News & Stories

An employee of the APPBOSA co-operative prepares bananas for shipping to customers in Europe and North America.

If you buy a bunch of fair trade or organic bananas, you may get a product with a hidden stamp from Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). MEDA has helped co-operatives... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Focus On | By Wally Kroeker

Colin Firth stars as Prince Albert/King George VI in the Academy Award-winning film, The King’s Speech.

It is a hard thing to live with as much fear as Albert (Colin Firth) harbours. But it is especially difficult when you are a royal. For Prince Albert, later to become Great... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Erin Weaver


Paul Tiessen answers the phone with a breathless rush of words. It’s 8:30 on a Wednesday morning and already he’s running to keep up. Tiessen, 56, owns Action Office Interiors, an... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

MDS volunteers Dave Friesen and Eric Penner examine the drywall finishing work they are completing.

On the weekend of Sept. 25-26, 2010, the Kingcome River raged through the remote First Nation community of Kingcome. Floodwaters forced lifelong residents of the Pacific coastal... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Phil Hood

Area church youth minister Anna Rehan and area church minister Jerry Buhler light candles during the memorial service at this year’s annual general meeting in North Battleford.

A public stand for peace, peace between believers and peace with their neighbours all came to the fore during the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions last month... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

‘Mary With Tears,’ a sculpture of Mary, the mother of Jesus, by Vilius Orvidas, who did most of his work under the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. He died in the early 1990s. Photographed by Jerry Holsopple, a visual and communication arts professor at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.

After two days of singing, discussing, pondering images and praying last month, questions continued to swirl around Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what she might mean for... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Mary E. Klassen

EMU Charlotte Wenger and mascot HERM, featured in the award-winning video, challenge all college students to "Chill Out." Photo by Lindsey Kolb

Eastern Mennonite University has been honored as a winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s annual competition “Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus.” This award program... Read More
April 12, 2011 | Web First | Jim Bishop
The promotional supplement in the March 21 issue advances important matters of conscience. The proposed involvement, though, reflects an acceptance that we are out of step with... Read More
April 11, 2011 | Web First | Henry Rempel

‘With grace, courage, and a discerning spirit, Jeremy Bergen offers an account of ecclesial repentance worthy of a pilgrim people, a church at once reconciled and always on the journey toward full reconciliation." --Margaret Pfeil of the University of Notre Dame

In recent years, churches have repented for historical wrongs. In his new book, “Ecclesial Repentance: The Churches Confront Their Sinful Pasts,” Jeremy M. Bergen tells the story... Read More
April 7, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Betty Pries

Betty Pries, a mediator and MTS 2005 graduate, will be given the Distinquished Alumni Service award by the Alumni Committee of Conrad Grebel University College. Betty has been a... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Fred Martin

Richard Thiessen

Richard Thiessen of Abbotsford, B.C., has been named managing editor of the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO), succeeding Sam Steiner of Kitchener, Ont.,... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | News release
Leader: Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, King of kings and Lord of lords, in this Federal Election in the spring of 2011 we come and bow before you, our first and last allegiance... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Nazareth Village in Israel/Palestine has much to celebrate in its tenth year of existence. Jewish families on ShabbatRead More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
The 45th anniversary New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale will take place on May 27 and 28 in the historic arena, grandstand and fairgrounds. Join the more than 15,000 people of all... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Focus On | By Janice Harder

Zachary Janzen, Jordan Moffatt and Olivia Siebert play a friendly game of crokinole with senior Corny Classen at Vineland United Mennonite Church, Ont.

Marty and Chelsea Misener run church youth groups at either end of the Niagara Peninsula, and have seen the impact of youths on the elderly, and vice versa. As Bethany Mennonite... Read More
March 30, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Andrea Epp
During the Mennonite Church Canada assembly in Saskatoon in 2009, the discussion about taking a public stand for peace received a sound workout and the challenge to live out a... Read More
March 30, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Karin Fehderau
Mennonite Church Canada leaders spent much of their spring leadership assembly last month preparing for a smaller national church structure in the near future. “We have done all... Read More
March 30, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dan Dyck

Jim Shantz, pictured with his wife Lorraine, received a Bateman print from Mennonite Church Alberta as a token of appreciation for eight and a half years as conference minister. Shantz completes his term on June 30.

Willard Metzger, Mennonite Church Canada general secretary, inspired MC Alberta delegates with the reminder that no matter how difficult things are for the church, “this is not... Read More
March 30, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Allan Rudy-Froese

Allan Rudy-Froese, Ph.D. candidate at Emmanuel College, Toronto (Ont.) School of Theology and a recent columnist for Canadian Mennonite , has been appointed professor of Christian... Read More
March 25, 2011 | Web First | Mary Klassen

From four to six students utilize one computer.

Computers are badly needed to expand a computer assisted learning program (CAL) initiated and supervised by Bryan Butler, director of Canadian Peacemakers International in Santz... Read More
March 24, 2011 | Web First | news release

The author, Bryan Butler (center) sits down to a delicious fish fry with Jose (Chepe) Vasquez (left), chair of the local co-op, and Manuel Tobara, general manager of the local housing program.

Yesterday afternoon Manuel, Chepe and I were invited to a very special lunch in El Cipres. About nine months ago we regained possession of some property that was to be used for... Read More
March 24, 2011 | Web First | Bryan Butler
It has been six months since I first suggested the refugee history of Mennonites bore certain similarities to other refugee stories of the present, including the much-maligned... Read More
March 24, 2011 | Web First | By Edmund Pries

“The changes in our life spill over into the lives of others,” said Lynne Ball as she and her husband Gord (left) share photos and memories of their visit to Swaziland with their family members, Lauren and Keith Hubley (center), and Sibusisu Ndzimandze of Swaziland (right). (MCC Photo/Gladys Terichow)

It was a reunion of friends when Sibusiso Ndzimandze, a peace educator from Swaziland, stayed in the home of Gord and Lynne Ball during a recent 10-day visit to Ontario.

 Around... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow
As Christendom weakens in Europe and North America, worship and mission are poised to reunite after centuries of separation. But this requires the church to rethink both “mission... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Artbeat |

Now no longer hosting classical radio shows or conducting the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Howard Dyck enjoys his leisure time at his Waterloo Region home.

The response to my request for an interview last September said it all: “Maggie and I are in Tuscany. . . . We’ve rented a small villa very near Cortona [Italy] and will be here... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky