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Muslim women spent a week at CMU this summer, learning about Christianity.

On a warm summer evening in Winnipeg there is lots of laughter, picture-taking, and food—it’s very much a typical “girls’ night out.” But this party is unique as more than half... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Focus On | By Dora Dueck

A scene from Petrichor includes (from left): Andrew Penner (Dick), David Tompa (Peter), Monica Dottor (Susan), Shannon Taylor (Mary).

The theatre was dim. A projection screen showed an animated scene of a farm yard by night. The wind rippled through the trees and grass. Clouds blew across the moon. Crickets... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
“Friendship is a jewel in life. Delphine Martin knew how to polish that jewel,” said Melba Tanner, a fellow family therapist at the memorial services of her friend held at... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner,

Bishop Ntambo Ntanda admires the Congolese dress that Pamela Courture, wears in solidarity with the Congolese people, while Mama Emman Selemani, another of the DRC leaders looks on. Courture is currently doing ethnographic research on the peace building efforts of indigenous Congolese persons.

“Our people have to walk 50 miles to buy an aspirin and pregnant mothers have to walk 100 miles for pre-natal and medical care in birthing,” Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda of the... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Dick Benner

Store manager, Bryan Heidebrecht (L), and board member Harvey Friesen, hold a ribbon made of thrift store ties at the grand opening of the new location for Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Store.

Even with a 50-percent-off deal store-wide, Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift store had record sales at its official grand opening. On an average day 60 customers walk... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Don and Dorothy Friesen enjoy the service of retirement, recognizing Don’s many years of pastoral service at the Ottawa Mennonite Church.

Pierre Trudeau was Canadian prime minister for the first time. Jimmy Carter was president of the United States and Leonid Brezhnev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Obama address the UN assembly.

President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 25) gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. Here are... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
The Church of the Brethren requests prayer for college communities in Kansas and Virginia following three separate and unrelated tragedies: McPherson ( Kan .) College and... Read More
September 25, 2012 | Web First |
When Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition in the US, was discovered to have raked in millions of dollars from the super lobbyist — and eventually convicted felon... Read More
September 24, 2012 | Web First | news sources
Amish bishop Samuel Mullet was convicted Thursday (Sept. 20, 2012) of federal hate crimes and conspiracy for exhorting followers to forcibly shear the hair and beards of those who... Read More
September 21, 2012 | Web First | James F. McCarty for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

Elsie Cressman, foreground, the subject of a documentary, Return to Africa: The Story of Elsie Cressman, is pictured with filmmakers Paul Francescutti, and Paula and Paul Campsall, at a screening in Waterloo in 2010

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 23, for Elsie Cressman , former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker in East Africa, who died Sept. 11, in New Hamburg. Cressman was known... Read More
September 20, 2012 | Web First | Linda Moffett
An ecumenical leader in the Netherlands has called on the country's churches to examine their role in the history of slavery, ahead of next year's 150th anniversary of the Dutch... Read More
September 19, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Andreas Havinga
At a place called Antietam , 23,000 soldiers died in the bloodiest day of the American Civil War. More than 150 years later, 20 different religious traditions will gather on this... Read More
September 17, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By ENInews Staff
Coptic Christian leaders in the United States distanced themselves from an anti-Muslim film that has sparked protests in more than 20 countries, and denounced the Copts who... Read More
September 17, 2012 | Web First | Daniel Burke

Larisa Zehr (centre), Jessica Sarriot and William C. Morris are recent EMU grads who have headed 2,000 miles south to work alongside Colombians seeking to emerge from decades of warfare and destitution. Photo by Emma Stahl-Wert.

Months after earning their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2011, Jessica Sarriot (Silver Spring, Md.), Larisa Zehr (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and William C... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Web First | Steve Shenk

Karen Cornelius (left), a Winnipeg artist and guest curator of the Prairie Connections exhibit, invited artist Liang Yu (right) to show his art in Winnipeg. Ray Dirks (centre) is curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.

The flat lands of Manitoba’s wide Red River valley would seem to have little in common with northern China—unless you’ve seen the expansive silkscreen prints of Chinese artist... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Back Page |

This painting by Ray Dirks tells the story of Agatha Harms Reimer who escaped from the Soviet Union with three sons after World War 2. It is part of the “Along the Road to Freedom” collection which opens at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 14. Agatha, the grandmother of Dirks’ wife, lived to be 103.

Ray Dirks, curator and artist, has embarked on a project to paint as many as twenty canvasses to tell the stories of Mennonite women who brought their families out of the Soviet... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | By Harold Jantz
Alan and Eleanor Kreider, recently “retired,” have had a full life of ministry, mostly in the United Kingdom, but with influences throughout the world. Working in post-Christendom... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky
As the son of Russian Mennonites who arrived in Canada in 1924 and 1926, I have a positive bias towards this book which takes the 26 letters of the alphabet and picks one event,... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Fred Redekop

Benjamin Mubenga Wa Kabanga, president of Communauté Evangélique Mennonite au Congo, blesses one of the 16 pastors ordained during the Golden Jubilee celebration. White powder is a sign of spiritual blessing that family showered on the pastoral candidate during the celebration.

Prime-time television news, amplified guitar riffs and deep-throated traditional drums announced to the city of Mbuji Mayi that Communauté Evangélique Mennonite au Congo (... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Lynda Hollinger-Janzen, with reports

Jameel Dababneh, Caritas Jordan’s emergency response coordinator, welcomes a young Syrian refugee. MCC partners with Caritas Jordan, one of the organizations that welcomes refugees, offers material resources and links them to services.

At the corner grocery in our Jabal al-Webdah neighbourhood of Amman, a Syrian man in his early 20s now runs the meat and cheese counter. Ahmed (not his real name) is one of more... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the World | By J. Daryl Byler

Robert (Jack) Suderman (left) was among 35 people from seven countries gathered at Goshen College to begin the process of gathering stories about costly discipleship.

More than 35 people from seven countries gathered at Goshen College on August 5-8 for an international consultation on the theme, “Bearing Witness: A New Martyrs Mirror for the... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Kaeli Evans

Owen Sararus and Andre Wiederkehr act out a Bible story as Theo Wiederkehr films, Dave Sararus directs and Lydia Dyck supervises. The youth at Hanover (Ont.) Mennonite Church were very involved in their congregation’s Vacation Bible School program as they made films for each day’s Bible story.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Hanover Mennonite Church has been an inspiring ecumenical endeavor year after year, but the dramas of the MennoMedia curriculum were always a... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Sararus
Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl who was charged with blasphemy. Pastor Youcef... Read More
September 11, 2012 | Web First | Adelle M. Banks
A delegation of religious leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is visiting the U.S and Canada as part of a tour seeking to build awareness of a re-emerging war at... Read More
September 10, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By ENInews Staff