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A group of young teenage musicians are a highlight at the Mather Coffeehouse on April 13. Zach Tiessen, Tyler Rempel, Myles Tiessen, Brianna Hildebrand and Daria Hildebrand are from Trinity and Crystal City Mennonite churches and Cornerstone Ministries Church.

The tiny hamlet of Mather in southwestern Manitoba is home to about 100 people, but for one night of the year the population burgeons. On April 13, the Mather community held its... Read More
May 22, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Bedding plants on a garden bench help participants get into the spirit of this year’s Saskatchewan Women in Mission Enrichment Day theme: ‘Like a watered garden.’

The foyer of Eigenheim Mennonite Church, filled with bedding plants on a garden bench and trickling water from several fountains, visually and audibly depicted the theme of this... Read More
May 22, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
Twenty-five top Christian leaders gathered in the U.S. city with perhaps the worst reputation for civil discourse Wednesday (May 15) and committed themselves to elevating the... Read More
May 16, 2013 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers. Canadian flag image... Read More
May 15, 2013 | Web First | Ron Csillag
It’s not an original idea. Chances are good you’ve either done it yourself or you know someone who has given up Facebook for some length of time. That’s what I did for the month... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I have no medical training. Moving among nursing staff and doctors with years of clinical training and experience on my first day seeing patients at Cambridge (Ont.) Memorial... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Young Voices | Michael Turman
As leaders of the environmental movement are despairing that there is little hope for the future of our world, A Rocha, a national faith-based creation-care organization, saw a... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

A scene from Forgiven/Forgotten, the latest play by the Toronto-based Theatre of the Beat troupe, which is on a cross-Canada tour sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee Canada. Pictured: Kim Walker and Johnny Wideman.

A bottle of wine moves through Forgiven/Forgotten, the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada-sponsored play about restorative justice that premiered last month at the Conrad... Read More
May 8, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Clyde Dougans is pictured in action on the auction floor at last year’s MCC Festival for World Relief, Abbotsford, B.C. The popular auctioneer passed away on March 7.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) staff and volunteers are mourning the loss of their friend and long-term volunteer, Clyde Dougans. Dougans was a fixture at the annual MCC... Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Angelika Dawson
Elisabeth Elliot’s 1957 classic, Through Gates of Splendor, was billed by the publisher as “the boldest and most dramatic missionary exploit of modern times . . . a collision of... Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

César Garcia, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) general secretary, left, visits with Vidya J. Narimalla of Kitchener Mennonite Brethren Church at the MWC/Mennonite Central Committee Ontario-sponsored pastors breakfast on April 25.

Ears pricked up when César Garcia suggested that all national churches need to be in communication with other national churches about issues of faith and practice.Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Rochelle Benny Gerard, Marisa Pathmanathan and Kameesna Kamal of the Markham Christian Worship Centre perform a worship dance about not needing to be afraid because ‘God most high’ is in charge.

Twenty-five years ago Mennonite Church Eastern Canada gathered at the United Mennonite Educational Institute in Leamington, Ont., for its inaugural annual conference.Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky

This cross was carved out of a downed tree after a deadly tornado struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011. At a celebration to commemorate two year’s of rebuilding efforts, Kevin King, executive director of Mennonite Disaster Service, said of the carving, ‘It is now weathered and cracked from the drying sun, proclaiming the injury of the past.’

Nearly two years after an EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Mo., Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) closed its project site in Joplin with a celebration.Read More
May 8, 2013 | God at work in the World | Mennonite Disaster Service
In an age when many Mennonite churches worry about losing young people, David Epp has a solution: the church should become their landlord. At Rosthern Mennonite Church’s semi-... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
The blue hymnal is nestled in the pew rack, its binding loose from having its spine cracked and pages flipped too many times to count. Now, as technology drives the culture, more... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Rebekah Krahn
Casa de la Amistad—House of Friendship—is a welcome change for about 140 Bolivian children aged 4 to 18. They are happy to participate in a program that offers them two meals a... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Theology/Spirituality Citizenship: Paul on Peace and Politics . Gordon Mark Zerbe. Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2012, 276 pages.Read More
April 24, 2013 | Focus On | Compiled by Barb Draper
Development of a new Sunday school curriculum called Shine is underway by publishers MennoMedia and Brethren Press. Writers are beginning this month on the first quarter of Shine... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Focus On |
More information does not mean we will make the right choices, but less information insures an impoverished understanding. As the initial wave of media attention over Idle No More... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by David Driedger
Amish romance novels are big business, with the top authors selling millions of copies. From the 1990s to 2004, one or two Amish novels were published each year. By 2008, there... Read More
April 24, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper

Shahina Siddiqui, executive director of the Islamic Social Services Association, left, presents Brenda Suderman, Faith Page reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press, with the Ihsan Award for her journalistic bridge-building efforts.

Brenda Suderman, a member of Home Street Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, was one of two Winnipeg Free Press journalists to be honoured by the Islamic Social Services Association with... Read More
April 24, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

A crowd of about 60 people of various ages, almost all from Mennonite congregations, gathers outside the chain-link fence of the Enbridge pumping station near Gretna, Man., for a service of lament on Holy Saturday.

A cross in the ditch is a common marker for tragic events, so on Holy Saturday, March 30, a wooden cross is planted in the snowy ditch just outside the chain-link fence of the... Read More
April 24, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Metzger

While Mennonites in Canada enjoy an era of economic abundance, less and less of that wealth is trickling down to the area and national churches.Read More
April 24, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun
“So Kyle, are you ever going to be a lead pastor?” Good question. I am 29, married, have two kids and an undergrad degree, and have worked as a youth pastor for almost eight years... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Young Voices | Kyle Penner
Companions, guides, watchdogs and friends; No matter how you slice it, pets play a huge role in the lives of Canadians. The latest survey by Statistics Canada shows this, too,... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Young Voices | Laura Tait
Conversation within the walls of the Great Hall once fell on deaf ears, as what is now Canadian Mennonite University was originally built as a school for the hearing-impaired... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Young Voices | Michael Wiebe

Angelika Dawson, a member of the Good Friday Blues Band, nails her ‘blues’ to a cross as part of the Good Friday Blues service.

Blues filled the House of James Christian bookstore for two nights during Holy Week, raising the roof with music and raising funds for a local charity.Read More
April 10, 2013 | Back Page | By Amy Dueckman

Visual artists Miriam Rudolph and Bennie Peters explore their upbringing in Paraguay in the new art exhibit, ‘From Paraguay to Winnipeg: Explorations of Place, Home and Childhood,’ at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.

Miriam Rudolph has spent most of the past decade living in Winnipeg, but Canadians often ask her what it’s like living in Paraguay, where she grew up.Read More
April 10, 2013 | Artbeat | By Aaron Epp
CMU Press of Winnipeg describes its latest release, Citizenship: Paul on Peace and Politics, by Gordon Zerbe, as a collection of essays that offers “a revisiting of Paul’s... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Artbeat | By Nadine Kampen
On March 18, shock waves rippled through the small community of New Hamburg, where the headquarters of Ten Thousand Villages Canada is located, and beyond, as store closures and... Read More
April 10, 2013 | Focus On | Dave Rogalsky
Jonah Langelotz and three of his classmates needed to participate in a nonviolent action for their History and Strategies of Nonviolence course at Canadian Mennonite University (... Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Jim Cornelius, left, Foodgrains Bank executive director, presents a glass grain elevator—an “image of what the Foodgrains Bank has stood for and meant across the country”—to CIDA president Margaret Biggs and Julian Fantino, federal international cooperation minister. At right is Don Peters, the Foodgrains Bank’s board chair.

Helping people in need overseas is not only a “tangible expression of Canadian values,” but also a “critical instrument for advancing Canada’s long-term prosperity and security.”Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
In a luncheon discussion with local Mennonite pastors and church leaders at Lethbridge Mennonite Church, where Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service board members were holding... Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Matt Groenheide, left, a well-known local percussionist specializing in classical percussion and world drumming, and Scottish singer/cellist George Fowler, provided the entertainment for Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service’s annual banquet held last month in Lethbridge, Alta.

Canadian Mennonite was urged at its annual banquet last month to “pass on the best of the Anabaptist faith” to its Mennonite readership and to speak without fear in the face of... Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner
From her seat at the front, Mennonite Church Alberta secretary Joani Neufeldt could see all of the gathered Mennonite Church Alberta delegates as the story of the newly forming... Read More
April 10, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
In the basement of Toronto’s Danforth Mennonite Church, two chairs and a laundry basket serve as a makeshift set. Two young actors repeat their lines over and over, practising how... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
On page 35 of the Jan. 21 issue, Thorpe wrote “Advocating for the orphan” about international adoption. Now she looks at local adoption, and the story of a young couple who... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe
It’s a Wednesday night and there is a good turnout at the St. Clair O’Connor Community, an intergenerational housing project in Toronto, where internationally renowned author... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Avery Peters
The late John Howard Yoder has long been recognized as an important Mennonite theologian, but his work has mostly been used by scholars and has not been readily accessible to the... Read More
March 27, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper

Cassandra (left) and Jalon

Government and media often brand people who have committed offences as “bad guys” to be feared and put away. But that’s not how their kids see them. In What Will Happen to Me? a... Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the World |

Derksen

In 1984, Cliff and Wilma Derksen’s 13-year-old daughter Candace was abducted and murdered. The case was not solved until 2011. Below are excerpts of Wilma’s presentation to a... Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the World |

Hutton

When John Hutton sees a person convicted of murder or assault, as he regularly does, he does not see a “bad guy” to be feared or reviled. Instead, he sees the potential for change.Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Attendees at a March fundraising banquet view the display telling of Mennonite Disaster Service’s many projects during the past year.

From a wind-damaged Bible camp in northern B.C. to a flooded town in North Dakota, and even to storm-ravaged New York City, British Columbians gave of their time and talents to... Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman
How to financially sustain ministry is a topic of discussion for at least six national church bodies in Canada, including Mennonite Church Canada.Read More
March 27, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese

The new archbishop, Justin Welby, smiled and occasionally laughed as he watched African Anglicans dance and sing.

Justin Welby , the 57-year old former oil executive who quit the world of high finance in 1992 to become a priest, was enthroned Thursday (March 21) as the 105th archbishop of... Read More
March 22, 2013 | Web First | Trevor Grundy

Isabel Peron

In 1974, when the Rev. Jorge Bergoglio was the top Jesuit in his native Argentina, a former nightclub dancer named Isabel Peron came to head the nation – an accidental and weak... Read More
March 20, 2013 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
Dreaming big can be dangerous when you’ve got an obsessive personality. Once you’ve got a crazy idea, you need to make it happen. That’s a lesson Paul Plett learned after he... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Jesse Krause, 27, spent nearly a year in total fashioning instruments out of whatever he could find and writing music based on biblical stories, all to tell an old story in a new... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Young Voices is excited to welcome Isaac Friesen and Wanda Wall-Bergen as our newest bloggers. Isaac and Wanda are currently serving in Egypt with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Where might you find coffee grounds, potato skins and egg shells mixed with meat, napkins and leftover spaghetti? Typically, beside other garbage in the dump. In fact, for years,... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Back Page | By Kristina Lopienski

Kenton Lobe, left, and Megan Klassen-Wiebe harvest basil at the urban Canadian Mennonite University Community Shared Agriculture farm.

“The health of the land is probably the best indicator of the health of the covenant between God and God’s people.”Read More
March 13, 2013 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Young chicken farmer Colin Brown of Carstairs, Alta., holds a Light Brahma chick in his hand. Note the feathered feet common to the type.

Not many aspiring Alberta farmers find inspiration in Hawaii, but that is exactly what happened for 11-year-old Colin Brown of Carstairs, Alta. While on a family vacation three... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
My cousin Arthur’s book about clocks of the Russian Mennonites, and about Kroeger clocks in particular, is the result of a life-long labour. He is the last in a Krueger/Kroeger... Read More
March 13, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Henry A. Regier

Nolan Andres, left, puts on a Conrad Grebel University College tie given him by Paul Penner, Grebel’s director of operations, at the Feb. 20 fête honouring Andres as he leaves PeaceWorks Technology Solutions, which he founded 17 years ago.

In his first year working in information technology (IT) in 1996, Nolan Andres was living at Conrad Grebel University College and his roommate was Tim Miller Dyck, later to become... Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
Canadians of European ancestry generally don’t pay much attention to the benefits and advantages they enjoy because of their skin colour. So says Sue Eagle, a director of... Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Gladys Terichow

Lee Dyck, left, the new moderator of Mennonite Church B.C., talks with Ray Cymbaluk of Crossroads Community Church, Chilliwack, at the area church’s annual delegate sessions.

Mennonite Church B.C. managed to accomplish in one day what used to take two.Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Craig Neufeld, as Jesus, tells the parable of the Sower and the Seed during one of the worship sessions at last month's annual delegate session. Organizers chose to use a lot of Scripture as one way of 'dusting off the Bible,' says Jerry Buhler, area church minister.

At times, there seemed to be more questions than answers. But for those in attendance at the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan delegate sessions at the end of February, there was also... Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

Stuart Murray Williams, keynote speaker at last month’s Mennonite Church Manitoba annual delegate session, chats with Byron Rempel-Burkholder about what the future may hold for the area church.

