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This is an expanded report on an hour-long phone interview I did for the article “Muddying the waters on Israeli divestment.” In July 2016 Mennonite Church Canada delegates passed... Read More
June 14, 2017 | Web First | Will Braun
After much prayer and discernment, the board of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) is pleased to welcome Rick Cober Bauman to the role of MCC Canada executive director,... Read More
June 8, 2017 | Web First | Laura Kalmar

Workshop presenter Betty Pries, draws the life of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan as a river. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Where does one begin to renew a church? According to Betty Pries, the best place to start is with prayer, saying, “Finding our way through times of spiritual upheaval depends on... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
“I believe this is the defining issue of our time, how humans relate to creation.” Caleb Gingrich, a student at McGill University in Montreal, was so taken by the theme of... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

The final rally at the Human Rights Monument, with walkers standing under the inscription, ‘All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights.’ (Photo by Ally Siebert)

The crowd that gathered at the Human Rights Monument in Ottawa on May 13 didn’t allow the rain to dampen their celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the World | Ally Siebert
“The world has come to Gretna,” says Robin Neustaeter, a resident of the normally quiet town of 550 on the border between Manitoba and the U.S. On May 4, 2017, Manitoba’s... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) welcomes the Canadian government’s announcement that it will provide nearly $7.5 million over five years to Circles of Support and Accountability... Read More
May 31, 2017 | God at work in the World | Racahel Bergen
Craig Terlson is a real-life Bartholomew Cubbins. That is to say, he wears a startling number of hats. He is an erstwhile illustrator, present-day graphic designer, moonlight... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Artbeat | Beth Downey Sawatzky
When a Toronto-based LGBTQ orchestra approached queer classical pianist Darren Creech about performing Victor Davies’ “Mennonite Piano Concerto” with it in concert, it didn’t... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Danielle Raimbault’s first day of work as the chaplain at a residence for the elderly was a memorable one that quickly shattered her expectations. When the 24-year-old arrived at... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Karli Bijakowski, right, Karlie Haining, centre, and Jonathan Seiling display two completed comforters that were knotted for MCC during the Niagara Region Youth Hunger Relief Games on May 12. (Photo by Jonathan Seiling)

More than 30 youth from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregations in the Niagara Region gathered at Grace Mennonite Church in St. Catharines on May 12, 2018, for the “Hunger... Read More
May 31, 2017 | Back Page | Jonathan Seiling
“Wow, what well-organized parking!” is a review that few of us attending a big event will ever think to utter. But every year for the last 51 years, Paul Snyder has had the... Read More
May 26, 2017 | Web First |
The Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO), the most trusted online source for information on Anabaptist groups around the world ( www.gameo.org ), has found a... Read More
May 26, 2017 | Web First |
Mennonite church members report increasing violence in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Central Kasaï Province, where Michael J. Sharp died on a United Nations’ peace-building... Read More
May 26, 2017 | Web First | Lynda Hollinger-Janzen
For 21-year-old Amjad, trauma led to hope and solidified his unwavering faith in God’s protection. Amjad, a Syrian refugee in Ludwigshafen, Germany, lost his leg when a bomb fell... Read More
May 26, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The thrilling and tumultuous saga of the Maud Lewis painting found in a thrift shop donation bin has come to a successful end. The online auction of “Portrait of Eddie Barnes and... Read More
May 25, 2017 | Web First |
“I have three things I’d like to say today,” said American author Tony Campolo to a crowd at the 1982 interdenominational Spring Harvest church conference in England. “First,... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Web First | John Longhurst
“Argh!” I cried out, as I slammed my fist down hard onto the kitchen counter. “I hate this! I’m so tightly wound up my body feels ready to split open. I can’t stand the tension... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health | Sue Nickel
Singing has always been a passion for Sara Fretz. Long before she took up the profession of music therapy she found music “very therapeutic” for herself through her years of... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health | Dave Rogalsky
After retiring from professional service almost two years ago, Valentine (Val) Warkentin found she missed her work as a counsellor and accepted an invitation to volunteer at... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health | Beth Downey Sawatzky
High anxiety is a characteristic of this age. Political and economic uncertainties abound, and electronic media, purported to help people connect with one another, actually seem... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health | Donna Schulz
Asked how many “walk-ins” looking for help at a church are likely to have a mental illness, pastors like Werner De Jong say “the majority, for sure.” De Jong, pastor at Holyrood... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Focus on Mental Health | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
We do not expect our denominational leaders to write encyclicals, assume pompous titles or drop pastors into congregations, but what exactly do we expect of them within our... Read More
May 17, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
When delegates from the churches of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) met in Oakville, Ont., on April 28 and 29, the focus was on re-commissioning, based on Matthew 28:19-20... Read More
May 17, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Last November, two Turkish men arrived in the small village of Floradale, in the heart of Ontario’s Mennonite country, seeking refuge. Leon Kehl, a local resident, had developed a... Read More
May 17, 2017 | God at work in the World | Barb Draper

This is the frame of the first latrine to be built as part of MCC's project in the rural community of Wopisa-Gabriyèl in Haiti. (MCC photo by Ted Oswald)

Hurricane Matthew hit the rural community of Wopisa-Gabriyèl, Haiti, hard last October, leading Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to respond to sanitation needs identified by... Read More
May 17, 2017 | God at work in the World | Rebecca Shetler Fast and Ted Oswald
When she was admitted to hospital at the age of 14, it didn’t take long for doctors to diagnose Julia Klassen with anorexia nervosa. She displayed all the classic symptoms: a fear... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Students at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, B.C., have a unique opportunity to de-stress before exams: puppy therapy. For the past two school years, the Student Counselling... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“To me, it’s always amazing how the guys come and keep coming to sing,” says Russ Regier. The guys he refers to are A Buncha Guys, an informal choir made up of young men in their... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Voices rise in Tigrinya, the most widely spoken language in Eritrea, and in tongues. Waves of music wash over the gathered congregation of refugees from the East African country... Read More
May 17, 2017 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Marcus Shantz will serve as the eighth president of Conrad Grebel University College and will take office on Oct. 1, 2017. The Board of Governors cited Shantz’s outstanding... Read More
May 12, 2017 | Web First |
Youth are in demand. When the Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) held a cross-Canada tour in 2016-17, the importance of encouraging youth involvement in area and national church... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Screen shot from For Love of a River. (Photo courtesy of Rebel Sky Media)

Manitoba filmmakers Brad Leitch and Will Braun have brought the reality of settler-indigenous reconciliation work in Canada to the public screen. For Love of a River: Two Stories... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First | Beth Downey Sawatzky
On Good Friday, April 14, 2017, pilgrims from Winnipeg and beyond gather at Broadway Disciples United Church to walk the Stations of the Cross on Broadway, one of Winnipeg’s... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky

Volunteers show off food baskets in front of the newly rebuilt House of Friendship Emergency Food Distribution Centre on Guelph Street in Kitchener, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

When the first food bank was created in Canada in 1981 in Edmonton, it was seen as a short-term project that would be unnecessary when the economy improved. Fast-forward to 2017... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
“I needed to go through what I did because that’s what helps me understand the people I work with,” said Jorgina Sunn. The indigenous singer/songwriter was the featured speaker at... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
A unique art installation graces Rosthern Mennonite Church’s stage these days. Created by the Rosthern Junior College (RJC) worship arts class, it depicts themes found in biblical... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Some might wonder about a Mennonite elder running public events about Hogwarts, a school for witches and wizards. But Nathan Swartz of Kingsfield-Clinton Mennonite Church in... Read More
May 3, 2017 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Bruxy Cavey is unapologetic about particularism. In his new book, the pastor/author sums up the good news in one word (Jesus), three words (Jesus is Lord) and 30 words (Jesus is... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
It was while she was in Bethlehem, spray painting a black heart onto the Israeli West Bank barrier, that the reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict truly began to sink in for... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Canadian Mennonite spoke with the 2017 valedictorians from the three Canadian post-secondary institutions affiliated with Mennonite Church Canada, to find out who they are, what... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Around the world, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) partners with people who are negatively affected by climate change. In response to increased droughts, storms and other... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Back Page | Rachel Bergen

Michael J. Sharp, right, along with Church of Christ in Congo staffers Mitterrand Aoci and Merthus Mwenebantu, checks the bean fields planted by internally displaced people living in Mubimbi camp, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (MCC photo by Ruth Keidel Clemens)

The peacebuilding career of Michael J. Sharp, a former service worker with Mennonite Central Committee, ended when he was kidnapped and killed while on a UN fact-finding mission... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
The Mennonite Historical Library at Goshen College owns the world’s only surviving copy of the first printing, in 1564, of songs that eventually became the Ausbund , one of the... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First | Ervin Beck
A strategic plan vision has been realized at Conrad Grebel University College with the creation of the new J. Winfield Fretz Fellowship in Mennonite Studies. The Fellowship, to be... Read More
May 3, 2017 | Web First |
Henry Neufeld is joining more than 50 other walkers in the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights. From April 23 to May 14, participants will cover the 600-kilometre stretch between... Read More
April 25, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
In July 2016, Mennonite Church Canada joined a growing number of Canadian and American church bodies that have officially repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery. Assembly delegates... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Web First | Sara Anderson and Joe Heikman

Hereditary chief George Kingfisher, left, and Mennonite landowner Ray Funk chat during a scene in the documentary film, Reserve 107, about land rights in Saskatchewan. (Photo by Brad Leitch)

Long before the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission or the celebrated United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ( UNDRIP ), we... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Peace is rooted in building relationships, and that means creating space to get to know one another. With that thought in mind, Karl and Marla Langelotz of Winnipeg addressed an... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
The best way to learn about a new culture is to experience it first-hand. Rosthern Junior College (RJC) Grade 10 students recently had the opportunity to learn a little about... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
This spring marks the third year that Grant Dyck and his family of Artel Farms in Niverville, Man., have dedicated a section of their land to raise sponsored crops for overseas... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
In the lead-up to the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic event headlined by Franklin Graham last month in Vancouver, church leaders representing more than 60 percent of the million... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
A boisterous and enthusiastic crowd greeted 36 paddlers who came ashore in Fort Langley late in the afternoon of April 9, completing the annual two-day paddle-a-thon in support of... Read More
April 19, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
Jan Fretz has been working at her honours four-year fine arts degree at the University of Waterloo for a long time. But the incubation period has paid dividends. She loves to work... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
For the last two years in February, I have been on a pilgrim journey to different regions of the world in need of peace and justice, and I will be doing the same for the next... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen
If it were not for the time she spent studying at Rosthern (Sask.) Junior College (RJC), Crystal Lau might not be making a difference on campus at the University of Saskatchewan (... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Canadian Foodgrains Bank is responding to the hunger crisis in Somalia, where immediate emergency assistance is needed to help prevent a hunger catastrophe. “At the back of our... Read More
April 19, 2017 | Back Page | Amanda Thorsteinsson
Barsha, whose real name isn’t being used to protect her identity, was 11 when her mother started forcing her to traffic drugs between India and Bangladesh. She was caught several... Read More
April 18, 2017 | Web First | Rachel Bergen, with files from Elizabeth Derstine
Mary Magdalene’s Easter discovery of the empty tomb is the greatest news possible for Christians. But for one group of Peruvians studying the account in John 20, it came shrouded... Read More
April 18, 2017 | Web First | Rich Preheim
Representatives of the Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), the Lutheran World Federation, and Mennonite World Conference met in Augsburg, Germany,... Read More
April 18, 2017 | Web First |
We had gathered in Ottawa—eight MCC staff, along with 30 students and young adults from across the country—for our annual MCC Canada student seminar. The topic of the seminar was... Read More
April 18, 2017 | Web First | Esther Epp-Tiessen
“I’m kind of anti-passion,” says Brenda MacDonald. “I don’t feel I have a passion. I have a lot of interests, and I’m interested in living responsibly. I’m not goal-oriented, but... Read More
April 7, 2017 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Jane Fonda received lots of criticism last year for travelling to Alberta to criticize future pipeline construction. Media outlets, including the Winnipeg Free Press , noted the... Read More
April 7, 2017 | Web First | John Longhurst
Sean Gortzen got his first taste of baroque cantata repertoire during his time at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), both on campus and through his involvement with local groups... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Artbeat | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Building to green standards using cutting-edge technology is a significant expense. After nearly four years in its 50 Kent Avenue building, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
Mennonite Church Canada’s resolution on Israel and Palestine took centre stage during an informative workshop in early March 2017 at the Mennonite Church Manitoba annual general... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky

