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Cliff Gusztak with his mom Ashley hand over baked goods at his bake sale at Foothills Mennonite Church on March 27. (Photo by Jessica Evans)

Cliff Gusztak is a little boy with a big heart. An idea for a small cupcake stand evolved into a fundraising campaign that raised a total of $7,150 for Mennonite Central Committee... Read More
April 13, 2022 | News | Jessica Evans

Anne Shirley, centre, played by Kira Andres, pleads with Marilla Cuthbert, left, played by Rebecca Janzen-Martin, to be allowed to stay at Green Gables, as Matthew Cuthbert, played by Marcus Dion looks on. (Photos by Tracey Matthews)

After a two-year hiatus, students at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, in Kitchener, were thrilled to perform Anne of Green Gables . The two-hour play was mounted by a cast and crew... Read More
April 13, 2022 | News | Kara Cornies

Mother and daughter Marion and Irene Griese work together at a comforter at Niagara United Mennonite Church on March 26. (Photos by Emily Fieguth)

Niagara United Mennonite Church called its congregants and neighbourhood community together to tie comforters in the church basement on March 26. Advertisements in the local... Read More
April 13, 2022 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Gerald Dyck, left, led a group from Emmanuel Mennonite Church in restoring a house damaged by last November’s floods. Also pictured, from left to right: Rachel Navarro, Emmanuel’s family pastor; Olivia Jesse; Naomi Cheny; and Isaac Boynton. (Photos courtesy of Rachel Navarro)

Several young people from Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., volunteered with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) during spring break to help victims of last year’s... Read More
April 13, 2022 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Disarmed: The Radical Life and Legacy of Michael ‘MJ’ Sharp

MJ Sharp, a young Mennonite peacemaker from the United States, was killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo five years ago. This book by Marshall King explains not only how... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

Self-portrait of Jonathan Dyck.

Four panels on page 108 of Jonathan Dyck’s graphic novel Shelterbelts are stuck in my mind. I’ve studied these black-and-white images so closely that they appear something like a... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Focus On Books & Resources | Nathan Dueck

Jaymie Friesen (left) and David Driedger (right).

Five years ago, a congregant of First Mennonite Church in Winnipeg asked David Driedger about church policy addressing sexual abuse and harassment between members of a... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Focus On Books & Resources | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

‘Upside-Down Apocalypse: Grounding Revelation in the Gospel of Peace’ will be available from Herald Press in July 2022.

Menno Media: Jeremy, your book Upside-Down Apocalypse is being referred to as a peacemaker’s guide to the Book of Revelation. What prompted you to write about Revelation? Jeremy... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Focus On Books & Resources |

Manitoba humorist/author Andrew Unger introduced and signed books at an April 2 event at Abbotsford, B.C.’s, Mennonite Heritage Museum. (Photo by Wendie Nickel)

After several years of pandemic-induced Zoom book launches in B.C., satirist Andrew Unger winged his way to Abbotsford to face a living, breathing audience at the Mennonite... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Focus On Books & Resources | Robert Martens

Marion Roes’s book tells the history of funeral businesses in Ontario’s Waterloo Region. (Photo by Barb Draper)

When Marion Roes began researching her family history, she came across some surprises connected to her family’s business. Intrigued, she tried to find out more about local... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

(Graphic by Betty Avery)

Theology, Spirituality And If I Don’t: Reimagining the Single Life. April Klassen. Schleitheim Press, Kelowna, B.C., 2021, 130 pages. With frankness and honesty, the author... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

​​​​​Mennonite Men has created an audiobook, study guide and a podcast/video interview series based on the 2019 book, ‘Peaceful at Heart.’

