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Following in the footsteps of Reginald Bibby, sociologist Joel Thiessen examines how Canadians of today view Christianity. In his book The Meaning of Sunday, he concludes that... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Artbeat | Barb Draper
What is it like being a young adult journeying with mental illness? Canadian Mennonite spoke with three people from Mennonite Church Canada congregations to find out. Melanie... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
From the time you are 15 or 16 to the time you are 26 or 28, your brain undergoes rapid cognitive changes. “It’s the busiest time [of brain development] since early childhood, and... Read More
May 18, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
We’re already implementing creation care practices. Let’s share what we’re doing. That’s the message behind “Caring for God’s Good Creation,” a seminar to take place on July 10,... Read More
May 17, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Bradley Kauffman of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been named project director for the new song collection for Mennonite Church Canada (MC Canada) and Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). The... Read More
May 17, 2016 | Web First |
In his valedictory address at Canadian Mennonite University’s (CMU) graduation service at Immanuel Pentecostal Church on April 24, 2016, Jonas Cornelsen tackled head on the... Read More
May 17, 2016 | Web First |
The first-ever Camps with Meaning (CWM) Song-a-thon went for eight hours, featuring 14 musical acts. Held at Canadian Mennonite University on April 16, 2016, the event raised $20,... Read More
May 17, 2016 | Web First | Darryl Neustaedter Barg
“I have a new appreciation for the phrase, ‘spreads like wildfire,’” says Patrick Drapeau. He and his wife, Rachel, live in Fort McMurray, the Alberta community that has faced... Read More
May 10, 2016 | Web First | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
For an hour each week we sit together. Most of us are mostly silent. Sometimes we listen, sometimes we sing, sometimes we wander off in thought. Sometimes I wonder what other... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
The Naked Anabaptist , by British author Stuart Murray, summarizes the foundational tenets of Anabaptism, but “I have a feeling it wouldn’t have sold quite as well with a... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Henry Krause, pastor of Langley (B.C.) Mennonite Fellowship, was elected chair of the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS) board at its 45th annual meeting, held at... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
The number of people in the vessels may have been smaller this year, but it didn’t seem to matter in the end for the total earned at the 2016 Camp Squeah paddle-a-thon When the... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
“Don’t get too used to this kind of event,” said Rick Cober Bauman, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario, to gales of warm laughter as he welcomed... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the World |
A farmer disappointed by tumbling returns on his cassava crop is still eager to use a portion of his property for a future youth Bible camp facility. Another man is excited to... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
When missionaries arrived in Colombia to establish the country’s first Mennonite congregations, Tulio Pedraza and his wife Sofía became two of their first converts. They were... Read More
May 4, 2016 | God at work in Us |
After exploring lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer inclusion in the Mennonite church in This Will Lead to Dancing , the Stouffville, Ont.-based theatre company Theatre of the... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The following article was originally given as a short speech at a community supper at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., where Maia Fujimoto lived in residence for... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Young Voices | Maia Fujimoto

Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Building of a light-rail transit system along the spine of Waterloo and Kitchener had to change focus in March 2016, when excavations in uptown Waterloo exposed the remains of a... Read More
May 4, 2016 | Back Page | Dave Rogalsky
Calling themselves the Basket Cases, a small group of women meets monthly for a fibre arts challenge at The Clothes Basket, a Mennonite Central Committee thrift store in Rosthern... Read More
May 3, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Marianne Jantzi is the author of Simple Pleasures: Stories from My Life as an Amish Mother , which has just been released by Herald Press as part of its Plainspoken series by... Read More
May 3, 2016 | Web First |
Sergey Deynekin has dreams for the Chernobaevka Church in southern Ukraine. A bi-vocational pastor who works in the building trade, he developed architectural plans for a future... Read More
May 3, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The board of governors of Conrad Grebel University College announced that president Susan Schultz Huxman has accepted the call to become the president of Eastern Mennonite... Read More
May 3, 2016 | Web First |
Mennonites are responding to the recent earthquakes in Ecuador, where members of multiple Mennonite congregations are among 100,000 people affected by the disaster. A 7.8-... Read More
April 25, 2016 | Web First |
Masum Khandakar is a Bangladeshi rice farmer with a craggy face and a jutting white beard that flares as wide as the wings of his collared shirt. His voice goes high when his... Read More
April 21, 2016 | Web First | J. Neufeld
A futsal (soccer) park project in Gaborone, Botswana, is springing to life with the help of children who are following God’s lead. Despite an encouraging start to this development... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the World | Nathan Dirks
The Ojibway word for medicine is mush-ki-ki , meaning “strength of the earth” or “power from the soil,” explained David Daniels of Long Plain First Nation, located near Portage La... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the World |
Listening on both sides is vital as indigenous people and settlers continue to learn to walk beside, and relate to, each other. This was one key point that some 70 participants... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman
It was the re-entry of the commercial banks into the agricultural lending sector that tipped the balance at Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU), prompting its leaders to... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
John Biakte, left, Tha Kim and Nan Tin enjoy their first experience of making pizza dough on Feb. 13, 2016, with instruction from Karin Krahn, right. More than 20 people from... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Brenda Tiessen-Wiens
Peter Harder, a retired senior bureaucrat and high-level corporate advisor with Mennonite roots, was named by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the Liberal government’s leader in... Read More
April 20, 2016 | God at work in Us |
Spending time with his band mates is one of the first things Oh Village singer/pianist Scott Currie mentions when asked about the best part of making Ocris, the band’s second full... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Six months into his first pastoral job, Moses Falco feels very inadequate. “Am I really cut out for this?” and “Do I have the skills to be in this position?” are questions he has... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Around the world, MCC supports projects that help families make a better living, helping them pay for food or school for their children. Sometimes those projects involve animals—... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Back Page | Emily Loewen
The team from Elmira Mennonite Church ended the Hawkesville and Markham church dynasties at this year’s Bible quizzing competition, held on April 9, 2016, at Steinmann Mennonite... Read More
April 20, 2016 | Web First | Barb Draper
When Henry and Hilda Schulz of Sanford, Man., were still farming, one of the crops they grew was barley. As friends at their church—Sargent Avenue Mennonite in Winnipeg—learned... Read More
April 18, 2016 | Web First | Amanda Thorsteinsson
Marketed “for twenty- and thirty-somethings who wish they could do camp again,” Pastors in Exile (PiE) and Silver Lake Mennonite Camp near Sauble Beach, Ont., ran what they called... Read More
April 18, 2016 | Web First | Chris Brnjas
It’s a Holy Week tradition by now in Abbotsford. On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, a local bookstore/coffee shop is packed with an audience enthusiastic to hear blues music... Read More
April 6, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
“Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid.” Chuck Neufeld’s confident voice set the tone for the 2016 Mennonite Church Alberta delegate assembly as he sang the theme words from Mark... Read More
April 6, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
A new half-hour documentary gives voice to lesbian/gay/ bisexual/transgender/queer (LGBTQ) people in Mennonite Church Canada congregations. Listening Church , which weaves... Read More
April 6, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
Jules Koostachin began her journey to dance in a jingle dress as an act of intergenerational healing, thinking that she would complete it in a year. Filmmaker James Buffin decided... Read More
April 6, 2016 | God at work in the World |
We just dipped our toe into the world of youth sports by signing our seven-year-old son, Sam, up for a T-ball team. Last summer he discovered a love for baseball and loves playing... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Focus On | Natasha Krahn
Theology, Spirituality Deuteronomy: Believers Church Bible Commentary. Gerald E. Gerbrandt. Herald Press, 2015, 600 pages. This is the 29th volume in the Believers Church Bible... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Focus On Books & Resources |
From plain coats to lace-covered wedding dresses, Amanda Bartel, a history major from Iowa City, Iowa, is cataloging Bluffton University’s historic clothing collection to learn... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Web First |
When Katrina Sklepowich was assigned to write a weekly blog as part of her school work, focussing on literature was an obvious choice. “I love books and I’m always reading, so I... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Ask Amanda Zehr what her favourite Bible story is, and she points to John 9, where Jesus heals a blind man. “It really questions who the blind one is,” says Zehr, associate pastor... Read More
April 6, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
First nations, Lutheran and Mennonite movie-goers crowded into Saskatoon’s Roxy Theatre on March 13, 2016, popcorn in hand, to watch the premiere of Reserve 107: Reconciliation on... Read More
April 5, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Mennonite churches in Europe are responding to the violence and displacement in the Middle East that is affecting their society. Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mennonitischer Gemeiden (AMG,... Read More
April 5, 2016 | Web First |
Conrad Grebel University College hosted Sir James MacMillan as the 2016 Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar. The Scottish composer and conductor, best known for his sacred... Read More
April 5, 2016 | Web First | Nicole Simone
Because I grew up in the Mennonite tradition, conscientious objection is not a foreign concept to me. I was raised to value peace over violence and to treat every human life as... Read More
March 30, 2016 | Web First | Emily Mininger
Steve Heinrichs is passionate about healing broken relationships between indigenous and settler peoples. As Mennonite Church Canada’s director of indigenous relations, he is... Read More
March 28, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Canadian Mennonite thanks everyone who took the time to fill out the reader survey distributed late in 2015. The responses were positive overall and showed that the magazine is... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Barb Draper
Conflict within, uncertainties without. Perhaps it was because of these that planners of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual delegate sessions chose “Bound together, freed to... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Despite a warm winter, there was enough of the white stuff for youth from Mennonite churches across Alberta to call their annual winter retreats “snow camps.” On the weekends of... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church |

Bryan Moyer Suderman, an itinerant Bible teacher from Stouffville, Ont., who is also widely known as an Anabaptist singer-songwriter, led Pastors Week sessions at this year’s event at AMBS entitled ‘The Bible says what?’ (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary photo)

In her opening address to this year’s Pastors Week event at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, held during the last week of January 2016, Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, the... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church |

Anika Reynar presents the vision of Emerging Voices Initiative to the Mennonite Church Manitoba annual general meeting at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, on March 5, 2016. (Photo by Beth Epp)

Never let it be said that young people don’t care about the future of the church. Late last year, Katrina Woelk, a sociology student at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) and a... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the Church | J. Neufeld
For the most part, Syrians forced from their homes dream not of going to Europe or Canada, but of going back home. “They are in love with their country,” say Mennonite Central... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
The federal government sometimes “matches” donations made by Canadians for specific causes. Does this mean that if you give $100 to MCC for Syria, Ottawa gives another $100 to MCC... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Scott Eyre, residence director of Cedarwood Hall at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), sports photographer for the Royals, and soon-to-be-graduate, says the journey to the... Read More
March 23, 2016 | God at work in Us | Randi B. Hagi
There are courageous women around every corner, especially at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre in Saskatoon, where the 26 paintings of Ray Dirks’s Along the Road to Freedom exhibit... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Artbeat | Saskatchewan Correspondent
“Why couldn’t I have been more interested in Caribbean history?” That’s what historian Stefan Epp-Koop asked himself during a December 2007 visit to Winnipeg, as he trudged... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
From Feb. 18-20, I was part of a group of 30 students and Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff from across Canada who met in Ottawa for the annual MCC Student Seminar to learn... Read More
March 23, 2016 | Young Voices | Amy Matychuk
The greeting you get when visiting Yhya Al Kurdi’s apartment is full of excitement. Before you actually reach the door, Al Kurdi has opened it and stands at the end of the long... Read More
March 22, 2016 | Web First | Emily Loewen
After six years of training and preparation, the Vietnam Mennonite Church (VMC), a Mennonite World Conference member, ordained 26 pastors in Ho Chi Minh City on 5 December 2015... Read More
March 22, 2016 | Web First | Emily Jones and Gerry Keener
Dorine Russell sits in a comfortable armchair in her new room at Prairie Meadow Place, a cup of coffee by her side. “This is a wonderful place,” she says. “I love it here.”... Read More
March 22, 2016 | Web First | Donna Schulz
Karla Fehr, a member of Blumenort Mennonite Church in Gretna, Man., was part of a food study tour group organized by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. They travelled to Nicaragua for... Read More
March 22, 2016 | Web First |
Christine Longhurst believes that the style of worship and its elements—songs, music, liturgy, readings, sermons, sharing and prayer—is of least importance for congregations,... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
This summer, our church family will celebrate being a covenant people at Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016, God-Faith-People in downtown Saskatoon from July 6 to 10... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
UPDATE: Youth Assembly 2016 has been cancelled, due to a shortfall in the number of registrations. See here for more information. Kirsten Hamm-Epp says Saskatchewan has a... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
Reconciliation and relationships were the theme when Mennonite Church B.C. representatives met for their annual sessions late last month. The theme of “Leadership in a broken... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott with her husband Pep and their four children. (Photo courtesy of Jane Philpott)

Jane Philpott was elected to parliament and appointed Health Minister last fall. Prior to that, she worked as a family physician in Canada and also in Niger from 1989-98. Philpott... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Not many Canadian architects can say they’ve built a school in the Guatemalan cloud forest, but Charles Olfert can. A member of Wildwood Mennonite Church and a partner at AODBT... Read More
March 9, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Paul Plett, right, is filming a documentary about a research project led by Royden Loewen, left, that explores how Mennonites around the globe relate to their physical environment. (Photo by J. Neufeld)

A filmmaker is teaming up with a historian to document how Mennonite farmers relate to the land in seven different communities around the globe. “When you get down to grassroots,... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Artbeat | J. Neufeld
When Naomi Chan moved from Hong Kong to Rosthern, Sask., for school, the only thing she knew about the town is that it’s small. Chan, an international student at Rosthern Junior... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Ruth Charette, spending time online is a good way to both get her homework done and have fun playing games and watching funny videos. Using social media apps like Instagram... Read More
March 9, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
It’s only 8:30 a.m., but the temperature in the Sundarbans region of India is already hovering around 35 degrees Celsius. If Tarijmana Bibi, 20, is bothered by the heat she isn’t... Read More
March 8, 2016 | Web First | Amanda Thorsteinsson
“We see them, but we do not know them.” That was an observation a Mexican friend made to Rebecca Janzen, about the Low German speaking Mennonites in Mexico. Recently Janzen was... Read More
March 8, 2016 | Web First |
Jono Cullar of Waterloo, Ont., was honoured with a 20 under 35 award from Mennonite Economic Development Associates late last year for exemplifying “MEDA values: faith, service... Read More
March 8, 2016 | Web First |
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development has named Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) as 12th in a list of 28 seminaries in North America that excel in... Read More
March 8, 2016 | Web First |
Stuart Murray, British author of the popular book The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith , is the featured speaker at a fundraising dinner for Canadian... Read More
March 7, 2016 | Web First |
What makes a quilt Amish? Does it have to be “quilted by a group of Amish women sitting around the frame in their sitting room?” Or does it have to have an Amish pattern, like the... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
On Feb. 7, 2016, Edmonton’s First Mennonite Church voted to become an inclusive and affirming Christian community. Two motions, one stating that lesbian, gay, bisexual,... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Mennonite Church Canada congregations are taking the words of Deuteronomy 10:18-19 to heart by caring for Syrian refugees. The passage shares God’s desire to clothe and feed... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the World |
A reader of this magazine sent an e-mail admonishing me not to associate our Mennonite faith with the “fear narrative” of climate change. He provided some links to seemingly... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Across the parking lot from Altona Mennonite Church stands a long, yellow brick building with narrow halls and tiny bachelor suites that rent out for $285 per month. Friendship... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in the World |
Siegfried Bartel, the former German army officer who became an ardent advocate for peace and an influential Mennonite figure in Canada, died at the age of 101. Siegfried Wilhelm... Read More
February 24, 2016 | God at work in Us | Amy Dueckman
What do 10 of the 33 first-year students at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) have in common? A background as staff members at Mennonite camps and retreat centres... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping | Annette Brill Bergstresser
I never went to camp as a kid because growing up on a farm in Saskatchewan seemed sufficiently uncivilized that I didn’t need to spend another week or two sleeping in a forest. My... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping | Mark Morton
Summer may be a distant memory at this time of year, but Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student Jonas Cornelsen fondly recalls how he spent last July and August working as... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping |
Last fall, workers installed a “green” roof over the Stonehouse meeting room at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp. The old flat roof was in need of replacement and while it would have... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping |
It’s not the kind of news Shekinah Retreat Centre executive director Nick Parkes likes to share with his constituency, and it’s not the kind of news the constituency likes to hear... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Focus on camping | Donna Schulz

