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Calixte Bananzaro, president of the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, preaches in Ouagadougou. (Photo courtesy of Tany Warkentin)

Leaders from the Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso, Mennonite Church Canada’s sibling church through Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission, are on calling MC Canada to pray... Read More
January 21, 2022 | Web First |

Clara Rodríguez holds two cans of MCC canned meat that she received through the Brethren In Christ Church of Cuba. (BICCC photo by Ramon Guisa)

The situation in Cuba was incredibly dire when a shipment of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) relief kits and canned food arrived. “People have told me they haven’t had an egg or... Read More
January 19, 2022 | News | Jason Dueck

Alfred Driedger, 87, refurbishes the sewing machines at Thrift on Mill. (Photo by Charleen Jongejan Harder)

It may be a pandemic, but Thrift on Mill in Leamington, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift store, had its highest grossing month of all time in November 2021. General... Read More
January 19, 2022 | News | Charleen Jongejan Harder

Jess Klassen sews her own clothes. During the pandemic she also picked up crocheting and punch needle skills.

Throughout COVID-19, schools and universities across the country have moved between learning in the classroom and online remotely. But what about education happening outside of... Read More
January 19, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Gerald and Rie Neufeld, pictured at his ordination celebration at Mennonite Japanese Christian Fellowship in 2019, are seeking to build reciprocal relationships with churches in Japan and Canada. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

Finding ways to help Japanese and Canadian churches connect with each other is one goal of a pastoral couple serving in Japan after years of ministry in British Columbia. When... Read More
January 19, 2022 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Ryan Siemens ordains Susanne Guenther-Loewen in June 2021. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Siemens)

“I’m very grateful for my time with Mennonite Church Saskatchewan,” says Ryan Siemens, current executive minister of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan. “It’s been wonderful getting to... Read More
January 19, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

Jeff Nickel, right, has served with Communitas Supportive Care Society for 25 years. He is pictured with his friend Richard. (Communitas photo by Krista Petrie)

There are not many people these days who can say they have been in a job they love for 25 years, but Jeff Nickel says exactly that. As he celebrates his silver anniversary working... Read More
January 19, 2022 | People | Angelika Dawson

In the late 1990s, Robert Witmer served as a consultant for the Giving Project in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. (Canadian Mennonite file photo)

Robert Witmer, who served in France from 1956 to 1984 with the Mennonite Board of Missions (MBM), helped to plant the Châtenay-Malabry church in Paris and was instrumental in... Read More
January 19, 2022 | People | Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

‘I am fine with not being able to walk, but I want to make a difference in the world, and a difference in the lives of people I meet,’ says Matt Ferguson, who attends Sterling Mennonite Fellowship in Winnipeg. (Photo courtesy of Matt Ferguson)

Matt Ferguson is smart, likes rocking out to music such as the Tragically Hip, is a big fan of the Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and has cerebral palsy. He relies 100... Read More
January 19, 2022 | People | Carl DeGurse

Wendy Janzen began her role as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s eco-minister, a new quarter-time position, on Jan. 1.

Wendy Janzen began her role as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s eco-minister, a new quarter-time position, on Jan. 1. She will work closely with both the leadership and the... Read More
January 19, 2022 | People |

Eli Bergman, left, a first-year student at Mennonite Collegiate Institute, gets a hug from his mother Julia, a 2002 MCI graduate. (Photo courtesy of Julia Bergman)

Being a graduate of Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) remains a precious part of my life’s memory bank. Moving into the dorm my Grade 11 year gave me a sense of independence... Read More
January 19, 2022 | Focus On Education | Julia Bergman

Menno Simons Christian School was blessed to appoint George Graffunder as its vice-principal this school year.

