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Bulgarian clergymen and Orthodox believers marched on Sept. 24 to voice their support for the introduction of a mandatory religion course in schools, submitting a petition to that end in Parliament and to the Government.--Photo by Georgi Kozhouharov

The head of Bulgaria's Muslim community has announced his backing for a campaign by the country's Orthodox Church to make religious education compulsory in schools. The church... Read More
September 27, 2010 | Web First | By Ivan Andreev

Robert J. (Jack) Suderman, recently retired general secretary for Mennonite Church Canada, urged world religious leaders to "stop teaching and justifying violence" in our faith communities, as part of a World Religious Summit this past June. His appeal got into the language of the 8 goals.

Political leaders at the summit acknowledged that progress towards achieving the eight MDGs by 2015 is not where it should beRead More
September 24, 2010 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger and Peter Kenny

Ron Rempel, who retires next summer as executive director of MPN after seven years, eliminated a legacy debt of almost $5 million; created a major new Sunday school curriculum, called Gather ‘Round; and brought costs under control through consolidation and downsizing.

Dynamic, innovative, fully-integrated and multi-media—that’s the goal of a new organization to be formed out of an integration of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the... Read More
September 24, 2010 | Web First | By John Longhurst
“We pray for Africa, especially for Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo where violence and suffering are a tragic reality,” was the prayer from Nairobi at an... Read More
September 22, 2010 | Web First | World Council of Churches release
The European Parliament has expressed concern at devastation to the Jordan River and has called on Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to "cooperate and rehabilitate" it... Read More
September 22, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Phil Helmuth, executive director of development at EMU, accepts the keys and title to Margaret Martin Gehman's 1967 Volkswagen Beetle. Photo by Jim Bishop

At age 88, Margaret Martin Gehman of Harrisonburg has lost a little of her trademark drive, largely because she has parted company with a faithful friend. Dr. Gehman and her... Read More
September 20, 2010 | Web First | By Jim Bishop
Fire has destroyed one of the main churches at a monastery near where the remains of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II and his family were dumped after they were murdered by Bolshevik... Read More
September 20, 2010 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky
Leaders of the Protestant Christian Batak Church, a Lutheran church in Indonesia,Read More
September 17, 2010 | Web First | By Hisashi Yukimoto
Pope Benedict XVI is likely to focus on religious freedom during the first official State visit by a pontiff to Britain, where secularism is growing and Christianity declining... Read More
September 16, 2010 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

Chinda Kommala, pastor of the Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite, shows members of the Mennonite Men (now Joint Hands) the new worship centre in Toronto toward which the MM donated $40,000. The presentation was made at a “Join Hands” luncheon meeting held at Assembly this summer in Calgary.

When Chinda Kommala opens the doors next Sunday, Sept. 26, to a newly-renovated 2,000-square foot worship centre, known as Unit 23 in the 70-unit commercial/professional mall on... Read More
September 15, 2010 | Web First | Dick Benner
-"Hell is a half-filled auditorium," wrote the U.S. poet Robert Frost. In Canada, it's slightly less full. According to new poll, a bit more than half of Canadians believe in... Read More
September 15, 2010 | Web First | By Ron Csillag

Christine Penner participates in Hope Mennonite Church’s YouTube video that presents 350 biblical reasons for Christians to care for the Earth.

Hope Mennonite Church in Winnipeg produced a video for YouTube expressing its belief that God calls Christians to look after creation. The idea was conceived on Peace Sunday,... Read More
September 15, 2010 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Not that long ago, many people knew how to preserve food. Information about canning, freezing and drying was passed down from generation to generation. But that’s not the case... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst

Like most CEOs, Brent Zorgdrager finds his desk at the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union head office in Kitchener, Ont., filled with work.

Brent Zorgdrager’s surname translates from Dutch to English as “sorrow carrier or caregiver,” an apt description of the new chief executive officer of Mennonite and Savings Credit... Read More
September 14, 2010 | God at work in Us | by Dave Rogalsky

Gene and Mary Herr opened the Hermitage in 1985. This photograph was taken in 1996.

Technically, there is no such thing as a Mennonite monk. But if you travel to a remodelled century-old barn in the rolling countryside of southern Michigan, you will find some... Read More
September 14, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

Imvu enjoyed the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa this summer.

A passion for writing children’s stories and a desire to engage children in church life gave birth to Imvu, a small knitted sheep who connects Mennonite Church Canada ministry in... Read More
September 14, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

A father and his ill son consult with a Church World Service (CWS) health team worker in Pakistan. Donations to MCC will help support CWS’ Pakistan flood response. (Photo courtesy Chris Herlinger/CWS)

Following weeks of disruptions, loss and trauma, people in flood-stricken areas of Pakistan are facing enormous challenges as they struggle to rebuild their lives. “How does a... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow
Churches in India are asking for support after Christian institutions became the target of violent protestsRead More
September 14, 2010 | Web First | By Anto Akkara

Klaus Rempel represents a seven-member planning committee to develop a 20-bed rehabilitation centre.

As the criminal investigation continues into allegations of gang rape in some Mennonite colonies in Bolivia, many local congregations see a need to reach out to people dealing... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | by Gladys Terichow
A Hiroshima-based group is holding peace concerts featuring music with pan flutes made from Palestinian olive trees cut down by Israel to build a separation wall that juts into... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | By Hisashi Yukimoto
In response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, many members of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ congregations reached out to Muslims in their communities to support and... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | Open pastoral letter from Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Stanley C. Shenk

Goshen College Professor Emeritus of Bible Stanley C. Shenk passed away on Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Greencroft Healthcare Center in Goshen. Shenk, 91, taught Bible at the college... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | Goshen College news release
OTTAWA--Over the summer months, there have been several new developments for war resisters seeking permanent residency in Canada. In June, the Federal Court of Appeal ruled in... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | By Esther Epp-Tiessen

Vic Towes, raised Mennonite, says the Tamil ship is run by criminal smugglers.

One of Canada’s leading church groups calls it “puzzling,” “unfortunate” and “disheartening,” that the pubic safety minister is stirring up fears the recent Tamil arrivals to... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | By Carol Sanders

James Reimer, left, visibly weak, is accompanied by Henry Schmidt, Ron Harder and Bob Janzen, as they perform the final concert of Five on The Floor.

A. James (Jim) Reimer died on August 28 just two days after the final concert of his beloved blue grass gospel quartet, Five on the Floor. The concert epitomized Reimer’s love for... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | by Dave Rogalsky