News & Stories

People in Montreal experiencing homelessness have access to 30 mattresses at Care Montreal, an outreach program of Hochma church. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

Montreal has been hit with unseasonably cold weather this month, and a Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) congregation is doing what it can to help members of the city’s... Read More
November 29, 2019 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Wally and Millie Kroeker of River East (MB) Church talk to presenter Aileen Friesen, right, at ‘ Jews, Mennonites and the Holocaust,’ a public presentation at the Asper Jewish Community Centre in Winnipeg on Nov. 5. (Photo by John Longhurst)

About 80 years ago, Jews and Mennonites lived peacefully together in the Ukrainian city of Khortitsa. Then the Nazis came, and everything changed. In 1941, before the invasion,... Read More
November 20, 2019 | News | John Longhurst

Cristina Vanin, second from left, responds to feedback at the ‘One Baptism? A Symposium on Baptism and the Christian Life’ event during a panel discussion. Also pictured, from left to right: John Rempel, Mary (Joy) Philip, Anthony Siegrist and facilitator Jeremy Bergen. (Photo by Janet Bauman)

After five years of meetings by an international commission of Mennonites, Lutherans and Roman Catholics on the topic of baptism, John Rempel, the commission’s Mennonite... Read More
November 20, 2019 | News | Janet Bauman

Betty Rudachyk, right, holds hands with a Tibetan woman. (Photo courtesy of China learning tour participants)

“Everything about China was not what we thought.” Delilah Roth’s words seem to capture the feelings of many in her group. Delilah and husband Brian Roth were part of a group of 25... Read More
November 20, 2019 | News | Donna Schulz

Stephanie Martin, composer and conductor emeritus of Pax Christi Chorale, had her oratorio The Sun, the Wind and the Man with the Cloak premiered in Toronto on Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Martin)

In May 2017, when Stephanie Martin stepped down as conductor of Toronto’s Pax Christi Chorale, the award-winning Toronto-based amateur choir with Mennonite roots, the choir gave... Read More
November 20, 2019 | News | Joelle Kidd

An exciting part of Vision 20/20 was the unveiling of the vision statement on a huge banner that will be available to be hung in every MC Alberta congregation. Holding up the banner are June Miller, MC Alberta’s communications coordinator, left, and Heather Klassen of Foothills Mennonite Church. Facilitator Betty Pries is in the background. (Photo by Joanne De Jong)

Like all Mennonite Church Canada regional churches, MC Alberta continues to pray and discern God’s call, moving forward after the nationwide restructuring a couple years ago... Read More
November 20, 2019 | News | Joanne De Jong

The PeaceBuilders Community Inc.’s field operations team accompanied a Philippine Relief And Development Services team to deliver a thousand relief packs to the earthquake-affected families in Ilomavis, who mostly belong to the Obo Manobo Indigenous People. (Peacebuilders Community Inc. photo)

In the last half of October, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines experienced three earthquakes, one of which reached a magnitude of 6.6. According to a Nov. 11 report from... Read More
November 20, 2019 | News | Katie Doke Sawatzky

A few people linger to talk to Kirk Dunn, left, and to examine his ‘Stitched Glass’ knitted artwork after his performance of The Knitting Pilgrim at Floradale Mennonite Church on Oct. 26. (Photo by Barb Draper)

The audience was absolutely amazed when Kirk Dunn finally revealed his “Stitched Glass” knitted panels at the end of his one-man show, The Knitting Pilgrim , held at Floradale... Read More
November 20, 2019 | People | Barb Draper

‘Frenzy and Envy,’ 2019. (Photo by Michael Veith)

Michael Veith grew up across the world in Macau, where his parents were Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers. This November, seven years after moving to Canada, he launched a... Read More
November 20, 2019 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Women talk about concerns facing them in their village, giving a representative from the women's advocacy group information to share with representatives from other villages, in this 2014 photo. Together the representatives decide what issues to take to the mayor. (Photo courtesy of ANADES)

Ana Iris Constante says she used to be nervous just to introduce herself. She would never have guessed that one day she would be part of a group of women that makes regular trips... Read More
November 18, 2019 | Web First | Emily Jones

In a new video, folks from Ontario Mennonite Music Camp demonstrate how to say “Peace be with you” in nine languages. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

Peace Sunday is coming up on Nov. 10 and Ontario Mennonite Music Camp has created a resource to help churches mark the occasion. In the short video below, OMMC campers and staff... Read More
November 7, 2019 | Web First | Aaron Epp

The first class at Meserete Kristos College in 1994. (Photo courtesy of MK College Public Relations)

The beginning of 2019 marked the silver anniversary of Meserete Kristos College. In January 1994, there were only a handful of Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) leaders trained in... Read More
November 6, 2019 | Web First | Carl E. Hansen

The so-called ‘Keeling Curve,’ which indicates concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and ice over time, fascinates Henry Regier, who sees links between temperature and carbon in its various forms. (Scripps Institution of Oceanography chart [])

