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In a scene played out countless times in countless places, Esther Wiebe plays piano as her husband George conducts, in this case in Abbotsford, B.C. in 1986. (Photo by David Loewen. Courtesy of the Mennonite Historical Society of British Columbia)

Esther Wiebe—long-time music professor, pianist and composer—died in Winnipeg on January 26 at age 90. She is survived by her husband George; children, Robert (Verna) and Peter (... Read More
February 8, 2023 | News |

Andy Fenske, a former shelter participant, shared a bit of his own journey with homelessness and addiction and his excitement over the new facility. (House of Friendship photo)

House of Friendship held an official grand opening celebration of its new ShelterCare facility in Waterloo, Ont., on Jan. 19. This renovated former hotel will provide shelter and... Read More
February 8, 2023 | News |

(Photo by Aaron Epp)

Moses Falco is a Mennonite pastor who grew up Baptist, but for six weeks each year, he takes his cue from the Catholics. At Lent, Falco gives up eating meat—the food that... Read More
February 8, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Conrad Stoesz (left), president of the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada presents the Award of Excellence to Leonard Doell. (Photo by Graham Schellenberg)

When the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada wrapped up its meetings at Shekinah Retreat Centre near Waldheim, Sask., on Jan. 22, the freezing rain had started. Dick Braun... Read More
February 8, 2023 | News |

Arlyn Friesen Epp, director of CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre in Winnipeg. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

A new T-shirt celebrates women of the Bible who often get overlooked. The shirt features 11 phrases, including “Teach like Junia,” “Preach like Mary,” “Lead like Esther” and “Risk... Read More
February 8, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Amos Chin, left, and two Mennonite colleagues baptize young people in rural Myanmar. (Photo courtesy Amos Chin)

In her new memoir, The White Mosque , Sofia Samatar describes Mennonites as “something that seems very odd, at least at first: an evangelizing tribe.” This tribe, she says, “... Read More
February 8, 2023 | News | Paul Schrag

Emily Fieguth working in her office with the different hymnbooks. (Niagara United Mennonite Church archives photo)

The COVID pandemic brought many changes—some obvious, others not so much. Before March 2020, many church musicians sang and played hymns and songs regularly in their worship... Read More
February 8, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

(istock photo by Evgeny Gromov/Betty Avery)

What sets apart faith-based justice work from secular causes? Do we lack spiritual depth? Are we too progressive for our own good? Ryan Dueck, Cynthia Wallace and Peter Haresnape... Read More
February 8, 2023 | News |

Grebel alumnus Jared Baribeau works on tech related to the manufacture of zero-waste textiles. (Conrad Grebel University College photo)

Like many Conrad Grebel University College alumni, Dale Brubacher-Cressman considers it important to make an impact on the causes he stands for. “My upbringing in the Mennonite... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Focus On Education | Farah Jurdi

This poster by Eugena Lee won a national Remembrance Day contest. (Photo courtesy of MCI)

Menno Simons Christian School is proud of alumna Eugena Lee (‘20) who won first-place in the National Remembrance Day Poster contest held by the Legion National Foundation. After... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Focus On Education |

Ian Funk (Photo by Peter Ringenberg)

Ian Funk, pastor of Langley (B.C.) Mennonite Fellowship, anticipates graduating in 2023 from the Connect program of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) with a Master of... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Focus On Education |

Before and after. Rockway has been able to repurpose 103 broken umbrellas. (Photo by Jen Hoffman-Bailey)

What do you do with 103 broken umbrellas? You make something new, of course! After Rockway Mennonite Collegiate’s crazy “Someone to You” video project, the school found itself... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Focus On Education |

Vlad Malezhyk is enjoying school at RJC High School. (RJC High School photo)

When Linda Rudachyk brought Vlad Malezhyk for his first tour of RJC High School, she teased him on the walk to the front door. “Vlad, you’re gonna sing. Do you sing?” she asked... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Focus On Education |

MCI student Rhea Letkeman designs a Christmas card. (MCI photo)

Tucked away in the small town of Gretna, in the most southern part of Manitoba, Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) can feel like its own little world for those who study and... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Focus On Education | Janna Wiebe

Friendships are an important part of school. (WMEMS photo)

Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary & Middle Schools (WMEMS) has created a safe and nurturing place for my child to learn and grow. My son started grade five at WMEMS in 2021. He... Read More
February 8, 2023 | Focus On Education |

L to R: Gayle Zacharias, Kathryn Derksen, Michelle Hildebrand, Susanna Derksen, Judy Hildebrand and Jake Plett. (Photo courtesy of Judy Hildebrand)

Great winter warm-up By Nikki Hamm Gwala Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba For Judy Hildebrand of Crystal City, Man., brightly coloured comforters add cheer to long prairie... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News |

Melanie and Jonathan Neufeld. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Neufeld)

If there are places where the church is centring the voices of people on the margins, Jonathan Neufeld wants to be there. “Theologically, that’s my home,” says Neufeld, Mennonite... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

The Lucerna Community Choir, with singers from Point Grey and Chinatown Peace congregations, sings at the “Cross Culture” service in Vancouver. (Photo by Walter Toews)

Six Vancouver Mennonite congregations launched the new year by singing, praying and worshipping together in three languages. The service, held at Sherbrooke Mennonite Church on... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

F-35A Lighting II:
Length: 51.4 ft/15.7 m,
Wingspan: 35 ft/10.7 m,
Internal Fuel Capacity: 18,250 lbs/8,278 kg,
Weapons Payload: 18,000 lbs/8,160 kg,
Speed (Full Internal Weapons Load): Mach 1.6 (~1,200 mph),
Range: 2,200km
(Source: (Photo released by Lockheed Martin)

From Dirk Willems loving his enemy in 1569 to Colombian Mennonites building peace today, Anabaptists have offered a bold peace witness. But being a peace church is complicated... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News |

Erin Koop Unger, pictured last year at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach. (Photo by Andrew Unger)

Erin Koop Unger has travelled the world, but these days it’s Manitoba and the Mennonites who live there that have captured her imagination. Koop Unger is the creator of Mennotoba... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

(Photo courtesy of Tim Albrecht)

Trudy Enns and Tim Albrecht of the Christian Benefit Shop in St. Catharines highlight Raw Carrot soup packages in the store. (Photo courtesy of Tim Albrecht) Thrift stores sell a... Read More
January 25, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place Jan. 18-23. (Photo by Rosie Sun/Unsplash)

During the pandemic, Christian churches across various faith traditions have disagreed with public health orders restricting in-person gatherings. Some church leaders challenged... Read More
January 13, 2023 | Web First | Dan Dyck

Anneli Loepp Thiessen, left, and Katie Graber are co-directors of the Anabaptist Worship Network. (Photo courtesy of Anneli Loepp Thiessen)

Congregational needs for worship resources and support skyrocketed when the pandemic roared into full swing and people struggled to create meaningful worship experiences in an... Read More
January 11, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Jacquie Loewen building her backyard oven. (Photo by Michelle Burkowski)

One might be able to live on bread alone, at least according to Jacquie Loewen. The resident of Winnipeg’s West End neighbourhood has spent the past year building a stone oven,... Read More
January 11, 2023 | News | Emma Siemens

Youth at United Mennonite Church of Black Creek, B.C., with socks they collected. (Photo courtesy of Marian Peckford)

The youth group at United Mennonite Church of Black Creek were thinking about Christmas stockings in December, but not what they would find in their own. They were all about... Read More
January 11, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell