News & Stories

Land burned by colony Mennonites in Colombia. (Photo courtesy of Sebastian Vargas)

For many Latin American colony Mennonites, a life of isolation, farming and family is the fulfilment of God’s will, but for others, it is the destruction of sacred lands. Various... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Emma Siemens
J. Nelson Kraybill bluntly states that his book has no special formula that will save the church or the world from destructive polarization. Instead, it offers guidance on how... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper
Over the past several decades, a particularly painful and dissonant question has arisen within the Mennonite church: What is a faithful response to violence perpetrated by the... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Susanne Guenther Loewen
Theology, Spirituality All Our Griefs to Bear: Responding with Resilience After Collective Trauma . Joni Sancken. Herald Press, 2022, 200 pages. In a world traumatized by a... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

Lorne Brandt has authored a book on Mary, the mother of Jesus, entitled A Sword Shall Pierce Your Soul. (Photo courtesy of Lorne Brandt)

Getting into the mind of Jesus’ mother inspired a retired psychiatrist to write a novel about what Mary might have experienced during her son’s life. Lorne Brandt, who attends... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Amy Rinner Waddell

Anna-Marie Janzen is the founder and operator of Reclaim Mending. (Photo by Anna-Marie Janzen)

“An estimated 92 million tons of textile waste is created annually from the fashion industry,” Fashion Revolution reported in 2020, citing Global Fashion Agenda. “Every second,... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

On March 19, members of Toronto United Mennonite Church wrote letters of support to MB churches that have been disciplined for LGBTQ+ inclusion. (Photo by Madalene Arias)

March 19 was “PIE Day” at Toronto United Mennonite Church. Just before noon, attendants gradually moved out of the worship hall into the lobby for coffee and tea. Two long tables... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Madalene Arias

(Photo by Ruth Bergen Braun)

The most overheard phrase at the 2023 Mennonite Church Alberta annual delegate sessions in Pincher Creek was, “It’s so good to be together again!” After three years of video... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, from The Peace Table. (Art by LaTonya R. Jackson / Reprinted with permission)

MennoMedia has released The Peace Table , the most ambitious children’s Bible project in its history. Within the book’s 384 pages, readers will find 140 Bible stories and an... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | CM Staff, with files from MennoMedia

José Arrais of Portugal shares about European Mennonites’ response to the war in Ukraine. (MWC photo)

B.C. Mennonites enjoyed a global experience on March 25 while gathering for Renewal 2023, a Mennonite World Conference (MWC) event with the theme of “Jesus Christ, our hope.” The... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

The SafePoint consumption and treatment site in downtown Windsor, Ont., is set to open in the building on the corner. (Google maps photo)

Rielly McLaren has seen first hand the effects of the opioid crisis in his community and his congregation. The pastor of Windsor Mennonite Fellowship, a small urban church near... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Barry Bergen
This is a recording of a webinar that Canadian Mennonite hosted on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Titled "Are we too progressive for our own good?" the webinar is hosted by Aaron Epp (... Read More
April 5, 2023 | Past Events |

Madalene Arias.

Like a garden maze with various starting points, the story of how I became connected to the Mennonite community is the sum of several individual stories that all led to the same... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Madalene Arias

Kirsten Hamm-Epp, regional church minister, and Josh Wallace, church engagement minister, lead morning worship. (Photo by Emily Summach)

David Boshart, president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., encouraged Mennonite Church Saskatchewan participants at this year’s annual delegate sessions... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

Garry Janzen (left), Yha Robin, Nhien Pham, Hung Doan Dinh and Kosor Tuih in Qui Nhon, Vietnam, on Feb. 14. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Barkowsky)

With 100,000 members, the Mennonite church in Vietnam is going strong, reports Nhien Pham. The retired pastor, who came to Canada from Vietnam in 1976, returned to his home... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Sol Janzen (left), Heidi Dirks, Marcus Rempel and Teresa Enns Zehr represented the two congregations joining MC Manitoba at this year’s annual gathering: Aberdeen Evangelical Mennonite Church and Saint Julian’s Table. (Photo by Karen Schellenberg)

The buzz of conversation and singing was a welcome sound as people filled Douglas Mennonite Church in Winnipeg for Mennonite Church Manitoba’s first in-person gathering in three... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Caleb Ratzlaff mingles with supporters at his campaign launch. (Photo by Jenessa Jessome Photography)

Caleb Ratzlaff has always had an interest in theology and politics. After spending time in seminary, he ultimately decided to complete a master’s degree in political philosophy at... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Colin McCartney

When Colin McCartney of Connect City, a church-planting ministry in Toronto, came to Leamington last month, members of five local congregations in Essex County were taken on a... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Barry Bergen

Composer and CMU student Anna Schwartz. (Photo courtesy of CMU)

With choral singing back in full swing, its community-building capacity is even more obvious to composer and Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student Anna Schwartz. After... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Emma Siemens

Shel Boese, front row, center, was affirmed as the new MC B.C. executive minister on Feb. 25.

The affirmation of a new executive minister highlighted the annual meeting of Mennonite Church B.C. at Peace Mennonite Church in Richmond on Feb. 25. Ninety-eight percent of... Read More
March 8, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Doug Klassen shows no fear despite Mark Bigland-Pritchard’s mallet swinging. Bigland-Pritchard shared an object lesson to talk about the ‘theological pillars’ of the Climate Emergency Response Team’s mission. (Photo by Emily Summach)

In an effort to strengthen communication and relationships between the nationwide and regional churches, Doug Klassen, Mennonite Church Canada’s executive minister, paid a visit... Read More
March 8, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

Roland Sawatzky at The Manitoba Museum, where he works. (Photo by Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

As Roland Sawatzky gives a tour through The Manitoba Museum, his eyes light up and his hands animatedly point out the highlights and features of each gallery. It’s clear he’s... Read More
March 8, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe
While parenting can be a struggle, parenting through foster care or adoption has extra challenges, says Jenn Hook in Thriving Families . Her experience as a counsellor with a... Read More
March 8, 2023 | News | Barb Draper

(Photo by Vlad Shapochnikov/Unsplash)

In a meeting on Jan. 30, 2022, Mennonite Church Canada’s governing body, Joint Council, affirmed climate action as a nationwide ministry emphasis. Eight days later, MC Canada... Read More
March 8, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

CMU students helped organize the Manitoba premiere of ‘Custodians.’ From left to right: Danika Warkentin, Lindsay Scott, Daisy Belec, Abimbola Onijamah, Micah Peters Unrau and Arnaud Munezero. (Photo by Danika Warkentin)

A new documentary exploring questions of land and reconciliation in rural Saskatchewan will have its Manitoba premiere in Winnipeg this weekend. Custodians: A Story of Ancient... Read More
February 28, 2023 | Web First | Daisy Belec