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Jake Buhler shares a message of peace on a highway billboard near Osler, Saskatchewan. Photo by Rod Andrews, Saskatchewan Valley News

Jake Buhler is a man with a different pair of glasses. They reflect a steely determination to pursue peace and help others do the same. “Peace is the lens through which we see... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | by Karin Fehderau

Cathedral features an all-glass covering that encloses the entire building.

The Crystal Cathedral, the gleaming Southern California megachurch known for its "Hour of Power" television broadcast, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Adelle M. Banks

Pro-unity and pro-independence Sudanese clash during a demonstration in Khartoum on Oct. 23.

A former general secretary of the World Council of Churches has warned that tension in Sudan ahead of a plebiscite on independence for the south of Africa's biggest country could... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Fredrick Nzwili

"Depicting the sojourn of a man--who happens to be a pastor"

This is a jewel of a book: its structure, seamless use of metaphor, the powerful quest motif and the humour make it a captivating and stimulating read. Although the title’s byline... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | Jack Dueck

Vic Toews

There's a global recession and Canada's economy is not immune. Shiploads of strange, foreign refugees — economic migrants and oppressed minorities — have been landing on our... Read More
October 22, 2010 | Web First | Bruce Cheadle

Ron Rempel (left) converses with Sheri Hartzler, Third Way Media, Joan Pries, one of three Canadian board members of MPN and Phil Bontrager, chair of MPN's board. --photo by Dick Benner

Coming down off the mountaintop of excitement about a proposed merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media, members of MC Canada’s Formation Council looked the... Read More
October 22, 2010 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

MCC canners are (left to right) Aaron Ressler, Jeffrey Durksen, Ryun Lawrence and George Wieler, Jr. -MCC photo by Brenda Burkholder

In 1997, when Martin Rahn heard that volunteers in an Ontario town were making plans to host a portable meat canner, his first thought was: “I need to stop this.” Rahn, a food... Read More
October 20, 2010 | Web First | By Ed Nyce

Few Muslim women wear the niqab in Canada

A Canadian court has urged compromise when considering whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear veils while testifying in court. The Court of Appeal in the province of... Read More
October 18, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Leanne Larmondin

Around 4,000 Christian leaders are gathering in Cape Town for the Third Lausanne Congress on world evangelisation.

The head of the World Council of Churches has reached out to a global gathering of Evangelicals saying Christians of different traditions need to learn from each other to... Read More
October 18, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Munyaradzi Makoni

Kids laughing in film scene

A documentary film exploring the consequences of war in Afghanistan, "The Garden at the End of the World", has earned a 2010 human rights award from two global Christian... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Stephen Brown

The Neufeld children in Swift Current colony in Boliva reading Das Blatt für Kinder und Jugend, a magazine for children and youth. --MCC photo by Silas Crews

Eleven-year old Franz Neufeld tries to hold back his tears as he talks about a Bible story that his mother reads to him and his siblings. It is the story of Joseph, who is... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | by Gladys Terichow
Spending billions on more prisons in Canada won’t create safer communities, says a spokesperson for Mennonite Central Committee. “Spending more money on bricks and mortar will not... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | Gladys Terichow, writer

Event is an invitation to harness our creativity to challenge the necessity of war.

“To Remember is to Work for Peace” is the theme for the annual Fraser Valley Arts and Peace Festival, which runs at various locations in Langley and Abbotsford from Nov. 7-13th... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | Angelika Dawson
Starting next summer—the year of celebration for Dutch Mennonites—Mennonite Heritage Tours will offer four new heritage tours for Mennonites from all over the world. Mennonite... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Focus On | Mennonite Heritage Tours Release

During a stop of the Lehman homestead in the Jura area of France, TourMagination travellers check out a family chart.

While we each appreciate different aspects of travel, many people assume travelling with a tour group is not for them. They associate tour groups with older people or a lack of... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish
Those who believe in a creating God must acknowledge that a bodily existence—our sexuality—and our spiritual essence—our souls—are both part of God’s creative action in bringing... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Artbeat | By Youtha C. Hardman-Cromwell
Anne Krabill Hershberger is editor of the second edition of Sexuality: God’s Gift (Herald Press, 2010). In July, she spoke to John Longhurst of Mennonite Publishing Network about... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst

Ross Shantz shows off his Arizona purchase of a Mennonite Central Committee model box car.

Ross Shantz, chair of the New Hamburg (Ont.) Mennonite Relief Sale, is an ardent model train enthusiast, so when he and his wife Sandra were on holiday in Phoenix, Ariz., this... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Alejandra Romero, a Colombian, enjoys the “sky swing” at Camp Valaqua, Alta., during this summer’s ‘Planting peace: How do we stop killing each other?’ event that brought together 10 international young adults and a group of their Canadian counterparts.

What does peace look like? “In my context, working for peace is to swim against the current,” writes Alejandra Romero, a Colombian who helps school children with conflict... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

The Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer with fellowship—and cake.

The 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. passed in understated Mennonite fashion, with cake and fellowship at the company’s... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Olav Fykse Tveit is a Norwegian theologian who took up his WCC post in January.

Muslim and Christian leaders need to set up permanent structures of relating to each other to head off potential conflicts in a world where religion is often seen as having a... Read More
October 12, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Stephen Brown
A private member's bill, which would have allowed U.S. conscientious objectors to the Iraq War to remain in Canada, was defeated on second reading in the House of Commons on Sept... Read More
October 8, 2010 | Web First | Bits and Peaces

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu smiles during a press conference --AP file photo

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, often described as South Africa's moral compass, officially retired on his 79th birthday saying he wishes to devote time to... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Munyaradzi Makoni

Stephanie Epp poses in front of a “peace bus.”

A grassroots response to Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square initiative is rolling through the streets of Saskatoon. On September 6, five king boards – the... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith. Stuart Murray. Herald Press, 2010, 191 pages. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | By Dick Benner, editor/publisher

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