Retired physician Arnie Nickel, wearing the headset, is one of five volunteer trainers who lead the Forever in Motion Club that meets at Nutana Park Mennonite Church in Saskatoon. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Everyone’s welcome, it’s free of charge and refreshments are served. Those selling features should attract Mennonites by the dozen. Surprisingly, though, most participants in... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
More than just food will be on the menu when the Abby Eats Café opens here next year. The non-profit eatery, according to founder and proprietor Kyle Dyck, will focus on social... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman
Both challenge and blessing were in evidence at the 88th annual Mennonite Church Alberta delegate sessions on March 17 and 18, 2017, at Trinity Mennonite Church in DeWinton. In... Read More
April 5, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Seven years ago, two friends and I from Rockway Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ont., agreed to begin a book club with inmates in the local Grand Valley Institution for Women, a... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Margaret Loewen Reimer
As the government of South Vietnam teetered on the brink of collapse in the spring of 1975, Mennonite missionaries living in Saigon agonized over whether to leave or stay. In the... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper
Christine Penner Polle knows well the warning in Al Gore’s presentations and his 2006 movie, An Inconvenient Truth . It is possible to move from denial to despair in regard to... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Dave Rogalsky
Theology, Spirituality Anabaptist Essentials: Ten Signs of a Unique Christian Faith . Palmer Becker. Herald Press, 2017, 182 pages. Becker has written a concise explanation of the... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Focus On Books & Resources | Compiled by Barb Draper, Books & Resources Editor
“Fear[full]: We shall [not] be consumed” was the theme at this year’s Mennofolk, an annual event that celebrates art and music made by people associated with the Mennonite... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student Erin Froese, taking a break from studying in the classroom has allowed her to pursue her interest in healing broken relationships... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Christina Bartel Barkman and her son Cody, switching from a car to scooters has pumped new energy and insights into their morning commute. Mother and son used to endure an... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Chemistry uses the concept of a catalyst to describe a substance that, when added to another substance, promotes a reaction without being used up itself. Bernard Sejour is... Read More
April 5, 2017 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky

Michael J. Sharp addresses the UN Security Council in August 2016. (Photo courtesy of the Sharp family)

Michael J. “M.J.” Sharp, a United Nations official kidnapped with five others in the Democratic Republic of Congo two weeks ago, has been confirmed as deceased by the Congolese... Read More
March 28, 2017 | Web First | Lauren Jefferson

Worship bank members from Elmira's Zion Mennonite Fellowship lead singing at the Evangelical Anabaptist Partners worship gathering at Community Mennonite Fellowship in Drayton, Ont., on Jan. 15, 2017. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Evangelical Anabaptist Partners (EAP) is a loosely affiliated group of pastors and lay people from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada who have been gathering regularly for worship,... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

The Gospel According to Food, a play written and performed by members of Pleasant Point Mennonite Church, encourages the audience to re-examine their relationship with food. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“Extending the table: Enough for all.” That was the theme chosen for Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual delegate sessions this year, and as delegates and guests broke bread... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
A school outing turned to tragedy on March 3, 2017, when a student from Mennonite Educational Institute (MEI) in Abbotsford died during a ski trip to Whistler Blackcomb ski resort... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
Mennonite Church Manitoba gave its final comments on the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7 process, which has dominated public attention since last summer, at the area church’s... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Beth Downey Sawatzky
“Moral selectivity is worse than immorality,” insisted Omar Ramahi, a Muslim Canadian invited to address an adult Sunday school class at Waterloo (Ont.) North Mennonite Church... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dick Benner
“We are exhausted.” So say members of a group of Mennonite parents of LGBTQ children, who met together for 30 years to worship, pray, exchange stories and support each other and... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Tilman Martin turned 90 on Jan. 3, 2017. He is the last of the four original church planters sent from Ontario to Quebec in 1956 whose work continues to pay dividends to this day... Read More
March 22, 2017 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Joshua Enns goes through less than two kilograms of flour each week baking bread for himself and his wife Laura. By comparison, the original inhabitants of the house they live in... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Legendary rock ‘n’ roll drummers Keith Moon and Neil Peart inspired Matt Schellenberg to get into percussion, but it’s Bach and Beethoven that he will be playing when he performs... Read More
March 22, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
In preparation for his 40-day fast, which began on March 1, Ash Wednesday, Daryl Byler made a few changes to his recreational reading. This lawyer, ordained minister and executive... Read More
March 21, 2017 | Web First | Lauren Jefferson
Mary Jo Leddy asked those gathered on a cold Canadian evening in Waterloo what kind of Canada they want to be part of: one that is mean and nasty, with borders open for business... Read More
March 21, 2017 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Trusting enough to be vulnerable and the willingness to be accountable are key intentional acts needed to build true community. In the extensively secularized culture of England,... Read More
March 21, 2017 | Web First |
“Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering/ There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything) / That's how the light gets in... Read More
March 21, 2017 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky

Michael J. “M.J.” Sharp, a United Nations official and former Mennonite Central Committee peace worker, has been reported kidnapped with five others by unknown assailants in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this 2015 photo provided by MCC, he visits with Elizabeth Namavu and children in Mubimbi Camp, home to displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo by Jana Asenbrennerova, used with permission)

Michael J. “M.J.” Sharp, a United Nations official, was among six people kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to a press release issued Monday by the... Read More
March 15, 2017 | Web First |
Nine-month-old Junia has just become the youngest participant to join the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights, a 600-kilometre walk through from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., to Ottawa,... Read More
March 11, 2017 | Web First | Dan Dyck
Despite meeting under the theme of “Building healthy connections,” many delegates who gathered for Mennonite Church British Columbia’s annual general meeting on Feb. 25, 2017,... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
Exuding excitement and purpose, Nancy Mann, associate pastor of Floradale Mennonite Church, exclaimed “WEW!” for the newest chapter of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Joan Lemauviel recalls her aging father needing more care than he received with assisted living, yet not qualifying for long-term care. “He was falling through the cracks,” she... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
“No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbour.” Kitchener (Ont.) First Mennonite Church and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada are promoting “welcome signs” with... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
The potent Trump phenomenon is rippling around the globe and Mennonites in southern Manitoba are not immune. Waves of mostly Somali asylum seekers, driven in part by fear of... Read More
March 8, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

Kalynn Spain’s interest in agriculture led her to visit 130 small farms throughout Manitoba. (Photo courtesy of Kalynn Spain)

What are the risks and rewards for people who choose a life on the farm? Young Voices spoke with three young Canadian Mennonites who work in agriculture to find out. Jedidiah... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Finding a new church to belong to can be difficult. Just ask Katrina Woelk. Woelk grew up at Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Winkler, Man., but now lives in Winnipeg, where she is... Read More
March 8, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where about 100,000 people are facing starvation, says a United Nations release dated February 20, 2017. In addition, a further... Read More
March 7, 2017 | Web First |
Settled in their new home in New Hamburg, Ont., Lee Reh and Pheh Meh constantly think of family members still in Ban Mai Nai Soi Refugee Camp in Thailand who the couple and their... Read More
March 7, 2017 | Web First | Ferne Burkhardt
For Nathan and Taryn Dirks, ministry in Gaborone, Botswana, is all about relationships. But ministry by relationship is hard to measure, so they’ve creatively translated some of... Read More
March 7, 2017 | Web First | Deborah Froese with files from Nathan Dirks
Nora Marleni Martínez of Metapan, El Salvador, is in the first group of students in a regional Peace and Justice Institute program of the Seminario Anabautista Latinoamericano (... Read More
March 7, 2017 | Web First | Kelsey Hochstetler
Houses. Toilets. Schools. These are basic human rights to which Canadians feel entitled—and which many vulnerable and disenfranchised indigenous people do not have. Indigenous... Read More
February 27, 2017 | Web First | Dan Dyck
The Mennonite Heritage Centre, including its archival and art gallery programs, is being reorganized under a new partnership and name. Discussions over the last months between... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
The Future Directions process is moving slowly and surely forward with a specific restructuring proposal and a timeline for downsizing proposals. Meanwhile, the notion of... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
Jake Buhler knows an historical treasure when he sees one. That’s why he’s so excited that the Saskatchewan Valley News is donating all of its back issues to the Mennonite... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Last November, Vic Bartel and John Ilg pulled into the northern Manitoba Cree community of Cross Lake with a thousand Bibles. The Bibles had been requested by the local... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
A public panel discussion on the relationships between the three Abrahamic religions couldn’t have come at a more opportune time, occurring as it did on the heels of the opening... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
The soulful voice of Matt Epp serenaded a crowd at Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary on Feb. 3, 2017. Epp partnered with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta and Canadian... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in the World | Allison Goerzen
Gerald Neufeld of B.C. and Russ Sawatsky of Ontario have several things in common: they both served as missionaries in Japan, where they met their wives; and they both attended... Read More
February 22, 2017 | God at work in Us | Amy Dueckman
“There’s a crack in everything / that’s how the light gets in,” is often quoted by Christians as hope that God will “get in” to any situation. But the quote has a strange source,... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
How can we deepen Christian faith formation at camp? In wrestling with this question, the leadership team at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, located near Sauble Beach, Ont., launched... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Silver Lake Mennonite Camp
Attending Ontario Mennonite Music Camp at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont., has benefitted me in ways that I never could have imagined when I registered in 2012... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Katie Steckly
A highlight of each summer at the Shekinah Retreat Centre near Waldheim, Sask., is the coffee house during our senior-teen camp for ages 15 to 18. Campers come out of their shell... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Curtis Wiens
Conrad Grebel University College’s sixth annual Peace Camp was an opportunity to inspire young lives, strengthen community ties and make peace happen in Waterloo Region. The Peace... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Rebekah DeJong
The sun is shining through the tall trees today at Camp Valaqua near Water Valley, Alta., and the a hint of spring is in the air. This time of year brings hiring, planning and... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Jon Olfert
I’m an archetype. My family immigrated to Canada when I was 6, and while I went to school, my parents worked tirelessly to support me. They uprooted their lives in hope of a... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Yun Lin
The summer of 2016 was one the most memorable summers of my life. When the opportunity to work as a camp counsellor first came up, I was admittedly a little apprehensive. Having... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Focus on camping | Andrew Zettel
Picture gleeful campers chasing squawking chickens back into their pen, and others exclaiming with delight as they bite into freshly picked tomatoes, juice dribbling down their... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Web First | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe
I am a thief. I steal our food system’s waste. Let’s be clear. Grocery stores throw edible food into their dumpsters. I go to those dumpsters and jump in. I dig through boxes and... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Young Voices | Nathaniel De Avila
An organization that works toward ending poverty and achieving a better world has recognized a young Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta employee for the reconciliation work... Read More
February 22, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Regional Anabaptists and leaders from around the world gathered on February 12, 2017, for “Transformed by the Word: Reading Scripture in Anabaptist Perspectives,” the first in a... Read More
February 21, 2017 | Web First |
When Maria and Heinrich Bueckert immigrated to Canada with their seven children in 2011, they looked forward to working together with their children and earning enough to feed... Read More
February 21, 2017 | Web First | Helen Bergen
A visit to Gift and Thrift Shop in Virginia, one of 108 Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift shops, was a revelation to Tarek Chebli, a peacebuilding student from Lebanon... Read More
February 21, 2017 | Web First | Doreen Martens
With a mixture of gratitude and sadness, the board of Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) announces the retirement of Executive Director Donald Peters, effective September 30... Read More
February 21, 2017 | Web First | Laura Kalmar
In the feature “ A new recipe for church ” pastor and professor Carol Penner reflects on how the “recipe” or model for the church is evolving and adapting to new realities. She... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Web First | Carol Penner
Henry Neufeld’s feature last summer (Aug. 29, 2016, page 4) about the firing and layoff practices of some Mennonite organizations touched a nerve. Only one Canadian Mennonite... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
After stormy weather prevented many rural members from attending a Mennonite Church Manitoba meeting in Winnipeg on Jan.12 on how to implement the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Option A: Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7 remains and Mennonite Church B.C. chooses to have congregations trust each other. Option E: MC B.C. rejects BFC 7 and chooses to leave... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
“I am ______ (fill in the blank).” This was how speaker Amy Peters began the 2017 Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization’s senior-high retreat at Camp Kadesh, held from Jan. 27... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
• Hans Peters began as the minister of Milverton Mennonite Fellowship on Jan. 1. He spent the past seven years at Jane Finch Faith Community Church in Toronto as pastor. During... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
The project that took Manitoba churches by the heartstrings nearly two years ago is finally making major gains. Early last month, the federal and provincial governments struck a... Read More
February 8, 2017 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Many of you will have watched the first episode of CBC’s mini-series Pure last night (Jan. 9). As a spectator, I was mildly entertained. As a Canadian who loves this culturally... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Artbeat | Royden Loewen
Since the first couple of episodes of CBC’s Pure depicting Mennonites as drug runners from Mexico aired on Jan. 9 and 16, 2017, the temperature of our community’s righteous... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Artbeat | Dan Dyck
Until March 4, 2017, the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery is hosting an important exhibit of new art entitled “Synagogues in Germany: A virtual reconstruction.” First imagined by... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Artbeat | Beth Downey Sawatzky
I had to make my way past the sombre line-up of people waiting for welfare cheques at the band office. It was awful. I worked in the office of a northern first nation, and once a... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Artbeat | Will Braun
Jackson Nahayo knows a thing or two about turning tragedy into triumph. Left for dead as a child in the jungles of his native Burundi by the rebel soldiers who kidnapped him, he... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
In the last issue of Canadian Mennonite , we introduced you to Sparky and the Plugs , a bluegrass quartet from the Saskatoon area that got its start playing music in church. Read... Read More
February 8, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Yann Martel is known to many as the author o f Life of Pi, an international bestseller that became an Oscar-winning movie. But at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Saskatchewan,... Read More
February 7, 2017 | Web First | Yann Martel
Michelle O’Rourke never expected that within months of having a lead role in designing and building the 10-bed Chatham-Kent Hospice, which opened in April 2016, that she would be... Read More
February 7, 2017 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Many of the people who have stayed behind in Ukraine’s militarized areas are those who cannot run away: the elderly, children and people with disabilities. “Certain pastors and... Read More
February 7, 2017 | Web First | Kelsey Hochstetler
Tobi Thiessen and Ginny Hostetler have been chosen by the board of Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS) Inc. to lead Canadian Mennonite ’s magazine and digital news... Read More
February 1, 2017 | Web First | Henry Krause
Following the news coverage leading up to the 2016 American election, I wondered if there was a place for hope in an atmosphere of division and fear. In the days leading up to the... Read More
January 31, 2017 | Web First | Michael Hostetler
Tremendous change rocked the western church 500 years ago, as successive groups discovered new things about God through Scripture and separated themselves from the Roman Catholic... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Web First |

Clockwise from left: Sara Erb, Steph Chandler Burns, Kathy Janzen, Ed Janzen and Chris Brnjas consider the questions posed at the second Emerging Voices Initiative listening tour event on Nov. 11, 2016, at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Over the past three months, the Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) conducted a cross-country listening tour, endeavouring to gauge the mood of Mennonite Church Canada congregants on... Read More
January 25, 2017 | God at work in the Church |

Tim Wiebe-Neufeld

Tim Wiebe-Neufeld has been hired as the new Mennonite Church Alberta area church pastor. Starting in February, he will combine this half-time position with a quarter-time role as... Read More
January 25, 2017 | God at work in the Church |
I live in one of the most beautiful places on the Prairies. The Shekinah Retreat Centre is situated in the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Northeast of my house, a deep ravine... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education | Jill Wiens
An Mennonite Church Manitoba meeting at Fort Garry Mennonite Church took a confrontational turn on Jan. 12, 2017, opening the floodgates of debate on just what it means for local... Read More
January 25, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Beth Downey Sawatzky
When Justony Vasquez decided to be part of World Youth Day in Poland last summer, she had no idea that the venture would land her at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU). In her... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education | Allison Courey
Before taking the STEM program, which incorporates science, technology, engineering and math, Mackenzie, a Grade 2 student at Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools,... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education |
Conrad Grebel University College students Mark Whyte, Mariak Achuoth, Jonathan Smith and Liban Farah accepted a challenge last fall: Build a social enterprise that restores the... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education | Jennifer Konkle
Nicholaus “Nick” Bauman (nee Erb), a Rockway Mennonite Collegiate graduate (Class of ’97) and general surgeon, and his spouse, Becky Bauman, are heading to Kathmandu, Nepal, the... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Focus On Education | Christine M. Rier
A young woman in Waterloo, Ont., is using her passion for peace to positively impact students. Katie Gingerich, 24, is director of The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), a peace-... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
They might perform at cafes, bars and festivals throughout the Saskatoon area these days, but bluegrass quartet Sparky and the Plugs got their start playing music in church... Read More
January 25, 2017 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The new year brings a new beginning for Bethany College, as it announces its re-opening for fall 2017 with a new discipleship program called Thrive. Thrive replaces the college’s... Read More
January 24, 2017 | Web First |
A desire to immerse himself in a learning community in preparation for pastoral ministry was part of what drew Lee Hiebert to relocate to Elkhart, Ind., and enrol in the master of... Read More
January 24, 2017 | Web First |
Canadian Mennonite women were among millions who peacefully made their voices heard for justice, equality and a host of social causes at the Women’s Marches that took place across... Read More
January 24, 2017 | Web First | Doreen Martens
CBC’s new crime drama, Pure , which premiered on Jan. 9, 2017, has generated a lot of controversy in the Canadian Mennonite community, and for good reason. The six-part TV serial... Read More
January 23, 2017 | Web First | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

There are several varieties of Mennonite and Amish groups in Canada. (Photos by Barb Draper)

You may have seen traditionally dressed Mennonites at farmers’ markets or on TV, but you may not know that these are only a segment of the Mennonite population in Canada. There... Read More
January 12, 2017 | Web First | Barb Draper
In 2016 popular online stories on the Canadian Mennonite website dealt with gender identity, cohabitation, church institutions, and Mennonite history. Readers wanted to know about... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler
Frieda Woelk, who lives in a seniors apartment in Leamington, Ont., put together a “Special Cookbook for my Children, Grandchildren, Family and Friends,” with editions in 1994,... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Web First | Editorial assistant
Partners of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, are working to provide relief assistance for the hundreds of... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the World | Rachel Bergen
The year we left behind created big uncertainty for the year that lies ahead. Here is a glance at key questions that hang over what is sure to be an interesting and consequential... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Mennonite organizations played a large role in putting on a public panel discussion on indigenous land rights in Canada and how they impact social groups at the community level,... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
In past years, there were only two Anabaptist congregations in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, one Mennonite Brethren and the other, Ottawa Mennonite Church, a member of Mennonite... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
With the moon still peeking over the mountains and the stars twinkling in the clear sky, more than 60 people gathered together in the wee hours of Christmas morning at the Epp... Read More
January 11, 2017 | God at work in the Church | Angelika Dawson
One of today’s most pressing social issues came to life onstage late last year at Trinity Western University (TWU) with the world premiere of the original drama, disPLACE: Refugee... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Artbeat | Amy Dueckman
Like many Mennonites, Larry Krause grew up singing in Sunday school and church choirs. Music has always been an important part of his life, but in the past decade it has taken on... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Artbeat | Donna Schulz
What songs connect you to God and your community, and empower you to serve? What songs do you turn to in joyful or difficult times? What are your heart songs? These are questions... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Web First |
Christian activists in Australia repeatedly risk arrest when they call attention to the plight of asylum-seekers suffering mistreatment in indefinite detention. One of the... Read More
January 11, 2017 | Web First | Rachel Stella and Mennonite World Review
Millions of people will never pick up a book or magazine about Mennonites or enter any Mennonite church. But they will drop in anonymously to the Third Way website (thirdway.com)... Read More
January 10, 2017 | Web First |
In an ironic coincidence, ugly graffiti was sprayed on the outside wall of Edmonton First Mennonite Church the same day that teenagers from a local junior-high school painted a... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Tales of families separated through war and later reunited through letters 60 years ago were featured at the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C.’s fall fundraiser. The program,... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
The Oromo Christian Fellowship, which was established in 2004 and changed its name to Oromo Evangelical Church of Ottawa in 2010, has applied for emerging church status in... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Eastern Canada Correspondent
“I don’t know if it’s sunk in entirely, but it’s been a good experience so far.” That’s Charlie Clark’s assessment of his first weeks as the new mayor of Saskatoon. He admits... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
In an attempt to secure the future of the Salam Medical Centre, which he founded in a town some 25 kilometres north of Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Freddy Elbaiady, has embarked on a... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Dick Benner
A presentation by Timothy Epp on the enduring relationship between blacks and Mennonites quickly morphed into a time of sharing and storytelling by members of the two communities... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Ruth Marlene Friesen
From seafaring cowboy to Christian book publisher, Ken Schwartzentruber embraced life and adventure with a hands-on attitude and a commitment to God. Born to the late Allen and... Read More
December 21, 2016 | God at work in Us | Deborah Froese and Kelsey Hochstetler
The 40th-anniversary edition of the More-with-Less cookbook, with its many full-page photographs, has an updated and more sophisticated look. Rather than simple black-and-white... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Artbeat | Barb Draper
Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) professor Paul Doerksen launched a new collection of essays, Take and Read: Reflecting Theologically on Books , at McNally-Robinson Booksellers... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Artbeat | Beth Downey Sawatzky
This is a critical time in the world. From environmental threats like the Kinder Morgan pipeline, to the troubling rhetoric coming out of the United States after Donald Trump’s... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
Jared Redekop has seen and done a lot in just over a year of working as a spiritual health practitioner at the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg. One experience that most sticks out... Read More
December 21, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
A film produced by the Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC) Archives about conscientious objectors (COs) is garnering significant attention. CBC recently aired The Last Objectors on... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Florence Cressman Kreider was a friend to both Jews and Palestinians, and she sought to spread peace wherever she traveled. The former mission worker died Nov. 1, 2016, in... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Wil LaVeist

Wendy Adema, program director for MCC Ontario who gives leadership to the Refugee Resettlement Team, left; Shelley Campagnola, director of the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support; and Lynne Griffiths Fulton, client support service director for Reception House, listen to Marlene Epp, professor of history and peace and conflict studies at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo. They participated in the ‘Three lanes on the refugee highway’ presentation at 50 Kent Avenue, in Kitchener. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“Why are there three Mennonite organizations working on refugee support in the Kitchener- Waterloo area?” was the question being answered at a Nov. 29, 2016, meeting at 50 Kent... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
For five days last October, intense rainfall caused severe flooding along Colombia’s Pacific coast in the Chocó area, seriously damaging the homes of more than 20,000 people... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
Faced with a funding crisis, sliding attendance and shifting cultural contexts, the response of Mennonite Church Canada and the five area churches has been a five-year process of... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
I want to be excited about church. I do not attend regional or national assemblies, but I care deeply about the broader church. I would rather hang out with my boys than attend a... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Web First | Will Braun
“The timeline [for the Future Directions plan] from Saskatoon did not reflect what was possible,” Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, told the... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Carol Penner went into ministry to be a “humble tool in God’s tool box—to preach, go to meetings and love people,” like the hammer she brought to the lectern with her. “But,” she... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
In October 2016, students arriving at a Christian school in Aleppo, Syria, discovered that a rocket had blown out a portion of a classroom. So many rockets were landing in the... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Rachel Bergen
Academics, students, independent researchers and lay people alike gathered at the University of Winnipeg in late October 2016 for a global history conference on “Mennonites, land... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
“In this resolution we are not taking sides between Israel and Palestine,” said Palmer Becker at Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016. “We support the need for a safe place to... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
Missions is not a very popular word in some circles these days, but when Masaki Higashiguchi visited Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., on Oct. 30, 2016, it was a... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in Us | Barb Draper
If self-confessed “marriage geek” Katherine Willis Pershey knows one thing after 14 years of marriage, it’s that couples bound together in a sacred covenant need more than cheery... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Artbeat | Kelley Hughes
Nolan Kehler knows a thing or two about music. In addition to studying vocal performance at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, the 22-year-old works part-time as an AM... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Winnipeg artist Megan Krause, painting is a process of problem solving. “I never plan a piece ahead of time. Not anymore, anyway,” the 32-year-old says. “It’s all intuitively... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Digna Macias remembers clinging to a door frame in her home in Manta, Ecuador, while the walls fell around her last April following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
Twenty-five years ago, Michel Monette was selling encyclopaedias door to door seven days a week. One of his fellow salesmen, a Mennonite Brethren man, would take Sundays off to go... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Hundreds of concerned American citizens gathered peacefully to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and pray on Nov 26, 2016. At the same time, dozens more gathered at Home Street... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First | Beth Downey Sawatzky

The Amish of Milverton, Ont., use open buggies with slow-moving-vehicle signs. The various Ontario Amish settlements have their own idiosyncrasies, as buggy styles and other customs are not necessarily the same in each community. (Photo by Barb Draper)

The Amish in Ontario are a diverse group, explained Fred Lichti at the fall meeting of the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, held on Oct. 15, 2016, at Milverton Mennonite... Read More
November 30, 2016 | Web First | Barb Draper

Mesfin Woldearegay, pastor of Bethel Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Kitchener, Ont., leads his congregation in worship at Central Baptist Church on Sunday afternoons. The congregation worships in Amharic, a Semitic language from East Africa. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

English is still the dominant language in Mennonite Church Canada as a whole, but worship also happens every Sunday in Cantonese, Lao, Tigrinya, Oromo and 14 other languages... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
As Lucy Roca was leaving Colombia for her safety and that of her family 12 years ago, the Colombian national church commissioned her to establish Spanish-speaking congregations in... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
The little church that was home to the New Church Society of Rosthern for more than a century has a new home beside the Mennonite Heritage Museum on the Rosthern Junior College (... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
With titles such as “Don’t be a culture monkey” and “I saw an orange glow on the horizon,” participants at Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual Equipping Day had a difficult... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Since Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued its final report in 2015, denominations and congregations across the country have wrestled with how to respond in... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
During the First World War (1914-18), some citizens of Berlin, Ont., grew uncomfortable with their city’s name. At war with the Germans, they did not want to be identified as... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
Peter Kehler, long-time Mennonite missionary, pastor and church worker of Abbotsford, B.C., died Oct. 5, surrounded by his family. He was 89. Kehler was born in St. Anne, Man., on... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in Us | Amy Dueckman
What do popular films like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark have to do with the Bible? Gary Yamasaki explores this question by identifying the filmmaking principles... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Artbeat | Amy Dueckman
Old behaviour influenced the music on singer-songwriter Anna Wiebe’s latest musical release, New Behaviour . The 24-year-old folk-pop songstress based in Guelph, Ont., partially... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
From 2011 to 2013, I was a resident of the Menno Simons Centre, a not-for-profit student residence located near the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. At Menno, I... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Young Voices | Thomas Bergen
“God is helping us take apart what was, in order to build something new, so that we can engage the world in more effective ways,” says Keith Regehr confidently. Regehr is the... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
“It is all of us together that make Mennonite Central Committee [MCC] breathe,” said Eileen Klassen Hamm, and each element of MCC Saskatchewan’s “encounter” and annual general... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Members of the new Mennonite Worship and Song Committee met for the first time Sept. 22 to 25, 2016, at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va. A new collection of worship... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese, with MennoMedia files
“Every transition is an invitation to journey with God,” is how Cindy Wallace ended each session with the women attending the annual Mennonite Church Saskatchewan women’s retreat... Read More
November 16, 2016 | Web First | Lois Siemens
“Who is MC B.C.? What kind of family are we and what kind of family do we want to be?” These questions were posed by Garry Janzen, executive minister of Mennonite Church British... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
Donna Entz, an outreach worker for Mennonite Church Alberta, has many friends in the North Edmonton communities in which she lives and works. Manna Ali, a member of the Somali... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Selfies just might be God’s idea. Remember, you are smarter than your smartphone. What if virtue went viral? With these three ideas front and centre, David Balzer, assistant... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Spending half of Canadian Thanksgiving in the U.S. away from my family is not how I usually like to plan things. But this past summer as I was thinking through my fall schedule,... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Virginia Gerbrandt Richert
Among many aboriginal people the eagle feather communicates respect, humility, courage and wisdom. Several years ago, I received an eagle feather as a sign of appreciation for my... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in the World | Peter Oliver
Church planter Mario Marchand responded to being licensed toward ordination on Oct. 16 by reciting his vision for the church in Québec: “Jesus, the centre of faith; the community... Read More
November 2, 2016 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Recently, I have become curious about the life of the early church. What did its members believe? What did they preach and what did they practise? More to the point, what did they... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Artbeat | Lorne Brandt
For Johise Namwira, being a student and being an activist go hand in hand. During the 2015-16 school year, the 19-year-old was involved with a variety of different groups on... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Two-and-a-half years ago, I took over a long-running column that appears in the Winnipeg Free Press . Each week, I write about a different volunteer in the city. The column is... Read More
November 2, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Comparing Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to a big tent, Don Peters, the executive director of MCC Canada, described the organization as “the place where the Anabaptist... Read More
November 1, 2016 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
On September 30, 2016, friends and colleagues of Susan Schultz Huxman paid tribute to her time as president of Conrad Grebel University College. She has accepted the presidency of... Read More
October 31, 2016 | Web First | Fred Martin
Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) is embarking on a fall 2016 workshop tour. This group of concerned young adults hopes to encourage further discussion about the process of... Read More
October 31, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese with files from Emerging Voices Initiative
It all started simply enough. In January 1996, Clare Jantzi, worship leader at Valleyview Mennonite Church in London, invited three men from the congregation to sing an introit... Read More
October 29, 2016 | Web First | Victor Fast
On September 28, 2016, Palestinian Christian Jonathan Kuttab spoke to Mennonites gathered for lunch at the Mennonite Central Committee Ontario building in Kitchener, Ont... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Web First |
This simple soup was eaten in Amish Mennonite communities in southwestern Ontario and was often called by its Pennsylvania Dutch name. Some cooks served it simultaneously with a... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler
As a busy professional engineer and a young father, Calvin Quan’s days are full, yet he is ready and willing to serve as Mennonite Church Canada’s new moderator. Where does he... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
With special “Menno-poly” Chance cards, five different Monopoly boards scattered throughout Saskatoon and fun team challenges, the Mega Menno Monopoly Rally kick-off got groups... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Kirsten Hamm-Epp
Keith Regehr, a managing partner working in the field of conflict resolution and restorative justice for the L3 Group in Kitchener, Ont., formerly known as Associates Resourcing... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Kuen Yee, pastor of English ministries at Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church, has resigned her three-quarter-time position effective Oct. 31, 2016. Yee is Chinese and has an... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Molly Schaeffer, standing rear, one of this summer’s resident managers, acts as emcee for Camp Koinonia’s 50th-anniversary celebration on Oct. 2, 2016. Close to 150 people... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Elaine Hofer and Paul Waldner are members of Green Acres Colony, near Wawanesa, Man. Their Hutterite colony, along with Enes and Fata Muheljic from Wawanesa, worked with Mennonite... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in the World | Elaine Hofer
As a young girl in Pennsylvania, where she was born, Janet Ranck’s interest in missions and supportive missions was nurtured by her family. Her father gave a house to the Eastern... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in Us | Doug Snyder
David Lewis began as the intentional interim minister of Niagara United Mennonite Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sept. 4, 2016. Lewis has a bachelor of theology degree from... Read More
October 19, 2016 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
The strange case of the Amish beard cutters five years ago thrust a normally quiet American community into the national spotlight. The bizarre attacks seemed so out of character... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources |
If a person has a body that is physically and intellectually disabled, is it ethically right to use technology to keep that body small and childlike so that it is easier to care... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper
Poetry has always spoken to me. Whether it is the blank verse of Shakespeare, the doubling images of Hebrew scripture, or the lyrics of song, popular or otherwise. But I had not... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources | Dave Rogalsky
Theology, Spirituality All You Need is Love: Honoring the Diversity of Women’s Voices in Theology . Jennifer Castro, ed. Women in Leadership Project, Mennonite Church U.S.A., 2016... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources |
Winnipeg filmmaker Brad Leitch’s next project is a deeply personal one. The 30-year-old, who attends Hope Mennonite Church in the city, is making a documentary about “playback... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For many people, studying at college or university is about more than just going to classes. It’s about connecting with peers at social events, service projects and forums that... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Step into the fields of Etienne Tiendrébeogo (pictured at right in the bright shirt) in Yé, Burkina Faso, and you’ll notice something striking: large half-moon shapes dug into the... Read More
October 19, 2016 | Back Page | Marla Pierson Lester
When rushing water of the River Gris, overflowing with rain from Hurricane Matthew, washed away Sarditren Dete’s and Antovan Enit’s houses and possessions, it destroyed their... Read More
October 12, 2016 | Web First |
On Monday, September 26, 2016, I flew from Canada back to Colombia more excited than usual. After four years of negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC... Read More
October 11, 2016 | Web First | Hannah Redekop
“Are you on a tour?” Squinting in the summer sunlight, we glanced across the street as a man stepped out of his car. Guilty as charged. Our walking neighborhood tour, composed of... Read More
October 5, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Matthew Veith
A month after a pastors-only meeting, Mennonite Church B.C. congregations are being invited to give their personal views on the national church’s Being a Faithful Church (BFC) 7... Read More
October 5, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
It isn’t every day that Mennonites share a potluck meal with Muslims. Yet this is what happened when Wildwood Mennonite Church in Saskatoon invited members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim... Read More
October 5, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
Doug Snyder retired (again) on Aug. 28, 2016, this time as pastor of St. Agatha Mennonite Church, west of Waterloo. Born in 1941, Snyder remembers going forward at a Brunk tent... Read More
October 5, 2016 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Ted and Darlene Enns Dyck came in the late 1980s to Conrad Grebel College in Waterloo, Ont., from Winnipeg, Manitoba’s urban capital. When they completed their time at Grebel,... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education | Dave Rogalsky
Our purpose at Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) in Gretna, Man., is to educate young people in an Anabaptist/Christian context, seeking to develop their God-given potential in... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education |
I recently enjoyed a visit with a Rosthern (Sask.) Junior College (RJC) alumnus whose graduating class is from decades past. There were many smiles as we talked about old... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education | Jim Epp
This fall, Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) debuted an expanded course catalogue featuring its new MA in Restorative Justice program . In... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education | Lauren Jefferson
On a hot June weekend, more than 100 Rockway Mennonite Collegiate alumni rehearsed, relived and performed a Rockway choral experience. Three beloved choral directors—Jan Overduin... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education | Dave Lobe
Two members of Mennonite Church Canada congregations are among four recipients of 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards from Canadian Mennonite University (CMU): • Peter Guenther, a... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education |
CMU Preliminary fall enrolment figures at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg show stability of student registrations across all programs, with an overall full-time... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Focus On Education |
In recent months, Krista Loewen has been thinking a lot about Jeremiah 29:11: “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm,... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For some people, writing a song is a laborious process. Not for Michaela Loewen. Most of the time, the music and lyrics come to her in under half an hour. “I know if I can write... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“We Are Your Future/Somos Su Futuro” opened at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg on Sept. 9. The exhibition focusses on the lives of women from the indigenous... Read More
October 5, 2016 | Back Page | Ray Dirks
Julianne Funk is a peacebuilder. In Bosnia, the northern region of the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. And at the University of Zurich, where she teaches religion as well as... Read More
October 4, 2016 | Web First | Henry Neufeld
Ted Giesbrecht of the Kitchener, Ont., law firm Giesbrecht, Griffin, Funk and Irvine has been honoured by the Waterloo Region Law Association with the 2016 Coulter A. Osborne... Read More
October 4, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Over the last two years, the “20 under 35: Young professionals changing the world initiative” instituted by Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) recognized 40 young... Read More
October 4, 2016 | Web First |
UPDATE (Oct. 3, 2016): In an Oct. 2 plebiscite, Colombian voters rejected the proposed peace deal by a thin margin of 50.21 to 49.78 percent. Angélica Rincón could not stop... Read More
September 27, 2016 | Web First | Elizabeth Phelps
The road ahead for the recovery of Fort McMurray, Alta.—devastated this spring by wildfires that forced the evacuation of 88,000 residents while consuming and scorching large... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Several members from the Bergthal Mennonite Church left their own place of worship in Didsbury, Alta., on Aug. 28, 2016, to join with their Chin brothers and sisters in worship at... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Anna-Lisa Salo
Last February I wrote an article that elicited more response than anything I have written for this publication. The piece originated when a reader challenged my acceptance of the... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
For anyone who lives in Elmira and needs a ladder to clean out his eavestroughs or get a Frisbee off her roof, call Bruce Weber. Zion Mennonite Fellowship, in an effort to... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
For families with children who have exceptional needs, taking a summer vacation may seem like nothing more than an elusive dream. But now a groundbreaking program offered by... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
On Sept. 2, 2015, the heartbreaking picture of Alan Kurdi’s body on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea was a wake-up call to the world. The three-year-old’s death was a tragic... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World | Julie Bell
On September 2, 2015, the heartbreaking picture of Alan Kurdi’s body on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea was a wake-up call to the world concerning the plight of refugees. In... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in the World |
Willard Metzger’s mother was the janitor at the Glen Allan Mennonite Church (now closed) northwest of Waterloo, Ont. Now executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, he... Read More
September 21, 2016 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
The Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre is a long-standing hidden gem of Manitoba’s fine arts scene. The amateur company is just that—a group of honest-to-goodness theatre lovers, whose... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Artbeat | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Even though the journey was more than 7,500 kilometres, Martin Bauman almost wished it wouldn’t end. On Aug. 29, the Waterloo, Ont., resident entered St. John’s, N.L., completing... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I turned on the radio in time to hear CBC perfectly capture my past year’s journey in one sentence. “The thing about seeking reconciliation with indigenous peoples is that... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Young Voices | Deanna Zantingh
Canadian Mennonite wants to know about the young adults who are making a difference in your church or community. In a special feature we will publish in the new year, Canadian... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Young Voices |
Matt Yeater can relate to Bible stories in which God moves in seemingly impossible ways. His own story is one of them. Blinded in a meth lab explosion when he was 20 and... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Web First | Annette Brill Bergstresser
While cheap gas prices were celebrated in the United States, in Venezuela the low cost of oil has led to painful shortages in everyday needs, such as food, electricity and... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Web First | Danielle Klotz
Holding his 19-month-old grandson, Ray Martin told the audience gathered at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) on Aug. 11 why he had made a generous donation to study and combat... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Web First |
“There is no path, Pilgrim. The path is made by walking.” This lovely phrase by the poet Antonio Machado epitomizes my life journey, particularly the two years I sojourned in... Read More
September 21, 2016 | Web First | Rut Atarama
To ensure women receive the education and training they need to help build the body of Christ, Meserete Kristos College, a ministry of the Ethiopian Meserete Kristos Church, is... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
Here is a question you do not hear every day: When was the last time you visited an archive? Not your email archive, a but a local bricks-and-mortar archive. Many of us don’t... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Ontario started discussions with Dave Erb, executive director of Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, over a year ago, to explore the possibility of... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
For decades, Colombia has been known for violence, narcotics and instability. But now it is within sight of an historic peace agreement that César García—the Colombian who heads... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