Mennonite Church Manitoba is at a critical juncture as it faces issues that reflect changing times.Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Allaby

Gordon Allaby is grateful for the services his wider church provides. But he is deeply concerned about how charitable giving is changing.Read More
March 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dan Dyck
When I interviewed her in her studio overlooking Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, artist Chantel Mierau was hard at work putting together materials for her first-ever solo... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
On my recent two-week visit to Palestine/Israel, I had the pleasure of meeting the renowned author and archbishop, Elias Chacour. Referring to the Israeli occupation of his... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Young Voices | Kayla Drudge
Doubt is common to everyone, but it seems to be especially so for young adults, since we are the ones who are starting our own independent lives and have uncertainties about our... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Young Voices | J.D. Dueckman
“This will be my last year!” say the 16-year-olds, sadly bemoaning the fact that after this summer they will be too old for Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, held each summer at... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Ingrid Loepp Thiessen
With its very name meaning “place of refuge” in the local Salish dialect and its location on Sto:lo territory, Camp Squeah has always felt an innate connection with first nations... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Amy Dueckman

‘Mudfest’ is a popular activity at Glenbrook Day Camp.

As a parent, you know that for your son or daughter to be successful in life they need to be well rounded. They need to be strong academically, but also socially, emotionally,... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Eric Musselman

Nathan Warkentin leads a lakeside worship service at Silver Lake Mennonite Camp.

“I’m a better person when I get home from camp.”Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Dave Erb

I-J Bellamy climbs Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp’s rock wall.

As Hidden Acres prepared to introduce and inform our many supporters about our new Camper Subsidy Fund at our 50th anniversary benefit concert I had a few butterflies in my... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Focus On | By Tina Wheaton

Toews (left) and Manzullo-Thomas (right)

Last year, the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) General Council approved a global communication strategy calling for changes in the reach, frequency, form and content of the... Read More
February 27, 2013 | Artbeat | Mennonite World Conference

Block

Bill Block has more than 1,300 sermons that sit in his bottom filing cabinet drawer, evidence of his many years of working for the Mennonite church as a pastor, chaplain and... Read More
February 27, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Mar Elias High School students Sally Dabbah, left, and Miyas Nassar, right, are pictured with Westgate Mennonite Collegiate student Avery Letkemann during a recent visit from Israel/Palestine. Letkemann and other Westgate students will be making a return visit to Israel later this year.

The hallways at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate in Winnipeg were abuzz with excitement. Eight students and their teacher, Emil Haloun, had arrived from Mar Elias High School in... Read More
February 27, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Speakers at this year’s Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand conference include, from left, Dave Andrews, who has lived among marginalized people groups for more than 30 years, and Nora Amath, chair of Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity.

Jan. 26 is Australia Day, the equivalent of Canada Day. Over the Australia Day weekend the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand held its biennial conference in... Read More
February 27, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Mark S. Hurst and Nathan Hobby

David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He writes for RNS and until recently covered the religion beat for AOL's Politics Daily. He blogs at Commonweal magazine, and has written two books on Catholic topics, the latest a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.

If you want a crash course on how papal politics really works, look no further than the saga of Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien. On Friday, Britain's most senior Catholic cleric... Read More
February 26, 2013 | Web First | David Gibson
When Robert Mugabe clung to power after Zimbabwe's 2008 election he was quick to wield the power of the law and the authority of the state, reported Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC's... Read More
February 26, 2013 | Web First | Anna Maria Tremonti
A new poll suggests Quebecers are no longer among the least religious residents of Canada. The reason? Quebecers are now slightly more likely to feel an "attachment to religion"... Read More
February 26, 2013 | Web First | Ron Csillag
As the 117 Roman Catholic cardinals walk into the Sistine Chapel next month for the election of a new pope, one hopes that they fully recognize the unfolding, dramatic pilgrimage... Read More
February 19, 2013 | Web First | by Wesley Granberg-Michaelson
Unchurched Americans have high expectations that they will have sex on Valentine's Day. Lutherans, Presbyterians and other mainline Protestants? Not so much. A new study from the... Read More
February 14, 2013 | Web First | Lauren Markoe

The Rev. Amy Butler, senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

The church that I pastor sits on a busy corner in downtown Washington, D.C . It’s the kind of neighborhood where most people, whether they live or work in the area, rarely if ever... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Web First | Rev. Amy Butler
“I want to talk to God, but I’m afraid ‘cause we ain’t spoke in so long.” (Kanye West, “Jesus Walks”) “Please talk to me / Won’t you please talk to me? / We can unlock this misery... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“Even in the smallest places can a garden grow.” This line from Noah Gunderson’s song, “Garden,” captures the essence of a CD recording tour with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Megan Enns
“The states, parties to the present covenant, recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Young Voices | Ellen Paulley

In the wake of Typhoon Bopha in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, Daniel and Joji Pantoja’s staff loaned one month of their salaries to purchase food aid for 650 families, prompting smiles of gratitude from young recipients.

A typhoon, five million hungry people and no available funds for relief operations. When Peacebuilders Community Inc. (PBCI) faced that scenario late last year, staff rose to the... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Back Page | By Deborah Froese

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as the young Joe, in Looper, a film that challenges the myth of redemptive violence.

Looper is an independent, critically acclaimed, futuristic, neo-noir, time-travel thriller. By itself, this is a unique set of characteristics guaranteed to attract viewers like... Read More
February 13, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Paul M. Zehr is retiring after serving as chair of the editorial council of the Believers Church Bible Commentary (BCBC) series for more than 25 years. “While it’s been a labour... Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in Us |
As a quiet first-year college student, I took a long, nervous walk down the dorm hallway, across a dimly lit ideological divide and into the room of the second-year student who... Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Syrian refugee children take shelter against the cold shortly after arriving in Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan, early in the morning of Nov. 26, 2012. Mennonite Central Committee has delivered 900 comforters, 350 relief kits and 3,520 school kits to the camp so far. For story on the worsening crisis in Syria.

The crisis in Syria is rapidly spinning out of control.Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Building on years of separate bilateral dialogues between Mennonites and their Catholic and Lutheran counterparts, the three denominations began trilateral talks on the issue of... Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Mennonite World Conference

Bernie Wiebe and pastor Lynell Bergen break bread during Hope Mennonite Church’s communion service officially welcoming the LGBTQ community in its midst. The special cloth draped over the communion table had been created for the event.

The welcome offered at the communion table on Jan. 20 at Hope Mennonite Church signalled the congregation’s arrival at a significant milestone on what has been a long, winding and... Read More
February 13, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Beyonce

Super Bowl halftime shows often burn more vivid images into the American conscience than the most-watched football game of the year, and can claim millions more viewers. They can... Read More
February 1, 2013 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
Youth growing up in many Mennonite churches could be forgiven for thinking that homosexual sex is the only kind of intercourse people have, because that’s the only kind many... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
At one point Christianity was the centre of life in North America; now it has been pushed to the margins. But that’s an important place to be, according to Cam Roxburgh. Mennonite... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
‘Metaphors in cloth and clay,’ a new exhibit at the Mennonite Heritage Gallery, Winnipeg, combines the individual and collaborative work of Winnipeg artists Ingrid Lincoln and... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Back Page |

Martha Smith Good signs her book Breaking Ground: One Woman’s Journey into Pastoral Ministry for Jean Shantz at a book-signing event at Wilmot Mennonite Church, Ont., in mid-December.