‘Not going back to camp will be tough,’ says Andrew Brown of his experiences at MC Manitoba’s Camp Moose Lake. (Photo courtesy of MC Manitoba)

I did not grow up attending a Mennonite church. Growing up two hours southeast of Winnipeg in Piney, Man., I attended International Christian Fellowship, a small congregation that... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Young Voices | Andrew Brown
What is the significance of youth pastors living with their partner outside of marriage? How do young people respond to this information? Sexuality, spirituality, marriage,... Read More
February 24, 2016 | Young Voices | Amelia Warkentin
For Keila Viana, seeing how art can heal wounds deepened her understanding of God and God’s love during her international service in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. “I believe that during... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First | Aharón González
On January 30, 2016, nearly 100 people gathered in downtown Seoul, Korea, to participate in the first Korean Anabaptist conference. The goal of the gathering, according to Bock Ki... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First |
Violating the conventions of biker culture landed the United Kingdom Christian motorcycle club, God’s Squad, in hot water. With the help of its president Joseph (pseudonym), who... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Meeting at the new Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford, B.C., gave the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada the opportunity to see this new facility that tells the faith... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First |
Back in 2009, when I was 12 years old, I remember being crammed into the back row of a standing-room-only crowd at the final concert of the annual Ontario Mennonite Music Camp. To... Read More
February 23, 2016 | Web First |
Star Wars (the original by George Lucas) arrived in Winnipeg in the early summer of 1977. I went to the first screening of the day (around noon) and was so blown away by what I... Read More
February 17, 2016 | Web First | Vic Thiessen
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. . . Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it,... Read More
February 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Future Directions Task Force
The dream of a heritage museum for B.C. Mennonites to tell their story became reality Jan. 22, 2016, when hundreds, including B.C. Premier Christy Clark, gathered for the grand... Read More
February 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
Retreats present opportunities for building relationships and hearing one another’s stories. Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization’s senior high retreat, held January 29 to 30... Read More
February 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
On January 22 to 23, 2016, Maple View Mennonite Church, with its pastor Brent Kipfer, sponsored the first Canadian workshop of the Evangelical Anabaptist Network (EVANA). Located... Read More
February 10, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
The door to reconciliation is open further now than ever before in Canada. From Trudeau to church organizers I speak with, interest in improving relations between indigenous and... Read More
February 10, 2016 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Matthew Penner loves airports. Sometimes he rides his bicycle to the airport in Steinbach and simply sits next to the runway. “I would call it a sacred place for me to go and... Read More
February 10, 2016 | God at work in Us |
What makes Mennonites funny, and what does their sense of humour say about them? Those are the questions at the heart of That Mennonite Joke , a new documentary from Prairie Boy... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I paid for my undergraduate degree with scholarships and my own savings, and graduated without student debt. I am touchy about this. I tell anyone listening about how expensive it... Read More
February 10, 2016 | Young Voices | Amy Matychuk
The Third Way website was re-launched last April, and by late 2015 daily visitors were averaging 750 or more. Many are seeking information about Mennonites, their beliefs and... Read More
February 8, 2016 | Web First |
Various Mennonite groups and agencies have been working in Ukraine since the late 1980s, and representatives of eight organizations met in Winnipeg on Jan. 25, 2016, for an annual... Read More
February 8, 2016 | Web First | Victor Kliewer
Cesar Jaramillo, executive director at Project Ploughshares since last July, knows first-hand the need for new ways of dealing with conflict and violence. He and his wife Paula... Read More
February 8, 2016 | Web First |

Pastor Kassa Lemma stands outside his “office,” a Toronto coffee shop. (Photo by D. Michael Hostetler)

In the spring of 2015, Pastor Kassa Lemma of Rehoboth Evangelical Church in Toronto invited Mennonite Church Canada Executive Director Willard Metzger to speak at an Ethiopian... Read More
February 3, 2016 | Web First |
Journalism is a tense and often misunderstood business, especially within the church. Readers get riled, interviewees feel gypped, church leaders squirm. But in many ways the... Read More
January 27, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
Hearing the word “archives” may conjure sneeze-worthy stereotypes. However, a visit to the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta Archives in Calgary quickly dispels any dusty... Read More
January 27, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Helping those in lay and paid pastoral care roles better minister to their congregations, some of whom deal with issues of mental illness and addictions, was the goal of “Mental... Read More
January 27, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
The Manitoba Prairies have a reputation for icy winters, but they should also be known for their warm hearts. This winter, the town of Altona, Man., embraced 45 new refugees from... Read More
January 27, 2016 | God at work in the World |
When Josh Wallace survived a serious car accident at age 10, his father said, “God saved your life in that accident, and he must have done so for a purpose.” Since then, he has... Read More
January 27, 2016 | God at work in Us | Donna Schulz

STEM students Charly Phillips, left, Katrina Sikkens, Sonya Dyck and Amanda Enns find themselves thriving at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo.

Conrad Grebel University College is home to a diverse mix of students studying in all six faculties at the University of Waterloo (UofW) in Ontario. In partnership with UofW,... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Focus On Education | Jennifer Konkle
Four Grade 11 students at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate have taken an innovative approach to a class project, and it has been making a difference in their community and beyond. As... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Focus On Education |
Buhler Hall, on the campus of Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI), played host to a very special coffee house last December. The event was motivated by compassion for a multitude... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Focus On Education |
David Brubaker, who joined the faculty of the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) in 2004 with a specialty in organizational development... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Focus On Education |
UPDATE: Youth Assembly 2016 has been cancelled, due to a shortfall in the number of registrations. See here for more information. Kirsten Hamm-Epp has fond memories from past... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
During high-school band camp last fall, I was in a cabin with a bunch of teenage guys who discussed stereotypical teenage-guy things. They began talking about all the “b**ches” at... Read More
January 27, 2016 | Young Voices | Darian Wiebe Neufeld
Twice a year many Mennonite congregations across Canada and the U.S. share a common worship experience. That’s because they use the same worship resources during the seasons of... Read More
January 26, 2016 | Web First |
Kim Thiessen’s rendition of “Give Yourself to Love” was a perfect thematic opening to the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta’s (MHSA) 2015 fall conference. The gathering... Read More
January 26, 2016 | Web First | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
It’s a busy morning at Choices and Connections (CAC). They’re preparing brunch and the kitchen smells wonderful: sausages and eggs, pancakes and waffles, syrup and strawberries... Read More
January 26, 2016 | Web First | Angelika Dawson
“We know that in many places throughout the world there is war, violence and hunger.” With this acknowledgement, Mennonite partners working for peace and justice in Colombia call... Read More
January 26, 2016 | Web First |
In the Rwandan barber shop where Obed Nkundagenzi works with three friends, he is surrounded by pictures of success—mansions with lavish green lawns, beautiful models and full-... Read More
January 14, 2016 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
It’s a nice problem to have. Grace Mennonite Church in Regina currently has almost $30,000 in donations and pledges designated for helping refugees. The donations come from a... Read More
January 13, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Dr. Harvey Chochinov and his team at the University of Manitoba have been working to quantify the effects of psycho-social interventions in the care of patients in palliative care... Read More
January 13, 2016 | God at work in the Church |
Late last month Canadian Mennonite University president Cheryl Pauls signed an unusual document, one that commits CMU to bringing indigenous knowledge and history into its... Read More
January 13, 2016 | God at work in the World |
Thanks to a question from Tom Roes, Mennonites in Botswana are thinking creatively about launching small businesses to support their families and the local church. As a short-term... Read More
January 13, 2016 | God at work in the World | Nathan Dirks and Deborah Froese
Peter Neufeldt lives out his commitment to Jesus’ way of peace as a member of his church and as a member of the Rotary Club. “There are so many different ways of making peace,” he... Read More
January 13, 2016 | God at work in Us | Donna Schulz
It wasn’t the premiere of The Elmira Case . That happened earlier at the Peace on Earth Film Festival in Chicago, which led to the film being shown in Mongolia. But on Nov. 19,... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Artbeat |
When Manitoba photographer Jay Siemens partnered with Friesens Corporation to create a 2016 calendar to benefit Syrian refugees, he had no idea they would print 1,000 copies and... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Young Voices | Young Voices Editor

Kyle Rudge and Allison Barron are the founders of Geekdom House, in Winnipeg. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Allison Barron developed an interest in computer games and science fiction at an early age. Reconciling her pop culture interests with her Christian faith has not always been easy... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Readers can now search online, for free, in the denominational magazines of Mennonite Church Canada’s and Mennonite Church USA’s two predecessor organizations, the Mennonite... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Web First |
Leaders of Mennonite conferences in Europe and international guests met in Buhl, France, for their annual gathering of planning and fellowship October 23-25, 2015. The assembled... Read More
January 13, 2016 | Web First |
Dr. Kenneth J. Nafziger, long-time and noted professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University—plus a key figure in putting together a hymnal and two song supplements—spoke at a... Read More
January 12, 2016 | Web First | Melodie Davis
Looking for a way to use your musical and worship talents in the new year? Want to be part of shaping what Mennonites sing? MennoMedia, in close partnership with Mennonite Church... Read More
January 12, 2016 | Web First |
Stories about Mennonite identity, sexuality, politics, and music attracted visitors to the Canadian Mennonite website last year. Here are the top stories, based on the number of... Read More
January 7, 2016 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler
In 1915, in the midst of the First World War, the Swiss Mennonite congregation that had been meeting at the Conestoga Meetinghouse moved to the village of St. Jacobs. Founded in... Read More
January 7, 2016 | Web First |
“The ability to keep people alive longer has created new ethical questions around deciding to die. This has, in ways, driven the conversation around euthanasia and assisted... Read More
January 6, 2016 | Web First | Sherri Martin-Carman
The final document of the BFC Task Force, including its four-part recommendation to the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2016, is now available for review and response. It has... Read More
December 23, 2015 | God at work in the Church |
The Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church notified Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Canada in late November that it would withdraw from the conferences as of the end... Read More
December 23, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
Most Canadian Mennonites have not experienced war first-hand or had their pacifist beliefs tested, but the stories of those who have are an important part of the peace narrative... Read More
December 23, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Manitoba, which leads all provinces in putting people behind bars, also wants to lead in restorative justice programming. Its new Restorative Justice Act and an accompanying five-... Read More
December 23, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
“I wanted to see what God can do with me and how he might use me,” said Gao Hlee Vang of First Hmong Mennonite Church, in Kitchener, Ont., reflecting on her congregation’s mission... Read More
December 23, 2015 | God at work in the World | Lisa Williams
Childhood is all about the endless possibilities, the dreams that will come true if you wish hard enough. Erin Wiebe’s childhood was no different in those ways. She knew if she... Read More
December 23, 2015 | God at work in Us | Rachel Bergen
Disarming Conflict: Why Peace Cannot be Won on the Battlefield. By Ernie Regehr. Between the Lines Books, 2015, 217 pages. War does not resolve conflict, says Ernie Regehr in his... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Artbeat | Barb Draper
Who delivered the baby and laid him at Mary’s breast, skin upon skin? Was it the Innkeeper’s wife? Who cut the cord tethering him to the womb, birthing a new kind of attachment?... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Young Voices | Kim Penner
It doesn’t seem right that more people aren’t familiar with singer-songwriter Paul Bergman. Over the past 12 years, Bergman has quietly released five albums. Steeped in the... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Seven six-year-olds—Niko Van Geest DeGroot, Calum Goetzke, Matea Thiessen Unger, Frieda Nuss Hildebrand, Vito Stoesz, Nicholas Rempel Nighswander and Isabelle Heinrichs—received... Read More
December 23, 2015 | Back Page |
In late September 2015, many of us were enthralled by a rare celestial display: a super moon in total eclipse, also known as a blood moon because of its reddish glow—clearly a... Read More
December 21, 2015 | Web First | Sara Wenger Shenk
When Peter Thiessen was a teenager, one of his neighbors, a farmer, was injured so badly he couldn’t do the harvest. “It was Halloween night,” recalled Peter, “and my father got... Read More
December 21, 2015 | Web First | Susan Kim
“Above all, we want the refugees to receive what they need in the name of Jesus, for his glory and fame. They need him more than they need clean bedsheets, but we want to give... Read More
December 21, 2015 | Web First | Stephanie Hanna
Five years ago, Stuart Murray’s book The Naked Anabaptist made waves with its look at the central beliefs of Anabaptism and their relevance for Christians today. Now Herald Press... Read More
December 19, 2015 | Web First |
“We believe that you will serve the world by showing the best of human creativity and capacity,” said Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, the general secretary of the World Council of... Read More
December 10, 2015 | Web First | From World Council of Churches reports
At Waterloo North Mennonite Church, the 2014 Advent season began on Nov. 24 with a special labyrinth of blessing for the congregation’s children and youth. A labyrinth of freshly... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Mennonite Church Canada laid off five staff members on Nov. 28, as part of the cost-saving restructuring efforts that fall under the banner of the Future Directions Task Force... Read More
December 9, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
Leaders at Mennonite Church Eastern Canada feel they are caught between a rock and a hard place, as they have had to deal with a number of boundary crossings by church leaders... Read More
December 9, 2015 | God at work in the Church |
Mennonite Church Manitoba has a new vision for its camping ministry, one that involves relinquishing two of its camps and significantly improving the third. “The question was, how... Read More
December 9, 2015 | God at work in the Church |
The first three times their house flooded, John and Mary Webb managed to make repairs. But in 2011, after the Red River filled it with water for the fourth time, they were broke... Read More
December 9, 2015 | God at work in the World |
Sandra and Harold Friesen of Calgary and Linda and Jim Dyck of Pincher Creek spent the last two years volunteering as project coordinators for Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS)... Read More
December 9, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
A Mennonite church is not a typical venue for a Remembrance Day service, but on Nov. 11, 2015, members of several Mennonite Church Saskatchewan congregations came together at... Read More
December 9, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Abner Martin is pictured leading members of the Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in singing hymns dating back to the 17th century, during an event in Toronto in 2005. (Canadian Mennonite file photo by Ross W. Muir)

One could say that, in a musical sense, 1955 was the best of times and the worst of times when compared to today. From a Swiss-South German Mennonite perspective, we were heirs to... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Artbeat | Abner Martin
Directed by Francis Lawrence. Screenwriters: Peter Craig and Danny Strong. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. A Color Force/Lionsgate release, 2015. Rated PG (... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen
April Yamasaki and Lois Siemens have collaborated across the miles on a second creative project. In 2014, the women, who are pastors of Mennonite Church Canada congregations in... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Artbeat | Donna Schulz
As Christmas approaches, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is heading to a local mall with my siblings so we can have our picture taken with Santa. I have had my photo... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Mim Harder of Rouge Valley Mennonite Church, Stouffville, Ont., and Steve Heinrichs, director of Indigenous Relations for MC Canada. (Photo by Rachel Brnjas)

Over a period of seven years, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) heard more than 6,000 survivors of residential schools tell their painful stories of... Read More
December 9, 2015 | Young Voices | Ally Siebert
“Africa is for babies.” That’s what Andrew and Karen Suderman, our Mennonite Church Canada colleagues in South Africa, assured us before we first left for Botswana in 2013. As... Read More
December 8, 2015 | Web First | Nathan Dirks
Representatives of every stream of global Christianity met in Tirana, Albania, Nov. 1 to 5, 2015, for a consultation on Discrimination, Persecution, Martyrdom: Following Christ... Read More
December 8, 2015 | Web First | Karla Braun
“If you want to love someone, you need to know their story; if you want to know someone, you need to learn their story,” Steve Heinrichs, Mennonite Church Canada’s director of... Read More
December 8, 2015 | Web First |
When Obed and Phena Dashan told students and faculty at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) how they feel God’s love surrounding them in spite of facing death every day... Read More
December 7, 2015 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen
Mennonite Church Canada laid off five staff members on Nov. 28, 2015, as part of the cost-saving restructuring efforts that fall under the banner of the Future Directions Task... Read More
December 2, 2015 | Web First | Will Braun
Mennonite Church Canada has begun to implement changes proposed by the Future Directions Task Force (FDTF) insofar as foresight allows, as a result of pressing financial necessity... Read More
December 1, 2015 | Web First |

Locations of Old Order Mennonite groups in Ontario. (Map courtesy of Amsey Martin)

There has been remarkable growth in the number of Old Order Mennonite meetinghouses in Ontario in the last 50 years. They have been spreading farther afield, especially in the... Read More
December 1, 2015 | Web First | Barb Draper
International recording artist and world traveller Matt Epp is performing at a benefit concert to support a unique peacebuilding venture in the Philippines. In March 2015 Epp... Read More
November 25, 2015 | Web First | Deborah Froese
None of Mennonite Mission Network’s five international workers was hurt in the November 13, 2015, bombings in Paris, although each one has been affected by them. The workers... Read More
November 24, 2015 | Web First | Dani Klotz
As world leaders, including Canada’s new prime minister, meet in Paris November 30 to December 11, 2015, to conclude a major new climate change agreement, their main focus will be... Read More
November 23, 2015 | Web First | Carol Thiessen
Willard Metzger will attend the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference, Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015, in Paris, France, on behalf of The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC... Read More
November 20, 2015 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Three high profile Mennonite-connected politicians expressed their views this week on how to handle the 25,000 Syrian refugees newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has... Read More
November 19, 2015 | Web First |
The looping cursive script has turned brown, the yellowing pages are smudged with fingerprints and held together with aged pieces of tape. In the top left corner of the document,... Read More
November 18, 2015 | God at work in the Church |
“We should do this again!” commented a Hmong young adult, a sentiment heard often after Kitchener First Mennonite Church’s Assembly Scattered weekend in early October 2015. Nearly... Read More
November 18, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Rebecca Yoder Neufeld
Warmth was evident all around at the annual B.C. Women’s Ministry retreat. Held from Oct. 16 to 18, 2015, at Camp Squeah, there was warmth in the fire and fireplace decorations... Read More
November 18, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) made headlines this fall when it was revealed that workers at its CMU Farm had successfully grown an ancient variety of squash from seeds... Read More
November 18, 2015 | God at work in the World |
When a provincial election brought a wave of optimism to Manitoba—or at least parts of it—in 1999, a colleague said, “Yep, the reign of God should descend upon us any time now.”... Read More
November 18, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
“You maybe can’t save all the lives, but you can save some.” With these words, Doha Kharsa encouraged her audience to sponsor refugees. Kharsa, herself a Syrian refugee who... Read More
November 18, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Saskatchewan is entering a season of transition. Claire Ewert Fisher has resigned as executive director, a position she has held for the past... Read More
November 18, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
As part of our occasional Faith Journeys series, we share Henry Paetkau’s experience with readers. As Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s area church minister, he originally... Read More
November 18, 2015 | God at work in Us | Henry Paetkau
The story of Orie O. Miller is also the story of how Mennonites in the 20th century moved from being isolationist and the “quiet in the land,” to being a church with strong... Read More
November 18, 2015 | Artbeat | Barb Draper
Coffee for Peace won a certificate of achievement from the United Nations Development Programme. It was one of six winners in the UN’s IIX N-Peace Innovation Challenge for “... Read More
November 18, 2015 | Focus On | Deborah Froese
My partner Suzanne Braun and I spent three years as Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) service workers in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho from 2011-14. As the connecting... Read More
November 18, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Janzen
Stories of how their life journeys were shaped by voluntary service filled the room at a reunion of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) service workers who were part of the Pax... Read More
November 16, 2015 | Web First | Gladys Terichow
As political unrest brings increased violence in Burundi, partners of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) continue building on two decades of peacebuilding to encourage peace. The... Read More
November 16, 2015 | Web First | Melody Musser
Congregating junior youth in small-town Saskatchewan may seem like a counter-intuitive way for them to discover their part in the global church body, but that’s what the purpose... Read More
November 16, 2015 | Web First | Marcus Kruger
Jane Philpott, a member of the Community Mennonite Church in Stouffville, Ont., and the chief of family medicine at Markham-Stouffville Hospital, was named today to Prime Minister... Read More
November 4, 2015 | Web First |

Board member Caleb Redekop, centre, cuts the PiE pie with Chris Brnjas and Jessica Reesor Rempel at Pastors in Exile’s kick-off on Sept. 27, 2015, at the Queen St. Commons Café in Kitchener, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Both Jessica Reesor Rempel and Chris Brnjas are fond of puns, as perhaps only geeks are. Self-professed “church geeks,” they kicked off their new ministry, Pastors in Exile (PiE)... Read More
November 4, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
An interactive blanket exercise on Missions Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, shows members of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., a different way of looking at Canadian history... Read More
November 4, 2015 | God at work in the World |
Bringing a long-standing and dearly loved institution to an end is not an easy thing to do. The members of Saskatchewan Women in Mission (SWM) have at least shown that it can be... Read More
November 4, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Saskatchewan Correspondent
People who want to love their indigenous neighbours must first learn to love themselves, according to Dr. Patricia Vickers, a psychotherapist and Tsimshian theologian. Vickers... Read More
November 4, 2015 | God at work in the World |
She is a novelist and world traveller, speaks Mandarin and has a brown belt in karate. Shaimaa Kraba also wears a hijab and is a Sunni Muslim. At the third annual Christian-Muslim... Read More
November 4, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Leona (Unger) Rogalsky was born into an Evangelical Mennonite Conference (EMC) family in southern Manitoba in the 1930s. During her childhood, her family spent some time in the... Read More
November 4, 2015 | Artbeat |
Conrad Stoesz, Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC) archivist, is passionate about pursuing peace and the history of conscientious objection to war. His long-held convictions inspired... Read More
November 4, 2015 | Artbeat |
It could be that thousands of people have learned about Mennonites from Katie Steckly. Early last year, the 19-year-old, who grew up in Milverton, Ont., and is a member of... Read More
November 4, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
It takes Anna Chemar almost two hours to dress in her favourite style. The elaborate makeup alone requires 45 minutes. Carefully slipping into the clothes—bell-shaped skirt,... Read More
November 4, 2015 | Young Voices | Katrina Brooks
Cellphones are this generation’s cigarette. That was one analysis provided by Jerry Holsopple and Linford Stutzman to students participating in an October Living and Learning... Read More
November 2, 2015 | Web First | Kara Painter
When Brian Darweesh and Reem Younes got married, they were living as refugees in Lebanon. They left their homes in Syria, fleeing violence and a threat on Darweesh’s life. At... Read More
November 2, 2015 | Web First | Emily Loewen

Kaleigh Van Egmond paints the face of Ellery Sawatzky at the celebration of Bethany United Mennonite Church’s 50th anniversary. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

The way Bill Goertz remembers it, every time it seemed that the building plan for Bethany Mennonite Church was settled, Victor Dyck would come to yet another caffeine-fuelled... Read More
November 2, 2015 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky

George Reesor, front row right, a local historian and Parkview Home board member in the 1980s, spoke at the 50th anniversary celebration and observed: ‘The Parkview of today could not have been conceived or planned in its entirety back in the 1960s. Rather, each added project has been built upon vision, experience and expertise gained from earlier endeavours.’ His wife Anna is seated beside him. (Parkview Home photo)

The Parkview auditorium was filled on Sept. 27, 2015, as residents, past and present board members, and community supporters gathered to celebrate 50 years of service to the... Read More
October 28, 2015 | Web First | Joanna Reesor-McDowell
October 31 in Canada and the USA is widely acknowledged as Halloween. It is marked by costumes, candy—and tales of horror. But the date has deeper historical connotations for... Read More
October 27, 2015 | Web First | Conrad Stoesz
Gregory Rabus and Jennifer Otto, Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers in Germany, are finding ways to respond to the needs of refugees flooding into the country from Syria and... Read More
October 21, 2015 | God at work in the World |
While the physical space has been there since the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) Centre for Peace Advancement was inaugurated a year ago, the Frank and Helen Epp Peace... Read More
October 21, 2015 | God at work in the World |
What does it look like when two churches and Camp Valaqua partner toward a common goal? It looks like 18 enthusiastic campers! This past summer, the Service and Outreach branch of... Read More
October 21, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Song leaders from a number of MC Saskatchewan churches participated in ‘Singing with the Spirit,’ a weekend music and worship event hosted by Nutana Park Mennonite from Oct. 2 to 4, 2015. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“I will sing with the Spirit, but I will sing with understanding.” These words, from I Corinthians 14:15, formed the basis of Marilyn Houser Hamm’s recent music workshop at Nutana... Read More
October 21, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
His name was David Schroeder, but those who knew him affectionately and respectfully referred to him as “Doc.” Schroeder, who worked as professor of New Testament and philosophy... Read More
October 21, 2015 | God at work in Us | Kevin Kilbrei
As a parent of young children, I read a lot of picture books. Some books I read under duress—my children love them and I tolerate them—and some books I read to my kids despite the... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Focus On | Natasha Krahn
Two Mennonite authors in British Columbia have recently published children’s picture books, both with across-the-world themes. Barbara Nickel of Yarrow is the author of the... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Focus On | Amy Dueckman
Theology, Spirituality Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for our Times . Howard Zehr. Herald Press, 2015. First published 25 years ago, Herald Press has re-issued this textbook... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Focus On | Compiled by Barb Draper, Books & Resources Editor
“Mennonites talking about sex? That would probably make world news!” So observes the latest original production by Ontario-based theatre company Theatre of the Beat. The hard-... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Young Voices | Ally Siebert
My mother Colleen Thiessen and I were out for a walk when I visited her a few months ago and we passed our church. I asked how she could attend every Sunday morning. She replied... Read More
October 21, 2015 | Young Voices | Brighton Thiessen
You don’t have to be a grain farmer to support the Canadian Foodgrains Bank through a growing project. And you don’t even need to be a farmer, as members of Petitcodiac Mennonite... Read More
October 20, 2015 | Web First |
On the weekend of Oct. 3 and 4, 2015, Shantz Mennonite Church congregation celebrated its 175th anniversary. Church members recalled how, in the late 1830s, Mennonite families... Read More
October 20, 2015 | Web First |
“You should do something with all this,” was the doctor’s prescription. “All this” were the art supplies scattered across Shannon Moroney’s husband’s studio in their house. Jason... Read More
October 19, 2015 | Web First |

Arnaud Mennonite Church youth group members Meagan Schlorff, left; Cole Holdrick, second from left; Liam Thiessen, third from right; and Adrian Thiessen, right, are pictured with youth leader Ewald Boschmann, third from left and Art Enns, the farmer who donated the land, to celebrate a successful harvest that raised $12,600 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. (Canadian Foodgrains Bank photo)

In the Bible, there’s a well-known story about Jesus miraculously feeding five thousand with only a few loaves and fish. That story inspired the Arnaud (Manitoba) Mennonite Church... Read More
October 19, 2015 | Web First | Amanda Thorsteinsson
“We don’t practise peace because it always works, but because we are called to be faithful to Christ’s way.” Scott Brubaker-Zehr, pastor of Rockway Mennonite Church in Kitchener,... Read More
October 19, 2015 | Web First |
Forty years after refugees fled Vietnam and communist oppression for Canada’s shores, the Vietnamese community in B.C. expressed gratitude to God at a celebratory evening on Aug... Read More
October 7, 2015 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman
For years, Leon Kehl of Floradale (Ont.) Mennonite Church, has been working to build understanding and friendship between Christians and Muslims in Waterloo Region. Long before... Read More
October 7, 2015 | God at work in the World | Barb Draper
Why would a church of predominantly greying members build a playground for children? Betty Brown was thinking about children as she drove past the abandoned playground at Midway... Read More
October 7, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
“Dairy farming is not just a job,” said Lloyd Sawatzky, “It is a way of life.” For members of Osler Mennonite Church, dairy farming is a way of life that has come to an end. In... Read More
October 7, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Two hundred people spent a sunny Saturday at Morden Mennonite Church in southern Manitoba to look squarely at how the church can deal with its same-sex crisis. “Biblical marriage... Read More
October 7, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
In the words of David Martin, executive minister of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, at the 2015 annual church gathering, “Since our habit is to normally talk about God in the... Read More
October 7, 2015 | God at work in Us | David Martin
There’s nothing comfortable in the artwork of Edgar Heap of Birds. Especially for people whose ancestors came to this continent as settlers. Heap of Birds has described his art as... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Artbeat |
With its propulsive rhythm and alluring harmonies, “Light a Match”—the new single and title track on Chic Gamine’s latest album—seems like a simple pop song at first. That... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Upneet Bala was bullied online to the point that she attempted suicide, but she rose above the hurt by meeting her tormentor and relying on two foundations of her faith:... Read More
October 7, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachelle Girard
One-hundred-and-fifteen cyclists braved the rainy weather on Sept. 19, 2015, and brought in nearly a million dollars to support Syrian refugees now living in Lebanon... Read More
October 5, 2015 | Web First |
An Olympian-turned-lawyer, an English language educator, a businessman with a passion for international development, and a couple who have ministered for more than 45 years in... Read More
October 5, 2015 | Web First | Kevin Kilbrei

Jeff Horst in the echosims’ former offices in Kitchener, Ont. Waterloo Region is now touted as the second-largest new-media centre in North America. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky) 

At 26, Jeff Horst already has five years of entrepreneurial experience behind him. That’s long enough to know that starting two companies at once is too much; that volunteering in... Read More
October 5, 2015 | Web First |

Residents of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, are venturing out into the streets again, with talks between conflicting groups underway. The promise of peace once again holds out hope. (Mennonite Church Canada file photo by Deborah Froese)

A coup d’état in Burkina Faso brought the lead-up to democratic elections to a halt for a week filled with fear and shooting in the streets. Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite... Read More
September 28, 2015 | Web First | Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

The Global Anabaptist Profile consultation group surveyed 24 church conferences of Mennonite World Conference concerning their demographics, beliefs, and practices. (Goshen College photo)

Sociological surveys may be uncommon evangelistic tools, but Damien Pelende of the Democratic Republic of Congo testified that the Global Anabaptist Profile survey had drawn new... Read More
September 24, 2015 | Web First | Elizabeth Miller
Miraya Groot follows Mac Wallace, Zack Strike, and Brendan Paetkau as Conrad Grebel University College students unload the last of their residence room furniture before the first... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Focus On Education |

Colin and Judith McCartney

After more than 30 years of working with young people on the margins of society in Toronto, Judith and Colin McCartney are now ministering under the auspices of Mennonite Church... Read More
September 23, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Kuen Yee

Kuen Yee was ordained at a worship celebration of God’s leading, diversity and giftedness at Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church on Sept. 6. Area church minister Dan Graber led... Read More
September 23, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
In July, the General Board of Mennonite Church Canada received and approved two reports received from the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) Task Force. BFC 6.1 is the follow-up to the... Read More
September 23, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Participants and instructors at NARPI’s summer peacebuilding training session in Mongolia gather for a group photo. Scott Kim is on the far left, wearing a light blue shirt, and Cheryl Woelk is standing behind the banner, holding her infant son. For more photos, visit facebook.com/narpipeace or narpi.net.

