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Willard Metzger has been appointed to the post of general secretary of Mennonite Church Canada. He will succeed outgoing general secretary Robert J. Suderman, who has served in... Read More
May 31, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Don Friesen

David Milgaard, who spent more than two decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, is pictured with copies of his book of poetry, prose and a love letter written while he was in prison. The book is available from Ronald N. Storozuk, 689 Beaverhill Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R2J 3P2.

On April 30, a man who spent 22 years behind bars took the stage at First Mennonite Church, Edmonton, to share his story at a banquet honouring M2/W2 (Man 2 Man/Woman to Woman)... Read More
May 31, 2010 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Coverage of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly in Paraguay and John H. Neufeld’s three-part series, “Reading the Bible for all its Worth,” earned first-place honours... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Artbeat | By Ross W. Muir

John Ruth a retired English professor and author, right, has led TourMagination tours since 1974.

Turning 65 used to mean it was time to trade in the company car for a rocking chair, but today organizations recognize the value of wisdom and life experience gained by older... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish

Ernst Hamm, left, this year’s Bechtel Lecturer at Conrad Grebel University College, discusses his presentation on “Science and Mennonites in the Dutch Enlightenment” with Michael Driedger, centre, professor of history and liberal arts at Brock University, and Conrad Grebel academic dean Jim Pankratz

During his 2010 Bechtel Lecture presentations at Conrad Grebel University College, Ernst Hamm held that as 17th and 18th century Dutch Mennonites were involved in commerce,... Read More
May 19, 2010 | God at work in the Church | by Dave Rogalsky

After his life began spiralling downhill seven years ago, Len Bergen of Winnipegosis, Man., right, now is serving as a lay minister at Nordheim Mennonite Church while waiting for the Lord’s call taking him and his wife Mary into mission work.

When a crisis hit Len Bergen seven years ago, his life began to spiral downward. Now seven years later, he sees how God did not abandon him, but led him through and out of that... Read More
May 17, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Nick Driedger, who retired as chief executive officer of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, poses with his farewell gift, a numbered Peter Etril Snyder print, at the credit union’s annual general meeting last month in Kitchener, Ont.

It was standing room only at the 46th annual general meeting of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) last month in Kitchener. Many were there to discuss a board proposal... Read More
May 17, 2010 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Helen Loftin, left, MEDA regional project manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan, shows a shawl—an embellished fabric product from Pakistan—to Jim Brubacher and Sharon Martin Brubacher at the Waterloo, Ont., MEDA annual dinner on March 13 at Floradale Mennonite Church.

A record number of guests came to the annual dinner of the Waterloo chapter of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) last month to hear keynote speaker Helen Loftin... Read More
May 17, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Dave Rogalsky


Imagine that you and your family are refugees from a technically “safe” country, but are experiencing persecution, violence or the threat of violence in your homeland. To escape... Read More
May 17, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

Those Shoes of Peace playwright Barb Draper (playing Grandma Katie), left, Steve (Ort) Bauman (playing Grandpa Peter), and Robb Martin (playing Kevin), discuss peacemaking around the family kitchen table.

Applause broke out in the audience at Floradale Mennonite Church when Kevin Bauman (played by Robb Martin), a recently returned Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) member from... Read More
May 17, 2010 | Artbeat | Review and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
So many people spend their time and energy accumulating things, but what they really want are simpler lives and deeper connections with others. Knowing that reconnecting with... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau
After stories went national earlier this year announcing that Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley, B.C., had fallen afoul of the Canadian Association of University... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Ross W. Muir
Beginnings, endings and growth marked the Mennonite Church B.C. annual meetings at Eden Mennonite Church, Chilliwack, on April 10, under the banner of “The hope of the reconciling... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman
Being the church in the 21st century is no easy task, Robert J. Suderman told the delegates and pastors gathered at Eden Mennonite Church, Chilliwack early last month for the... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner
The response of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to Haiti’s Jan. 12 earthquake will gradually shift from the capital city of Port-au-Prince to rural communities that are expected... Read More
May 3, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Linda Espenshade
The Friesen Family Band just keeps getting better! As quickly as the children grow, the seven-member family grows in its music, adding instruments, expertise and new material. On... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
New cookbooks are ubiquitous, and family histories have become popular, but a cookbook that is a family history—or a family history that is a cookbook—is a curious hybrid. Lisa... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Theology 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus . Paul M. Zehr. Herald Press, 2010, 406 pages. This is the 22nd volume of the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series. Zehr has many years of... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Focus On | Canadian Mennonite

Richard Twiss, a Lakota First Nation “follower of Jesus,” speaks animatedly during an address at Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond, B.C, last month.

Mitakuye Oyasin (“All my relations”). With these words of greeting, Richard Twiss, a Lakota First Nations speaker, author and “follower of Jesus,” began two evenings of teaching... Read More
April 19, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Angelika Dawson
In his welcoming comments to the 2010 Mennonite Church Alberta delegate sessions, Erwin Wiens, pastor of the host Trinity Mennonite Church, described the area church, made up of... Read More
April 19, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner
A University of Regina professor caused a commotion last month when he spoke out against the practice of paying the full tuition of children of slain Canadian soldiers. Jeffery... Read More
April 19, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Karin Fehderau


For Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the ministry of publishing is growing ever more complex. The mission for the publisher of Mennonite Church Canada and MC U.S.A. remains the... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Artbeat | By Deborah Froese

University student Melinda Goertz poses with her baking and the fair trade products she used to create them.

Indian dancers from the Swastini Dance Group led by Swati and Nidhi Juthani swirled over the stage at Victoria Park Pavilion in Kitchener on March 27. Both traditional and “... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

Bonnie Sawatzky, a member of Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond, B.C., was the first to carry the Paralympic torch upon its arrival in Vancouver. She is pictured with her supporters and Leon, her service dog.

When Bonnie Sawatzky rolled her wheelchair down the student union plaza hill just after lighting the Paralympic torch at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver last... Read More
April 5, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Amy Dueckman

Gene Stoltzfus

Gene Stoltzfus, the founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), died of a heart attack in Fort Frances, Ont., while bicycling near his home on the first spring-like day... Read More
April 5, 2010 | God at work in Us | From Christian Peacemaker Teams Releases