Guelph Mennonite Church, which Martha Smith Good was pastoring, had requested ordination for her, but the then Mennonite Conference of Ontario and Quebec wanted to license her... Read More
January 30, 2013 | God at work in Us | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Neufeld

Joseph S. Neufeld was born into a large Mennonite family and community in rural Alberta. Having many sisters and brothers, and growing up in the Dirty Thirties, he quickly... Read More
January 30, 2013 | God at work in Us | By David Neufeld

Sitting in quiet, yoga retreat participants at Camp Squah experience the presence of God.

Determination to exercise more, or to improve one’s spiritual life, are on many people’s lists as they begin a new year. Thirty people who met at Camp Squeah from Jan. 11 to 13... Read More
January 30, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

Victor Khambil of the Chin Christian Church, a Mennonite Church Eastern Canada emerging congregation, leads chants with his megaphone in support of the Kachin people of Burma.

Victor Khambil, secretary for the Chin Christian Church, Kitchener, was front and centre at a peaceful protest at city hall on Jan. 19.Read More
January 30, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
Peace. The final frontier. This is the hope of the Mennonite Church. Its mission: To witness in a strange new world. To seek renewed life, renewed community, and to boldly go... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Focus On | By Sean East

Khuankaew

Ouyporn Khuankaew travelled a long way to teach at the 2012 Canadian School for Peacebuilding at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) last summer, and she says the trip was well... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Focus On | By Lindsay Wright

Bethany Johnson is a first-year student at the Medical School for International Health in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Bethany Johnson is exactly where she wanted to be after graduating from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2012 with a degree in biology: well on her way to a career in medical... Read More
January 30, 2013 | Focus On | By Andrew Jenner
There are countless good schools that prepare all manner of public servants. We have great doctors and lawyers, business leaders and scientists—thanks be to God.Read More
January 30, 2013 | Focus On | By Sara Wenger Shenk

President Barack Obama looks at the portrait of Abraham Lincoln that hangs in the Oval Office prior to meeting with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia, June 29, 2009. RNS photo by Pete Souza/The White House

President Obama will publicly take the oath of office with Bibles once owned by his political heroes, Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr . One Bible was well read... Read More
January 18, 2013 | Web First | Daniel Burke
Chantel Klassen and her husband Jared have declared themselves passionate about advocating for the orphan. These twenty-somethings from Warman, Sask., see loving the orphan as an... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe
The Idle No More movement is not just an “Indian thing.” Thousands of people in Canada and around the world—including Mennonites—have rallied to stand in solidarity with this... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
In an age where young-adult church attendance is often declining, many churches want to build a vibrant group for this demographic. Springfield Heights Mennonite Church seems to... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Young Voices | Thomas Guenther
Playwright and actor Ted Swartz has scripted his most personal work yet, this time in autobiographical form.Read More
January 16, 2013 | Artbeat |

Rehan

Dessert was artistically displayed against a candlelit backdrop at Wildwood Mennonite Church as a few dozen people gathered late last year to celebrate Anna Rehan’s long and... Read More
January 16, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

Conrad Grebel University College professor Derek Suderman holds up his group’s cartoon of the plot of the biblical passage being studied at the ‘Contextual Bible study’ seminar, while Chris Brnjas, a master of theological studies student at the college, explains it.

“I hope this is the beginning of something.”Read More
January 16, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Dave Rogalsky

Howard Zehr, widely known as the ‘grandfather of restorative justice,’ will co-lead the Zehr Institute of Restorative Justice at the Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Harrisonburg, Va. Zehr will step aside from his teaching responsibilities at EMU following the spring 2013 semester.

Howard Zehr, widely known as the “grandfather of restorative justice,” will step aside from his teaching role at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) after the spring 2013 semester... Read More
January 16, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Lora Steiner and Bonnie Price Lofton
Recently, I gave a presentation on the tension between answering God’s call and the demands of the world. I explained how hard it is, because most North American consumers seem to... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by Galen Lehman
I love the piano in our living room. The small Wurlitzer fits nicely into the proportions of the room and often provides a good platform for seasonal decorations and whatever... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Focus On | Dori Zerbe Cornelsen

Hildebrand (left), and Schlegel (right)

Two Mennonite businessmen have been named to the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston, out of a total of 91 recipients recognized. Ron Schlegel of Waterloo, Ont.,... Read More
January 16, 2013 | Focus On | By Dick Benner
Are you feeling unsatisfied with the state of democracy in Canada? You may not be the only one. A recent poll released by the charitable organization Samara found that only 55 per... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Young Voices | Casey van Wensem
Why does business matter to God? As a business major at Canadian Mennonite University this is a question that has kept me up at night as I think about what I want to do with my... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Young Voices | Ethan Heidebrecht
After almost 28 years in her position as area church youth minister of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, Anna Rehan is retiring. In her time in this role, she came to understand the... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Cindi Powell and her daughters Erica and Emily are the owners of this house in St. Catharines, Ont., built through a partnership between Habitat Niagara and the local Mennonite community.

Habitat for Humanity Niagara has been building houses in the Niagara Peninsula since 1993. This year the house built on Tasker St. in St. Catharines was a partnership Habitat for... Read More
January 2, 2013 | Back Page | Story and photo by Maria Klassen
At the end of the grade 10 Christian Studies class at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, students are asked to do a project in which they reflect upon a foreign religious practice.Read More
January 2, 2013 | Focus On | by Sarah Currie
New public service announcements produced by MennoMedia are being distributed to 13,000 radio stations across the U.S. A grant from Schowalter Foundation helped with funding.Read More
January 2, 2013 | Artbeat | MennoMedia

Mutabazi

Shadrack Mutabazi is a Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) student who is trying to concentrate on his studies in spite of the trauma that plagues his family and his country... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Lyndsay Wright
At a Brotherhood meeting in Altona, Man. last November, the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church decided to withdraw as one of the member churches of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). The... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and photo by Will Braun

Wesley Driedger (left) and Elaine Dueck and other volunteers wash and dry cans of meat at the MCC meat canning operation in Winkler.

Elaine Dueck, 15, eagerly anticipates the annual 64-hour around-the-clock meat canning operations when Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) mobile meat canner comes to her home... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the World | Gladys Terichow

Laureen Harder-Gissing, archivist at Conrad Grebel University College, examines some of the items from Lorraine Roth’s collection that recently found a new home at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario.

