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MCC staff member Anna, centre, with her family and members of the local Evangelical Baptist church in western Ukraine that has converted their building into a refugee shelter with support from MCC for those fleeing the conflict. (Photo courtesy of MCC)

In the silence that lived between the deadly warnings of air raid sirens, the sound of a small choir, singing a song of praise, echoed out of a church sanctuary in western Ukraine... Read More
March 28, 2022 | Web First | Jason Dueck

The Mennonite Centre in Molochansk, Ukraine, pictured in spring 2019. (MCC photo by Matt Sawatzky)

A humanitarian aid organization in Molochansk, Ukraine, founded by Canadian Mennonites continues to help the community amidst Russia’s ongoing invasion. Staff at the Mennonite... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Although Mennonite Church B.C. delegates had to meet virtually this year for their annual general meeting, pastors and families were glad to meet in person for a retreat at Harrison Lake last November. (Photos by Ken Dueck)

With the theme taken from Romans 15:13, “What gives us hope?” Mennonite Church B.C. conducted its annual meeting on Feb. 26 via Zoom. This was the second year for the church... Read More
March 16, 2022 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Michael Pahl, executive minister of MC Manitoba, preached on I John 1:3, a text that calls Christians to a shared life together, with God. (Screenshot by Darryl Neustaedter Barg)

For the second year in a row, the members of Mennonite Church Manitoba came together on Zoom screens, instead of in a church sanctuary, for their annual gathering, due to the... Read More
March 16, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

MCC partner, Kharkiv Independent ECB Churches, evacuated residents, housing them at a local Christian school and at the House of Hope, a seniors residence in a village community 50 kilometers from Kharkiv. (The names of the people pictured are not provided for security reasons.) (Photo courtesy of MCC)

Try to imagine hearing air raid sirens scream out their warning. In your panic, you seek shelter. Your freezing fingers remind you of the warm coat you’ve forgotten back home. Or... Read More
March 16, 2022 | News | Jason Dueck

Doug Klassen looks forward to beginning his second term with planning for meaningful fellowship, worship and discernment at Gathering 2022 in Edmonton. His first term began in June 2019. (MC Canada photo)

Doug Klassen’s term as executive minister of Mennonite Church Canada has been renewed for a second three-year term beginning June 1. “We received strong affirmation for Doug’s... Read More
March 16, 2022 | People |

Leonard Doell speaks at a City of Saskatoon event honouring residential school survivors. (Photos courtesy of Leonard Doell)

A Saskatchewan man was recently recognized for his decades-long work in peacemaking and community building, especially between Mennonite settlers and Indigenous Peoples. Leonard... Read More
March 16, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

A floral arrangement designed by Lydia Rekrut. (Photo by Lydia Rekrut)

It was at the end of February 2020 that Lydia Rekrut shook hands with the owner of a floral shop in Thorold, Ont., and bought the business, which included the stock and equipment... Read More
March 16, 2022 | People | Maria H. Klassen

Director Brandon Leis leads Menno Singers in an outdoor rehearsal at Pioneer Park Christian Fellowship Church, Kitchener, Ont., last fall. (Menno Singers photo)

The Menno Singers choir of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., has been making music since 1955. At that time, Abner Martin, a recent graduate of Kitchener’s Rockway Mennonite School and a... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Focus on The Arts | Melissa Miller

Members of Pax Christi Chorale rehearse a piece by Haydn. (Photo courtesy of Pax Christi Chorale)

“Singing has always been life-giving for me.” Gary Harder moved to Toronto in 1987 as pastor of Toronto United Mennonite Church. His arrival coincided with the founding of Pax... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Focus on The Arts | Pax Christi Chorale

Actor Peter Fernandes is pictured in the recording studio taking notes from director Erin Brandenburg during the recording process for Theatre of the Beat’s digital audio-visual presentation of Forgiven/Forgotten. (Photo by Brendan Kinnon)

Since 2011, Theatre of the Beat has been sharing stories and starting conversations about a wide array of social justice issues, with the goal to make the world a safer, more just... Read More
March 16, 2022 | Focus on The Arts | Brendan Kinnon

Winnipegger Valerie Alipova is worried about her family in Ukraine, where she was born and raised. ‘I have never been this stressed in my life,’ she says. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