Peaceful at Heart was released in 2019 to present a vision of peaceful living as an alternative to the expectations for masculinity widely held by society. The goal has been to... Read More
April 13, 2022 | Focus On Books & Resources |

Deborah Lynn Sprunger (1950-2022)

Deborah Lynn Sprunger, 71, of Lancaster, Pa., passed away on March 27, 2022, at Lancaster General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Deborah was the loving wife of Rev. JW... Read More
April 13, 2022 | People |

Elaine Enns and David Neufeld examine a bison rubbing stone at the Coalmine Ravine region in September 2021. (Photo courtesy of Randy Klassen)

“We hope that people, landowners especially, will talk about what’s on their land, who occupied the land and who occupies it now,” says Harry Lafond, a Muskeg Lake Cree First... Read More
April 12, 2022 | Web First | Emily Summach

Santosh Birhor works on his kitchen garden tomato plants. Through the support of CASA, an MCC partner, he has been able to drastically increase his yields and plant more diverse crops. (Photo courtesy of CASA)

When thinking about migration, it is easy to focus just on resettling refugees fleeing conflict or disaster. But the work Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) does with migrants isn’... Read More
April 12, 2022 | Web First | Jason Dueck

MC Canada International Witness workers Joanne and Werner De Jong arrived in Ethiopia earlier this year. (YouTube photo)

The latest additions to Mennonite Church Canada’s team of International Witness workers extend greetings from their new home in Ethiopia in a new video. Werner and Joanne De Jong... Read More
April 1, 2022 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Truck protests in Ottawa highlighted pandemic-related division in society. (Photo by lezumbalaberenjena on Flickr)

With the worst of the pandemic behind us—hopefully—how can the church help address the division left in its wake? Those divisions were highlighted rather starkly by the truck... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | Will Braun

A gathering of pastors from Artemisa and Mayabeque provinces in Mexico who received medical supplies from Toronto Mennonite New Life Church. (Photo by Beatriz Mendez)

“We are out of the pews but in the community,” writes congregational member Olga Duran in the latest Toronto Mennonite New Life Church report, which summarizes 2021 as a year of... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | Christen Kong

Sixty people gathered at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) in Steinbach, Man. to pray for peace in Ukraine. (Photo by Judy Peters/Steinbach Online)

On the cold evening of March 13, about 60 people gathered outside at Mennonite Heritage Village (MHV) in Steinbach, Man. to pray for peace in Ukraine. The museum, which... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

On the day following the annual delegate sessions, members of MC Alberta took part in a joint worship service at First Mennonite Church, Calgary. Jenn Ratzlaff offers communion to Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, executive minister. (Photo by Ruth Bergen Braun)

“In spite of a global pandemic, we dared to dream,” said communications coordinator Ruth Bergen Braun in her review of the year at the Mennonite Church Alberta annual delegate... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | Jessica Evans

Mary Boniferro, chair of mission and social concerns at Valleyview Mennonite Church accepts a community award from Elisabete Rodrigues, executive director of a local community organization in London, Ont. (Photo courtesy of Valleyview Mennonite Church)

Valleyview Mennonite Church has been recognized with an award for more than a decade of engagement and advocacy around food security issues in their community of northeast London... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | Charleen Jongejan Harder

Attendees of the annual delegate sessions enjoyed a pre-packaged lunch at socially distanced tables in the Youth Farm Bible Camp Quonset hut. (Photo by Emily Summach)

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan held its 2022 annual delegate session (ADS) as a hybrid event, allowing for both in-person and virtual attendance. Delegates met at the Youth Farm... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | Emily Summach

A Mennonite farm in Cuauhtémoc, Mexico. (Pixabay photo by photo_spider)

There are about a hundred Mexican Mennonite families currently living in the Niagara Region. According to Wilhelm Harder, most of these Old Colony Mennonite families came from... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | Maria H. Klassen

MDS volunteer Mike Davis, left, presents the repaired banjo to Wesley Emmelot. (MDS Canada photo)

Wesley Emmelot and his wife, Maureen Parsley, lost almost everything when the Tulameen River overflowed its banks in the town of Princeton, B.C., in mid-November 2021. “There was... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | John Longhurst

In 2007, founders of MCC’s network of thrift stores (from left) Linie Friesen, Selma Loewen, Susan Giesbrecht and Sara Stoesz, gathered at a celebration in Winnipeg, Man., to recognize their contributions to MCC. (MCC photo/Gladys Terichow)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is celebrating 50 years of thrifting with the anniversary of the opening of the first MCC Thrift shop in 1972. The MCC Thrift network provides... Read More
March 30, 2022 | News | Lori Giesbrecht