The sign directing people to Stony Hill, the former site of St. John’s Lutheran Church and of the Young Chippewayan Reserve No. 107, was changed earlier this year to reflect its importance to indigenous people. The name Opwashemoe Chakatinaw means Stoney Knoll in English. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“It’s really cool to see white people here today,” said Cheyenne Fineday. The first nation teenager was speaking at the 140th anniversary of the signing of Treaty 6 on Aug. 23,... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
In Waterloo Region, “Herrle’s” brings to mind sweet corn, melons, gelato—and blood. Yes, blood. Herrle’s Country Farm Market in St. Agatha has been well-known since 1988 as a “go-... Read More
September 7, 2016 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
A new memoir by Albertans Isaac “Ike” Glick and Mildred “Millie” Alger Glick, Risk and Adventure: Community Development in Northern Alberta (1955-1970) , highlights the work of... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Artbeat |
For Anneli Loepp Thiessen, singing in church is just as much about listening as it is about making sounds. “In a culture that is increasingly busy and full of excess noise, church... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For much of my life, I’ve called myself a global citizen. Until recently, though, I had no idea how naïve saying this actually was. A global citizen is someone who identifies him... Read More
September 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Erb Street Mennonite Church not only welcomes all people who enter its doors, as its vision statement indicates, but it also extends that same welcome to “future guide dogs.”... Read More
September 6, 2016 | Web First | Leona Dueck Penner
When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and violence has ebbed and flowed ever since... Read More
September 6, 2016 | Web First | Emily Loewen, with files from Candacia Greeman
A dedicated fundraising website for the new song collection for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA has been launched at hymnalproject606.com. MennoMedia is taking... Read More
September 6, 2016 | Web First |
Cloudy skies and a cold wind weren’t enough to keep a large group of people from gathering in the parking lot at the Bethany Manor seniors’ housing complex to celebrate the... Read More
September 6, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
When Geoff Gould ponders his six years directing the SEED program at Camp Squeah, it is with mixed emotions: pride, joy, humility, gratitude. But there is also sadness. After much... Read More
August 24, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Angelika Dawson
Rockway Mennonite Church in Kitchener has worshipped in rental properties for all of its 56-year existence. Until now. On June 26, 2016, the congregation had its final regular... Read More
August 24, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
The passions that inspired Winnipeg’s community shared agriculture (CSA) movement and the famous Tall Grass Prairie Bakery are now making waves around the world, from Winnipeg to... Read More
August 24, 2016 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Jane Austen once wrote that, for a developing writer, “three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on.” While Steinbach, Man., is certainly no “country... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Artbeat | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Anna Rehan has logged countless hours of volunteer time as Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s music librarian. Appointed by the area church council, her mandate was to organize the... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Artbeat | Donna Schulz
While the aroma of fresh-baked zwieback filled the air, members of the “Mennonite Girls Can Cook” blog group launched their newest book at the Mennonite Heritage Museum on Aug. 3... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Artbeat | Amy Dueckman
Tending to the grapes she grows in the house she lives in provides Terri Lynn Paulson with a very tangible way of considering John 15, a chapter of the Bible she has been... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

During his internship, Andrew Brown, centre, happened to meet John Redekop, left, and Peter Redekop, right, who were part of a group of Mennonites Brown researched. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Brown)

This spring I was awarded an archival internship with the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission that allowed me to travel to various Mennonite Brethren archives in North... Read More
August 24, 2016 | Young Voices | Andrew Brown
Holy Spirit fire dances in Bercy Mundedi's eyes. It sets aflame the ministries to which she has been called—the most recent being to lead the Kalonda Bible Institute in Democratic... Read More
August 23, 2016 | Web First | Lynda Hollinger-Janzen
By the time Feryal arrived at a camp for displaced people in Iraq’s northern Ninewa Governorate, she had little desire to leave the security of the tent she shared with her... Read More
August 23, 2016 | Web First | Marla Pierson Lester
God is at work and the gospel is alive in our cities, towns and communities. This is the message Marty Troyer wants to share in his new book, The Gospel Next Door , released by... Read More
August 23, 2016 | Web First | Ardell Stauffer
A conversation about the needs and issues facing military veterans has been arising in an unexpected place this year: the halls of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS). The dialogue... Read More
August 23, 2016 | Web First | Walt Wiltschek with Lauren Jefferson
It had probably been a while since Horse Lake Mennonite Church welcomed so many worshippers. Filling every pew, they gathered to celebrate the life of this small country church... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Hannah Taylor, left, Linda Ramer and Milissa Fortier stand beside an 'open door' welcoming guests to a barbecue and hymn sing that were part of Wideman Mennonite Church's 200th-anniversary celebrations over the weekend of July 23-24. (Photo by Joanna Reesor-McDowell)

Hundreds of friends from near and far attended Wideman Mennonite Church‘s 200th-anniversary celebrations over the July 23-24, 2018, weekend. It was a culmination of special... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Joanna Reesor-McDowell
Mennonite Foundation of Canada (MFC) will change its name to Abundance Canada in October. The decision to rebrand follows 18 months of market analysis, survey research,... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Jess Huxman
“We are not living in the 16th century, and whatever is called Anabaptism today inevitably looks and sounds quite different,” said Paul Martens during a recent talk entitled “Neo-... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Henry Neufeld
The ongoing discussion about medical assistance in dying has publicly raised questions that extend beyond the realm of politics and public policy to the bedrock of morality... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
George and Jake are great friends George, 3, is a child who attends Southview Child Care, located in the First Mennonite Church building. Jake Baergen is a member of First... Read More
August 10, 2016 | God at work in Us | Fran Aarnoutse
True to its name, this year’s Skylight Festival focussed on how the church can regain its place in a post-Christian society, exploring a larger movement of faith, arts and justice... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Artbeat | Dick Benner
Yearning for eloheh (ae-luh-hay) is clearly evident in Randy Woodley’s new children’s picture book, The Harmony Tree , published by Mennonite Church Canada this year. Richly... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Artbeat | Deborah Froese
“Three people in their early 20s—a Catholic, a Mennonite Brethren man and a United Church member—walk into a Mennonite Church Canada assembly.” It may sound like the set-up to a... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Much of Claudia Dueck’s volunteer work at Kilometre 81 involved doing laundry. (Photo courtesy of Claudia Dueck)