“Conflict isn’t something we should avoid,” says Cheryl Woelk, “because there are good things on the other side.” Recently, Woelk and her husband, Scott Kim—members of Wildwood... Read More
September 23, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
When Ken Reddig was too depressed to get out of his chair, he sat at his window and watched birds. In winter, the nuthatches squabbled over dropped seeds. In summer, the... Read More
September 23, 2015 | God at work in Us |

Fine arts student Margaret Gissing poses with a silverware sculpture she created with her father Gus Gissing, a Conrad Grebel University College alumnus. The sculpture represents the many people involved at Grebel and the different gifts they each bring to the table. (Photo by Jennifer Konkle)

Eager faces showing a little bit of nervousness arrived at Conrad Grebel University College on Labour Day for the new school year. Young adults from across Canada, as well as some... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Focus On Education | Jennifer Konkle
Enrolment numbers for new first-year students are up—or even—to 2014 figures in five Mennonite universities and colleges in Canada and the U.S. where Canadians are enrolled,... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Focus On Education |

Rachel Bergen is leaving Canadian Mennonite to complete a term with Mennonite Central Committee’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Bergen)

I always knew growing up that I wanted to leave home and see the world. The thought of one day volunteering overseas, listening to people’s stories and learning new languages... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Young Voices |

Peter Warkentin’s physical and mental abilities are gradually declining, but his faith remains strong. (Photo courtesy of Amelia Warkentin)

Sleeping soundly with his legs pulled into his hunched frame, my grandfather was comfortable before I woke him. He made a statement about it being early for me to be there and... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Young Voices | Amelia Warkentin

Geralde Reesor-Grooters

This list is based on the workshop, “How Can Church be Autism-Friendly?” led by Geralde Reesor-Grooters. The workshop was held on July 24, 2015 at the Mennonite World Conference... Read More
September 23, 2015 | Web First | Anna Groff

With several other delegates, Chris Brnjas (center back row), Mennonite Church Canada’s delegate to Global Youth Summit 2015, shared reflections of the event during one of the closing sessions. (Mennonite Church Canada photo)

Chris Brnjas felt a deep kinship with fellow delegates to the Global Youth Summit (GYS) held in Pennsylvania July 17-19, 2015. In a report following the event he wrote, “We were... Read More
September 22, 2015 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The presidents of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) and Goshen College (GC) announced their voluntary withdrawals from the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)... Read More
September 22, 2015 | Web First |

Abdel el-Razek, his wife and their youngest daughter stand in the Jordanian countryside, where they have managed to put up their tent. Back home in Syria, el-Razek was a car salesman. Now he works for minimal wages at various labouring jobs. (Photo courtesy of Canadian Foodgrains Bank)

Not long after a heart-wrenching photo of a refugee toddler lying lifeless on a Turkish beach hit the news, phones at Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada began ringing off... Read More
September 11, 2015 | Web First |

Michelle Koop served as a summer chaplaincy intern at Tabor Manor, St. Catharines, Ont., for the summer of 2015. She worked under the supervision of Waldo Pauls. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Michelle Koop grew up going to Vineland (Ont.) United Mennonite Church, next to the Vineland Mennonite Home. She worked at the Home and helped care for the father of Ed Janzen,... Read More
September 9, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Sang-Min Lee enjoys some of his favourite fast food after being released from prison, where he served 15 months for refusing to participate in mandatory military service. (Mennonite World Conference photo)

Conscientious objector (CO) Sang-Min Lee, a member of Grace and Peace Mennonite Church in Seoul, South Korea, is free. He was released from prison on July 30, after serving 15... Read More
September 9, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

A Mennonite World Conference delegation attended a worship service at the Mennonite Brethren church in Majé, Panama, in February 2015. (Mennonite World Conference photo by Henk Stenvers)

With the future of the Wounaan indigenous people of Panama being chopped down before their eyes, the largely Mennonite leadership of the group is asking the global Mennonite... Read More
September 9, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
The Wounaan indigenous people of Panama, renowned carvers of cocobolo wood, are fighting the incursion of outsider loggers into their territory. About 600 of the roughly 15,000... Read More
September 9, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Marcel French’s tanned complexion and dark hair easily identify him as Anishinabe. Which is why he likes to drop a Low German word or expression into his speech and watch the... Read More
September 9, 2015 | God at work in the World |

Volunteer Ingrid Schultz, right, enjoys dinner and fellowship with a guest at one of this summer’s fellowship dinners in Abbotsford. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

Mennonite Central Committee B.C.’s offices and thrift shop may be closed on Sunday, but two Sunday afternoons a month there is plenty of activity in the back parking lot of the... Read More
September 9, 2015 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman

Heather Driedger is the new executive director of Parkland Restorative Justice, an agency supported by MC Sask. (Photo courtesy of Heather Driedger)

Parkland Restorative Justice has a new executive director. The agency, which is supported by Mennonite Church Saskatchewan (MC Sask), hired Heather Driedger to fill the position... Read More
September 9, 2015 | God at work in Us | Donna Schulz

Laura Bruno (Eliza Doolittle), Josh Neufeldt (Henry Higgins), Kate Strathdee (Eliza Doolittle), and Ben Thiessen (Colonel Hugh Pickering) perform in My Fair Lady. At music camp roles are often shared and at this point the two Elizas were changing places. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

When Linnea Thacker suggested to her co-director of Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, Elizabeth Rogalsky Lepock, that they perform a shortened version of My Fair Lady as the musical... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Artbeat |
The Tent of Nations is a family farm situated in the Palestinian hills near Bethlehem in the West Bank, owned by the Palestinian-Christian Nassar family since 1916. The farm... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Young Voices | Emily Hunsberger

Beverley Winter has lived at Friendship Manor in Altona, Man., for the past eight years. (Photo by Paige Mierau Friesen)

For Beverley Winter, the Friendship Manor community includes teenagers from the Altona Mennonite Church (AMC) youth group. Winter looks forward to monthly Sunday morning... Read More
September 9, 2015 | Young Voices | Paige Mierau Friesen

Vernon Leis

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) has received an allegation of sexual and ethical misconduct against a former credentialed pastor, the late Vernon Leis. “It is a painful... Read More
September 8, 2015 | Web First |
Nearly 500 years ago, the Anabaptist movement centred on rediscovering Jesus and applying what he taught to all aspects of life. The Mennonite World Conference assembly, held in... Read More
August 31, 2015 | Web First |

Photo provided by the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies.

A group of children from Orchard Park Bible Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., carry signs celebrating the 200th birthday of Sunday school as Kathy and Alfred Guenther present... Read More
August 26, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Kate Regier

Among the activities the Canadian youth were engaged in during the MWC assembly was finding and chatting with someone they didn’t know. (Photo courtesy of Dave Bergen)

Thanks to a great deal of planning, the 310 Canadian young people and their sponsors had the “global experience of a lifetime,” according to Kirsten Hamm-Epp, area church minister... Read More
August 26, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Prabidhi Pandey worked on the Mennonite Disaster Service project while at MWC assembly. She is a 14-year-old from Danforth Mennonite Church, Toronto. (Photo courtesy of Prabidhi Pandey)

All the youth name tags at Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa., had “#J178” on them. Nobody gave much thought to it until 600 youth from around the world were... Read More
August 26, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Prabidhi Pandey

Ben Goossen shows the photo, “Heinrich Himmler in Molotschna, 1942,” during his workshop, “From Aryanism to Multiculturalism: Mennonite Ethnicity and German Nationalism, 1871 to Today.” (Photo by Dale D. Gehman for Meetinghouse)

A chapter of 20th-century German Mennonite history that has been predominantly glossed over, received attention in back-to-back workshops by historians on July 22 at the Mennonite... Read More
August 26, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Tim Huber
A campaign of church signs supported by Juno-award-winning musician Steve Bell is calling on the federal government to address the longstanding injustice of Winnipeg’s water... Read More
August 26, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Karen Steckly manages the MCC New to You shop in Milverton, Ont. (Photo by Katie Steckly)

There’s never a dull moment at the thrift shop. Whether it’s a truckload full of donations five minutes before closing or a till that needs balancing, Mennonite Central Committee... Read More
August 26, 2015 | God at work in Us | Katie Steckly

Christine Brubaker (left) and Erin Brubacher walk the last kilometre of 700 as they approach the Brubacher house on the grounds of the University of Waterloo. An invitation had gone out and a number of people joined them for the last hour of the journey. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Erin Brubacher and Christine Brubaker are seventh cousins, more or less. Before their 700-kilometre walk from Brubaker Valley Road in Lancaster, Pa., to the historic John E... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Artbeat |
Javier and his family arrived in Winnipeg in November of 2013, on the brink of Winnipeg’s coldest winter since 1898, a bone-chilling change from their Colombian homeland, where... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Young Voices | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

A selection of thematically diverse prints constitute Rudolph’s contribution to “Tandem: Going Places Together.” (Photo courtesy of Miriam Rudolph)

From Winnipeg to Minneapolis to Edmonton, Terry Hildebrand and Miriam Rudolph’s journey together as artists and life partners has taken them to a variety of different places... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Just as the ripples from a stone thrown into a body of water move outward from the centre, so too the effects of one person acting in and for peace affect many around them,... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Back Page |

Youth help build a Mennonite Disaster Service house at Mennonite World Conference assembly. A new bursary will help youth who have volunteered with MDS pay for their studies. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman for Meetinghouse)

A new bursary will make it possible for students who volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) to receive financial help for their higher education. Learning how to live out... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Web First | Mark Beach

Canadian students can now earn a Master of Divinity at AMBS without moving to the campus in Indiana. (AMBS photo)

Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) has received long-awaited approval for students from Canada to study in the seminary’s distance program, Master of Divinity Connect... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen

Canadian Darnell Barkman took part in the 2015 Canadian School of Peacebuilding, along with 85 students from around the world, representing various faiths and identity groups. (CMU photo)

When Darnell Barkman found out he would be home in Canada during the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP), he had to enrol. Barkman was one of 84 students from around the world... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Web First |
More than 100 Anabaptist educators attended a global education conference July 16-19, 2015, just before Mennonite World Conference assembly. The summit, held at Christopher Dock... Read More
August 26, 2015 | Web First |

A group of five singers from Kenya sang at the Thursday evening worship service. Of the choir of 30, only these five received visas to come to the U. S. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman for Meetinghouse)

Applying for a visa to enter the U.S. was serious business for many internationals hoping to attend PA 2015, the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly held in Harrisburg, July... Read More
August 13, 2015 | Web First | From reports by Phyllis Pellman Good, Judy Zimmerman Herr and Robert Herr

Photo: Mennonite Heritage Centre/Mennonite Archival Image Database

Lenore Mendes of Guatemala addresses Mennonite World Conference 12 in Winnipeg in 1990. She thought she would be speaking to a few hundred people, but was surprised to see... Read More
August 12, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Conrad Stoesz

Through July and August, The Commons, a Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregation in Hamilton, Ont., has been meeting in Beasley Park on Sundays at 6 p.m.

The Commons is starting to slow down. No, we are not retiring as a church, we just think it is time for a little different pace. The plan is to switch things up in the fall for... Read More
August 12, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Randell Neudorf

Beatrice Kuzinza holds up a small lettuce plant she found in the compost during a Bread for Success field trip. Bread for Success is a new approach by MCC. (Photo by Meghan Mast)

A group of children visited a greenhouse on the last day of Bread for Success, an after-school project in Saskatoon supported by Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Global Family... Read More
August 12, 2015 | God at work in the World | Meghan Mast

Looking bleak and lifeless today, the burned area surrounding Forest House will explode with life by next summer, says Ric Driediger, who owns the property. (Photo by Sarah Driediger)

“I’m not very good at being helpless,” says Ric Driediger as he reflects on the impact Saskatchewan’s forest fires have had on his business and his life. Driediger and his wife,... Read More
August 12, 2015 | God at work in Us | Donna Schulz

Jeremy Hamm shows off a few of the guitars he has made in his shop. (Photo by J. Neufeld)

Pop psychology writer Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000-hour rule—the notion that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a craft. Jeremy Hamm will tell you a different... Read More
August 12, 2015 | God at work in Us | J. Neufeld
In Search of Promised Lands: A Religious History of Mennonites in Ontario By Samuel J. Steiner. Herald Press, 2015, 877 pages. Sam Steiner has pulled off an amazing feat. He has... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Artbeat | Barb Draper

Jim Cheng and Matthew Veith rode their bikes from New York City to Pennsylvania to take part in PA 2015.

Youth and young adults from all over the world went to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from July 21 to 26 for a reunion with the global Mennonite family. We spoke with a handful of young... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen and Aaron Epp

Coming out to Charleswood Mennonite Church, the congregation in Winnipeg that he grew up in, was an emotional experience for Dustin Loewen. (Photo by Anya Snider)

Growing up, Dustin Loewen was sometimes teased by his friends for being a “Mennonite poster boy.” He had a well-rounded Mennonite upbringing, attended Mennonite schools and has... Read More
August 12, 2015 | Young Voices | Anya Snider

From left, Emmanuel of India, Khanyisani Ngwenya of Zimbabwe, and Tim Hochstetler pack green beans into cans in Mennonite Central Committee’s mobile canner at the Mennonite World Conference assembly, held July 21 to 16, 2015. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman for Meetinghouse)

Mennonite Central Committee’s mobile meat canner went vegan for the Mennonite World Conference assembly, switching for one week from pork, beef and turkey to green beans. Slipping... Read More
August 11, 2015 | Web First | Tim Huber

Volunteers helped build two prefabricated houses for Mennonite Disaster Service at PA 2015. MDS staff were on hand every afternoon to guide volunteers in constructing the floors and walls for houses destined for families who lost their homes in natural disasters. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

Pounding nails may be the last activity one might expect at an international church convention, but for many at the Mennonite World Conference’s PA 2015, it was a perfect fit... Read More
August 11, 2015 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

The Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., hosted the events of PA 2015, the 16th Mennonite World Conference assembly. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

Would the attendees of Pennsylvania 2015 accept “an occasional farm smell” in their meeting space? That’s just one of the many questions Howard Good, national coordinator of PA... Read More
August 11, 2015 | Web First | Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Enjoying the international connections at the first ever Anabaptist World Cup. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

Two-hundred and sixty-nine individuals played in the Anabaptist World Cup in Logan Park in Dillsburg, Pa. This was the first soccer tournament for Mennonite World Conference and... Read More
August 11, 2015 | Web First | Anna Groff
For my “First thoughts” see here . I will begin at the end. There was the installing of a new president of MWC. When the outgoing president, Danisa Ndlovu of Zimbabwe, gave his... Read More
July 28, 2015 | Web First | David Driedger

Bruxy Cavey, the keynote speaker at the Saturday evening service, challenged listeners to go beyond the “ethics of a rock” in their love for other people. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman, for Meetinghouse)

Love for neighbour is absolutely central to the gospel, speaker Bruxy Cavey said in the final mass worship service of Pennsylvania 2015, July 25, 2015. This service saw the... Read More
July 28, 2015 | Web First | Doreen Martens

Hippolyto Tshimanga reminded listeners at Mennonite World Conference Assembly: “There is no such thing as a church without mission; mission is the DNA of the church.” And yet, he wondered if some Mennonites are “allergic” to evangelism. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman, for Meetinghouse)  

Energy was still high in the penultimate mass session of PA 2015, July 25, 2015, and speakers issued sharp challenges to Anabaptists, calling for a more active and evangelistic... Read More
July 28, 2015 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

The July 24 evening service concluded with a communion service led by Janet Plenert, MWC vice president, J. Nelson Kraybill, MWC president elect, and Danisa Ndlovu, MWC president. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman, for Meetinghouse)

