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Norman Meade, the former director of MCC Manitoba’s Aboriginal Neighbours program, took his granddaughter Everlee to hear the Pope speak in Alberta last month. (Photo by John Longhurst)

Although the focus was on the Roman Catholic Church when the Pope visited Canada in late July, Mennonites also have a role to play in promoting reconciliation with Indigenous... Read More
August 17, 2022 | People | John Longhurst

Jeremy Penner, left, Tim Osmond, Jess Reimer, T.J. Blair and Jeremy Hamm make up the Stanley County Cut-ups, a bluegrass band from Manitoba. (Photo courtesy of the Stanley County Cut-ups)

After more than two years of putting a pause on performing, Manitoba bluegrass quintet the Stanley County Cut-ups is finally playing again. “I would say that the cogs are back in... Read More
August 16, 2022 | Web First | Daisy Belec

At the assembly’s opening ceremony on July 5, Paulus Widjaja (right), chair of Mennonite World Conference’s national advisory committee in Indonesia, presented a gift to J. Nelson Kraybill (left), who was president of MWC at the time. (Meetinghouse photo by Kresna Kurniawan)

Last month, people from around the world gathered in Indonesia for the Mennonite World Conference’s 17th assembly . In an outdoor venue at a Mennonite seminary on a mountaintop in... Read More
August 5, 2022 | Web First | Aaron Epp

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

Roughly half the members of the Bible Missionary Church (BMC), a Mennonite denomination in Myanmar, are now displaced. An estimated 415 families, or 2,000 people, have fled to the... Read More
August 3, 2022 | News | Will Braun
Controversy over a new book commissioned by the Mennonite Brethren (MB) Historical Commission has resulted in attention drawn to the very thing church leaders were probably hoping... Read More
August 3, 2022 | News | Barb Draper

Danforth Mennonite Church congregants from the 1990s to the present are pictured at the church’s 115th-anniversary celebration in late June.

Danforth Mennonite Church is a small, urban congregation on the Danforth in Toronto. In late June, we met in person and virtually to celebrate 115 years as a congregation. It was... Read More
August 3, 2022 | News | Ruth Dueck Mbeba

Volunteers at the TAFMC clear out overgrown shrubbery from the church property on a recent workday. (Photo courtesy of Gerald Neufeld)

Gerald and Rie Neufeld, who left Canada for Japan last year, are taking an active part in the life of Japanese churches while still relating to their Surrey, B.C., congregation,... Read More
August 3, 2022 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Jackie Karau (third from the left, front row) recently presented an information session on refugee sponsorship to a group from Foothills Mennonite Church, in Calgary. (Photo by Orlando Vasquez)

“I have learned that there is an overwhelming amount of need and suffering in this world. It is not up to us to solve every problem out there, but we can start by helping one... Read More
August 3, 2022 | News | Jessica Evans

Heidi Epp leads a workshop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo about peace and conflict transformation.

A chance connection on social media led Heidi Epp, a music teacher from B.C., to travel to Africa this summer to teach music and peace and conflict transformation. Kendri Mastaki... Read More
August 3, 2022 | People | Amy Rinner Waddell

Cyclists (left to right) Ernie Engbrecht, Edgar Dueck, Dave Neufeldt, Doug Wiebe, Ken Esau, Zachary Wirzba and Ron Esau raised $10,000 for MCC on July 15. (Photo by Annie Dyck)

This summer, Alberta supporters of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and Camp Valaqua got physical to raise funds. MCC Alberta The group that calls itself Wheels of Waterton grew... Read More
August 3, 2022 | People | Jessica Evans

Susan and Rod Reynar founded Emmaus House, an intentional community for university students in Winnipeg. (Photo by Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

Rod and Susan Reynar made a huge life change in 2014 when they moved from Alberta to Manitoba and started Emmaus House, an intentional community for university students in... Read More
August 3, 2022 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Three couples from Osler Mennonite Church, Garry and Jean Harms (left), Dick and Kathy Braun and Diana and Ben Buhler were married by the same person 50 years ago. (Photo by Adeline Cox)

Special celebrations were held at two congregations in Saskatchewan this summer. Osler Mennonite Church If a 50th wedding anniversary is golden, what would 150 years be? Three... Read More
August 3, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

Frieda and Delbert Erb retired in Argentina more than 20 years ago. (Mennonite Board of Missions file photo)

Delbert Erb, who served God in Argentina for more than seven decades, died June 14, in Buenos Aires. “He decided that his heart and ashes would remain in Choele Choel, [Argentina... Read More
August 3, 2022 | People | Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

A music ensemble with members from nine countries led conference goers in songs from the MWC International Songbook, praising God in a variety of languages. (Meetinghouse photo by Kresna Kurniawan)

Mennonite World Conference held its 17th global assembly on July 5 to 10, in various locations in Indonesia. Before this conference, Mennonite-Anabaptist youth and young adults... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Web First |