A lifetime of persistent and meticulous research into the lives and family histories of Amish Mennonites has been donated to the Mennonite Archives of Ontario at Conrad Grebel... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the Church |

One stop on a guided bus tour was the Furby Street building where members worshipped from 1945-1955. This 105-year-old building is now used by the St. Demetrius Romanian Orthodox Church. It is also the birthplace of Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now CMU).

In 1937, a tired and aging Rev. Benjamin Ewert sat in the old Eaton’s waiting room in downtown Winnipeg. As young people drifted through, he studied their faces to see if he could... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) helps women get loans to develop small businesses, such as this woman in Ghana who sells salt at the market.

Although the Saskatoon chapter of MEDA is considered to be a small group, their dreams to help others are big. Each year, this group of business people raises money for one... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau
Path #12: Grace and justice for the vulnerable By Laura Loewen, Being a Faith Church Task Force member Jesus is portrayed as “consistently interpreting Scripture in reference to,... Read More
January 2, 2013 | God at work in the Church |
In preparation for next September’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Christians in B.C. gathered to learn about the First Nations worldview. Brander McDonald, Mennonite Church... Read More
December 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
When I think of Mary, the chosen mother of Christ, I think of one iconic image. I think of the Catholic version of the eternal virgin on a pedestal. This doesn’t seem right, and I... Read More
December 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe
Praying 25 times over the course of five days will change the way you look at God, yourself and others. Just ask Maddy Loewen. This past June, the student at Winnipeg’s Westgate... Read More
December 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Last Christmas Eve, Todd Hanson encountered road blocks on his way to church in Chengdu.

On his way to church last Christmas Eve, Todd Hanson found the police had erected roadblocks to facilitate crowd control. Hanson lives in Chengdu, China, where he and his wife... Read More
December 12, 2012 | Back Page |
What happens when an ethno-religious group feels their way of life is threatened? For over a century, before the October 1917 revolution in Russia, Mennonites in Ukraine had... Read More
December 11, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Henry Neufeld

Mbonye Buhunda, 38, her husband and their six children, including Mapenli, 11 and Ishara, 13, pictured, have been displaced repeatedly.

Many of the people displaced when rebel group M23 recently took control of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo had already been displaced a number of times earlier this year... Read More
December 11, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Linda Espenshade
Over the last number of years the St. Clair O’Connor Community (SCOC) Board has reviewed and renewed its mission statement and constitution. Through these evaluations many... Read More
December 11, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Walter Friesen
Path # 8: We are part of a larger story of “God’s love affair with the world.” By Willard Metzger, Being a Faithful Church Task Force member “Scripture calls us to remember that... Read More
December 11, 2012 | God at work in the Church |
After a Winnipeg shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence lost out on $450,000 from the city , local recording artist and record label manager Michael Petkau Falk... Read More
November 23, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Peter Worsley coordinates MCC Alberta’s community chaplaincy program.

Mennonite Central Committee's chaplaincy programs in Alberta and Ontario are facing a fund gap following the Canadian government's decision to change how it supports community... Read More
November 23, 2012 | Web First | Gladys Terichow
In a surprise move that shocked both sides of a years-long debate, the Church of England on Tuesday (Nov. 20) rejected an expected move to allow women bishops, preserving the... Read More
November 23, 2012 | Web First | Tevor Grundy
In an attempt to help their church become more environmentally friendly, Emmanuel Mennonite Church has done some environmental audits and proposals. The ideas proposed have became... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
I remember standing at the entrance to the cathedral in the German city of Muenster, gazing upwards at the metal cages suspended from the bell tower. I listened as my Mennonite... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Young Voices | Scott Bergen
When I was asked to write an article for Canadian Mennonite, I did not know where to start. I have so many stories to tell, but these stories are complicated, given the history my... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Young Voices | Kholoud Al Ajarma

Volunteers, (from left) Sasha Homenko, Anna Marie Giesbrecht, Laeun Kin and Birte Wiebe get to know each other as they work in the kitchen at Sam’s Place.

Packages of beans, tomatoes, carrots, apples and pesto fill the freezers at Sam’s Place, a used book store, café and performing arts venue in the Winnipeg neighbourhood of Elmwood.Read More
November 21, 2012 | Focus On | By Gladys Terichow

(l-r) Meaghan McCracken, Rebecca Campbell, Carol Ann Weaver, Ben Bolt-Martin and Willem Moolenbeek perform Winter Prayers and Blessings from Weaver’s Three Seasons for Lydia Herrle, on Oct. 31 at Conrad Grebel University College.

Elementary school student Lydia Herrle was thrown 25 metres after being hit by a truck as she stepped off her school bus in front of her family’s Country Farm Market on Erb’s Road... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Artbeat | Story and photo by Dave Rogalsky

Job (Mark McKechnie) refuses to be convinced by Sonny (Dan Bieman), the fundamentalist Christian, while the “High and Mighty” house band play in the background in Ross Muir’s Job’s Blues.

Ross Muir, managing editor of Canadian Mennonite, penned the lyrics to his blues’ opera, Job’s Blues, during one of the happiest times of his life, in 1988. The idea had been in... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
This personal narrative of one of the darkest hours for Russian Mennonites, suffering unspeakably under the repression of a ruthless regime, is one of the most compelling I have... Read More
November 21, 2012 | Artbeat | Review by Dick Benner,

Mukanzo

Although Odette Mukole has surely told her story hundreds of times, she speaks softly. She is patient, humble and gracious.Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Dan Dyck

With the oak sapling in the background, Art Friesen addresses the group gathered to recognize the gift of the tree grown from the famous Chortitza oak to M.E.I.

The Chortitza oak, a large tree that has stood in Ukraine for over 700 years, continues living on in a new generation on the campus of Mennonite Educational Institute (M.E.I.) in... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Amy Dueckman

Dinah John (left) and Angel Mathew are part of an intergenerational team of women learning and sharing information about HIV and AIDS in Arusha, Tanzania.

Tears flow freely at Binti Mama (daughter/mother) gatherings as mothers and their teenage daughters talk openly about issues such as HIV and AIDS. Led by an intergenerational team... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow

Cheryl Pauls (right), president of Canadian Mennonite University and Terry Schellenberg, vice-president external, were among those who attended the Mennonite Church Canada leadership assembly in Edmonton where winter came early. They also met with pastors, parents and students in Edmonton and Calgary during their trip.