Menno Simons Christian School was blessed to appoint George Graffunder as its vice-principal this school year. He completed his bachelor of physical education degree in 1987 and... Read More
January 19, 2022 | Focus On Education |

Hella (Dahl) Harder, front row centre

For his Grade 12 year, Jacob Harder (1946) was determined to go to Rosthern Junior Collegiate (RJC). But he had two big problems. One was that he didn’t have any money to pay for... Read More
January 19, 2022 | Focus On Education |
As the pandemic lingers, and students persevere in challenging times, students in the master of theological studies (MTS) program at Conrad Grebel University College created pods... Read More
January 19, 2022 | Focus On Education | Ashitha Mantrawadi

Pictured here are several high school students who participated in the Lower Voices Ensemble, directed by Jeff Enns. (Photo by Xingyi (Jessica) Li)

Musicians come from all walks of life, with varying degrees of passion for what they do, but most are quite resilient to begin with. Add a global pandemic for two years, with... Read More
January 19, 2022 | Focus On Education | Jeff Enns

Grade Two students build cardboard cars together. (WMEMS photo)

When I reflect on my years at Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools (WMEMS), the thing that stands out to me the most is the community. I still connect with some of the... Read More
January 19, 2022 | Focus On Education | Pamela Doerksen
Anneli Loepp Thiessen A vibrant children’s book featuring 26 women in music will soon hit bookstore shelves, and it was created by two Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) alumni... Read More
January 19, 2022 | Focus On Education |

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate’s varsity boys volleyball team won this year’s AAAA Provincial Volleyball Championship, ending the season with a 30-0 record. Team setter Sammy Ludwig was chosen tournament MVP. (Westgate Mennonite Collegiate photo)

I first heard of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate in the fall of my final bachelor of education program year. It was 1978, and this very small school surprised the local sports scene... Read More
January 19, 2022 | Focus On Education | Bob Hummelt

(Photo by Markus Winkler/Unsplash)

Vaccines, sexual misconduct and defunding the police were the subjects of some of the most popular stories Canadian Mennonite published on its website in 2021. Here are the top... Read More
January 13, 2022 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Steve Heinrichs, director of Indigenous-Settler Relations for MC Canada, will co-host a learning series on the climate crisis based on the book, ‘A Good War.’ (Photo courtesy of Instagram.com/heinrichs_steve)

Mennonite Church Canada is hosting a new online community learning series. “Creator’s Call in a Climate Emergency” starts on Jan. 20 and lasts eight weeks. Co-hosted by the... Read More
January 10, 2022 | Web First |

Ohio siblings Caleb, Bekah and Joshua Liechty, who perform as Girl Named Tom, recently won the NBC singing competition ‘The Voice.’ (Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/girlnamedtom)

Last year was a big one for Girl Named Tom, a sibling band composed of Mennonites from Pettisville, Ohio. On Dec. 14, Caleb, Joshua and Bekah Liechty became the first group to win... Read More
January 7, 2022 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Alvin Klassen, Keith Rudance and Joy Dougans take a load to the dump in Princeton. Read about the efforts of Mennonite Disaster Service to help clean up the town in December, a month after severe flooding and mudslides wreaked havoc in British Columbia. (Photo by John Longhurst)

“The Mennonites are coming!” That was the buzz around the town of Princeton, B.C., in early December 2021, when the first 16 Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers arrived to... Read More
January 5, 2022 | News | John Longhurst

Pastor Desalegn Abebe, president of Meserete Kristos Church, baptizes a new believer in a barrel during a ceasefire in the Ethiopian civil strife. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite World Conference)

It is very difficult to go to the northern part of Ethiopia after the war broke out. Despite the security concerns, when I heard that members of our church in western Tigray were... Read More
January 5, 2022 | News | Desalegn Abebe

Cathrin van Sintern-Dick, MC Eastern Canada’s regional minister, centre, talks with Faith Glover, left, and Rielly McLaren at at Faith Mennonite Church in Leamington, Ont., at one of eight regional ‘Courageous Imagination’ gatherings last fall. (Photo by Yeabsra Agonfer)

It is “progress report” time, partway through Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s year-long discernment process. “Courageous Imagination: A journey together listening for God” was... Read More
January 5, 2022 | News | Janet Bauman

A variety of Mennonite bonnets are on display at an exhibit at Schneider Haus in Kitchener, Ont., that explores the symbolism and meaning of women’s head coverings. (Photo by Janet Bauman)

The vast majority of North American Mennonite and Muslim women do not wear any sort of veil or head covering. Why then do head coverings receive so much public attention? Do... Read More
January 5, 2022 | News | Janet Bauman

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