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Trucks at the Manitoba legislative building. (Photo by Rick Wall)

Caleb Brown was a lead organizer of the Freedom Convoy protest outside the Manitoba legislative building last winter. I asked how he responds to people who dismiss all protesters... Read More
October 12, 2022 | People | Will Braun

Children make their own pizzas, one of many activities offered in Nutana Park Mennonite Church’s Adventure Club. (Photo courtesy of Marie Guenther)

“How can we bring people back to church?” It’s a familiar question for churches across the country and across the denominational spectrum. The arrival of COVID-19 in March 2020,... Read More
October 12, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

Rockway’s administrative team, pictured from left to right, front row: Stacey VanderMeer, director of admissions; and Elaine Ranney, principal; and back row: Josh Hill, vice-principal; Chris Ainsworth, director of advancement; and Steven Reesor Rempel, director of finance and human resources. (Photo by Michlynn Schweitzer)

Joyful! This is how I felt when I joined the exceptional team of faculty and staff at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate. Since assuming the role of principal in January, I have been... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Elaine Ranney

Marvin Grasmeyer, the director of athletics at Mennonite Simons Christian School, challenges students to be ‘peacemakers’ even in sports. (Photo by Ann Pam)

Marvin Grasmeyer has a passion for the students, which is evident in everything that he does at Menno. As director of the athletic program, he has ensured that Menno keeps an all-... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education |

Keeley and Natalya relax outdoors during MCI’s get acquainted social. (Photo by Kayla Giesbrecht)

We want our children to be set up for success. As we look at life after high school, one way we see success is being able to live independently. As I step into my ninth year of... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Submitted by Kieran Reynolds

Grebel’s yearly faculty/staff/student volleyball game resulted in a triumphant win by the students. Orientation Week activities at Grebel are designed to build community and inspire interaction between students, faculty, and staff. (Photo by Margaret Gissing)

The air was buzzing at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo on Sept. 3, as new students moved into the residence, accompanied by their parents and welcomed by enthusiastic... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Jen Konkle

Adela Friesen Wedler

Adela Friesen Wedler of Edmonton had recently retired from teaching when an ad in the church news caught her eye. “The ad said that students could take two courses at Anabaptist... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Annette Brill Bergstresser

Aliya Penner, left, and Lia Campbell-Enns co-founded Westgate’s BIPOC Alliance group as Grade 12 students last year. (Photo by Olivia Lu)

Westgate Mennonite Collegiate students can now participate in a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) Alliance, thanks to Lia Campbell-Enns and Aliya Penner. They... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Emma Siemens

Delaney Dault, Meghan Recker, Vivienne Fittler, Emma Brown and Elyse Couto are pictured at UMEI’s all-school retreat. (UMEI photo)

UMEI seeks to educate the whole person in order to make young people “doers of the Word.” We believe deeply in our mission and see the wonderful things that our graduates are... Read More
October 12, 2022 | Focus On Education | Submitted by Chani Wiens
When Hyejung Jessie Yum first encountered Mennonites, she found value and inspiration in the writings of the 16th-century Anabaptists and adopted them as her faith ancestors. At... Read More
October 6, 2022 | Web First | Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi
Online media manager Aaron Epp and guests discuss practical examples from their own experiences about how reconciliation is happening. What practical steps are Canadian Mennonites... Read More
October 5, 2022 | Past Events |

(Image courtesy of Government of Canada)

Today marks Canada’s second-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday that recognizes the impact of residential schools on the country’s... Read More
September 30, 2022 | Web First |

Volunteers from Bethel Mennonite Church in Waterville, N.S., drove three-and-a-half hours to Antigonish, to cut down fallen trees in the coastal town of 4,300 in the northeast part of the province. (Photo by Shannon Long)

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada began cleanup work in Antigonish, N.S., on Sept. 30 in response to Hurricane Fiona. That’s when volunteers from the Bethel Mennonite Church... Read More
September 30, 2022 | Web First | John Longhurst

A card introducing the (then) new editor/publisher used at the Winker, Man., national church assembly in 2004.