A blast of winter welcomed Mennonite Church Canada leaders to Edmonton’s First Mennonite Church for the annual fall leadership assembly Nov. 7-10. Most travellers managed to be on... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Proclaiming Jubilee is the mission and vision of both the congregation and Mennonite-owned business, David Miller told a workshop of business leaders and pastors when Mennonite... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Editor/publisher
Path # 7 Holy Spirit and interpretive community By Robert J. Suderman, Being a Faithful Church Task Force member “It is the Holy Spirit who guides the interpretive community in... Read More
November 21, 2012 | God at work in the Church |
What offends you? When should Christians be offended by what they see in the world around them, and how should they respond? Those questions were recently addressed in a... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Canadian Mennonite University took 12 students on a study tour to the United Kingdom this summer led by Professor Irma Fast Dueck. The students explored the theme of Christianity... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Young Voices | Ben Borne and Gabrielle Lemire
Sheep, shepherds and wolves—that’s the metaphor Virgil O. Wiebe uses to describe how Mennonites have traditionally related to human rights. Wiebe, a professor from the Faculty of... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Young Voices | Amanda Thorsteinsson
If the grim historical associations with words like “purity” and “cleansing” are any indication, then Sider is right to suggest that the church has had trouble reconciling the... Read More
November 7, 2012 | Artbeat | Review by David Driedger

This Annie C. Funk postcard was issued a couple years after her death in 1912.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Throughout this commemorative year there has been much in-depth coverage of the Titanic but a little-known... Read More
November 7, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The Frey Yoder family, from left to right: Deborah, Nancy, Jeremiah and Bruce.

Nancy Frey and Bruce Yoder are building a new home in Burkina Faso with their children Jeremiah and Deborah. In the capital city of Ouagadougou, the Frey Yoders connect with and... Read More
November 7, 2012 | God at work in the World |
A federal government agency has warned Canadian Mennonite about publishing material that could rally its readers to oppose specific politicians and political parties. A letter to... Read More
November 7, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Carl DeGurse
Path #2: Context makes a difference By Rudy Baergen, Co-chair, Being a Faithful Church Task Force “Context makes a difference in how Scripture is interpreted, understood, and... Read More
November 7, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Devon Clunis, a 25-year veteran of the police force, will be sworn in as chief of police later this year.

The sound-byte was simple, “What would happen if we all just truly—I'm talking about all religious stripes here—started praying for the peace of this city and then actually... Read More
October 30, 2012 | Web First | By David Driedger
In a time when some development agencies report a chilling relationship with the Canadian International Development Agency, and others have seen their funding reduced, three... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
I bought 1kg of sugar for $7. It is Camino golden cane sugar. As it says on the back of the packaging, it is grown at “the first farmer co-operative in Paraguay to produce and... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Young Voices | Elise Epp
With the celebration of the missionary efforts that led to the creation of the Mennonite Community in Congo a century ago (Sept. 3, page 4), now is perhaps a good time to review... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Focus On | Reviewed by Ross W. Muir
The fifth and final volume in the Global Mennonite History Series, the history of North American Mennonites, was released in late September. Seeking Places of Peace by Royden... Read More
October 24, 2012 | Focus On | By Phyllis Pellman Good
Theology, spirituality The Jesus Factor in Justice and Peacemaking . C. Norman Kraus. Cascadia Publishing House, 2011, 125 pages.Read More
October 24, 2012 | Focus On |

Katie Goetz

Katie Goetz, a church sister, asked if we could talk. Something was bothering her.Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Carl DeGurse

Students from Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., learn about First Nations culture by helping to put up a tipi at the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation, Duck Lake, Sask.

Students from Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., spent Sept. 19-27 learning outside the classroom. While first-year students learned about poverty and homelessness by working in... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the World | Jerry Letkeman

Andrew and Karen Suderman, Mennonite Church Canada workers in South Africa, are hosting a Learning Tour Feb. 6-19. They have been in Pietermaritzburg since 2009 and their daughter, Samantha, was born there.

Spectacular water falls. A sweeping, ruggedly beautiful coastline. Exotic wildlife, sophisticated cities and an endless variety of cultures. These are some of the treasures... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

Ka Moua (left), Kia Xiong and Seng Yang wore traditional Hmong attire to dress up for the Saturday afternoon High Tea at the women’s retreat at Camp Squeah.

The planning committee for the Mennonite Church B.C. women’s retreat learned the hard way that God is in the details as they struggled to put together a weekend of renewal and... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Waltrude Gortzen
Path #3: Scripture already interprets scripture By Robert J. Suderman For the Being a Faithful Church Task Force “Scripture already interprets Scripture. It is very important to... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new president of Somalia, is standing in center-front among classmates at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute. This class, titled "Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach," was one of three that the president took.

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud , deepened his understanding of building peace in traumatized societies in three classes taken at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Web First | Bonnie Lofton

Doreen Ruto of Kenya, pictured working in Somalia, is playing a key role in a USAID-funded project using materials developed at EMU for Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR). The goal is to introduce trauma-healing principles to about 115,000 Somalis and thus decrease the likelihood of cycles of violence.

A graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) , as well as the center’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Web First | Andrew Jenner

Coming to a theatre new you.

Recently released to wide critical acclaim across the U.S. and Canada, Hellbound ? is the brainchild of filmmaker Kevin Miller, a graduate of Columbia Bible College and resident... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen, Film Critic
Young adults have a lot to say about the future of the church—and the wider church is listening. Mennonite Church Canada and the five area churches invited eight young adults from... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Young Voices | Deborah Froese
Growing up playing sports, Brad Thiessen occasionally heard the stereotype that Christians are too meek to care about competing at a high level and winning games. “I think [some]... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For 11 years Rachel Potter de Reyes, a missionary from Scotland, has worked in Guatemala with Mike Black Ministries. Initiated in January 1990 by Pastor Mike Black and his wife,... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Young Voices | Shina Park

Dave and Mary Lou Driedger walking the Great Wall in China

We returned to Canada July 18, 2011, after spending six years teaching at the International Christian School in Hong Kong. My husband Dave and I moved into a condo in downtown... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Focus On | Mary Lou Driedger
One businessman had a hard time getting his head around the idea of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook authors giving all their royalties to charity. Charlotte Penner and her husband,... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Artbeat | By Melodie Davis

Elsie Cressman, (foreground) the subject of a documentary, Return to Africa: The Story of Elsie Cressman, is pictured with filmmakers Paul Francescutti, and Paula and Paul Campsall, at a screening in Waterloo in 2010.

Funeral services were held Sept. 23, for Elsie Cressman, a former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker in East Africa, who died Sept. 11. Cressman was known for her work among... Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Linda Moffett

Resident Jen Born relaxes in the Atangard lounge. The former Fraser Valley Inn was converted into community housing for young adults.

By turning a former flophouse into a cozy community living space, young adults in Abbotsford have found a way to recycle and build community at the same time.Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and photo by Amy Dueckman
Too often, Christians use scripture in unhelpful ways to advance a particular point of view. As Mennonite Church Canada we want to honour Scripture and use it with integrity... Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Rudy Baergen
I wanted to clarify some inaccurate information published in Ron Csillag’s article “Canada cuts all non-Christian prison chaplains” regarding the Government of Canada’s policy on... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Web First | Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety
The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. By next spring, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and other non-Christian inmates will be... Read More
October 9, 2012 | Web First | by Ron Csillag
I’ve been told that I have a problem. Well, not me in particular, but all of us as Christians. Many people still blame Christianity, or a Christian worldview, for our current... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Young Voices | John Bergen
The Canadian government has called on its diplomats in Iran to leave the embassy, abruptly and unilaterally cutting off all diplomatic ties there. The evacuation of the five... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
There’s been no shortage of headlines involving protest in recent years. The events surrounding the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, the Arab Spring that began that same year, and the... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Young Voices | Nick Schuurman

Patty Dorsey signs a beam, a sign of community at Conrad Grebel University College.