Each person is never alone. They must live in community. Yet each also craves independence and autonomy. Citing Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32, Wieteke van der Molen told... Read More
July 26, 2015 | Web First | Tim Huber

Young Anabaptist Kevin Ressler asked how the Anabaptist church can regain its confidence and become boldly prophetic again. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

“We are here today, celebrating our common Anabaptist faith and our position in the Lord Jesus Christ,” was the greeting from Shantkumar S. Kunjam of India, who took the platform... Read More
July 26, 2015 | Web First | Lil Goertzen

Nzuzi Mukawa, a Congolese Mennonite Brethren pastor and educator, preached on walking with conflict and reconciliation. He highlighted the biblical character Abigail as an example of faithful peacemaking. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

Nzuzi Mukawa, a Congolese Mennonite Brethren pastor and educator and the MB Mission team leader for Sub Sahara Africa, challenged his audience Thursday evening to leave Mennonite... Read More
July 25, 2015 | Web First | Connie Faber

Remilyn Mondez, from the Philippines: “I was a casualty of church conflict.” (Dale D. Gehman)

Remilyn Mondez of the Philippines warned about the perils of church conflict and then sprung a surprise. Speaking July 23, 2015, at the morning worship service of the Mennonite... Read More
July 24, 2015 | Web First | Paul Schrag

Players have fun in the first ever Anabaptist World Cup during the Mennonite World Conference Assembly held in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

Anabaptist World Cup started on July 23, 2015, in at Logan Park in Dillsburg, Pa. This is the first soccer tournament for Mennonite World Conference in Harrisburg, Pa. Players... Read More
July 24, 2015 | Web First | Anna Groff

In the Wednesday evening worship Pastor Yukari Kaga reminds those gathered at Mennonite World Conference that, “Jesus’ death has swallowed death in victory,” she said. “This is the work of God’s great power.” (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

Yukari Kaga, a pastor from Japan, admitted Peter’s praise in his letter to the early church seems “a little strange to me.” Peter wrote this letter (1 Peter) in such a cruel... Read More
July 23, 2015 | Web First | Anna Groff
Many people have gathered here in Harrisburg, Pa. Many more, I think, than I have been a part of in worship. Being a part of many people gathering, of many people singing can be a... Read More
July 23, 2015 | Web First | David Driedger

During Wednesday morning worship time, Deborah, from Indonesia, leads the international music ensemble in the singing of "Nyanyikanlah" (Sing to God a New Song), with gestures typical of worship in her country. The crowd in the big arena joined in with the singing and the movements. (Photo by Dale D. Gehman)

Three speakers—one each from Kenya, Canada and Ethiopia—shared stories of doubt in their local contexts at Mennonite World Conference’s (MWC) morning worship on July 22, 2015. “We... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Web First | Kelli Yoder

A drone (Courtesy of 1040 for Peace)

Participants in Mennonite World Conference Assembly, a global gathering of Mennonites and other related Anabaptist groups in Harrisburg, Pa., will be invited to assemble for... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Web First |

MennoHomes photo

Ken and Debbie Martin are ready to head out from Elmira (Ont.) Mennonite Church on a countryside tour as part of the MennoHomes fifth annual bike-a-thon for affordable housing on... Read More
July 22, 2015 | God at work in Us |

Photo: Mennonite Heritage Centre/Mennonite Archival Image Database

A group of 18 young men and women travel in the back of a truck on their way a Sängerfest or song festival in the Didsbury, Alberta, area in 1934. No seatbelts used here! Song... Read More
July 22, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Conrad Stoesz

Mike Martin (second from right) and his siblings (from left), Steve, Ron, Willard, Gloria and Terry Martin sang at the 25th anniversary celebration for Community Mennonite Fellowship in Drayton, Ont., on May 23, 2015. Mike, who is the chair of church council, wrote a special song for the event. (Photo courtesy of Community Mennonite Fellowship, Drayton)

The roots ran deep in both the Berea and Moorefield Mennonite Churches, north of Kitchener-Waterloo. Berea, first known as the Parker Mission, was founded in 1941 and joined the... Read More
July 22, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Prayer team member John C. Murray of Hesston, Kan., prays during a Pink Menno hymn sing outside the delegate hall July 4. (Photo by Paul Schrag, Mennonite World Review)

Pick a category of people at the Mennonite Church USA convention, and you could identify their pain. It might have been the pain of exclusion due to sexual orientation. Or of... Read More
July 22, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Paul Schrag

April Yamasaki speaks about fasting from the Christian perspective at the Abbotsford interfaith symposium on July 6, 2015. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

An interfaith symposium on July 6 at Abbotsford’s Garden Park Tower found Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs reflecting on fasting and peace and then eating together with a... Read More
July 22, 2015 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman

Ester Neufeldt, outgoing operations minister of MCEC, sits in her office at 50 Kent, Kitchener. This is the third office move she oversaw in her 27-and-a-half years of working for the area church. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

 

Ester Neufeldt has been around Mennonite Church Eastern Canada longer than MCEC has existed. The area church came into being on Feb. 1, 1988, but Neufeldt began her job on Jan. 25... Read More
July 22, 2015 | God at work in Us |
A letter to my congregation: An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus. By Ken Wilson. Read the Spirit Books... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Artbeat |
When children arrive at Mennonite Church Manitoba’s (MCM) three camps this summer, they will have a new tune to learn. “This Ground” is a simple, catchy, four-chord song—and it... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Will Friesen (centre), a Grade 5/6 student with severe cognitive and physical disabilities, poses with some of his classmates at Rosenfeld Elementary School. (Photo by Jackie Nickel)

Wilhelm (Will) Friesen, a Grade 5/6 student, does not have a voice. Will was born with severe cognitive and physical disabilities which prevent him from performing basic tasks,... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Young Voices | Mattea Nickel

Organizer Rachel Regier explains the goals of Pedal for Peace to about 40 participants. (Photo courtesy of MCC Saskatchewan)

Before they ate their fill of rollkuchen, watermelon, farmer’s sausage and other traditional Mennonite food, a group of Saskatchewan Mennonites cycled 43 kilometres in solidarity... Read More
July 22, 2015 | Young Voices |

Picking up on the assembly theme, MWC general secretary César García called listeners to join with others and—together—walk with God. (Photo by Dale Gehman)

The 16th Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly opened July 21, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa., with a parade of Mennonites from across the globe, with confession of past treatment... Read More
July 21, 2015 | Web First | Gordon Houser

Brook Musselman (left), logistics coordinator of the Global Youth Summit, and Howard Good, national coordinator of PA 2015, prepare for the Anabaptist World Cup at Logan Field, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Merle Good)

The first ever Anabaptist World Cup will be played on the afternoons of July 22, 23, 24, and 25, 2015, as an optional recreational event during PA 2015, the Mennonite World... Read More
July 20, 2015 | Web First | Phyllis Pellman Good

Marcy Hostetler of Lancaster, Pennsylvania is leading the international ensemble of singers and instrumentalists at PA 2015, the international gathering of Mennonite World Conference. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite World Conference)

A 19-member international ensemble of singers and instrumentalists will lead the morning and evening worship each day at PA 2015, the Mennonite World Conference Assembly to be... Read More
July 20, 2015 | Web First | Phyllis Pellman Good

A trauma healing workshop in Nigeria is held under the shade of trees. (Photo courtesy of MCC/Dave Klassen)

Musa* grew up in a close-knit family that did not change even as they became adults. The siblings looked out for each other and their parents. When Boko Haram insurgent activity... Read More
July 18, 2015 | Web First | Dave Klassen, with Carl and Roxane Hill

Howard Zehr, author, known as “grandfather of restorative justice,” and author of the influential book Changing Lenses. (MennoMedia photo)

Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for Our Times , by Howard Zehr, remains the go-to text in the restorative justice field, even twenty-five years after it was first published... Read More
July 18, 2015 | Web First |

Lassana Kanneh, a former child soldier in Liberia's civil wars, interacts with classmates at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute at Eastern Mennonite University, in Harrisonburg, Va. (Photo by Michael Sheeler)

In 1999, along with more than 20,000 Liberian children, 11-year-old Lassana became a soldier. He was kidnapped and forced to use drugs and alcohol, destroy property, and kill in... Read More
July 18, 2015 | Web First | Andrew Goodstein
Canadian Christians concerned about climate change are calling for government action in response to the impact of global warming on the country’s coastlines and vast Artic region... Read More
July 17, 2015 | Web First | Kristine Greenaway

Mary Fehr and Sarah French are cycling across Canada to raise money for women farmers in Ghana. (MEDA photo)

As they biked across the Manitoba border into northern Ontario, Mary Fehr and Sarah French had extra power pushing their pedals. Past MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development... Read More
July 16, 2015 | Web First |
The fastest growing Mennonite Church in the world can’t keep up with its need for leadership training and Bibles. The Meserete Kristos Church (MKC) in Ethiopia, a member of... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Web First |

Mennonite Christians in the village of Sidi, Burkina Faso, at a meeting in May 2015. These farmers risk losing access to their land and to their place within the village community because of their faith. They refuse to provide chiefs with items designated for sacrifice to the spirits of the land. (Photo by Siaka Traoré)

In the village of Sidi, Burkina Faso, a group of Mennonite Christians risk losing access to the land they farm and to their place within the village community, because of their... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Web First | Elizabeth Miller and Siaka Traoré, with translating assistance from Lynda Hollinger-Janzen

Kim Penner (left) and Allison Murray planned and facilitated a symposium, “Engaging Women’s Voices on Church, Theology and Mission,” sponsored by Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, with support from Mennonite Church Eastern Canada. 

Several women in post-graduate theological studies at Toronto School of Theology (TST) challenged the 20 women and men who gathered on a Saturday in early May with new ways of... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Web First | Muriel Bechtel

Because transportation is a huge issue after the earthquakes in Nepal, residents from the affected villages come to central distribution centers and carry supplies back to their homes. (Eastern Mennonite Missions photo) 

A group of Nepali Anabaptist fellowships is reaching out to communities affected by the April and May 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, with a goal of assisting 2,000 families. The group... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Web First | Chris Fretz
In 1962, Canada hosted the Mennonite World Conference for the first time. Twelve thousand delegates attended; 6,000 of these were billeted in local homes. Historian T.D. Regehr... Read More
June 30, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Laureen Harder-Gissing

This painting by Victor Kleinsasser depicts John J. Friesen talking to Hutterite students after class. It was commissioned by the Hutterian Brethren Education Committee and presented to Friesen as a gift.

A new artwork honouring a professor from Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) and commissioned by the Hutterian Brethren Education Committee was unveiled in CMU’s new library on... Read More
June 30, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Jim Loepp Thiessen and Catherine Gitzel stand in front of the Gathering Church’s store front offices on Activa Ave. in Kitchener, Ont., across the street from the W. T. Townshend Public School, where they gather on Sunday mornings. The congregation celebrated its tenth anniversary in February this year. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Two in three church plants don’t make it past the five-year mark. That doesn’t mean they haven’t been successful, but long life is not part of most church plants. The Gathering... Read More
June 30, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Rudy Baergen, interim pastor at Waterloo-Kitchener United Mennonite Church (left) chats with Roberson Mbayamvula, pastor at Hagerman Mennonite Church. Baergen was the keynote speaker at the June 11 Lebold fundraising dinner at Conrad Grebel University College and Mbayamvula was last year’s speaker.

A new focus was announced this year at the Ralph and Eileen Lebold Endowment fundraising dinner, because last year it reached its goal of $1 million to fund pastoral training at... Read More
June 30, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Ziauddin Yousafzai (left) chats with Susan Schultz Huxman about a new peace scholarship that will allow a female student from a region of the world experiencing conflict to study at Conrad Grebel University College in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program. Also part of the conversation are Mohan Kendall and Ahmad Shah.

Conrad Grebel University College is offering a $10,000 scholarship to a female Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) student, thanks to a partnership with Ziauddin... Read More
June 30, 2015 | God at work in the World |

Tom and Christine Poovong recruited local volunteers to assist with a newly launched nursery, a community outreach program in Khon Kaen, Thailand. From left to right: Benz Khemma, Tom and Christine Poovong with their young children, and Amp and Naaming Anantasak with their young son.

Northeast Thailand is the poorest region in the country. Democracy is uneven, and peaceful protests can land protesters in barred cells overnight. Since a military coup in 2014,... Read More
June 30, 2015 | God at work in the World | Dan Dyck

Jamie Arpin-Ricci

He pastors Little Flowers Community, a small Mennonite congregation in Winnipeg’s west end neighbourhood that chose to belong to the larger church body through Mennonite Church... Read More
June 30, 2015 | God at work in Us | Deborah Froese
“Church growth strategies are the death gurgle of a church that has lost its way,” is how Stanley Hauerwas describes this book, noting that, “God is making us leaner and meaner.”... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Henry Neufeld

Mattea Nickel

Imagine these words as pictures with no direct meaning. That’s part of what it’s like to have dyslexia. “Dyslexia is a different way of thinking,” says Mattea Nickel, 19. She was... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Young Voices | Jonas Cornelsen

Tyreese Hildebrandt demonstrates a model of the type of hand pump used to draw water from the sand near a sand dam. Hildebrandt raised money to buy similar pumps by putting on a bake sale at Mount Royal Mennonite Church, where he and his family attend. (Photo by Len Andres)

Tyreese Hildebrandt is a 10-year-old who dreams of helping people to have clean drinking water. A while back, Hildebrandt read a book that touched him deeply. Ryan and Jimmy and... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Young Voices | Donna Schulz

Calgary Chin Church women’s singing group shared special music on Sunday morning at the Alberta women’s retreat. (Photo by Helena Ball)

About 60 women between the ages of 20 and 80 gathered for a Mennonite Church Alberta women’s retreat at Sylvan Lake on May 22-24, 2015. They joined together to worship, pray,... Read More
June 30, 2015 | Back Page | Darlene Schmidt

Four generations supporting the Foodgrains Bank through the June 20 Osler, Sask. Auction. (L-R) Grandchildren Marcy Ziolkowski, Kianna Regush, grandmother Edna Hays, great-grandmother Bertha Fehr, and mother Rebecca Ziolkowski. (Photo by John Longhurst)

It was raining hard, but nobody was unhappy as they pulled into Walter and Peggy Wiebe’s farmyard near Osler, Sask. on June 20, 2015, for the 35th annual Saskatchewan Valley... Read More
June 29, 2015 | Web First | John Longhurst

One of the many hearts in the Heart Garden at Rideau Hall. (Photo by Dennis Gruending)

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools released its final report on June 2, 2015, after five years of conducting hearings and gathering thousands of... Read More
June 17, 2015 | God at work in the World | Janice Schroeder

Women sign a blanket at the Ottawa Mennonite Church storytelling circle. (Photo by Dennis Gruending)

Eighty people gathered in Ottawa Mennonite Church (OMC) on the evening of May 31 for a time of worship and storytelling. Ten were indigenous people, survivors of Indian... Read More
June 17, 2015 | God at work in the World | Dennis Gruending

Drummers open the Kairos reconciliation event in Ottawa, May 29, 2015. (Photo by Dennis Greunding)

While the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hosted events in Ottawa leading up to the release of its summary report, the ecumenical justice coalition Kairos organized a... Read More
June 17, 2015 | God at work in the World | Dennis Gruending

Lorraine Clements holds burning sage for Gerry Shingoose, a residential school survivor, as she smudges at the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Winnipeg. (Photo by J. Neufeld)

“Reconciliation is not an aboriginal problem. It is a Canadian problem. It involves all of us.” Justice Murray Sinclair spoke those words on June 2 at the closing ceremonies of... Read More
June 17, 2015 | God at work in the World |

Ryan Grills (right) and his pastor, Garth Ewert Fisher, share a deep mutual respect and affection. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

He’s the newest member of Mount Royal Mennonite Church and he loves his church. Ryan Grills started attending Mount Royal just over two years ago, when he was released from the... Read More
June 17, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Under the direction of Duff Warkentin, the Nutana Park Mennonite Church Choir presents songs of praise and thanksgiving in both English and German to help mark the congregation’s 50th anniversary. (Photo by Howard Giles)

Voices joined together in celebration for the opening hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God,” in a service of worship at Nutana Park Mennonite Church commemorating 50 years as a... Read More
June 17, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Children and their parents remained engaged in the children’s auction time led by Darcy Krahn on Saturday afternoon at the Mennonite Central Committee Alberta relief sale in Didsbury.

