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After a successful first two rounds of funding, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) Canada is once again offering its Spirit of MDS Fund to Canadian congregations. Created in... Read More
October 20, 2021 | News | John Longhurst

In I Am A Mennonite, filmmaker Paul Plett begins his journey at home in Manitoba, then travels around the world—including to the Netherlands, pictured—in search of his Mennonite roots and identity. (Photo: Paul Plett / Ode Productions)

“What does it mean to be a Mennonite?” This is the question Winnipeg filmmaker Paul Plett seeks to answer in his latest film, I Am A Mennonite . Plett has been creating an... Read More
October 20, 2021 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Florence and Otto Driedger, about 40 years ago. (Photo courtesy of Florence Driedger)

“How do you deal with a bad situation? What is the best of the worst solutions?” These are questions Otto Driedger poses as he reflects on the past. In 1965, when Driedger was... Read More
October 20, 2021 | People | Donna Schulz

Training begins on Zoom for Indonesia 2022 volunteers. (MWC screenshot)

With only 10 more months to prepare, and gathering limitations still in place, the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly 2022’s Indonesian planning committee presses on... Read More
October 19, 2021 | Web First |

Bonnie and Dan Lapointe in front of cut-up trees from their yard after a September windstorm along the eastern shore of Lake Huron. (MDS Ontario photo by Lester Weber)

When Bonnie Lapointe saw the damage caused by the severe windstorm that struck her southwestern Ontario property on Sept. 7, she cried. “I had never seen anything like that,” she... Read More
October 19, 2021 | Web First | John Longhurst

A group of 17 Christian Aid Ministries workers and family members was kidnapped Oct. 16 by gang members in Haiti. (Image by jorono/Pixabay)

A group of 17 Christian Aid Ministries workers and family members was kidnapped Oct. 16 by gang members in Haiti after they visited an orphanage outside Port-au-Prince. CAM, based... Read More
October 18, 2021 | Web First |

Laura Funk’s new book is ‘for people who want to encounter God’s love for them and for the world.’ (Photo by Aaron Epp)

In her new book, People and Places of Sacred Interior Spaces , spiritual director Laura Funk provides opportunities for imaginative walks of faith through guided meditations, and... Read More
October 18, 2021 | Web First |

Delilah and Brian Roth peel and chop onions at Okanagan Gleaners.

A small group of volunteers from Rosthern Mennonite Church spent five days in September chopping and dehydrating vegetables at Okanagan Gleaners near Oliver, B.C. Among them were... Read More
October 18, 2021 | Web First | Donna Schulz

When Christians partake in communion they are asserting the Lordship of Christ. This takes on added significance on election day. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Attending a communion service on election day is not at the top of most voters’ priority lists, but for those who gathered at Mount Royal Mennonite Church on Sept. 20, it proved... Read More
October 6, 2021 | News | Donna Schulz

Erie View United Mennonite Church, not far from the shores of Lake Erie, held its annual canoe paddle in September.

In 1926 a small group of immigrant Russian Mennonite families settled near Port Rowan, a small town in rural southern Ontario, half an hour’s drive from the bigger towns of Simcoe... Read More
October 6, 2021 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Doris Weber (1930-2021)

“There is a song that sings deep within me,” Doris Weber wrote in Mary A. Schiedel’s book, Pioneers in Ministry . It is that song which guided Doris throughout her life, and... Read More
October 6, 2021 | News | Marilyn Rudy-Froese

Volunteers dish out watermelon with rollkuchen at the MCC B.C. Festival for World Relief. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

The parking lot of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Centre on Gladys Avenue was filled with 400 volunteers and thousands of attendees on Sept. 18 for the annual MCC B.C... Read More
October 6, 2021 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Ingrid Moehlmann is the instigator of the Memories of Migration: The Russlaender 100 Tour, a weeks-long train trip across Canada, coming in 2023. (Photo by Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

It’s been almost 100 years since 1923, when thousands of Mennonites from the Soviet Union began migrating to Canada. A train tour commemorating their journey will wind across... Read More
October 6, 2021 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Elfrieda Schroeder lives in Winnipeg and attends Jubilee Mennonite Church.