Kitchener resident Patty Dorsey was at a crossroads in life. After raising five children and working with mentally challenged individuals for twenty years, Dorsey needed a change... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Focus On |

Muslim women spent a week at CMU this summer, learning about Christianity.

On a warm summer evening in Winnipeg there is lots of laughter, picture-taking, and food—it’s very much a typical “girls’ night out.” But this party is unique as more than half... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Focus On | By Dora Dueck

A scene from Petrichor includes (from left): Andrew Penner (Dick), David Tompa (Peter), Monica Dottor (Susan), Shannon Taylor (Mary).

The theatre was dim. A projection screen showed an animated scene of a farm yard by night. The wind rippled through the trees and grass. Clouds blew across the moon. Crickets... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
“Friendship is a jewel in life. Delphine Martin knew how to polish that jewel,” said Melba Tanner, a fellow family therapist at the memorial services of her friend held at... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner,

Bishop Ntambo Ntanda admires the Congolese dress that Pamela Courture, wears in solidarity with the Congolese people, while Mama Emman Selemani, another of the DRC leaders looks on. Courture is currently doing ethnographic research on the peace building efforts of indigenous Congolese persons.

“Our people have to walk 50 miles to buy an aspirin and pregnant mothers have to walk 100 miles for pre-natal and medical care in birthing,” Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda of the... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Dick Benner

Store manager, Bryan Heidebrecht (L), and board member Harvey Friesen, hold a ribbon made of thrift store ties at the grand opening of the new location for Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Store.

Even with a 50-percent-off deal store-wide, Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift store had record sales at its official grand opening. On an average day 60 customers walk... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Don and Dorothy Friesen enjoy the service of retirement, recognizing Don’s many years of pastoral service at the Ottawa Mennonite Church.

Pierre Trudeau was Canadian prime minister for the first time. Jimmy Carter was president of the United States and Leonid Brezhnev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Obama address the UN assembly.

President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 25) gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. Here are... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
The Church of the Brethren requests prayer for college communities in Kansas and Virginia following three separate and unrelated tragedies: McPherson ( Kan .) College and... Read More
September 25, 2012 | Web First |
When Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition in the US, was discovered to have raked in millions of dollars from the super lobbyist — and eventually convicted felon... Read More
September 24, 2012 | Web First | news sources
Amish bishop Samuel Mullet was convicted Thursday (Sept. 20, 2012) of federal hate crimes and conspiracy for exhorting followers to forcibly shear the hair and beards of those who... Read More
September 21, 2012 | Web First | James F. McCarty for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

Elsie Cressman, foreground, the subject of a documentary, Return to Africa: The Story of Elsie Cressman, is pictured with filmmakers Paul Francescutti, and Paula and Paul Campsall, at a screening in Waterloo in 2010

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 23, for Elsie Cressman , former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker in East Africa, who died Sept. 11, in New Hamburg. Cressman was known... Read More
September 20, 2012 | Web First | Linda Moffett
An ecumenical leader in the Netherlands has called on the country's churches to examine their role in the history of slavery, ahead of next year's 150th anniversary of the Dutch... Read More
September 19, 2012 | Web First | By Andreas Havinga
At a place called Antietam , 23,000 soldiers died in the bloodiest day of the American Civil War. More than 150 years later, 20 different religious traditions will gather on this... Read More
September 17, 2012 | Web First | By ENInews Staff
Coptic Christian leaders in the United States distanced themselves from an anti-Muslim film that has sparked protests in more than 20 countries, and denounced the Copts who... Read More
September 17, 2012 | Web First | Daniel Burke
I had an experience of God’s presence at St. Benedict’s Monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota, in July at the Bridgefolk conference. “Bridgefolk is a movement of sacramentally-minded... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Michael Turman
This past August, my friend and I hosted our 10-year high school reunion. It was fun to reconnect with a number of the 60 people we graduated with from Westgate Mennonite... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
On June 10, Gabriella Neufeld, Sarah Pries, and I were put to work preparing supper for 100 people in Pauingassi First Nation (PFN). It marked the start of a three-day fishing... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Melanie Kampen

Larisa Zehr (centre), Jessica Sarriot and William C. Morris are recent EMU grads who have headed 2,000 miles south to work alongside Colombians seeking to emerge from decades of warfare and destitution. Photo by Emma Stahl-Wert.

Months after earning their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in 2011, Jessica Sarriot (Silver Spring, Md.), Larisa Zehr (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and William C... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Web First | Steve Shenk

Karen Cornelius (left), a Winnipeg artist and guest curator of the Prairie Connections exhibit, invited artist Liang Yu (right) to show his art in Winnipeg. Ray Dirks (centre) is curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery.

The flat lands of Manitoba’s wide Red River valley would seem to have little in common with northern China—unless you’ve seen the expansive silkscreen prints of Chinese artist... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Back Page |

This painting by Ray Dirks tells the story of Agatha Harms Reimer who escaped from the Soviet Union with three sons after World War 2. It is part of the “Along the Road to Freedom” collection which opens at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 14. Agatha, the grandmother of Dirks’ wife, lived to be 103.

Ray Dirks, curator and artist, has embarked on a project to paint as many as twenty canvasses to tell the stories of Mennonite women who brought their families out of the Soviet... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | By Harold Jantz
Alan and Eleanor Kreider, recently “retired,” have had a full life of ministry, mostly in the United Kingdom, but with influences throughout the world. Working in post-Christendom... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky
As the son of Russian Mennonites who arrived in Canada in 1924 and 1926, I have a positive bias towards this book which takes the 26 letters of the alphabet and picks one event,... Read More
September 12, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Fred Redekop

Benjamin Mubenga Wa Kabanga, president of Communauté Evangélique Mennonite au Congo, blesses one of the 16 pastors ordained during the Golden Jubilee celebration. White powder is a sign of spiritual blessing that family showered on the pastoral candidate during the celebration.

Prime-time television news, amplified guitar riffs and deep-throated traditional drums announced to the city of Mbuji Mayi that Communauté Evangélique Mennonite au Congo (... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Lynda Hollinger-Janzen, with reports

Jameel Dababneh, Caritas Jordan’s emergency response coordinator, welcomes a young Syrian refugee. MCC partners with Caritas Jordan, one of the organizations that welcomes refugees, offers material resources and links them to services.