Low oil prices in 2015 have not dampened the generosity of Alberta Mennonites. On June 5-6, 2015, the annual Mennonite Central Committee relief sale was held in Didsbury, and as... Read More
June 17, 2015 | God at work in Us | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Henry Poettcker, who served as president of Canadian Mennonite Bible College (CMBC), one of Canadian Mennonite University’s (CMU) predecessor institutions, died on Sunday, May 24... Read More
June 17, 2015 | God at work in Us |

Bethany Horst sings in the benefit concert in Kitchener on May 24, 2015, helping raise funds for MCC’s Nepal Relief fund. (Photo courtesy of the Grand Philharmonic Choir)

With the Canadian Federal Government’s pledge to match funds for Nepal relief coming to an end, a flurry of events in Waterloo and Toronto raised an additional $28,000 on May 24... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Artbeat |

Afonso Arrais left his home in Portugal to find better career opportunities abroad. (Photo by Michael Veith)

When people complete high school, they are often overwhelmed and stressed because there are so many career options. When Afonso Arrais graduated, his stress came from a lack of... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Young Voices | Michael Veith
Look at a board of any institution, Mennonite or otherwise. They’re mainly made up of middle-aged or retired professionals. With that said, many boards are looking to expand their... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Gennifer Brooks, Ph.D., encourages Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary students to immerse themselves in the lives of the people to whom they will preach, so that their messages are good news that fit the context of their listeners. (Photo by Mary E. Klassen)

Gennifer Brooks began her presentations for the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) Theological Lectureship the same way she begins the preaching classes she teachers—... Read More
June 17, 2015 | Back Page | Mary E. Klassen

Yoweri Murungi, from a town in the Kibaale District in Uganda, is a participant in the Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network (YAMEN) program. He is serving in Lusaka, Zambia, as the assistant coordinator of MCC-supported Peace Clubs. (MCC photo by Silas Crews)

Opportunities to fill leadership responsibilities in a local church enrich Yoweri Murungi’s year-long cross-cultural service assignment in Lusaka, Zambia. His many new experiences... Read More
June 16, 2015 | Web First | Gladys Terichow

The city of Dresden, including the Dresden Frauenkirche, was destroyed in WWII. (Photo by Gise Löwe 1958, used by permission of Creative Commons License 3.0)

A heartfelt desire for peace and reconciliation inspired church-goers in Europe to make a gift to PeaceBuilders Community Inc. (PBCI), a ministry in the Philippines. The gift came... Read More
June 16, 2015 | Web First |

Vlad Makhovskiy, a volunteer with MCC partner Zaporizhzhia Baptist Union, has helped more than 150 people escape from eastern Ukraine. He helps deliver food and blankets to people living in the conflict areas. (MCC photo)

When war broke out in eastern Ukraine, Vlad Makhovskiy decided he could not just sit at home and watch what was happening. He would help. What he did not know was that this choice... Read More
June 16, 2015 | Web First | Meghan Mast

Geralde Reesor-Grooters and her son Kenrik Reesor are exploring ideas for how the church can be more supportive of autistic individuals and their families. (Photo courtesy of Geralde Reesor-Grooters)

How can the church be more autism-friendly? This is the question that has kept me thinking for some time. In my 19-year “career” as the mother of an autistic son, I have seen the... Read More
June 10, 2015 | Web First | Geralde Reesor-Grooters

Matthew Pauls

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) announced three new faculty appointments. Rachel Krause and Matthew Pauls will join CMU’s main campus faculty as assistant professor of biology... Read More
June 8, 2015 | Web First |

Jennifer Ball

Conrad Grebel University College announced the hiring of Jennifer Ball as Assistant Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) and Maisie Sum as Assistant Professor of Music,... Read More
June 8, 2015 | Web First |
Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church wants Mennonite Church Manitoba to organize a conference to study “what Scripture clearly states on the matter of homosexuality and the... Read More
June 3, 2015 | God at work in the Church |
I stopped short when the ’70s picture of a serious-looking white-haired man in a suit and tie popped up on my screen. I had started an article about a Mennonite thinker and... Read More
June 3, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun

Participants board the bus for Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s 2015 Touring Mission Fest. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Louise Sawatsky has boarded the bus for Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s Touring Mission Fest every year the event has been offered. For the 92-year-old from Saskatoon’s First... Read More
June 3, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Canoes and kayaks arrive at their final destination after a successful paddle-a-thon down the Fraser River. The $51,000 raised will support summer staff volunteers pay for post-secondary education. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

Weather was again the main story at the annual Camp Squeah paddle-a-thon held on April 18 and 19, but this time—unlike some years—for all the right reasons. Sunny skies, warm... Read More
June 3, 2015 | God at work in the Church | B.C. Correspondent

MCC Alberta supporters add pocket change to a growing spiral, netting more than $550 to go toward paying the costs of the annual Relief Sale held in Didsbury on June 5 and 6. (Photo by Gordon Baergen)

“I thought if we could do $3,000 to $4,000, that would be what we’ve done in the past. When I was off by $10,000, I was elated.” These words came from Gordon Baergen, a member of... Read More
June 3, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Toronto United Mennonite Church members on the Aurora House board include, from left to right: Pastor Marilyn Zehr (ex-officio), Christy Langschmidt, Lisa Horrocks and Mary Klein.

“And when you send a slave out from you a free person, you shall not send him out empty-handed. Provide liberally out of your flock, your threshing floor, and your wine press,... Read More
June 3, 2015 | God at work in the World | Doreen Martens

Violinist Calvin Dyck, wearing a traditional Nepali men’s hat called a topi, performs at the Abbotsford benefit concert to raise funds for survivors of Nepal’s two earthquakes this spring. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

Members of the Mennonite community and other citizens of Abbotsford, B.C., raised more than $25,000 in a benefit concert at Emmanuel Mennonite Church on May 17 to aid survivors of... Read More
June 3, 2015 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman

Isaac and Mary Andres are pictured in 1994, the year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. (Photo courtesy of the Andres family)

The late Isaac Andres and his wife Mary are sharing their passionate faith and generosity in a legacy that continues to inspire and nurture new generations of Mennonites. As a... Read More
June 3, 2015 | God at work in Us | Deborah Froese
Steven Carpenter’s new book, Mennonites and Media: Mentioned in It, Maligned by It and Makers of It , offers a summary of both the ways Mennonites have been portrayed in popular... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen

The Greenbelt Festival in the U.K. draws 20,000 people a year.

Organizers of Canada’s newest festival of music, faith and social justice hope that the Skylight Festival will invigorate a generation of socially conscious Christians. The first... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Artbeat |

The view at the L’Abri branch in Huémoz, a small village surrounded by the Swiss Alps. Janzen spent two weeks there last year. (Photo by Tasha Janzen)

When Tasha Janzen thinks back to her time in Switzerland last year, learning the importance of life balance is one of the biggest things that sticks out for her. The Abbotsford, B... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Megen Olfert at work at Home Depot with her dog Flash. (Photo courtesy of Emily Hamm)

Home Depot and a golden lab: these two things are important parts of Megen Olfert’s life. Olfert, 31, of Saskatoon, has paraplegic high spastic cerebral palsy. The condition keeps... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Young Voices | Emily Hamm

Sarah French and Mary Fehr start their trip on May 18 at Mile 0 in Victoria, B.C. (Photo courtesy of Sarah French and Mary Fehr)

Mary Fehr just learned to ride a bike a few years ago, when she was 17. Now she and Sarah French are cycling thousands of kilometres across Canada—from Victoria, B.C., to St. John... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Young Voices |

Photo by Gerald Warkentin

In an effort to do something creative with the snow from this past winter, these three snow words were made in front of Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. However, these words... Read More
June 3, 2015 | Back Page | Gerald Warkentin

With some extra manpower, the tractor pulls a wagon full of relief supplies up a gravel hill in the Okhaldhunga district of Nepal. Through MCC’s partner, Group of Helping Hands, 300 families received enough food for three weeks, shelter materials, blankets, soap and cooking supplies. (MCC photo/Durga Sunchiuri)

Using tractors and people power to haul supplies where trucks could not go, Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) partner organizations finished an initial distribution of emergency... Read More
May 28, 2015 | Web First |

Jono Cullar gave the valedictorian speech at Conrad Grebel University College’s 2015 convocation. (Conrad Grebel University College photo)

“Convocation is a time to celebrate!” With this announcement, President Susan Schultz Huxman welcomed a record number of guests sharing the day with 165 graduating students. The... Read More
May 21, 2015 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Joseph Kiranto gave the valedictory address at CMU’s 2015 graduation. (CMU photo)

When Joseph Kiranto moved from Kenya to study at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), he wasn’t sure what he wanted to major in. Each class he attended piqued his interest. “... Read More
May 21, 2015 | Web First |

Katrina Labun is an MCC SALT participant serving in Kathmandu, Nepal, as the communications and storytelling assistant for MCC Nepal. (MCC photo)

Katrina Labun is an MCC SALT participant serving in Kathmandu, Nepal. She shares about her experience following the April 25, 2015, earthquake. I was with my host family in a... Read More
May 21, 2015 | Web First | By Katrina Labun

Susie Fisher holds a handful of heritage cucumber seeds given to her by a Mennonite couple in Winkler, Manitoba. (Photo by J. Neufeld)

In the village of Neubergthal in southern Manitoba, gnarled cottonwoods with deeply grooved trunks line the village streets and cluster along the edge of farmyards. Cottonwoods... Read More
May 20, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan’s Indigenous Neighbours Program Coordinator, Leonard Doell (left), tells students at Rosthern Junior College what MCC has been doing to help the Young Chippewayan people in their land entitlement claims against the Canadian government. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“I feel like a refugee in my own country,” said George Kingfisher. The hereditary chief of the Young Chippewayan First Nation was at Rosthern Junior College (RJC) to tell students... Read More
May 20, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Mennonite Church Canada is working to develop entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso so that young Mennonite Christians can support their families and churches. (Photo by Siaka Traoré)

“I love everything about farming,” Abram says. That passion—and his generosity—led him to empower the self-sufficiency of a farmer on the other side of the world. Abram (a... Read More
May 20, 2015 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese

Lydia Derksen plays the piano in the sanctuary of Bergthal Mennonite Church near Didsbury, Alberta. She has played for the choir and congregation for 65 years. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

“When I was 17 years old I dedicated my hands to the Lord. I was going to play his music in the church,” said Lydia Derksen, whose hands have been a blessing at Bergthal Mennonite... Read More
May 20, 2015 | God at work in Us | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Soloist Jillian Yemen (mezzo-soprano) sings to four young singers from the St. Michael`s Choir School who played the king’s sons in the Pax Christi Chorale’s May 3, 2015, performance of Parry’s Judith. (Photo by Dave Rosgalsky)

The apocryphal book of Judith contains the story of a righteous Jewish widow who saves her people from the ravages of the Assyrian/Babylonian army led by Holofernes. While her... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Artbeat |

Joseph Kiranto (red t-shirt) stands with his family (from left: Elizabeth, Joy, Joel and Kaleb) at a CMU event in September 2014. The Kirantos moved from Kenya so that Joseph could study at CMU. (Photo courtesy of CMU)

This article is the first in a series called Voice of the Marginalized. These articles were written by students in Canadian Mennonite University’s Journalism: Principles and... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Young Voices | Daniel Friesen
There’s a running joke in the church that Mennonites don’t dance because it could lead to sex. After many requests, Ontario’s Theatre of the Beat is tackling one of the most... Read More
May 20, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Cover of the memorial service bulletin

The church lost a voice for humour and faith with the passing of Joel Kauffmann, of Goshen, Ind., who died May 8, 2015. “Joel had an uncanny ability and gift to communicate simply... Read More
May 14, 2015 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

Cal Redekop (right), co-founder of Mennonite Central Committee's alternative service organization Pax, accepts the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence Community Service Award from James Madison University Provost Jerry Benson on behalf of MCC and Pax. (Photo by Ervie Glick)

In 1951, Jay “Junior” Lehman, then a 21-year-old farm boy from Ohio, sailed by freighter to Antwerp, Belgium. He was among the first wave of conscientious objectors to participate... Read More
May 13, 2015 | Web First | Steve Shenk

The September 1, 2014 feature story, “Good work: Tales of disability, interruption and revolution,” received two Graphics awards from Canadian Church Press.

Following two days of keynote addresses, seminars, workshops and a closing banquet at the Canadian Church Press Convention, held in Toronto from April 30 to May 1, 2015, member... Read More
May 7, 2015 | Web First | Ross W. Muir

David Martin, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada executive minister, centre, poses with the baptismal candidates from the addictions recovery group in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

David Martin was invited to Myanmar (formerly Burma) in March 2015 to preach two or three times and to teach from the book of Galatians in four sessions over two days. By the time... Read More
May 6, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Elder Margaret Harris and Donna Roach flew in from Vancouver to celebrate with MCC Manitoba at Knox United Church in Winnipeg. (MCC photo by Alison Ralph)

As the choirs’ final note of “Die Zeit ist Kurz” hung sublimely in the sanctuary of Knox United Church on April 18, the indigenous drums began to beat and the Buffalo Gals started... Read More
May 6, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Senior Writer

Chris Brnjas, left, Dimitri Faludy, Rachel Brnjas and Esther Kissor talk about their work at the 2015 Mennonite Church Eastern Canada annual church gathering. The Brnjases work in churches in Kitchener, Ont., and attend The Gathering Church. Faludy and Kissor are from the Jane Finch Faith Community in Toronto. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Paul Wideman, moderator of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, challenged the 28th annual church gathering, saying, “How can we encourage one another by sharing our faith?” The day-... Read More
May 6, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Participants in the Youth Farm Bible Camp’s recent trip to Mexico mix cement for the foundation of the house they built. Pictured from left to right: Brandon Wurtz, Holly Epp,  and Dawson Dueck. (Photo by Mark Wurtz)

It may not be typical summer camp staff training, but Mark Wurtz says the Youth Farm Bible Camp’s annual trip to Mexico is “probably more worthwhile than orientation.” The camp... Read More
May 6, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Susan Johnson, left, Willard Metzger and Joe Gunn discuss poverty and climate change in Winnipeg during a cross-country tour organized by the Canadian Council of Churches and Citizens for Public Justice. (MC Canada photo by Dan Dyck)

It’s time for some uncomfortable conversations about climate change and poverty, says Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada. “We’re trying to work for a... Read More
May 6, 2015 | God at work in the World |

At a recent Saskatoon ecumenical event in response to missing and murdered indigenous women, Pauline Muskego of Onion Lake Cree Nation shared the heart-breaking story of her daughter’s disappearance and the discovery, four years later, of her remains. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“We are all equal. Not one person is above others.” Elder Marie Linklater’s words set the tone for a day of learning and discerning on April 18, when about 200 women and men from... Read More
May 6, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Honouring the Earth participants Kennedy Martens, Amy Wiens, Sydney Martens, Johanna Wiebe and Naomi Klassen learn about vermiculture as a way of better managing food waste. (Photo by Kirsten Hamm-Epp)