On a spring morning in 1970, Henry Regier walked out of the residence assigned to guest lecturers at the University of Wisconsin and turned east. Student riots related to the... Read More
November 6, 2019 | People | Will Braun

Scripture is read in five languages at Peace Church on 52nd on Nov. 10. (Photo by Sue Kim)

On Peace Sunday, Nov. 10, five metro Vancouver Mennonite Church British Columbia congregations gathered for a service of unity with a focus on peace. They met at Peace Church on... Read More
November 6, 2019 | News | Henry Neufeld

Norm Dyck, right, the new MC Eastern Canada mission minister, presents Brian Bauman with a tribute T-shirt as part of retirement celebrations for Bauman held at the regional church’s fourth annual Mission Festival at First Mennonite Church in Kitchener on Oct 26. (Photo by Mollee Moua)

“Jesus Christ is present here. Alleluia!” sang enthusiastic worshippers in many languages to begin the fourth annual Mennonite Church Eastern Canada multicultural Mission Festival... Read More
November 6, 2019 | People | Janet Bauman

A 2017 Saudi bombardment in Yemen. Canada continues to sell arms to Saudi Arabia despite its deeply flawed human rights record. (Photo by Fahd Sadi (

Justin Trudeau has another four years to make a mark. (Photo by the Office of the President of the United States) While many candidates in the fall election campaign appealed to... Read More
November 6, 2019 | News | Will Braun

Former MP Romeo Saganash, left, and Steve Heinrichs, MC Canada’s director of Indigenous-Settler Relations, and members of the CMU community met on Oct. 16 in an effort to ensure that all 46 articles of UNDRIP are implemented in Canadian law. (CMU photo)

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) students, staff and faculty gathered on Oct. 16 to hear Roméo Saganash speak on how Indigenous political leaders are keeping up the fight to... Read More
November 6, 2019 | News | Beth Downey Sawatsky

A view from the AMBS campus in Elkhart, Ind. (Photo courtesy of AMBS)

Following the appointment of the next president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), details are emerging regarding what led the search committee to enter an “... Read More
November 6, 2019 | News | Sheldon C. Good

Mabel Paetkau, second from left, a former MCC refugee sponsorship coordinator, poses with the Quach family, who were one of the first Vietnamese families to arrive in Abbotsford, B.C. (MCC B.C. photo)

Those who attended Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) B.C.’s 2019 annual meeting on Oct. 19 were treated to a Vietnamese cultural experience as they entered the gym at King Road... Read More
November 6, 2019 | News | Sharon Cymbaluk

Colleen Dyck of Niverville, Man., right, visited and worked with Lucy Anyango on her farm in Busia, Kenya. ‘[Lucy] is a role model not just to her community, but to me,’ says Dyck. (Photo by Meagan Silencieux)

A full house of more than 200 people gathered at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg on Oct. 15, a day before the United Nations-designated World Food Day, for the release of a new... Read More
November 6, 2019 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Proving you’re never too young to learn about healthy boundaries, Pastor Will Loewen and his son Sebastian sit together at this year’s Equipping Day at Trinity Mennonite Church. (Photo by Helena Ball)

When Don Baergen, an elder at Holyrood Mennonite Church in Edmonton, heard that Mennonite Church Alberta was hosting an Equipping Day on healthy boundaries, he decided to go since... Read More
November 6, 2019 | News | Joanne De Jong

Tom Yoder Neufeld, standing, describes the church as God’s recycling project. Speaking at MC Saskatchewan’s continuing education event, Yoder Neufeld led participants in exploring Paul’s writings and Jesus’ teachings, to learn what it means to walk deeply together. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Tom Yoder Neufeld likens God’s work with the church to an artist who creates a beautiful work of art out of things others have thrown away. The professor emeritus of religious... Read More
November 6, 2019 | News | Donna Schulz

A stack of 780 songs greeted members of the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee when they arrived for their final meeting. (Photos courtesy of MennoMedia)

A stack of paper containing 780 songs and a binder of 320 worship resources greeted each member of the Voices Together committee when they arrived for their 10th and final... Read More
November 5, 2019 | Web First | MennoMedia

Kelsey Enns is leading a Bible study in Winnipeg that asks the questions, “How is our faith shaped by our history?” and, “Can we decolonize how we read the Bible?” (Photo by Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

A Bible study in Winnipeg is asking the questions, “How is our faith shaped by our history?” and, “Can we decolonize how we read the Bible?” Kelsey Enns leads the group in reading... Read More
November 4, 2019 | Web First | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

An old German Bible, top, and Gesangbuch, once treasured by their owners, are now part of Tim Martens Bible Collection Project. (Photos by Donna Schulz)

Tim Martens carefully unwraps a pair of tattered-looking old books. One is an ancient German Bible, its text printed in fine Gothic script, the other an old Gesangbuch or songbook... Read More
October 29, 2019 | Web First | Donna Schulz