Young adults from Mennonite Church Canada pose for a photo after the Global Youth Summit ended. Pictured from left to right, back row: Nora Pederberg, Natasha Neustaedter Barg, Emily Enns, Claudia Dueck, Ashley Rempel, Jim Cheng, Valerie Alipova and Rebecca Janzen; and front row: Amelia Warkentin, Christen Kong and Andrew Klassen Brown. (Photo courtesy of Christen Kong)

Singing, prayer, deep discussions and dancing characterized the fourth-ever Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit (GYS), held in Salatiga, Indonesia, in early July. More... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Focus On Assembly | Aaron Epp

Christen Kong, left, Nora Pederberg, Ashley Rempel, Rebecca Janzen and Andrew Klassen Brown represented Mennonite Church Canada at the Mennonite World Conference Global Youth Summit. (Photo courtesy of Christen Kong)

Andrew Klassen Brown wasn’t connecting with the worship at the Global Youth Summit until a quieter service on the final day moved him to tears. A group of participants from Europe... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Focus On Assembly | Aaron Epp

Doctors Fennisia Wibisono and Elice Nurani lead a health ministry at their church, JKI Injil Kerajaan (Holy Stadium) in Semarang, Indonesia. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Two Indonesian doctors are using their medical degrees to follow Jesus Christ’s instruction to make disciples. In an afternoon workshop at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC)... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Focus On Assembly | Aaron Epp

Doug Klassen and Paulus Wijaya stand in a prayer garden in Wijaya’s hometown of Salatiga, Indonesia. The sign above them reads, ‘A house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:7.’ (Photo courtesy of Doug Klassen)

Incredibly radical, remarkably beautiful and significantly complicated—that’s how Doug Klassen summarized his experience at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly earlier... Read More
July 20, 2022 | Focus On Assembly | Aaron Epp

Rob Tiessen of B.C.’s Camp Squeah is interviewed on a CBC news broadcast, telling how camp attendance has been affected by fewer staff this summer. (Screenshot of CBC news clip on YouTube)

Rob Tiessen, executive director of Camp Squeah in Hope, B.C., was interviewed on CBC television’s The National broadcast on June 20 in a story about summer-camp staffing shortages... Read More
July 20, 2022 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Sririsack Saythavy, left, author Palmer Becker, Som Phanpha and Sangoune Ounbounheuang are very pleased to see the completed Lao translation of Anabaptist Essentials. (MC Eastern Canada photo)

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada hosted a book launch for the Lao translation of Palmer Becker’s book Anabaptist Essentials on June 18. In partnership with the Lao Mennonite... Read More
July 20, 2022 | News |

Alongside his degree work, Bryant Neufeldt has been working at CMU’s Folio café. It has been a great way for him to engage with friends, fellow students and faculty, and to find a joy and love for making coffee and non-caffeinated beverages. (Photo courtesy of Bryant Neufeldt)

In 2021, there were three recipients of Mennonite Church Alberta tuition bursaries, which offer an incentive for young people who attend an MC Alberta congregation and have... Read More
July 20, 2022 | People | Jessica Evans

Reuben Unger poses next to one of his wildfowl carvings at the World Carving Championship in Ocean City, Maryland. (Photo courtesy of Reuben Unger)

"Well, I am a strong believer that all people have been given a gift,” says Reuben Unger of Clavet. “Whatever it is, everyone has a gift. If you have a gift, you use the gift, and... Read More
July 20, 2022 | People | Emily Summach

The students of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate coordinated to open and close their umbrellas to create a beating heart pattern.

What better way to bring a community together than 350 red umbrellas? Starting at the beginning of COVID-19, Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, Ont ., has been working on... Read More
July 8, 2022 | Web First | Daisy Belec

Sufi Islamic dancers participate in a July 6 Mennonite World Conference assembly worship service at Congdut GITJ Jepara, a Mennonite church in Central Java. (Mennonite World Conference photo)

Saying the war in Ukraine has shaken western European Mennonites’ commitment to nonviolence, a French pastor urged Mennonites from around the world to get off the sidelines and... Read More
July 8, 2022 | Web First | Paul Schrag

Nyawar Mapieny Gathoul, 17, holds her six-month-old son, Zoal Mapiny Gai. She stands with some of her younger brothers and sisters who she also cares for because their parents have died. They live on monthly food distributions from MCC partner SSUDRA. They also buy small amounts of food with money they make by gathering wood. The young family lives in Rubkona, an informal settlement camp in Unity State, South Sudan. (MCC photo by Tadeo Santonino)

Nyawar Mapieny Gathoul’s baby and siblings are hungry. The father of her six-month-old isn’t around to help and, at just 17, the young mother also cares for her seven siblings... Read More
July 7, 2022 | Web-only | Jason Dueck