mid-... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First | Linda Whitmore
Christians involved in church-based gender justice movements say that men must develop a sense of positive masculinity in order to counter increasing levels of violence by men... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First | joint news release

Dave and Karen Mast have traded their home in Ephrata, Pa., for a trailer that they take with them on their assignments with Service Opportunities for Older People (SOOP), a Mennonite Mission Network ministry.

A year ago, Dave and Karen Mast traded their 240-square-metre home in Ephrata, Pa., for a 12-metre-long travel trailer. Dave, 51, and Karen, 48, now travel across the eastern U.S... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Focus On | By DeVonna R. Allison
A short promotional video about the new Herald Press book, Whatever Happened to Dinner?, can now be found on YouTube, courtesy of Wayne Gehman, a video producer at Third Way Media... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst

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