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Dining hall at Silver Lake

Embers from a large stone fireplace found their way under the floor of the Silver Lake Mennonite Camp dining hall.Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Carl Litwiller, Nelson Scheifele, Lloyd Miller

Len Rempel

Len Rempel has been appointed the new director of finance and administration for Mennonite World Conference, replacing Karen Martin Schiedel. Effective March 14, he will work out... Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Anabaptists from the southern countries of South America worship at their 14th biennial gathering, held in San Bernardino, Paraguay, January 26–30. Photo by Tim Froese.

“Effective Pastoral Models” was the focus of the 14thbiennial meeting of Latin America’s Southern Cone Anabaptist Mennonite Congress in San Bernardino, Paraguay, January 26 to 30... Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Milka Rindzinski, Uruguay
Small Town Murder Songs is an independently produced Canadian movie with a Mennonite connection, first shown at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The story, set in... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper

The boys choir combined with youths and men to form a 270-voice mass choir that performed ‘A Thousand Hallelujahs’ at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall on Jan. 23. The concert concluded with ‘Arise!’, a commissioned work by Larry Nickel.

“For God is great and worth a thousand hallelujahs!” proclaims the psalmist (The Message). On Jan. 23, a mass Faith and Life Male Choir united to celebrate more than 25 years of... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Artbeat | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The youth group at North Kildonan Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., appreciates the in-home testimony nights with the church’s seniors.

Relationships between youths and seniors within congregations are often strained, as neither group understands the other. Sometimes both groups are content not to know one another... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Rachel Bergen
Sixty-two executive directors, board chairs and senior staff from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and MCC member churches met for a summit in... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Ernie Regehr, left, the cofounder of Project Ploughshares and a longtime peace advocate, holds the Pearson Peace Medal he received from Governor General David Johnston during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ont., on Jan. 21, while his wife Nancy looks on.

Ernie Regehr, cofounder of Project Ploughshares and longtime peace advocate, was honoured with the 2010 Pearson Peace Medal at a special ceremony in Ottawa last month. Established... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Ellen Shenk

Robert J. Suderman, MWC Peace Commission assistant secretary, left, and MWC Executive Committee member Adi Walujo, of the Gereja Injili di Tanah Jawa (GITJ) Mennonite Synod, share the podium at a teaching session in Indonesia.

“Our children and young people have no idea what it means to be Anabaptist or Mennonite. What is MWC going to do about that?” This concern, forthrightly expressed, came from a... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Robert J. Suderman
Trends in church membership in the United States remain stable, with churches that have grown in recent years showing continued growth and those with declining memberships... Read More
February 14, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

Judith and Tom Snowdon

What happens next in Cairo is entirely up to the Egyptian people, MCC workers Tom and Judith Snowdon toldRead More
February 10, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

Wes Epp has chaired the Drake growing project committee since its inception in 1998.

Drake, Saskatchewan, a small prairie village south of the number one, is home to about 200 people. While small in size, the community has madeRead More
February 7, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain, Communications Officer

Israeli occupation authorities on Feb. 3 bulldozed Palestinian land in occupied Jerusalem's town of Issawiye and destroyed a water well, eyewitnesses reported.

A coalition of U.S. church bodies is calling on the Obama administration not to block a proposed United Nations Security Council resolution seeking an end to construction of... Read More
February 7, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

John Wray, a 2010 alumnus of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont., won the 2010 C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest with a speech titled “Seeing the Human in the Human.” (Conrad Grebel University College photo/Karl Juhlke)

John Wray believes he knows what it will take for peace to rule in everyday life, all over the world. The only catch is that we’ve all got an assignment. Wray, a 2010 alumnus of... Read More
February 4, 2011 | Web First | Ed Nyce, media and education coordinator

Long queues in Cairo have been common over the past few days outside bakeries selling subsidized bread, supermarkets and vegetable sellers. --Photo by Adam Makary/Al Jazeera English

February 3, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports

The animals will range in age from calves to springing heifers, and from grades to deep pedigreed purebreds

The 30th annual Heifer Relief sale sponsored by Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale Inc. will take place atRead More
February 2, 2011 | Web First | Anne L. Brubacher

--from Seeking Community website

Returning recently from a "seeking community tour," Paul Born, director of Tamarack Community here, says that "being in the southern US, in the birthplace of the Civil Rights... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports
In 2009, the high percentage of Canadian participants in the pastoral studies distance education program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) left program... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Annette Brill Bergstresser

Christy Anderson, second from the left, shares her experience at Canadian Mennonite University with fellow students.

“Most universities are good at academics,” says Sue Sorensen, who teaches English literature at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg, adding, though, “If you turn up on... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Josiah Neufeld

Solar Grebel students are thrilled to watch their green dreams take shape as they stand on the roof at Conrad Grebel University College with a partially installed solar thermal collector.

It started as an altruistic dream, but almost two years later a vision for a cleaner and greener Grebel has been realized. A student group began meeting in 2009 with the hope of... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Jennifer Konkle
Different people have different problems with the Bible, but what has troubled me the most over a few decades of reading the Bible and preaching regularly is that a lot of the... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Ed Neufeld


The book Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History was first published in 1996 by Herald Press and presented the Mennonite faith story within the sweep of church... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Artbeat | By Jodi H. Beyeler

Victoria Neufeldt works on The Historian, a publication of the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, from her home office.

If you open the front cover of the Merriam-Webster’s Primary Dictionary, you’ll find acknowledgement of Victoria Neufeldt’s contribution in the preface. Lively illustrations make... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

Patrons at Sam’s Place in Winnipeg, Man., enjoy coffee, reading and good conversation under the watchful eye of ‘Sam,’ the Komodo dragon. The formerly independent, community-based, non-profit organization is now a part of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba and the board that ran it now acts in an advisory capacity.

Sam’s Place, a used book store, café and performing arts venue, has developed into a welcoming meeting place for people living in Elmwood, a working class neighbourhood in the... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow

Frank O’Dea, a former homeless panhandler on the streets of Toronto, Ont., who went on to found the Second Cup chain, told MEDA convention participants in Calgary how to ‘unleash’ their entrepreneurship potential.

For Frank O’Dea, a second chance led to the founding of Second Cup, Canada’s first specialty coffee chain. Speaking to the annual convention of Mennonite Economic Development... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Wally Kroeker