Worms, balloons, dolly carts and minimal sleep were all part of a Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization event held in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee Saskatchewan... Read More
May 6, 2015 | God at work in the World | Kirsten Hamm-Epp

Roy G. Snyder

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) lost one of its most enduring and faithful supporters on Feb. 11 with the passing of Roy G. Snyder of Waterloo, Ont. He was 99. He... Read More
May 6, 2015 | God at work in Us | Wally Kroeker
Lewis Burkholder’s A Brief History of Mennonites in Ontario , published in 1935, is a “brief” book compared to Sam Steiner’s new book on the same topic: In Search of Promised... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Artbeat |
A group of Manitoba youths and young adults from the Bunker, a ministry of Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church, recently went to High River, Alta., to work with Mennonite Disaster... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Kyle Rudge is the founder of Geekdom House, a ministry devoted to loving and serving the nerd and geek community. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Rudge)

Are there parallels between the Star Wars universe and Anabaptism? I asked myself that recently after watching an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars , an animated TV series. The... Read More
May 6, 2015 | Young Voices | Kyle Rudge

In April 2015 the Kenya Mennonite Church celebrated the publication of a history of the church. “The history of the Kenya Mennonite Church is God’s story. . . . I was moved by different stories of faith, courage, brokenness, sins, failure, forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.” — Nelson Okanya, president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (Photo by Tammy Evans)

Excited participants streamed into the Ahero Pastoral Care Center on April 17‒18, 2015, to launch the freshly-minted history of the Kenya Mennonite Church (KMC), Forward in Faith... Read More
May 4, 2015 | Web First | Jewel Showalter

Grilled Peace Salsa, from the upcoming revised edition of Simply in Season, to be published May 25, 2015. (Photo by Melissa Hess; food styling by Cherise Harper) 

Some congregations eat together monthly and even weekly as a way of enhancing fellowship and offering hospitality with shared, regular meals. Mennonite Community Cookbook blog and... Read More
May 4, 2015 | Web First |

This shows the type of damage that the April 2015 earthquake caused in many areas of Nepal. This photo from Lalitpur District was provided by an MCC partner, Rural Institution for Community Development (RICOD). Mennonite Central Committee currently works with RICOD on a nutrition project in Lalitpur. MCC is assessing the situation in the district to determine an emergency response. (Photo provided by Mennonite Central Committee)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will begin its earthquake response by working with a local organization in a remote area of eastern Nepal, providing food and other essential... Read More
April 29, 2015 | Web First | Julie Bell
Meeting the week of April 13 in Minneapolis, representatives from MennoMedia, Mennonite Church Canada, and Mennonite Church USA laid the foundation for a new Mennonite song... Read More
April 28, 2015 | Web First |

Doga Jose washes clothes with water drawn from the well drilled in 2014 in Ndoro, Caia District. (Photo: Matthew Sawatzky, for Mennonite Central Committee)

Six men grasp the long metal handle of the drill and walk slowly in a circle. They lean into the task, using body weight to drive the shaft of the drill into the dry soil of... Read More
April 22, 2015 | God at work in the World | Julie Bell

George and Tobia Veith, left and centre, visit with Denise Epp following one of the Veiths’ presentations on the church in China held at Rosthern Mennonite Church recently. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“This is about what God’s doing,” said George Veith. “We want all the glory to go to God.” He was referring, during a series of four presentations hosted by Rosthern Mennonite... Read More
April 22, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

A sign greets Syrian refugees at Edmonton International Airport, where approximately 60 Mennonites and Muslims were gathered to welcome them to their new home on March 31. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

Ahmad Al-Jamal, his wife Ghada, and their three young children were visibly excited as they waited at Edmonton International Airport on the evening of March 31, 2015. Ahmad hadn’t... Read More
April 22, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

One of the products available at Fresh From the Farm. (Photo by Will Braun)

If you want Tamworth heritage bacon or Golden Guernsey milk, Jacqui Schmucker can provide them. If you want maple syrup from a horse-and-buggy farm or honey from a black-bumper... Read More
April 22, 2015 | God at work in Us | Will Braun

Kathy Moorhead Thiessen, centre, with a group of workshop participants in Suleimani, Northern Iraq. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Moorhead Thiessen)

Refugee camps around the city of Suleimani in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq have become pressure cookers of cultural and religious tension. Thousands of people displaced by... Read More
April 22, 2015 | God at work in Us |
In the 1940s, Mary Emma Showalter began a cookbook project, collecting old Mennonite recipes that were handwritten in notebooks because she feared that soon the notebooks would be... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

Author Carrie Snyder chats with the evening’s moderator Rob Zacharias before her reading at the 2014-15 New Mennonite/s Writing series at Conrad Grebel University College on March 4. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

John Siebert had two things to say to Carrie Snyder as she finished her readings from her latest book, Girl Runner , at Conrad Grebel University College on March 4. The executive... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Focus On Books & Resources |
Theology, Spirituality Christian, Muslim, Friend: Twelve Paths to Real Relationship . David W. Shenk. Herald Press, 2014, 187 pages. Using many examples from his own experience,... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Focus On Books & Resources |

Maurice Martin signs a copy of I’m so Glad for Sunday . . . When I can go to Church.

Spurred by requests from his thoroughly modern children to tell them stories of his growing-up years in the Ontario Swiss Mennonite homeland of Waterloo County, Maurice Martin, a... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Focus On Books & Resources |

The WhizBang Shufflers returned to Mennofolk after first performing at the event in 2005. From left: Donald Willms, Luke Enns, Curtis Wiebe and Rick Unger. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

When Jordan Weber began making visual art four years ago, he wanted a new way to express himself. “I never expected my art to be on display for anybody to see,” the 24-year-old... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Diana, Luis, and Jacobo Mata. (Photo courtesy of Luis Mata)

Hundreds of families in Canada live in limbo, not sure if they’ll ever be granted permanent resident status. That’s the story for the Mata family. Jacobo Mata, who is now 17,... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Young Voices |

For Quiet in the Land, music is meant to be participatory and community-building, an approach that was shaped by the duo’s Mennonite upbringing. (Photo by Meg Harder)

Dan Root and Laura Dyck quickly became friends after they met in the fall of 2009 and realized how much they had in common. Both were living in the Conrad Grebel University... Read More
April 22, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

This group of volunteers worked in the High River, Alta., Mennonite Disaster Service rebuilding project. High River was flooded in June 2013, and MDS continues to rebuild for residents whose homes were damaged. (Photo courtesy of MDS)

The month of April is known for many things—April Fool’s Day, the first full month of spring, the start of baseball season, “April showers bring May flowers” and regrettably the... Read More
April 16, 2015 | Web First | Mark Beach

Steve Heinrichs invites guests to join him in a daily “Watch and Pray” vigil and sacred fire from Easter Sunday to Earth Day to reflect and meditate on scriptural directives to respect and care for the land. (Photo by Dan Dyck)

Steve Heinrichs grew up in urban Vancouver, enjoying the nearby ocean, mountains and rivers of coastal Canada without giving much thought to their presence or condition. “I don’t... Read More
April 15, 2015 | Web First | Dan Dyck
Part-time registration is now available for PA 2015, the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly slated for July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA, at the Farm Show Complex. “We’ve... Read More
April 14, 2015 | Web First | Phyllis Pellman Good

Siera Vercillo

In the fall of 2014, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) presented its inaugural 20 under 35: Young Professionals Changing the World Awards, honouring young adults... Read More
April 9, 2015 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky

Charles Simard holds a timber wolf hide as he explains to the Partnership Circle participants in Manigotagan, Man., their relationship with the land along the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg that has been their home for many generations. (Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

Although less than a three-hour drive from Winnipeg, Manigotagan seemed a world away. This Metis community of about 200 lives in the dense forest along the eastern shore of Lake... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Mark MacDonald, the Anglican Church of Canada’s first national indigenous bishop, speaks at the annual Building Bridges event at Circle of Life Thunderbird House in Winnipeg on March 13, 2015. (Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

Mark MacDonald is convinced that “it is the time for something great to happen and that the best thing we can do is get up and wait. There is no stopping it.” But the Anglican... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Hague Mennonite Church has voted to leave Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, choosing, instead, to become an independent congregation. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“We have not left. Maybe the [area church] leadership has left, but we have stayed with the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective .” With these words, Artur Esau, Hague... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz

Dancers perform to a song of praise at the opening of Mennonite Church Alberta’s 86th annual delegate sessions hosted by Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

Vietnamese Mennonite Church in Edmonton may seem small, but it is a hosting powerhouse! On March 20 and 21, 2015, the congregation of about 70 adults and 23 youth welcomed pastors... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
At the pastors council meeting, First Mennonite Church called for prayer as a letter that will be sent to all Mennonite Church Alberta congregations was shared. The letter... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Cook Carol Weber of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church shows off the soup stirrer created by set-up volunteer Dan Ulrich when he found out that the church had no spoons long enough to stir the deep soup pots used for Stirling Avenue’s community dinners. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“Grab a coffee and go and sit down. You get served at the table. They’re really nice here,” said one guest to another on March 14 of the community dinners served every Saturday... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky

Gary Garrison reads from his book Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons. On March 28, Mennonite Central Committee Alberta gave a copy of the book to each volunteer to thank them for their work in visiting prisoners this past year. (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

Years ago, when Abe Janzen had just started his work as Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) director, he was taken to prison for a visit. There, he said, he “realized how biblical... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
When as a young teenager Larry Kehler delivered coal in the Altona, Man., area for his father, his wildest imagination could not have taken him to where his life eventually led... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in Us | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Evelyn Rempel Petkau is retiring after more than 18 years of reporting for Canadian Mennonite. She was hired as the provincial editor for Manitoba in 1997, just after Mennonite... Read More
April 8, 2015 | God at work in Us | Barb Draper

Jeremy Enns is asking more than 50 of his friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances to participate in his SOS for Syria campaign.

In the early 1900s, SOS became the worldwide distress signal, but typically in maritime situations. These days it’s used as a sense of urgent message or appeal for help from... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Young Voices |

Ken Esau, right, director of biblical studies at Columbia Bible College, cuts the ribbon opening the Metzger Collection to the public. At left is Greg Thiessen, collection manager. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

A one-of-a-kind collection of museum-quality art and artifact replicas has found a permanent home at Columbia Bible College. With the cut of a ribbon, the Metzger Historical... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Artbeat | Amy Dueckman

Iranian graduate students meet with Charlie Nelson, an indigenous elder from Roseau, Man., third from left. (Photo by Harry Huebner)

“I’ll intentionally call you my sister, for I have two and I love them so much. Now I have three and I love them all to the degree that I’m ready to die for them. So you are... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Young Voices | Lisa Obirek

There is a terrifying amount of paper documenting Mennonite history, and more than a few gems hidden in the vault.

It wasn’t until Grade 6 that I realized it was possible to be more than just a Mennonite. Our teacher asked us to come up with one word to described ourselves. One of my... Read More
April 8, 2015 | Young Voices | Olivia Klippenstein

Brander McDonald, speaker at the Canadian Mennonite 2015 annual banquet

Brander McDonald, indigenous relations coordinator for Mennonite Church British Columbia, will share his music and talk about his work as the main feature of Canadian Mennonite’s... Read More
April 7, 2015 | Web First |

Hanan Talabeh’s family arrived as refugees from Syria, they were met at the airport by Talebeh and her daughter Nada. From left Hanadi, Lara, Nada, Sara and Jaafar. (Photo courtesy of Hanan Talabeh)

It’s easy to hear the smile in Hanan Talabeh’s voice. Even over the phone it’s obvious she’s thrilled—months after her family arrived from Syria. Talabeh’s sister-in-law, along... Read More
April 7, 2015 | Web First | Emily Loewen

Lynn Schulze

Their stories are heart-rending, but their hopes are high. Navigating Canada’s increasingly complex immigration system wears them down, but their resilience still shows. Listening... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World |

‘We wish it was over,’ says Wilma Derksen, who, along with her husband Cliff, waited 27 years to learn what happened to their daughter. ‘I waffle about a new trial.’ (Photo courtesy of Cliff and Wilma Derksen)

“God has given us a toolkit,” said Wilma Derksen. First it was forgiveness when Wilma and Cliff’s daughter Candace was murdered in 1984. Then it was learning to love when they... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
What is CoSA? Mennonite Central Committee describes CoSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) as “a community-based reintegration program that holds federal inmates with... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
When a high-risk, low functioning, repeat child abuser was released from prison in the Hamilton, Ont., area in 1994, many locals responded with predictable revulsion. Harry Nigh,... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
It may not look like much, but the abandoned 90-hectare site of Kapyong Barracks is prime real estate in Winnipeg. It could also be a healing bridge, according to Steve Heinrichs... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese

Kirsten Hamm-Epp and Jerry Buhler prepare to serve the Lord’s Supper to participants at the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions held in Saskatoon recently. (Photo by D. Michael Hostetler)

“We don’t all know God in the same way,” Bruce Jantzen reflected at the recent Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions, “but that doesn’t change who God is.”... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
Like her counterparts in other area churches, Ida Buhler has the unenviable task of making budget cuts. At the recent Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions, the... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

Jerry Buhler, outgoing area church minister for Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, gets a hug from colleague Kirsten Hamm-Epp, area church youth minister. Buhler served MC Saskatchewan for nine years.

With appreciation and affection, participants at Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual delegate sessions said thank you and farewell to Jerry Buhler, who served as area church... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz

SMYO Committee members Zachary Stefaniuk, left, area church youth minister Kirsten Hamm-Epp, Gabby Martin (back to camera) and Hailey Funk discuss proceedings at the MC Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions.

“We want a church that is for everyone, and we want to be part of making that happen.” This statement from a Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization (SMYO) report to the... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
“Any loss for me is a grief,” said Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, in response to the withdrawal of Plum Coulee Bergthaler Mennonite Church from... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Maciel Arias from Toronto New Life Mennonite Church, left, translates for Lili Hurtarte, lay leader at Toronto New Life Mennonite Centre, while Rebecca Yoder Neufeld of First Mennonite, Kitchener, listens with Lucy Roca of the Refuge de Pais congregations in Quebec. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“Evangelism is dangerous,” Sze-Kar Wan said in conclusion of his three-day exegesis of the first three chapters of Galatians at the 2015 Mennonite Church Eastern Canada School for... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Story and photos by Dave Rogalsky

Gerry Loewen manages an MCC thrift shop in Winnipeg. She is the daughter of Selma Loewen, one of the founders of the first MCC thrift shop, in Altona, Man. That shop grew into a network of more than 115 shops in Canada and the United States. (Photo by Meghan Mast)

Gerry Loewen runs her fingers along a row of books and moves toward a clothing rack packed with sweaters and cardigans. She is explaining what sort of donations come in to the... Read More
March 25, 2015 | God at work in Us | Meghan Mast

Rudy Wiebe shares themes from his new book, Come Back, with an audience at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

“Faith and death: An evening with Rudy Wiebe” drew an interested crowd to hear the noted Canadian Mennonite author speak at Trinity Western University (TWU) on March 3. Wiebe read... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Artbeat | Amy Dueckman

Community Mennonite Church face off against East Zorra Mennonite Church at the 2014 Bible quizzing event. (Photo courtesy of Jeramie Raimbault)

For about 30 years, youth from several Mennonite Church Eastern Canada congregations in Ontario have looked forward to their annual Bible quizzing event. It’s centred around... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Retired pastor Erwin Cornelsen, fourth from the right, meets daily with a group of Chinese Christians to sing and pray. (Photo courtesy of Jonas Cornelsen)

There is a natural dignity in the morning routine of a 95-year-old man living alone. Especially when the routine is based on building friendships across cultures. At 6:42 a.m.,... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Jonas Cornelsen

Emmaus House is an intentional community for university students in Winnipeg made up of 13 people. (Photo courtesy of Emmanus House)

When Davis Plett was considering moving out of his parents’ home, he wasn’t sure he was ready to be on his own. Moving into a 103-year-old house with 12 other people seemed like a... Read More
March 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For 40 years, women who had been sexually violated by John Howard Yoder were left suffering in silence while the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) professor became one... Read More
March 24, 2015 | News | Rich Preheim

More-with-Less Cookbook author Doris Longacre and her daughter Cara Sue prepare a garden vegetable and ground beef dish by the Chinese stir-fry method at a seminar. (Mennonite Central Committee photo by Ernie Klassen)

With one simple idea, a movement was born. As the classic cookbook of thrift and Christian compassion, the More-with-Less Cookbook has given generations of cooks healthy basic... Read More
March 17, 2015 | Web First |
A quantifiable angst hangs in the church air these days. Mennonite Church Canada is in decline. There are exceptions and bright spots, but the trend has long been unmistakable... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun

Peter Rempel, right, board chair of MC Manitoba, welcomes Pinawa Christian Fellowship into membership at the annual delegate sessions on Feb. 27 and 28, 2015. Ken and Willa Reddig and Lorna Hiebert, at left, are part of the Mennonite subset of the fellowship. In the 1960s, the government created Pinawa for workers to build and service a newly established nuclear research facility. Christians from a variety of backgrounds and traditions established homes in the community and, rather than forming many little denominational groupings, they formed one body called Pinawa Christian Fellowship in 1963 to convey a message of Christian unity. (Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

“Be not afraid“ was an apt theme for the 2015 annual delegate gathering of Mennonite Church Manitoba. Delegates were informed of a $234,647 deficit, the withdrawal of one their... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Tofield (Alta.) Mennonite Church.