When Claudia Dueck thinks back on the voluntary service she did in Paraguay earlier this year, it’s the Tuesdays that stick out the most. Dueck, 19, spent three months... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Manitoba became home to another world record on July 31, 2016, when 139 antique threshing machines harvested a field simultaneously for 15 minutes at the 62nd Manitoba Threshermen... Read More
August 10, 2016 | Back Page | Shaylyn McMahon
The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), a peace education initiative based out of the Frank and Helen Epp Peace Incubator in the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement on the campus of... Read More
August 9, 2016 | Web First |

Pastor Sririsack Saythavy stands in the entrance to Grace New Life Mennonite Church in Hamilton, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

After a quarter-century of shepherding Grace New Life Mennonite Church, Pastor Sririsach Saythavy—now in his late 50s and working two full-time jobs—is hoping a younger leader... Read More
August 9, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
The first Mennonites arrived in Brazil in 1930, coming as refugees from Russia/Ukraine, where their property, churches and schools were taken over by the state during the Stalin... Read More
August 6, 2016 | Web First | Peter Siemens and Gladys Siemens
Soviet Ukraine was a traumatic place for a Mennonite kid. Peter Krause, born in 1935 and the youngest of four brothers, had to look after himself as a preschooler. Supervision was... Read More
August 4, 2016 | Web First | Stephen Fielding
On July 9, 2016, a clear majority of delegates to Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016 voted in favour of a resolution seeking non-violent solutions to injustices in Israel-... Read More
July 23, 2016 | Web First | Dan Dyck
With poetic grace and an invitational tone, Cynthia Wallace of Warman (Sask.) Mennonite Church challenged Assembly 2016 participants at the July 6 worship service to dream boldly... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Dan Dyck
Over two days at Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016, “God~Faith~People,” keynote speaker Safwat Marzouk addressed the topic of covenant that was central to the theme text,... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Deborah Froese
“Too often Mennonites have focussed on disunity.” With these words, Gareth Brandt began his seminar, “Running towards community,” and he then showed how Mennonite/Anabaptist... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Donna Schulz
The seminar title started in response to the young adult “problem.” “[‘Young adults don’t need the church’] is not meant to be a defiance statement, but a statement of fact,” said... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Ken Quiring is convinced that the future of biblical literacy lies in video. This may be one reason why he and others like him have joined a growing movement known as “biblical... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Donna Schulz
Although a concrete picture of what Mennonite Church Canada might look like in two years isn’t yet determined, 318 delegates voted to approve in principle the direction proposed... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Deborah Froese

Korey Dyck, the director of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives and Gallery in Winnipeg, speaks about the organization's vision at Assembly 2016 in Saskatoon. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Did you know that if all of the textual records and photographs in Winnipeg’s Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC) Archives and Gallery were stacked on top of each other, they would be... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Aaron Epp
Nine years of careful study, sensitive listening, deep engagement by many, but not all, congregations—and innumerable meetings of the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) Task Force—led... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Dan Dyck and Dick Benner
In his seminar “Confessions of faith: Sources of unity or division,” Karl Koop told the story of 3,000 Mennonites who met during a five-hour meeting in Amsterdam in 1639 to bring... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Barb Draper
Canadian Mennonite has been around in some form or other for 62 years, and as editor Dick Benner pointed out, the Mennonite church in Canada has witnessed many changes during that... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Donna Schulz
Following on the heels of the delegate sessions for Mennonite Church Canada, about 40 interested leaders got together at Wanuskawin Heritage Park in Saskatoon to think about how... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Focus On | Dave Rogalsky
When an intense rainstorm started just as Mennonite Church Canada Youth Assembly 2016 participants set up their tents during the first afternoon of their canoe trip, organizer... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

EVI members Laura Carr-Pries and Peter Epp speak to delegates during a seminar at Assembly 2016. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

When Laura Carr-Pries got together with fellow students at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg last year to discuss the challenges facing Mennonite Church Canada, she... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
David Driedger enjoys challenging stereotypes, pushing boundaries and making people think. “[He] often pushes against established practices and the beliefs of the church from the... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Web First | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Someone once asked Sharon Schultz if she became pastor of Eyebrow (Sask.) Mennonite Church in order to help the church to die well. Schultz did some soul-searching and came to the... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
That 14 people out of 38 who registered showed up for the “Partnering with God’s healing and hope” seminar may have indicated some wearying of Assembly 2016 participants. But... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Web First | Dan Dyck
Readers of Canadian Mennonite know Vic Thiessen as a writer of thoughtful film reviews—an interpreter, as it were, of pop culture for Mennonites in Canada. In that same vein, he... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
“Wade in the water. Wade in the water, children. . . .” Susan Beaumont had Mennonite Church Canada ministers sing the well-known spiritual at their “Leading in a season of change... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Web First | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Despite the standing ovation, I cannot imagine I was alone in having mixed feelings about the play we had just experienced. My mind was a full cup of queasiness and a dollop of... Read More
July 20, 2016 | Web First | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
The march was set to begin at 11 a.m. on July 9, 2016. But at the top of the hour, Michelle McHale, whose fight for civil rights in Steinbach recently brought the city into the... Read More
July 16, 2016 | Web First | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Assembly 2016 may become known by delegates as a watershed event. By turns intense and emotional, joyful and worshipful, the gathered delegates made significant decisions that... Read More
July 11, 2016 | Web First | Dan Dyck
About 500 Mennonites from across Canada will gather in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, July 6 to 10, 2016, for the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly. This event, which happens every two... Read More
July 4, 2016 | Web First |
Five hundred Mennonites from across Canada will gather in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, July 6 to 10, 2016, for the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly. This gathering brings together... Read More
July 4, 2016 | Web First | Canadian Mennonite staff
One of the highlights of Mennonite Church Canada’s assemblies are the times of worship and spiritual enrichment. The theme of Assembly 2016 (July 6-9), God~Faith-People, is... Read More
July 4, 2016 | Web First |
Bryan Moyer Suderman released a new CD, I’m Glad You’re Here: Songs of Hope and Struggle , on May 6, 2016, in Stouffville, Ont. The concert was also a fundraiser for the “Welcome... Read More
June 30, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Six women and six men from across North America have been chosen to serve on the committee for the new song collection for Mennonite churches planned for release in 2020. The... Read More
June 30, 2016 | Web First |
The 2016 Michael Sattler Peace Prize has been awarded to the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) and EYN’s “Christian and Muslim Peace Initiative” (CAMPI), founded in 2010 with... Read More
June 30, 2016 | Web First |
This online supplement accompanies the feature, “ The lucky struggle ,” about workers in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP). Disposable workers: The case... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Web First | Will Braun
Raising awareness and funds for the ongoing demands of the global refugee crisis was the goal of a “ration meal” lunch hosted by Canadian Foodgrains Bank at Sam’s Place in... Read More
June 28, 2016 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Take almost 200 mostly Mennonite peacebuilders from around the world, bring them together for four days in June 2016, at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, liberally... Read More
June 28, 2016 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
The way Ross Shantz remembers it, his father Ward contacted his buddies from the Second World War conscientious objector camp at Montreal River and they began the New Hamburg... Read More
June 28, 2016 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
The auction began. Among the crowds in Coaldale for the annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Alberta Relief Sale on June 10 and 11, stood two Syrian men whose families had... Read More
June 28, 2016 | God at work in the World | Rose Klassen
The rain that fell on the morning of June 18 didn’t stop a group of walkers from making a three-kilometre trek in support of the upcoming World Refugee Day. Starting out from the... Read More
June 28, 2016 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman
“This is our first kick at the cat,” quips Rosthern Junior College (RJC) principal Jim Epp. Nevertheless, he is confident his school’s new integrated learning program will be “a... Read More
June 28, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Popular wisdom suggests the way to deal with mental health issues is to talk them through. Pete McAdams, an uncomplicated, 43-year-old, Hutterite long-distance cyclist, has... Read More
June 28, 2016 | God at work in Us | Will Braun
Jonas Cornelsen jokes that, at the age of 22, he’s retired. While most of his peers are looking to start their careers, the Winnipeg native and recent university graduate moved to... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Participants in MCC’s 2016 Uprooted learning tour include, clockwise from top left: Thomas Coldwell (MCC Alberta), Andrew Brown, Alannah DeJong, Allison Goerzen (MCC Alberta), Jana Klassen, Carol McNaughton and Maria Alejandra Toro. (Photo by Thomas Coldwell)

What is the real cost of the things we buy? That’s the question I asked myself during Uprooted, a three-week learning tour for young adults through Mexico, Guatemala and Arizona... Read More
June 28, 2016 | Young Voices | Andrew Brown
In a land that closely resembles the place Jesus lived more than 2,000 years ago, his words still prove true. The people of Sidi, Burkina Faso, plant their fields with the tools... Read More
June 20, 2016 | Web First |

Alvin Thiessen completed the 800-kilometre pilgrimage on the Camino de Compostela. He reached the Cape of Fisterra, on the Atlantic coast, 90 kilometres past the city of Santiago de Compostela. (Photo by Alvin Thiessen)

After 10 days of walking, I come to a small town in Spain called Belorado. The day before, I had walked a gruelling 31 kilometres up and down hills, in warm and sunny spring... Read More
June 20, 2016 | Web First | Alvin Thiessen
The history of Youth Farm Bible Camp is, in no small sense, the history of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan. In the early 1940s, the Mennonite Youth Society began holding retreats at... Read More
June 15, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Hope Mennonite Fellowship withdrew its membership from Mennonite Church Saskatchewan effective April 30, 2016. Several years ago, members became concerned by what they saw as a... Read More
June 15, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Forty Mennonite Church Manitoba clergy attended the area church’s biennial “Healthy boundaries” seminar, held this year at Carman Mennonite Church. Led this spring by clinical... Read More
June 15, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Participants at the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta spring conference, held on April 30, 2016, at Holyrood Mennonite Church, Edmonton, spent time “Rethinking Mennonite... Read More
June 15, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Growing up in an immigrant family prepared Betty Pries to see God’s presence in the struggles of life. Her grandmother’s “story-based faith” came to her through stories from... Read More
June 15, 2016 | God at work in Us | Eastern Canada Correspondent

Pictured from left to right: Paul Pulford, who conducted the orchestra in Glenn Buhr’s ‘Piano Concerto No. 3; Stephanie Martin, who composed ‘Babel: A Choral Symphony’; Buhr; and Lee Willingham, who conducted Martin’s piece, at the April 3 world premiere of the two works as part of the 40th anniversary of WLU’s Faculty of Music on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its Faculty of Music with a concert on April 3, 2016, that featured the premiere of works by two composers with... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
Two Canadian Mennonite women, one a pastor and the other a professor, introduced their new book, Daughters in the House of Jacob: A Memoir of Migration, at the Mennonite Heritage... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Artbeat | Amy Dueckman
Some teachers want their lessons to run smoothly, but not Benjamin Weber. “I like a healthy amount of chaos,” says Weber, 29, who teaches the youth Sunday school class at Stirling... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Watching great films is a spiritual experience for Winnipeg filmmaker Paul Plett. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

“Watching great films is a very spiritual experience for me,” says Paul Plett. “It hits a tuning fork in [my] heart and my whole soul reverberates.” The 30-year-old, who attends... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
In June 1942, 3,000 Mennonites gathered at the Kitchener, Ont., train station to bid farewell to conscientious objectors (COs) bound for forest-fire fighting and tree-planting... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Web First | Laureen Harder-Gissing
The 2016 Ralph and Eileen Lebold Fundraising Dinner, held on June 2, 2016, at Conrad Grebel University College, featured Arli Klassen, chief development officer for Mennonite... Read More
June 15, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
You planned a party for 200 people, with games geared for groups of 20. Food quantities have been tallied, and overnight lodging arranged for guests who are coming from far away... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Web First | Dan Dyck
A seminar for pastors may have begun with marine imagery, but it was the cascade of effects that happened in Yellowstone National Park in the United States that caught the... Read More
June 1, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
“People assume that reading the Bible should be easy,” said Derek Suderman, adding, though, “That’s not the way the Bible works.” If they are to truly understand Scripture, they... Read More
June 1, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Mennonite Women Manitoba organized and hosted Winnipeg’s first-ever Sister Care seminar at Bethel Mennonite Chuch in mid-May, drawing women of all ages from multiple congregations... Read More
June 1, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Lydia Cruttwell, pastor of First United Mennonite Church in Vancouver, was ordained to the ministry on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016, in a joint worship service with First United... Read More
June 1, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
“America is again ablaze with partisan divisiveness.” That’s how I started an article during the presidential campaign of 2012. But the days of Barack Obama battling Mitt Romney... Read More
June 1, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Theodore (Ted) Friesen of Altona, Man., who died at the age of 95, left behind a rich legacy of service to Mennonites in Canada. A partner with his two brothers in D.W. Friesen... Read More
June 1, 2016 | God at work in Us | Margaret Loewen Reimer
Pennsylvania Dutch has often been ridiculed and viewed as a corrupted German dialect with a mishmash of English words, but author Mark Louden argues that it is actually a distinct... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Artbeat | Barb Draper
David W. Shenk’s latest book, Christian. Muslim. Friend.: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship , comes at an opportune time for Canadian Christians, since the country has received... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
A young man from southern Ontario is cycling across Canada this summer to raise awareness of mental health issues, while also raising funds for the Defeat Depression campaign... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Three recent graduates of the University of Waterloo (UW), Ont., who resided at Conrad Grebel University College, are pouring their energies full-time into their own startup... Read More
June 1, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
As a five-year-old resting in her mother’s arms at the bottom of a boat crowded with refugees, Nhung Tran could not have imagined the life she’s living now: a life as a doctor in... Read More
May 31, 2016 | Web First | Emily Loewen
The worldwide Mennonite family can now add Hmong to the growing number of ethnic groups embracing Anabaptism in Asia. A group of Hmong churches in Thailand and Mennonite Church... Read More
May 31, 2016 | Web First | Wil LaVeist
UPDATE: Youth Assembly 2016 has been cancelled, due to a shortfall in the number of registrations. See here for more information. Youth who are not attending Assembly 2016 but... Read More
May 30, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
UPDATE: Youth Assembly 2016 has been cancelled, due to a shortfall in the number of registrations. See here for more information. Youth who are not attending Assembly 2016 but... Read More
May 30, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
For the first time ever, Mennonite Church Canada youth are preparing to actively participate in organized discussions and votes taking place during the national assembly—God~Faith... Read More
May 30, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Mental illness is not as obvious as a broken leg, but it’s just as real. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 percent of Canadians will experience a mental... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Focus on Mental Health | April Yamasaki
Poetry and visual art proved to be a powerful combination as members of Emmanuel Mennonite Church observed Mental Health Sunday this year on May 1. In 2015, Angelika Dawson,... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Focus on Mental Health | Amy Dueckman
Today begins like any other, the type that has become common for me. I cheerfully get out of bed at a decent time, feed my children a healthy breakfast, tidy up and then do a... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Focus on Mental Health | Kathrina Redekop
Theresa Driediger has been a counsellor for almost 30 years. “I think it’s a calling, or I wouldn’t still be doing it,” she says. Driediger completed an undergraduate theology... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Focus on Mental Health | Donna Schulz
It’s painful for Ken Reddig to tell his story, but he says, “If I can help prevent one loss, then it’s worth it.” Reddig spoke to the adult Sunday school class at Tiefengrund... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Focus on Mental Health | Donna Schulz
Statistically, most mental illnesses show their first warning signs between the ages of 15 and 20—roughly the same age group encompassed by most church senior-youth programs. For... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Focus on Mental Health | Beth Downey Sawatzky
“Living Room Ministries” is a name coined by John E. Toews and Eleanor Loewen in the 1990s. In their book No Longer Alone: Mental Health and the Church (MennoMedia, 1995), they... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Focus on Mental Health | Dave Rogalsky
Stuart Murray, author of The Naked Anabaptist , encouraged Mennonite Church Eastern Canada delegates to become mobile temples, moving out of their buildings and into the... Read More
May 18, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Surrounded by personal mementos representing women of several generations, Ingrid Schultz speaks on the theme of legacy of faith at the MC B.C. women’s inspirational day April 30, 2018. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

Recalling the legacies passed down through generations, women gathered on April 30, 2016, for the 77th annual Mennonite Church B.C. women’s Inspirational Day at Eben-Ezer... Read More
May 18, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
Colourful paper cranes folded neatly over words of prayer. Bowls of floating candles melting together as one. A smudging ceremony rich with prayer that took five times as long as... Read More
May 18, 2016 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
Following in the footsteps of Reginald Bibby, sociologist Joel Thiessen examines how Canadians of today view Christianity. In his book The Meaning of Sunday, he concludes that... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Artbeat | Barb Draper
What is it like being a young adult journeying with mental illness? Canadian Mennonite spoke with three people from Mennonite Church Canada congregations to find out. Melanie... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
From the time you are 15 or 16 to the time you are 26 or 28, your brain undergoes rapid cognitive changes. “It’s the busiest time [of brain development] since early childhood, and... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
We’re already implementing creation care practices. Let’s share what we’re doing. That’s the message behind “Caring for God’s Good Creation,” a seminar to take place on July 10,... Read More
May 17, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Bradley Kauffman of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named project director for the new song collection for Mennonite Church Canada (MC Canada) and Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). The... Read More
May 17, 2016 | Web First |
In his valedictory address at Canadian Mennonite University’s (CMU) graduation service at Immanuel Pentecostal Church on April 24, 2016, Jonas Cornelsen tackled head on the... Read More
May 17, 2016 | Web First |
The first-ever Camps with Meaning (CWM) Song-a-thon went for eight hours, featuring 14 musical acts. Held at Canadian Mennonite University on April 16, 2016, the event raised $20,... Read More
May 17, 2016 | Web First | Darryl Neustaedter Barg
“I have a new appreciation for the phrase, ‘spreads like wildfire,’” says Patrick Drapeau. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Fort McMurray, the Alberta community that has faced... Read More
May 10, 2016 | Web First | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
For an hour each week we sit together. Most of us are mostly silent. Sometimes we listen, sometimes we sing, sometimes we wander off in thought. Sometimes I wonder what other... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
The Naked Anabaptist , by British author Stuart Murray, summarizes the foundational tenets of Anabaptism, but “I have a feeling it wouldn’t have sold quite as well with a... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Henry Krause, pastor of Langley (B.C.) Mennonite Fellowship, was elected chair of the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS) board at its 45th annual meeting, held at... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
The number of people in the vessels may have been smaller this year, but it didn’t seem to matter in the end for the total earned at the 2016 Camp Squeah paddle-a-thon When the... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
“Don’t get too used to this kind of event,” said Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario, to gales of warm laughter as he welcomed... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
A farmer disappointed by tumbling returns on his cassava crop is still eager to use a portion of his property for a future youth Bible camp facility. Another man is excited to... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
When missionaries arrived in Colombia to establish the country’s first Mennonite congregations, Tulio Pedraza and his wife Sofía became two of their first converts. They were... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in Us |
After exploring lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer inclusion in the Mennonite church in This Will Lead to Dancing , the Stouffville, Ont.-based theatre company Theatre of the... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The following article was originally given as a short speech at a community supper at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., where Maia Fujimoto lived in residence for... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Young Voices | Maia Fujimoto

Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Building of a light-rail transit system along the spine of Waterloo and Kitchener had to change focus in March 2016, when excavations in uptown Waterloo exposed the remains of a... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Back Page | Dave Rogalsky
Calling themselves the Basket Cases, a small group of women meets monthly for a fibre arts challenge at The Clothes Basket, a Mennonite Central Committee thrift store in Rosthern... Read More
May 3, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Marianne Jantzi is the author of Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother , which has just been released by Herald Press as part of its Plainspoken series by... Read More
May 3, 2016 | Web First |
Sergey Deynekin has dreams for the Chernobaevka Church in southern Ukraine. A bi-vocational pastor who works in the building trade, he developed architectural plans for a future... Read More
May 3, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The board of governors of Conrad Grebel University College announced that president Susan Schultz Huxman has accepted the call to become the president of Eastern Mennonite... Read More
May 3, 2016 | Web First |
Mennonites are responding to the recent earthquakes in Ecuador, where members of multiple Mennonite congregations are among 100,000 people affected by the disaster. A 7.8-... Read More
April 25, 2016 | Web First |
Masum Khandakar is a Bangladeshi rice farmer with a craggy face and a jutting white beard that flares as wide as the wings of his collared shirt. His voice goes high when his... Read More
April 21, 2016 | Web First | J. Neufeld
A futsal (soccer) park project in Gaborone, Botswana, is springing to life with the help of children who are following God’s lead. Despite an encouraging start to this development... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the World | Nathan Dirks
The Ojibway word for medicine is mush-ki-ki , meaning “strength of the earth” or “power from the soil,” explained David Daniels of Long Plain First Nation, located near Portage La... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
Listening on both sides is vital as indigenous people and settlers continue to learn to walk beside, and relate to, each other. This was one key point that some 70 participants... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman
It was the re-entry of the commercial banks into the agricultural lending sector that tipped the balance at Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU), prompting its leaders to... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
John Biakte, left, Tha Kim and Nan Tin enjoy their first experience of making pizza dough on Feb. 13, 2016, with instruction from Karin Krahn, right. More than 20 people from... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Brenda Tiessen-Wiens
Peter Harder, a retired senior bureaucrat and high-level corporate advisor with Mennonite roots, was named by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Liberal government’s leader in... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in Us | Dick Benner
Spending time with his band mates is one of the first things Oh Village singer/pianist Scott Currie mentions when asked about the best part of making Ocris, the band’s second full... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Six months into his first pastoral job, Moses Falco feels very inadequate. “Am I really cut out for this?” and “Do I have the skills to be in this position?” are questions he has... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Around the world, MCC supports projects that help families make a better living, helping them pay for food or school for their children. Sometimes those projects involve animals—... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Back Page | Emily Loewen
The team from Elmira Mennonite Church ended the Hawkesville and Markham church dynasties at this year’s Bible quizzing competition, held on April 9, 2016, at Steinmann Mennonite... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Web First | Barb Draper
When Henry and Hilda Schulz of Sanford, Man., were still farming, one of the crops they grew was barley. As friends at their church—Sargent Avenue Mennonite in Winnipeg—learned... Read More
April 18, 2016 | Web First | Amanda Thorsteinsson
Marketed “for twenty- and thirty-somethings who wish they could do camp again,” Pastors in Exile (PiE) and Silver Lake Mennonite Camp near Sauble Beach, Ont., ran what they called... Read More
April 18, 2016 | Web First | Chris Brnjas
It’s a Holy Week tradition by now in Abbotsford. On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, a local bookstore/coffee shop is packed with an audience enthusiastic to hear blues music... Read More
April 6, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
“Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.” Chuck Neufeld’s confident voice set the tone for the 2016 Mennonite Church Alberta delegate assembly as he sang the theme words from Mark... Read More
April 6, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
A new half-hour documentary gives voice to lesbian/gay/ bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) people in Mennonite Church Canada congregations. Listening Church , which weaves... Read More
April 6, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
Jules Koostachin began her journey to dance in a jingle dress as an act of intergenerational healing, thinking that she would complete it in a year. Filmmaker James Buffin decided... Read More
April 6, 2016 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
We just dipped our toe into the world of youth sports by signing our seven-year-old son, Sam, up for a T-ball team. Last summer he discovered a love for baseball and loves playing... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Focus On | Natasha Krahn
Theology, Spirituality Deuteronomy: Believers Church Bible Commentary. Gerald E. Gerbrandt. Herald Press, 2015, 600 pages. This is the 29th volume in the Believers Church Bible... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources |
From plain coats to lace-covered wedding dresses, Amanda Bartel, a history major from Iowa City, Iowa, is cataloging Bluffton University’s historic clothing collection to learn... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Web First |
When Katrina Sklepowich was assigned to write a weekly blog as part of her school work, focussing on literature was an obvious choice. “I love books and I’m always reading, so I... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Ask Amanda Zehr what her favourite Bible story is, and she points to John 9, where Jesus heals a blind man. “It really questions who the blind one is,” says Zehr, associate pastor... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
First nations, Lutheran and Mennonite movie-goers crowded into Saskatoon’s Roxy Theatre on March 13, 2016, popcorn in hand, to watch the premiere of Reserve 107: Reconciliation on... Read More
April 5, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Mennonite churches in Europe are responding to the violence and displacement in the Middle East that is affecting their society. Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mennonitischer Gemeiden (AMG,... Read More
April 5, 2016 | Web First |
Conrad Grebel University College hosted Sir James MacMillan as the 2016 Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar. The Scottish composer and conductor, best known for his sacred... Read More
April 5, 2016 | Web First | Nicole Simone
Because I grew up in the Mennonite tradition, conscientious objection is not a foreign concept to me. I was raised to value peace over violence and to treat every human life as... Read More
March 30, 2016 | Web First | Emily Mininger
Steve Heinrichs is passionate about healing broken relationships between indigenous and settler peoples. As Mennonite Church Canada’s director of indigenous relations, he is... Read More
March 28, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Canadian Mennonite thanks everyone who took the time to fill out the reader survey distributed late in 2015. The responses were positive overall and showed that the magazine is... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Barb Draper
Conflict within, uncertainties without. Perhaps it was because of these that planners of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual delegate sessions chose “Bound together, freed to... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Despite a warm winter, there was enough of the white stuff for youth from Mennonite churches across Alberta to call their annual winter retreats “snow camps.” On the weekends of... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church |

