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More than a week after meeting with Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media reps to discuss a proposed merger of the two organizations, Mennonite Church Canada’s... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Above the Underground associate Pam Thompson, left, and manager Darlene Davy welcome shoppers to their trendy thrift store—‘the best kept secret in Abbotsford.’

For a little clothing store, Above the Underground is making a big impact on the lives of people in Abbotsford. And if Darlene Davy, the store’s manager, has her way, many more... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Angelika Dawson

Elder Xiao Hui-Ying of the Zhong-He Mennonite Church in Taipei, sticks a fruit on the wishing tree.

At their annual assembly held in Taipei Oct. 31-Nov. 3, pastors and delegates from Taiwan’s 21 Mennonite churches committed themselves to renewal in mission. Much of the gathering... Read More
November 9, 2010 | Web First | From reports by Sheldon Sawatzky
Faced with a shortage of volunteers willing to fill leadership positions, the committee that organizes the popular and successful Winnipeg MCC Festival and Relief Sale has... Read More
November 8, 2010 | Web First | Gladys Terichow

Ken Warkentin

Ken Warkentin, pastor of the Niverville Community Fellowship, has been named the new executive director of Mennonite Church Manitoba, filling the vacancy left by Edgar Rempel who... Read More
November 8, 2010 | Web First | MC Manitoba news release

Yemiru Tilahun (far right), of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos Church, with two leaders of Ethiopian evangelicals, the Emmanuel United Church of Ethiopia, Samson Mariam (left), Emmanuel vice-president and Bezalem Fisseha (centre), president, who 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 here, October 17 to 24. The gathering,... Read More
November 2, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder
Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) has been named among the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada for the second consecutive year, moving to 19th from our debut... Read More
October 28, 2010 | Web First | News release
A Jewish group in South Africa has criticised a call by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu for the Cape Town Opera to cancel a performance in Israel in November. "Peace and... Read More
October 28, 2010 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni
Theology, Spirituality Ecclesiastes. Douglas B. Miller. Herald Press, 2010, 300 pages. This is the 23rd volume of the “Believers Church Bible Commentary” series. Miller is... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | Canadian Mennonite
If she were alive today, would Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the More-With-Less Cookbook and Living More With Less, have a Facebook account? That’s the question being asked by... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | By John Longhurst

“What I didn’t expect was the sense I suddenly had that author Doris Janzen Longacre and the contributors to Living More With Less were peering around the shelves at Target, watching me finger those plush crimson towels I really didn’t need. . . .”

Editing a book about living simply has a way of throwing one’s own hypocrisy into stark relief. When I began work on the 30th-anniversary edition of Living More With Less for... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | By Valerie Weaver-Zercher

Ted E. Friesen holds the inaugural Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award presented to him by Canadian Mennonite University president Gerald Gerbrandt on Sept. 25. Looking on is Friesen’s wife, Linie.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) presented its inaugural Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award on Sept. 25, naming Altona, Man., citizen Ted Friesen as the first... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in Us | Canadian Mennonite University Release

Stephanie Epp, chair of an ad hoc committee of seven Saskatoon, Sask., area churches created to promote peace in the public square, stands beside a ‘peace bus’ in Saskatoon.

A grassroots response to Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square campaign is rolling through the streets of Saskatoon, Sask. On Sept. 6, five posters adorning the... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese
Willard Metzger began his post as Mennonite Church Canada’s new general secretary on Nov. 1, taking over from the retiring Robert J. Suderman. Metzger has felt called to national... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the Church | Canadian Mennonite

Willard Metzger assumed the role of Mennonite Church Canada general secretary on Nov. 1.

Most 10-year-old boys express their dreams of being astronauts, firefighters or police officers when they grow up. For Willard Metzger, the new general secretary of Mennonite... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Nathan Funk, associate professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, is the centre's lead researcher.

Conrad Grebel University College has just established The Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace (CSRP) to "advance knowledge and awareness of religious contributions to peace... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | Susan Fish

Leonard Gerbrandt

Assisting with autumn cleanup and yard maintenance at one's church is a common activity for many MAX members. On Oct. 16, this annual activity turned tragic for Leonard Gerbrandt... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | MAX Canada

Followup included preparation of a study book, the initiation of a world day of prayer for Latin American Anabaptist women, and the declaration of a decade to work to change situations of family violence and the devaluing of leadership of women in the churches.

A sense of solidarity and fellowship took a leap forward September 6 to 8, at the third meeting of the Encuentro de Mujeres Teólogas Anabautistas de Centro América, Belice y... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder from reports by Sandra Campos and Olga Piedrasanta

Wenger-Shenk invites the congregation to declare with her, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” --Photo by J. Tyler Klassen

“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
October 25, 2010 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen

Jake Buhler shares a message of peace on a highway billboard near Osler, Saskatchewan. Photo by Rod Andrews, Saskatchewan Valley News

Jake Buhler is a man with a different pair of glasses. They reflect a steely determination to pursue peace and help others do the same. “Peace is the lens through which we see... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | by Karin Fehderau

Cathedral features an all-glass covering that encloses the entire building.

The Crystal Cathedral, the gleaming Southern California megachurch known for its "Hour of Power" television broadcast, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | By Adelle M. Banks

Pro-unity and pro-independence Sudanese clash during a demonstration in Khartoum on Oct. 23.

A former general secretary of the World Council of Churches has warned that tension in Sudan ahead of a plebiscite on independence for the south of Africa's biggest country could... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Vic Toews

There's a global recession and Canada's economy is not immune. Shiploads of strange, foreign refugees — economic migrants and oppressed minorities — have been landing on our... Read More
October 22, 2010 | Web First | Bruce Cheadle

Ron Rempel (left) converses with Sheri Hartzler, Third Way Media, Joan Pries, one of three Canadian board members of MPN and Phil Bontrager, chair of MPN's board. --photo by Dick Benner

Coming down off the mountaintop of excitement about a proposed merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media, members of MC Canada’s Formation Council looked the... Read More
October 22, 2010 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

MCC canners are (left to right) Aaron Ressler, Jeffrey Durksen, Ryun Lawrence and George Wieler, Jr. -MCC photo by Brenda Burkholder

In 1997, when Martin Rahn heard that volunteers in an Ontario town were making plans to host a portable meat canner, his first thought was: “I need to stop this.” Rahn, a food... Read More
October 20, 2010 | Web First | By Ed Nyce

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