Between the years 1969 and 1984, my husband Hardy Schroeder and I lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where Hardy was working on translating the Bible into Kikongo ya... Read More
October 6, 2021 | People | Elfrieda Schroeder

A traditional festive dish from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Photo by Barb Draper)

Elfrieda Schroeder says that meat stew can be stretched to feed more people by adding hot peppers and vegetables. Read her story here . This recipe is from Extending the Table , ©... Read More
October 6, 2021 | People | Elfrieda Schroeder

A grade 11 chemistry class meets in Rockway’s courtyard, as students return to in-person learning. (Photo courtesy of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate)

Faculty, staff and students are excited to be back in person at Mennonite schools in Ontario. To allow for a safe return to campus, they are committed to following local and... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Focus On Education | Janet Bauman

Lucas Epp, Braden Martens-Funk and Tyreese Hildebrandt, Grade 10 sudents at RJC High School, enjoy their retreat activities. (Photo by Hugo Malan)

There is much to be grateful for as a new year begins at RJC High School. With faithful constituent support, two consecutive years of increased enrolment, and the return of inter-... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Focus On Education | Alex Tiessen

Dayle Vienneau, a former teacher at Menno Simons Christian School in Calgary, has returned to take the position of principal. (Menno Simons Christian School photo)

For Dayle Vienneau, who has been appointed principal for Menno Simons Christian School in Calgary, the road back to the school has not been a straight path, but definitely a God-... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Focus On Education | Ann Pan

Columbia Bible College students were finally able to celebrate their 2021 graduation in September. Graduates included the first class of health-care assistants. (Columbia Bible College photo)

Graduates filed into the Columbia Bible College chapel to receive their diplomas Sept. 18, five months after completing the 2020-2021 academic year. Commencement had been delayed... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Focus On Education | Amy Rinner Waddell

New students participate in AMBS’s orientation course, Leadership Education in Anabaptist Perspective (LEAP), in August 2021. (AMBS photo by Jason Bryant)

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Ind., is reporting upward trends in several enrolment statistics this fall. The number of degree- or certificate-seeking... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Focus On Education |

Students at Conrad Grebel University College plant cloves of garlic to symbolize the importance of community. (Photo by Jen Konkle)

As families arrived for Conrad Grebel University College’s move-in day over the Labour Day weekend, joy was visible in student eyes, even as masks hid their smiles. With waves of... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Focus On Education | Jennifer Konkle

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Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) began the 2021-22 academic year with fall enrolment holding strong and steady. Preliminary results for all CMU programs indicate a student... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Focus On Education |

(Rockway Mennonite Collegiate graphic)

Rockway’s chapel theme for the 2021-2022 school year is “Love does no harm.” This scripture passage from Romans brings us to the core of what it means to be a follower of Jesus... Read More
October 6, 2021 | Focus On Education | Lynn Bergsma Friesen

Mennonite World Conference’s Global Church Sharing Fund helps workers at Holy Stadium in Semarang, Indonesia, offer vaccines amid a COVID-19 infection wave. (MWC photo)

In multireligious Indonesia, many people have never been inside a church. The pandemic is changing that for residents of Semarang (population 1.8 million) and the surrounding area... Read More
October 5, 2021 | Web First | Karla Braun

‘There is nothing in the Bible, in our historic confessions of faith, in our theology or in our ecclesiology that justifies granting a religious exemption from vaccinations against COVID-19,’ Mennonite Church Canada leaders said this week. (Image by ronstik/Pixabay)

Mennonite Church Canada’s executive ministers released a statement earlier this week responding to inquiries from constituents regarding exemption from COVID-19 vaccines. The... Read More
October 1, 2021 | Web First |