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Canoeing is one way Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp gets campers to understand the need to nurture creation.

Camp is the perfect place for environmental principles to be brought to life. An Arctic glacier slowly melting may be too far removed for children to fully grasp the significance... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Tina Ashley

Hank Friesen has followed his life’s passion, working in the funeral business in his retirement years.

When it comes to the business of death, Henry “Hank” Friesen has found life in his retirement years. Friesen, 70, who spent most of his working life in sales, officially retired... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Amy Dueckman

Protesters at the Let Them Stay rally picket the office of Vic Toews, federal minister of public safety, in hopes of setting up a meeting to discuss the deportation and incarceration of American war resisters. Michael Bueckert, holding the Peace Alliance Winnipeg sign, right, protests as a representative of Project Peacemakers.

The Steinbach office of Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was the scene of a mid-January rally in support of American war resisters seeking asylum in Canada that took... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

Canadians can help fill the shelves of the Anabaptist Network in South Africa Peace Library and share Anabaptist theology across South Africa by donating books and resources to the cause.

Peace and justice projects in South Africa are creating a large appetite for the nonviolent peace principles of Anabaptist theology. Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Andrew... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church |

Mennonite Church Canada Witness worker Karen Suderman, right, chats with Ladysmith women who are committed to feeding hundreds of South African children each day.

Hungry children are being fed, students of peace are learning nonviolent responses to conflict, and ordinary people are making extraordinary sacrifices to bring hope and justice... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church |

The WDP Committee in Chile sees the theme question, "How Many Loaves Have You?", as an invitation to enter a process that draws us into the Bible, into the context of Chile, and into the real situations of our lives and communities. This year's Bible studies come from 1 Kings 17: 8-16 and Mark 6: 30-44.

The potent symbol of bread will take pride of place this weekRead More
March 1, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

A women's literacy class, one of many sponsored by MCC in Malaway in upper (southern) Egypt and run by the Coptic Orthodox Church there.

“Our workers are trickling back,” report Mennonite Central Committee workers Tom and Judith Snowdon from their office in Cairo. “The airport is operating very efficiently and is... Read More
February 24, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, with reports from Cairo and Akron, PA

World Vision's Jeff Wright: "We need to take this seriously."

On a recent family trip to Africa, spotting locals wearing T-shirts and baseball caps bearing American brands or slogans became something of a parlor game -- a way to pass long... Read More
February 18, 2011 | Web First | By Cathleen Falsani

Dining hall at Silver Lake

Embers from a large stone fireplace found their way under the floor of the Silver Lake Mennonite Camp dining hall.Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Carl Litwiller, Nelson Scheifele, Lloyd Miller

Len Rempel

Len Rempel has been appointed the new director of finance and administration for Mennonite World Conference, replacing Karen Martin Schiedel. Effective March 14, he will work out... Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Anabaptists from the southern countries of South America worship at their 14th biennial gathering, held in San Bernardino, Paraguay, January 26–30. Photo by Tim Froese.

“Effective Pastoral Models” was the focus of the 14thbiennial meeting of Latin America’s Southern Cone Anabaptist Mennonite Congress in San Bernardino, Paraguay, January 26 to 30... Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Milka Rindzinski, Uruguay
Small Town Murder Songs is an independently produced Canadian movie with a Mennonite connection, first shown at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The story, set in... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper

The boys choir combined with youths and men to form a 270-voice mass choir that performed ‘A Thousand Hallelujahs’ at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall on Jan. 23. The concert concluded with ‘Arise!’, a commissioned work by Larry Nickel.

“For God is great and worth a thousand hallelujahs!” proclaims the psalmist (The Message). On Jan. 23, a mass Faith and Life Male Choir united to celebrate more than 25 years of... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Artbeat | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The youth group at North Kildonan Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., appreciates the in-home testimony nights with the church’s seniors.

Relationships between youths and seniors within congregations are often strained, as neither group understands the other. Sometimes both groups are content not to know one another... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Rachel Bergen
Sixty-two executive directors, board chairs and senior staff from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and MCC member churches met for a summit in... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Ernie Regehr, left, the cofounder of Project Ploughshares and a longtime peace advocate, holds the Pearson Peace Medal he received from Governor General David Johnston during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ont., on Jan. 21, while his wife Nancy looks on.

Ernie Regehr, cofounder of Project Ploughshares and longtime peace advocate, was honoured with the 2010 Pearson Peace Medal at a special ceremony in Ottawa last month. Established... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Ellen Shenk

Robert J. Suderman, MWC Peace Commission assistant secretary, left, and MWC Executive Committee member Adi Walujo, of the Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa (GITJ) Mennonite Synod, share the podium at a teaching session in Indonesia.

“Our children and young people have no idea what it means to be Anabaptist or Mennonite. What is MWC going to do about that?” This concern, forthrightly expressed, came from a... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Robert J. Suderman
Trends in church membership in the United States remain stable, with churches that have grown in recent years showing continued growth and those with declining memberships... Read More
February 14, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

Judith and Tom Snowdon

What happens next in Cairo is entirely up to the Egyptian people, MCC workers Tom and Judith Snowdon toldRead More
February 10, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

Wes Epp has chaired the Drake growing project committee since its inception in 1998.

Drake, Saskatchewan, a small prairie village south of the number one, is home to about 200 people. While small in size, the community has madeRead More
February 7, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain, Communications Officer

Israeli occupation authorities on Feb. 3 bulldozed Palestinian land in occupied Jerusalem's town of Issawiye and destroyed a water well, eyewitnesses reported.

A coalition of U.S. church bodies is calling on the Obama administration not to block a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution seeking an end to construction of... Read More
February 7, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

John Wray, a 2010 alumnus of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont., won the 2010 C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest with a speech titled “Seeing the Human in the Human.” (Conrad Grebel University College photo/Karl Juhlke)

John Wray believes he knows what it will take for peace to rule in everyday life, all over the world. The only catch is that we’ve all got an assignment. Wray, a 2010 alumnus of... Read More
February 4, 2011 | Web First | Ed Nyce, media and education coordinator

Long queues in Cairo have been common over the past few days outside bakeries selling subsidized bread, supermarkets and vegetable sellers. --Photo by Adam Makary/Al Jazeera English

February 3, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports

The animals will range in age from calves to springing heifers, and from grades to deep pedigreed purebreds

The 30th annual Heifer Relief sale sponsored by Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale Inc. will take place atRead More
February 2, 2011 | Web First | Anne L. Brubacher

--from Seeking Community website

Returning recently from a "seeking community tour," Paul Born, director of Tamarack Community here, says that "being in the southern US, in the birthplace of the Civil Rights... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports