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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

Clockwise from bottom left: panellists Justin Sun, Kim Penner, Moses Falco, and host Aaron Epp.

“Why are you a Mennonite?” That’s the question panellists were asked at the third instalment of Canadian Mennonite’s online discussion series. People on 47 different screens tuned... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Young people from three Leamington Mennonite churches participate in the Junior Youth Converge event on Nov. 25. (Photo by Barry Bergen)

Like many of their peers in Mennonite Church Canada congregations, the youth pastors in Leamington were wondering how to react to declining Sunday school participation and overall... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Barry Bergen

Ed Willms, former executive director of the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.

Ed Willms had high hopes when he organized a Sept. 13 event for about 45 pastors and other leaders from the Ontario Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches (ONMB) to talk about... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | John Longhurst

MDS funds churches in Canada to be the hands and feet of Jesus. (MDS photo)

A Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregation is among five Canadian churches that received grants this fall from the 2022-23 Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada Spirit of... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | John Longhurst

Mark von Kampen, the Menno Office chaplain, and U of M student Andrew Enns at IMCA’s annual meeting. (Photo by Gladys Terichow)

After two years of online learning during the pandemic, Andrew Enns is finally experiencing in-person learning on the University of Manitoba campus. Enns, a third-year student in... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Gladys Terichow

Ethiopians gather to share meals and storytelling at Christmas. (Mennonite World Conference photo)

One of the most outstanding Christmas traditions among communities in Kenya is having vigils popularly know as “Kesha” on Christmas Eve. Most worshippers come together to... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Valary Otieno

In the wake of Hockey Canada’s recent scandal, some Mennonites are re-thinking what it means to be a hockey fan. (Flickr photo by Brad Saunders)

Like other Canadians, many Mennonites watch or play hockey. But in the wake of Hockey Canada’s recent sexual-assault scandal, some Canadian Mennonites are considering what it... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Emma Siemens

Religious make-up of Canadian population. (Pie chart by Betty Avery)

Every 10 years Stats Canada collects religious data. Recently, World Vision and WayBase —another Christian organization—partnered to distill the numbers related to changes in... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News |

(Flickr photo by Lawrence OP)

In the Christian tradition, the story of Christmas is grounded in the truth that God took on human form and came to live among us. Isaiah 7:14 says: “Therefore, the Lord will give... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Emily Summach

(Mennonite World Conference photo)

“We raise a cry of alarm to the different faithful members of the Mennonite church around the world,” writes Reverend Alphonse Kisubi Kassa, a leader of Communauté des Églises des... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News |

CMU faculty David Balzer, a key figure in launching the radio-style show, has more than a decade of experience working in broadcast radio in Winnipeg. (Screenshot by Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Karen Ridd was struck by how many people around her immediately called for military troops to be sent. “In those moments it becomes really... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Andy Brubacher Kaethler teaches a graduate-level course at AMBS in June 2022. (Photo by Peter Ringenberg)

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) is now accepting applications for a new doctor of ministry degree—the first of its kind. Not only is the seminary’s doctor of... Read More
December 21, 2022 | News | Annette Brill Bergstresser

This painting by Ray Dirks, entitled “There is surely a future hope for you,” is from a series of 14 paintings from his personal experiences in several countries, all with titles taken from the book of Proverbs. (Image courtesy of Ray Dirks)

The Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC) Gallery is featuring Ray Dirks’ exhibit, Thankful: moments, memories, and some art , in which the gallery founder and retired curator reflects... Read More
December 21, 2022 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Sandy Plett is MC Canada’s new climate action coordinator. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Church Canada)

Sandy Plett of Morden, Man., is the new climate action coordinator for Mennonite Church Canada. Having started the half-time role on Nov. 28, Plett shared some thoughts with... Read More
December 21, 2022 | People | Amy Rinner Waddell

Gerry Grunau, right, moderator of MC B.C., presents outgoing executive minister Garry Janzen with a retirement gift. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

In his 15 years as executive minister of Mennonite Church B.C., Garry Janzen ordained, preached, led, coordinated and worked to inspire the pastors and congregations of the... Read More
December 21, 2022 | People | Amy Rinner Waddell

Present-day Old Bethlehem. (Photo by Byron and Melita Rempel-Burkholder)

Christian Palestinians have asked the global church to stand with them, and Mennonites in Canada have now asked their government to do the same. In September, Mennonite Church... Read More
December 7, 2022 | News | Emma Siemens

This image­—entitled “Before Grace”—and the one opposite—entitled “Endless Cycle”—tell of artist Lynda Toews’ experience growing up in a violent home. They were part of the exhibit, ‘Breaking the Silence on Domestic Abuse,’ at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery a year ago. (Photo courtesy of Lynda Toews)

Research shows that rates of domestic abuse are just as prevalent in religious communities, and even higher in more conservative forms of religion, says Val Peters Hiebert,... Read More
December 7, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

MDS volunteer Frank Guenther works on Johnny Parson’s house in Glace Bay, N.S. (Photo by John Longhurst)

As hurricanes go, Fiona wasn’t as bad as some when it hit Atlantic Canada—just lots of trees blown down into yards, and shingles and siding blown off houses. Unless it was your... Read More
December 7, 2022 | News | John Longhurst

Geraldine Balzer

Geraldine Balzer, a member of Nutana Park Mennonite Church in Saskatoon, was elected moderator of Mennonite Church Canada in July, replacing Calvin Quan, who served in the role... Read More
December 7, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

Evelyn Greenwood, who died a year ago in September, was remembered for her dedication to Mennonite Disaster Service’s mission at a ceremony in British Columbia, where her husband, son and son-in-law were volunteering in Monte Lake. (Photo by Kevin Greenwood)

All was quiet on Sept. 6, at 9 a.m., as Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteers in Monte Lake put down their tools and paused for a moment of silence. They were doing it in... Read More
November 23, 2022 | People | John Longhurst

Greg Thiessen, manager of the Metzger Collection at Columbia Bible College, discusses the origins of dice, chess and other ancient games at the museum’s current display of ‘Let’s Play!’ The exhibit invites visitors to explore the origins of table games and their place in cultures throughout history. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

The commonality of playing games throughout history, and how and why civilizations have played those games, are the foci of the current featured exhibit, “Let’s Play!” at Columbia... Read More
November 23, 2022 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

The annual Christian-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue at All Saints Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton. (Photo by Suzanne Gross)

“Our theme for the dialogue today is ‘Drawing the circle Bigger,’ ” said Scott Sharman, emcee for the annual Christian-Muslim Interfaith Dialogue, held on Oct. 29 in Edmonton. “We... Read More
November 23, 2022 | News | Jessica Evans

Jared Siebert, right, founder of the New Leaf Network, shares his story of encountering God in the failures of church planting, as Cindy Wallace of the Backyard Church in Saskatoon looks on.

In the current cultural climate, many churches, Mennonite ones included, are wrestling with the question of how to help members talk about faith and God’s work in their own lives... Read More
November 23, 2022 | News | Emily Summach