In a letter dated Feb. 4, Tofield Mennonite Church notified the congregations of Mennonite Church Alberta that it had voted 94 percent in favour of withdrawing its membership from... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Delegates at Mennonite Church B.C.’s annual general meeting discuss future directions for the area church. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

With a focus on being missional and staying vibrant, healthy and connected, delegates and friends of Mennonite Church British Columbia gathered for annual sessions at Peace... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman

Edgar Schmidt

Despite risk to his reputation and livelihood as a federal lawyer, for more than a decade Edgar Schmidt has consistently spoken out against the federal government’s practice of... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Reverend Ibrahim Nsier stands in front of the site where his congregation, the Arab Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Aleppo, Syria, worshipped before the building was bombed. (Photo courtesy of Reverend Ibrahim Nsier)

In his own words, Reverend Ibrahim Nsier, a pastor of the Arab Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Aleppo, tells about his ministry in Syria. Mennonite Central Committee, through... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in Us |

Ruth Zehr, pictured in her ‘garden home’ at the Nithview Community in New Hamburg, Ont., holds Everyone Has A Story, Vol. 2, and the companion, Notes of Interest. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Ruth Zehr believes that everyone has a story worth telling. A decade ago, Zehr overheard a conversation involving Norma Iutzi, program assistant coordinator at the Nithview... Read More
March 11, 2015 | God at work in Us | Eastern Canada Correspondent

‘Barn raising,’ an iconic image by David L. Hunsberger of mutual aid, has come to define the essence of community for many, including Governor General David Johnston. (Photo by David L. Hunsberger, The Mennonite Archives of Ontario)

According to Paul Heidebrecht, director of Conrad Grebel University College’s MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement, “Advancing peace requires many hands. It requires shoulders to... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Artbeat | Jennifer Konkle
A buzz of conversation filled the Bethany Manor fellowship hall as about 150 people gathered to celebrate the launch of three new books by Saskatchewan authors. Jake Buhler,... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Artbeat | Donna Schulz

St. Michael’s Residential School was open for 50 years. It now stands empty and decrepit, serving as a dark reminder of past abuses, awaiting its final demolition. (Photo courtesy of Janna and Jon Janzen)

Jon and Janna Janzen stood in front of St. Michael’s Residential School in Alert Bay, B.C., in February and they say they felt darkness in its presence. During the half-century... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Young Voices |

Brian Froese, CMU’s assistant professor of history, teaches a class. According to a recent Maclean’s Magazine report, students at CMU in Winnipeg are very satisfied with their education and their experience at the Christian liberal arts school. (Photo by Rachel Bergen)

According to a recent Maclean’s Magazine report, students at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg are very satisfied with their education and their experience at the... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Rev. Dr. David Widdicombe, rector at St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in Winnipeg, speaks about Just War theory at CMU last month. (Photo by Jonas Cornelsen)

Late arrivals had to find their own chairs as students, academics and commu-nity members filled Marpeck Commons at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) on Feb. 26 to hear Rev. Dr... Read More
March 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Jonas Cornelsen
The Supreme Court of Canada's February decision to legalize physician-assisted dying shifted the moral landscape in Canada. Three-quarters of Canadians welcome that shift, but... Read More
February 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Feb. 6, 2015 that our current ban on physician-assisted death (PAD) is not in keeping with Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms... Read More
February 25, 2015 | God at work in the World | Ruth Enns

Pictured from left to right: members of Rainham Mennonite Church—Dave Dick, congregational chair Charlie Roth, Mary Makey and Mary Roth. (Photo courtesy of Susan Kennel Harrison)

When Rainham Mennonite Church, near Selkirk, Ont., was audited by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in the summer of 2014, the auditor wanted to see the congregation’s constitution... Read More
February 25, 2015 | God at work in the Church |

Ted Swartz

“It’s a good thing you in the church are discussing homosexuality, because otherwise I don’t think you would be discussing sex at all,” was one of many funny lines Ted Swartz... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Artbeat |

Artist Lynda Toews is pictured in her studio with some of her works from ‘A place in the kingdom: Paintings and heritage stories celebrating farm animals,’ on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in Winnipeg until June 20. (Photo by Gary Brown)

With brilliant and detailed clarity, Manitoba artist Lynda Toews has painted a series of farm animal portraits that will be on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery in... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Artbeat | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in a scene from American Sniper (Screen still courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Film review: American Sniper Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Jason Hall and Chris Kyle. Starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller. A Warner Bros. Pictures release, 2014... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen

Counsellor Eizabeth Hoock gives a camper a piggy-back ride at Camp Squeah. (Camp Squeah photo)

At Camp Squeah, we care a great deal about our young adult staff. We believe that a community of staff that cares for one another and treats each other as Christ-like as possible... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Tim Larson

Grace Eagle, left, Meghan Murray and Mikaela Tang learn to make crafts out of recycled materials at Conrad Grebel University College’s Peace Camp. (Photo by Ryan Dunham)

I love camp. I love the silliness, the excitement and the community. Most importantly, I love the learning opportunities and teachable moments that camp can offer. Camp provides... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Katie Gingerich

Whimsy is something that campers seem to take to naturally. (Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp photo)

Like ripples flowing from the point where a stone hits the water, the choices we make everyday spread out from us and impact others. John shares a story in his gospel that... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Chris Pot
Making plans for university and picking out a graduation dress are typical activities for teenage girls in Grade 12, but Allegra Friesen Epp had something extra to contend with as... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Some female counsellors at Shekinah Retreat Centre’s 2014 summer camp put ‘pressure’ on the others. (Shekinah Retreat Centre photo)

This coming summer is a milestone in my camp career, being 10 years since I started spending my summers in leadership at Shekinah Retreat Centre’s summer camp. There are a lot of... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Katie Wiebe

‘Raise the peace’ camp facilitator Lishai Peel came from Toronto and had a way of helping the youth take off their ‘cool masks’ and open up with one another. (MCC Saskatchewan photo)

As summer staff, part of our job was planning and implementing a peace camp titled “Raise the peace” in the Meadowgreen area of Saskatoon last August. This area is home to many... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Charis Miller and Rachel Bueckert

Archery practice is popular with Camps with Meaning campers in Manitoba. (Camps with Meaning photo)

To feed our mind we go to school, to fix our body we go to the doctor, to feel our hearts we go home, and for our soul to flourish—that is when we go to camp! Camps with Meaning... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping |

By spending nearly all day, every day outdoors, campers unconsciously relinquish their fears and open themselves to the wonder of God. (Photo by Rebecca Seiling)

This year marks 60 years since Fraser Lake Camp began in a farmer’s field northeast of Bancroft, Ont. Since then, the camp has evolved and now covers 105 hectares of forest, field... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | David Alton

Counsellor Shelby Goertzen helps a camper with her archery skills. (Youth Farm Bible Camp photos)

Youth Farm Bible Camp is just that: Bible camp in a farm atmosphere. Located outside of Rosthern, Sask., we have wide open spaces holding pastures for horses, goats and sheep, and... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Focus on camping | Holly Epp

Members of the Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization, from left to right, front row: Marcus Kruger, Kirsten Hamm-Epp and Jesse Neufeld; middle row: Dannica Funk, Gabby Martin, Brandon Jantzen and Robyn Martens; and back row: Zachary Stefaniuk, Anna Epp and Hailey Funk.

Mennonite youth in Saskatchewan are raising their voices and offering a perspective on some of the controversial issues facing the denomination. The Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Young Voices |

Although she was diagnosed with cancer at the start of her Grade 12 year, Allegra Friesen Epp graduated on time last June.

Making plans for university and picking out a graduation dress are typical activities for teenage girls in Grade 12, but Allegra Friesen Epp had something extra to contend with as... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Harrison Davey, left, and Danielle Morton participate in a panel discussion at CMU exploring why young adults choose not to attend church.

For years, congregations have searched for a secret that will keep young people in the pews. Debates are had around worship style, young adult groups and the role parents play. At... Read More
February 25, 2015 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
A very special quilt hung at the rear of the church on Jan. 25, 2015, as Dutch Mennonites from the province of Friesland gathered in Drachten to celebrate World Brotherhood Day... Read More
February 12, 2015 | Web First | Barb Draper (with information from Minze Postma)

Working with people with disabilities has given Mike Wiebe a glimpse of the kingdom of God. (Photo courtesy of Mike Wiebe)

Last semester I took a class at Canadian Mennonite University entitled Anabaptist-Mennonite Theology. The course aims to analyze the works of contemporary Anabaptist-Mennonite... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Mike Wiebe
If an outsider were to walk into a Riel Gentlemen’s Choir practice, it would seem to be a combination of an alternative choral experiment, a boy’s club, a Manitoba fan club and a... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Music plays an important role in most teenagers’ lives. Through music they connect with peers and with issues that matter to them. Perhaps that’s why the Saskatchewan Mennonite... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
It was a “magical” and “spirit-filled” Jan. 24, 2015, evening for many who attended a Wildwood Mennonite Church event, held to provide a positive space for members of the lesbian/... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Rachel Bergen
Langley Mennonite Fellowship has become the first Mennonite Church B.C. congregation to acknowledge in writing that it sits on unceded first nations territory. At last year’s MC B... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the World | Amy Dueckman
Retired Canadian Forces Captain Wayne Johnston received a warm welcome at 50 Kent, the home of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario and other Mennonite agencies in Kitchener... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
A new Sunday School peace curriculum in the U.S. pushes Mennonites in a direction very different than the predictable emphasis on the evils of war and the theological superiority... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
Vernon Erb had a busy fall. Wet weather combined with a late planting season last spring meant the soybeans and corn were hard to get off the fields. “I guess I’ve gone full... Read More
February 11, 2015 | God at work in Us |

Rhonda Harder Epp stands beside the final panel of ‘Green Lines,’ where the image of barbed wire unravelling leaves observers with hope for the eventual removal of barriers.

“Walls became an obsession when I went to Berlin in 2010,” artist Rhonda Harder Epp told the crowd at the opening of her Walls: Arbitrary Impediments art exhibition at King’s... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

The Riel Gentlemen’s Club are pictured at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in Winnipeg. Jesse Krause is pictured carrying the flag. (Photo courtesy of The Riel Gentlemen's Choir)

If an outsider were to walk into a Riel Gentlemen’s Choir practice, it would seem to be a combination of an alternative choral experiment, a boy’s club, a Manitoba fan club and a... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Young Voices |

Honouring God with our bodies can be difficult sometimes, but ultimately it’s worth it, says Amanda Zehr. (Photo courtesy of Amanda Zehr)

I am not a huge fan of going to the gym. I know exercise is good for me, but so is eating vegetables, and I’m not really into that either. At the end of a work day, even though I... Read More
February 11, 2015 | Young Voices | Amanda Zehr

Local Christians have distributed food in this encampment of displaced people in Yola, where many unidentified children are living with no parents. The EYN staff liaison provided this photo with the prayer, "Lord have mercy." (Credit: Church of the Brethren Newsline)

Muslims and Christians are fleeing Maiduguri, a large city in northeastern Nigeria, looking for safer places after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the area over the weekend, and... Read More
February 5, 2015 | Web First | Markus Gamache and Cliff Kindy

MDS Summer Youth Program volunteers work at a project in Jamestown, Colorado, in 2014. (MDS photo)

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) is accepting applications for its 2015 Summer Youth program (SYP), which features three unique service opportunity locations in the U.S. and... Read More
February 5, 2015 | Web First | Mark Beach

Dr. Abram Hostetter has studied the incidence of mental illness in the Old Order Amish population compared to the general population. He has been involved with the project known in the field as the “Amish Study” since it began in 1976. (Photo by Jon Styer)

A decades-long study of genetics and psychiatric illness–in which Dr. Abram Hostetter has played a prominent role–continues to yield new clues about the causes of bipolar disorder... Read More
February 5, 2015 | Web First | Andrew Jenner

Girls play a game by throwing balls through a hole. MCC partner House of Light and Hope specializes in support for Syrian girls, including tutoring, activities and counseling. (Photo: Silas Crews)

Because of safety concerns, full names are not used for some Syrian refugees in this article, and some names have been changed. The garden courtyard in the center of Ahmad and... Read More
February 5, 2015 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
“It’s been a whole year already? Crazy!” That’s what a colleague wrote to me in an e-mail when I told her that Canadian Mennonite’s Year of Reading Biblically (YORB) had wrapped... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has never had a presence in student clubs on Canadian university campuses. Until recently, that is. On Jan. 15, an MCC-run student club was... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Kaytee Edwards, left, David Epp and Myriam Ullah form the leadership committee of the first MCC-run student club in Canada. It is on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has never had a presence in student clubs on Canadian university campuses. Until recently, that is. On Jan. 15, an MCC-run student club was... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Young Voices |

The Asante Children’s Choir sings with feeling “He Knows my Name” during a recent performance at Eigenheim Mennonite Church.

Enthusiastic singing, energetic danc-ing and electrifying drumming set the tone as the Asante Children’s Choir worshipped African-style with Eigenheim Mennonite Church congregants... Read More
January 28, 2015 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Peggy Mason of the Rideau Institute, left, talks with Nancy and Ernie Regehr after her presentation, ‘Countering ISIL: Why Canada needs to change course,’ at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., on Jan. 15.

“There is no military solution [to Islamic State [IS)], only possibly some short-term tactical gains that might give the illusion of success, but which pave the way for longer-... Read More
January 28, 2015 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Consultation participants work in groups to review current realities for the church and the surrounding cultures. Working with factors related to congregations and religious groups are Yoel Masyawong, pastor in Kitchener, Ont., left; Safwat Marzouk, professor at AMBS; Karen Martens Zimmerly, MC Canada denominational minister; Leonard Dow, a pastor in Philadelphia, Pa.; and Anna Geyer, a farming entrepreneur in Oxford, Iowa.

Designs for equipping multi-vocational leaders with entrepreneurial skills and a view toward mission took shape as 23 business, mission, pastoral and educational representatives... Read More
January 28, 2015 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Mary E. Klassen
From June 5 to 7, MCI (Mennonite Collegiate Institute) will celebrate 125 years in Gretna, Man., by throwing a party. Given who we are, we are likely to sing a few songs. We will... Read More
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