News & Stories

When Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media merge on July 1, the new agency will be called MennoMedia. That was the decision of the board that now governs MPN and... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | By Steve Shenk
Tongue Screws and Testimonies, a book of essays, poems and artwork reflecting on Martyrs Mirror, is written by insiders for insiders. In the introductory essay, Kirsten Beachy,... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by Fred Redekop
This comprehensive biography of Wilhelm H. Falk (1892-1976), founding bishop of the Rudnerweide Mennonite Conference, is an important addition to the history of Mennonites,... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by Eckhard Goerz
On television, in the publications that we read, on the web, and even in our games, violence and injustice are highlighted without antidote. Seldom are we given the chance to see... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by Anne Stewart
Enough with trying to save the world – that’s an impossible and thankless job. Our real task is to save Baby Jaguar. As I sit on the living room couch with my youngest child... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | By Matthew Bailey-Dick

Haitians and Canadians mingle in a joyful dance in the Haitian village during a recent production of Iron Will in Waterloo, Ont.

About a year ago some Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) staff saw the play Iron Will in Hamilton, Ont. So inspired were they by its microfinance message that they... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky
Teaching may not be an unusual career, but Willi Penner has made a unique contribution to the field. Penner is the creator of Mathopoly, a curriculum-based math learning tool. The... Read More
April 27, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
A broad range of ideas and opinions on the effects and uses of communications technology served as the focus of the 2011 Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) spring... Read More
April 27, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky
In order to manage as yearly donations are decreasing, Mennonite Church Canada announced publicly on April 12 that, regrettably, it must reduce expenditures by terminating or... Read More
April 27, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Russ Eanes

Russ Eanes, director of finance and operations for Mennonite Publishing Network, will become executive director of MennoMedia on July 1. He will move to Harrisonburg where the... Read More
April 26, 2011 | Web First | Steve Shenk, director of marketing/sales

Steve Shenk, succeeding John Longhurst as director of marketing/sales for MPN, has been the executive director for Valley Brethren/Mennonite Heritage Center, Harrisonburg, for the past 7 years. He has also worked in public relations for Bluffton College and EMU, as well as managing editor for Gospel Herald, now The Mennonite.

"MennoMedia" is the name emerging for the new agency that has been working its way through the approval process of Mennonite governing boards in recent months. The new name... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Web First | Steve Shenk, director of marketing/sales

An employee of the APPBOSA co-operative prepares bananas for shipping to customers in Europe and North America.

If you buy a bunch of fair trade or organic bananas, you may get a product with a hidden stamp from Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). MEDA has helped co-operatives... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Focus On | By Wally Kroeker

Colin Firth stars as Prince Albert/King George VI in the Academy Award-winning film, The King’s Speech.

It is a hard thing to live with as much fear as Albert (Colin Firth) harbours. But it is especially difficult when you are a royal. For Prince Albert, later to become Great... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Erin Weaver


Paul Tiessen answers the phone with a breathless rush of words. It’s 8:30 on a Wednesday morning and already he’s running to keep up. Tiessen, 56, owns Action Office Interiors, an... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

MDS volunteers Dave Friesen and Eric Penner examine the drywall finishing work they are completing.

On the weekend of Sept. 25-26, 2010, the Kingcome River raged through the remote First Nation community of Kingcome. Floodwaters forced lifelong residents of the Pacific coastal... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Phil Hood

Area church youth minister Anna Rehan and area church minister Jerry Buhler light candles during the memorial service at this year’s annual general meeting in North Battleford.

A public stand for peace, peace between believers and peace with their neighbours all came to the fore during the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions last month... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

‘Mary With Tears,’ a sculpture of Mary, the mother of Jesus, by Vilius Orvidas, who did most of his work under the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. He died in the early 1990s. Photographed by Jerry Holsopple, a visual and communication arts professor at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.

After two days of singing, discussing, pondering images and praying last month, questions continued to swirl around Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what she might mean for... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Mary E. Klassen

EMU Charlotte Wenger and mascot HERM, featured in the award-winning video, challenge all college students to "Chill Out." Photo by Lindsey Kolb

Eastern Mennonite University has been honored as a winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s annual competition “Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus.” This award program... Read More
April 12, 2011 | Web First | Jim Bishop
The promotional supplement in the March 21 issue advances important matters of conscience. The proposed involvement, though, reflects an acceptance that we are out of step with... Read More
April 11, 2011 | Web First | Henry Rempel

‘With grace, courage, and a discerning spirit, Jeremy Bergen offers an account of ecclesial repentance worthy of a pilgrim people, a church at once reconciled and always on the journey toward full reconciliation." --Margaret Pfeil of the University of Notre Dame

In recent years, churches have repented for historical wrongs. In his new book, “Ecclesial Repentance: The Churches Confront Their Sinful Pasts,” Jeremy M. Bergen tells the story... Read More
April 7, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Betty Pries

Betty Pries, a mediator and MTS 2005 graduate, will be given the Distinquished Alumni Service award by the Alumni Committee of Conrad Grebel University College. Betty has been a... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Fred Martin

Richard Thiessen

Richard Thiessen of Abbotsford, B.C., has been named managing editor of the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO), succeeding Sam Steiner of Kitchener, Ont.,... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | News release
Leader: Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, King of kings and Lord of lords, in this Federal Election in the spring of 2011 we come and bow before you, our first and last allegiance... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Nazareth Village in Israel/Palestine has much to celebrate in its tenth year of existence. Jewish families on ShabbatRead More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
The 45th anniversary New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale will take place on May 27 and 28 in the historic arena, grandstand and fairgrounds. Join the more than 15,000 people of all... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Focus On | By Janice Harder