Bryan Moyer Suderman, an itinerant Bible teacher from Stouffville, Ont., who is also widely known as an Anabaptist singer-songwriter, led Pastors Week sessions at this year’s event at AMBS entitled ‘The Bible says what?’ (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary photo)

In her opening address to this year’s Pastors Week event at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, held during the last week of January 2016, Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, the... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church |

Anika Reynar presents the vision of Emerging Voices Initiative to the Mennonite Church Manitoba annual general meeting at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, on March 5, 2016. (Photo by Beth Epp)

Never let it be said that young people don’t care about the future of the church. Late last year, Katrina Woelk, a sociology student at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) and a... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church | J. Neufeld
For the most part, Syrians forced from their homes dream not of going to Europe or Canada, but of going back home. “They are in love with their country,” say Mennonite Central... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
The federal government sometimes “matches” donations made by Canadians for specific causes. Does this mean that if you give $100 to MCC for Syria, Ottawa gives another $100 to MCC... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Scott Eyre, residence director of Cedarwood Hall at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), sports photographer for the Royals, and soon-to-be-graduate, says the journey to the... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in Us | Randi B. Hagi
There are courageous women around every corner, especially at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre in Saskatoon, where the 26 paintings of Ray Dirks’s Along the Road to Freedom exhibit... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Artbeat | Saskatchewan Correspondent
“Why couldn’t I have been more interested in Caribbean history?” That’s what historian Stefan Epp-Koop asked himself during a December 2007 visit to Winnipeg, as he trudged... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
From Feb. 18-20, I was part of a group of 30 students and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff from across Canada who met in Ottawa for the annual MCC Student Seminar to learn... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Young Voices | Amy Matychuk
The greeting you get when visiting Yhya Al Kurdi’s apartment is full of excitement. Before you actually reach the door, Al Kurdi has opened it and stands at the end of the long... Read More
March 22, 2016 | Web First | Emily Loewen
After six years of training and preparation, the Vietnam Mennonite Church (VMC), a Mennonite World Conference member, ordained 26 pastors in Ho Chi Minh City on 5 December 2015... Read More
March 22, 2016 | Web First | Emily Jones and Gerry Keener
Dorine Russell sits in a comfortable armchair in her new room at Prairie Meadow Place, a cup of coffee by her side. “This is a wonderful place,” she says. “I love it here.”... Read More
March 22, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Karla Fehr, a member of Blumenort Mennonite Church in Gretna, Man., was part of a food study tour group organized by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. They travelled to Nicaragua for... Read More
March 22, 2016 | Web First |
Christine Longhurst believes that the style of worship and its elements—songs, music, liturgy, readings, sermons, sharing and prayer—is of least importance for congregations,... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
This summer, our church family will celebrate being a covenant people at Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016, God-Faith-People in downtown Saskatoon from July 6 to 10... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
UPDATE: Youth Assembly 2016 has been cancelled, due to a shortfall in the number of registrations. See here for more information. Kirsten Hamm-Epp says Saskatchewan has a... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
Reconciliation and relationships were the theme when Mennonite Church B.C. representatives met for their annual sessions late last month. The theme of “Leadership in a broken... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
Jane Philpott was elected to parliament and appointed Health Minister last fall. Prior to that, she worked as a family physician in Canada and also in Niger from 1989-98. Philpott... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Not many Canadian architects can say they’ve built a school in the Guatemalan cloud forest, but Charles Olfert can. A member of Wildwood Mennonite Church and a partner at AODBT... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Paul Plett, right, is filming a documentary about a research project led by Royden Loewen, left, that explores how Mennonites around the globe relate to their physical environment. (Photo by J. Neufeld)

A filmmaker is teaming up with a historian to document how Mennonite farmers relate to the land in seven different communities around the globe. “When you get down to grassroots,... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Artbeat | J. Neufeld
When Naomi Chan moved from Hong Kong to Rosthern, Sask., for school, the only thing she knew about the town is that it’s small. Chan, an international student at Rosthern Junior... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Ruth Charette, spending time online is a good way to both get her homework done and have fun playing games and watching funny videos. Using social media apps like Instagram... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
It’s only 8:30 a.m., but the temperature in the Sundarbans region of India is already hovering around 35 degrees Celsius. If Tarijmana Bibi, 20, is bothered by the heat she isn’t... Read More
March 8, 2016 | Web First | Amanda Thorsteinsson
“We see them, but we do not know them.” That was an observation a Mexican friend made to Rebecca Janzen, about the Low German speaking Mennonites in Mexico. Recently Janzen was... Read More
March 8, 2016 | Web First |
Jono Cullar of Waterloo, Ont., was honoured with a 20 under 35 award from Mennonite Economic Development Associates late last year for exemplifying “MEDA values: faith, service... Read More
March 8, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development has named Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) as 12th in a list of 28 seminaries in North America that excel in... Read More
March 8, 2016 | Web First |
Stuart Murray, British author of the popular book The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith , is the featured speaker at a fundraising dinner for Canadian... Read More
March 7, 2016 | Web First |
What makes a quilt Amish? Does it have to be “quilted by a group of Amish women sitting around the frame in their sitting room?” Or does it have to have an Amish pattern, like the... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
On Feb. 7, 2016, Edmonton’s First Mennonite Church voted to become an inclusive and affirming Christian community. Two motions, one stating that lesbian, gay, bisexual,... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Mennonite Church Canada congregations are taking the words of Deuteronomy 10:18-19 to heart by caring for Syrian refugees. The passage shares God’s desire to clothe and feed... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the World |
A reader of this magazine sent an e-mail admonishing me not to associate our Mennonite faith with the “fear narrative” of climate change. He provided some links to seemingly... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Across the parking lot from Altona Mennonite Church stands a long, yellow brick building with narrow halls and tiny bachelor suites that rent out for $285 per month. Friendship... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the World | J. Neufeld
Siegfried Bartel, the former German army officer who became an ardent advocate for peace and an influential Mennonite figure in Canada, died at the age of 101. Siegfried Wilhelm... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in Us | Amy Dueckman
What do 10 of the 33 first-year students at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) have in common? A background as staff members at Mennonite camps and retreat centres... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping | Annette Brill Bergstresser
I never went to camp as a kid because growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan seemed sufficiently uncivilized that I didn’t need to spend another week or two sleeping in a forest. My... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping | Mark Morton
Summer may be a distant memory at this time of year, but Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student Jonas Cornelsen fondly recalls how he spent last July and August working as... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping |
Last fall, workers installed a “green” roof over the Stonehouse meeting room at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. The old flat roof was in need of replacement and while it would have... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping |
It’s not the kind of news Shekinah Retreat Centre executive director Nick Parkes likes to share with his constituency, and it’s not the kind of news the constituency likes to hear... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping | Donna Schulz

‘Not going back to camp will be tough,’ says Andrew Brown of his experiences at MC Manitoba’s Camp Moose Lake. (Photo courtesy of MC Manitoba)

I did not grow up attending a Mennonite church. Growing up two hours southeast of Winnipeg in Piney, Man., I attended International Christian Fellowship, a small congregation that... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Young Voices | Andrew Brown
What is the significance of youth pastors living with their partner outside of marriage? How do young people respond to this information? Sexuality, spirituality, marriage,... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Young Voices | Amelia Warkentin
For Keila Viana, seeing how art can heal wounds deepened her understanding of God and God’s love during her international service in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. “I believe that during... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First | Aharón González
On January 30, 2016, nearly 100 people gathered in downtown Seoul, Korea, to participate in the first Korean Anabaptist conference. The goal of the gathering, according to Bock Ki... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First |
Violating the conventions of biker culture landed the United Kingdom Christian motorcycle club, God’s Squad, in hot water. With the help of its president Joseph (pseudonym), who... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Meeting at the new Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, B.C., gave the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada the opportunity to see this new facility that tells the faith... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First |
Back in 2009, when I was 12 years old, I remember being crammed into the back row of a standing-room-only crowd at the final concert of the annual Ontario Mennonite Music Camp. To... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First |
Star Wars (the original by George Lucas) arrived in Winnipeg in the early summer of 1977. I went to the first screening of the day (around noon) and was so blown away by what I... Read More
February 17, 2016 | Web First | Vic Thiessen
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. . . Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it,... Read More
February 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Future Directions Task Force
The dream of a heritage museum for B.C. Mennonites to tell their story became reality Jan. 22, 2016, when hundreds, including B.C. Premier Christy Clark, gathered for the grand... Read More
February 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman

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