It’s 10:30 a.m. in Winnipeg, but for Valerie Alipova, it might as well be after supper. Alipova, associate pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, has been living eight... Read More
March 9, 2022 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Maxym and Anya Oliferovski, pictured in 2021, are co-founders of New Hope Centre in Zaporizhzhia and lead church planters of the Mennonite Brethren church plant, God's Family Church. (MCC photo courtesy of Maxym Oliferovski)

A Mennonite Central Committee partner in Ukraine requests prayer in a video clip the relief organization posted on YouTube earlier today. In the video, which was filmed on Monday... Read More
March 4, 2022 | Web First | Aaron Epp

A small, clogged and polluted creek in an urban section of the Haldimand Tract in southwestern Ontario. (Mennopix photo by Ross W. Muir)

Leaders of Mennonite Church Canada are calling on the members, congregations and regional churches of the nationwide church to respond to the climate emergency. “We must act, we... Read More
March 2, 2022 | News |

(CSCS photo by Joseph Harder)

Leadership from 18 Anabaptist organizations in the United States and Canada convened at the Anabaptist Collaboration on Climate Change (ACCC) on Jan. 26 and 27 to address what... Read More
March 2, 2022 | News | Sierra Ross Richer

Women carefully close one of the inner layers of a PICS bag, which is designed to protect contents against insect damage. (International Institute of Tropical Agriculture photo / Creative Commons 2.0)

Humanity wastes 931 million tonnes of food each year. This figure—from the 2021 United Nations Environment Programme Food Waste Index Report—is an estimate with an admittedly wide... Read More
March 2, 2022 | News | Will Braun

Eyebrow Mennonite Church members participate in a sunrise Easter morning service. (Photo by Sharon Schultz)

Throughout the pandemic, many Mennonite church congregations have faced the challenges of lower attendance, shrinking budgets and uneasy questions about the future. Denominations... Read More
March 2, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

Stephanie Siemens snaps a selfie while cycling along the South Saskatchewan River. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Siemens)

Winter BYXE Week, an event designed to promote winter cycling in Saskatoon, was held from Feb. 14 to 21. Saskatoon residents were encouraged to try cycling for winter... Read More
March 2, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

Sofia Samatar (left) and Regina Shands-Stoltzfus (right) will give lectures at Conrad Grebel University College in March.

Coming in March, Conrad Grebel University College is hosting two distinct winter lectures, offered by Sofia Samatar and Regina Shands-Stoltzfus. The presentations are focused on... Read More
February 28, 2022 | Web First | Ashitha Mantrawadi

Andrea Shalay and three American staff members of MCC scrambled to leave Ukraine. (Supplied photo)

Russia has begun military operations against Ukraine, but North American Mennonite Central Committee staff who were working in the latter country are safe. That includes... Read More
February 24, 2022 | Web First | John Longhurst

Canada Revenue Agency requires charities to provide a breakdown of the salary categories into which their 10 highest-paid employees fall.

We all inhabit a genuinely complicated world—a world of generosity and incomprehensible inequality. I have compiled various numbers and statistics that relate to the wealthy and... Read More
February 16, 2022 | News | Will Braun

Hyejung Jessie Yum, left, and Junggyu Anthony Yang work with Korean and other Canadians through Sowing for Peace in Toronto. They are members of Danforth Mennonite Church in Toronto and licenced pastors through Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. (Photo courtesy of Hyejung Jessie Yum and Junggyu Anthony Yang)

“The Mennonite tradition has a very precious heritage as a peace church,” says Junggyu Anthony Yang. “If we focus more and more on peace in our daily lives, then we truly become... Read More
February 16, 2022 | News | Lisa Williams

Church members look at the property where the new church building was later constructed. (Grace Mennonite Church photo)

After 80 years, Grace Mennonite Church held its closing service on Jan. 31. The service marked a months-long discernment process and a bittersweet celebration of all that God has... Read More
February 16, 2022 | News | Emily Summach

The newly opened Eden East Mental Wellness Centre in Steinbach, Man., brings together a wide variety of expanded services to better serve Steinbach and surrounding communities. (Photo courtesy of Eden Health Care Services)

Brad Unger The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted many people’s mental health and increased the demand for mental-health care. Helping to guide southern Manitoba through... Read More
February 16, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Tobia and George Veith, who recently completed a term of service in China, enjoy the ice festival in Harbin, China, the largest snow and ice sculpture festival in the world. (Photo courtesy of Tobia Veith)

Reflecting on three decades of service in Asia, Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Tobia and George Veith say that, while their time of service has at times been hard, it has... Read More
February 16, 2022 | People | Amy Rinner Waddell