A particular joy this year has been the restarting of events cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At my local Mennonite Central Committee relief sale in New... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Tim Miller Dyck

In this photo from 2008, pipes are stockpiled outside of Lubicon Cree territory in northern Alberta, in advance of government approval of a TransCanada application for a pipeline through contested aboriginal land. (Photo courtesy of Amnesty International)

I travelled to Israel/Palestine in the spring of 2008 and wrote about it for Canadian Mennonite . It was, however, the follow-up article where I related the issues to my own... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Aaron Dawson and his mother Angelika in their Star Wars ‘Force for change’ T-shirts. (Photo courtesy of Angelika Dawson)

Having been the B.C. correspondent for two publications over 10 years, it’s hard to choose only one story to highlight. So, I chose two, both involving my son Aaron: “Going to... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Angelika Dawson

Dave Rogalsky, pictured in 2018, served as Canadian Mennonite's Eastern Canada correspondent for 12 years.

As I wrapped up my time in 2018, I realized that I had always seen the correspondent’s job as an extension of my calling as a pastor, a calling I’ve now been following for more... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Dave Rogalsky

(Canadian Mennonite file photo)

In 2013, I wrote about the Old Oder Mennonite community near Gladstone, Man., after 13 of its adults were charged with child abuse and 40 children were removed from their homes by... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Wayne and Carry Dueck appreciate the wild beauty of the place they have come to call The Land. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

I met Wayne and Carry Dueck in my hometown of Rosthern one morning in August 2019 and followed them out to a property they owned west of Duck Lake, Sask. They had invited me to... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Donna Schulz

Ferne Burkhardt (Canadian Mennonite archive photo)

Canadian Mennonite has been a gift to Mennonites across Canada and beyond since the first issue rolled off the press 25 years ago. And it has generated gifts for me! The magazine’... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Ferne Burkhardt

Aiden (Schlichting) Enns holds a prototype of the original issue of Canadian Mennonite magazine. (Photo by Karen Schlichting)

A photograph I took dominated the cover of the first issue of Canadian Mennonite 25 years ago. I took it on a Sunday morning, with the camera propped on the ledge of an empty... Read More
September 28, 2022 | CM at 25 | Aiden (Schlichting) Enns

Spear throwing proves challenging. (Photo by Taylor Summach)

Shekinah Retreat Centre, located in the North Saskatchewan River Valley, hosted its annual Move-A-Thon fundraiser on Sept. 17, with 120 people participating in the volunteer-led... Read More
September 28, 2022 | News | Emily Summach

A cyclist rides the Peace Trail, which crosses almost 55 kilometres of southeastern Manitoba. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Heritage Village)

A new trail, spanning almost 55 kilometres across southeastern Manitoba, has been created by a group of Mennonites. The Peace Trail was dreamed up and implemented by the EastMenn... Read More
September 28, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Ericka Hoajaca and Ruth Ramirez examine their autograph from the Vancouver Canucks mascot, Fin, while enjoying worship music from the Punjabi Masihi Church. Hoajaca is Pastor Jorge’s wife and is a member of Sherbrooke and First United Spanish Mennonite Church. Ramirez attends Sherbrooke Mennonite. (Photo by Walter Toews)

Three Mennonite Church B.C. congregations joined together for the annual Neighbourhood Fall Festival on Sept. 11. First United Spanish Mennonite, Vancouver Vietnamese Mennonite... Read More
September 28, 2022 | News | Kevin Barkowsky

Darlene Bartha, standing at the microphone, hosts the evening at the lakeshore. (Photo by Randy Klaassen)

After a rainy day on Aug. 30, about a hundred guests enjoyed a balmy evening on the shore of Lake Ontario, listening to stories shared by various Mennonite Central Committee (MCC... Read More
September 28, 2022 | People | Maria H. Klassen