At the corner grocery in our Jabal al-Webdah neighbourhood of Amman, a Syrian man in his early 20s now runs the meat and cheese counter. Ahmed (not his real name) is one of more... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the World | By J. Daryl Byler

Robert (Jack) Suderman (left) was among 35 people from seven countries gathered at Goshen College to begin the process of gathering stories about costly discipleship.

More than 35 people from seven countries gathered at Goshen College on August 5-8 for an international consultation on the theme, “Bearing Witness: A New Martyrs Mirror for the... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Kaeli Evans

Owen Sararus and Andre Wiederkehr act out a Bible story as Theo Wiederkehr films, Dave Sararus directs and Lydia Dyck supervises. The youth at Hanover (Ont.) Mennonite Church were very involved in their congregation’s Vacation Bible School program as they made films for each day’s Bible story.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Hanover Mennonite Church has been an inspiring ecumenical endeavor year after year, but the dramas of the MennoMedia curriculum were always a... Read More
September 12, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Sararus
Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl who was charged with blasphemy. Pastor Youcef... Read More
September 11, 2012 | Web First | Adelle M. Banks
A delegation of religious leaders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is visiting the U.S and Canada as part of a tour seeking to build awareness of a re-emerging war at... Read More
September 10, 2012 | Web First | By ENInews Staff

Arli Klassen begins her duties Oct. 1.

Arli Klassen , formerly executive director of the binational Mennonite Central Committee before its reorganization earlier this year into a Canadian and US entity, will serve as... Read More
September 10, 2012 | Web First | news release
The World Association for Christian Communication ( WACC ) said it welcomes a plan by Argentina's National University of Entre Rios to oversee a seminar on "subjective... Read More
September 10, 2012 | Web First | Maria Teresa Aveggio
Barack Obama invoked Abraham Lincoln in Thursday's speech in which he accepted his party's nomination for president. "I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming... Read More
September 7, 2012 | Web First | Yonat Shimron
What a revealing end to a disturbing political convention. An actor who built a career on pretending to be a tough guy talked to an empty chair, pretending it was President Obama... Read More
September 5, 2012 | Web First | Tom Ehrich

Rev. Sun Myung Moon

The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, revered as a messiah within his Unification Church but regarded by many others as a vain and enigmatic man who blessed mass weddings, built a sprawling... Read More
September 5, 2012 | Web First | Daniel Burke
The streets are packed. Hordes of people move at once, criss-crossing over the smooth stone streets and deftly navigating down many stairs. Vendors shouting in Arabic call from... Read More
September 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
Last year, a few of my cousins and a bunch of the friends I made growing up in church, in high school and during my time studying at Canadian Mennonite University got engaged. And... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Thomas Epp as told to Aaron Epp
All the anticipation in the world cannot prepare someone for the experience of leaving home to live in a foreign country for a period of time, even though one understands that it... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
“To live in the Holy Land, you must be crazy, or you must believe in miracles,” farmer Daoud Nassar tells our group assembled in a cave just outside of Bethlehem. He is sharing... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
For Sara Doua of Bamako, Mali, receiving a three-month ration means she no longer has to go door-to-door asking her neighbours for food.Read More
August 29, 2012 | Back Page | Story and photos by Kelly Di Domenico

Elsie Rempel was available to sign her new book at MC Canada Assembly in Vancouver.

Elsie Rempel, Mennonite Church Canada Formation Consultant, launched her new book, Please Pass the Faith, at Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2012 in Vancouver. The book explores... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Artbeat | By Ardell Stauffer

Sam Gingerich and Ryan Roth

The spring after I turned 15, Sam cornered me in the hallway of Steinmann Mennonite Church and said, “You’re playing church league ball this summer.” It was more of an instruction... Read More
August 29, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Ryan Roth
North American churches forget how special Anabaptism is, say Erwin and Marian Wiens, recently returned from Korea. The Wienses are no strangers to South Korea. Ten years ago,... Read More
August 29, 2012 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese

Norm Voth, director of Evangelism and Service for Mennonite Church Manitoba, and Jamie Arpin-Ricci, pastor of Little Flowers Community Church, stand outside Chiara House.

When Andrew, a new Christian in Little Flowers Community Church, tragically took his life, it shook the church to its core. Pastor Jamie Arpin-Ricci said it was the death of... Read More
August 29, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau
The streets are packed. Hordes of people move at once, criss-crossing over the smooth stone streets and deftly navigating down many stairs. Vendors shouting in Arabic call from... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
“To live in the Holy Land, you must be crazy, or you must believe in miracles,” farmer Daoud Nassar tells our group assembled in a cave just outside of Bethlehem. He is sharing... Read More
August 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Vanessa Snyder-Penner
A bail hearing is set for today, Aug. 28, in Islamabad in the case of a girl charged with blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Quran, Islam's holy scriptures. Several... Read More
August 28, 2012 | Web First | By Anto Akkara
Law officers testified Wednesday (Sept. 5, 2012) about the chaotic and bizarre scene they discovered the night of Oct. 4, 2011, when they arrived at the Holmes County, Ohio, home... Read More
August 28, 2012 | Web First | James F. McCarty for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

The leader of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church has urged citizens to observe peace, love and tolerance as the country mourns the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi . The Rev... Read More
August 23, 2012 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Southeast Christian Church, a Louisville, Ky., megachurch, holds services like this one during Christmas time. Credit: Religion News Service photo courtesy of Southeast Christian Church

Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses – just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that worship services at megachurches can trigger... Read More
August 21, 2012 | Web First |

US Representative Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas) --Photo Courtesy

OK, so like I'm on vacation in Maine and you're pondering the fate of Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), but what would we do without those crack investigative reporters at Politico, Jake... Read More
August 21, 2012 | Web First | Mark Silk
The United Church of Canada, the country's largest Protestant denomination, has approved a recommendation to boycott products produced in Israeli settlements in occupied... Read More
August 20, 2012 | Web First | By Kristine Greenaway

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has said talks with the White House over a proposed contraception mandate are "going nowhere." --RNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan defended his invitation of President Obama to the annual Al Smith Dinner in October, saying he is trying to encourage civility and dialogue amid a... Read More
August 20, 2012 | Web First | Chris Lisee

Paul Ryan--Romney's veep choice.

For the first time in U.S . history, both sides of the ballot include Roman Catholics: Democrats' Vice President Joe Biden, and Republicans' newly named vice presidential... Read More
August 20, 2012 | Web First | Daniel Burke
A Vermont jury found an Amish-Mennonite pastor guilty Tuesday (Aug. 14) of abetting an international kidnapping to keep a young girl from her lesbian parent. Virginia pastor... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
A Moscow court found three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" today (Aug. 17) for a guerrilla performance in Moscow... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky

Sto:lo Drummers and Activists Rally in Front of the Chilliwack Court House on July 26. On July 25, the prior day, Kwitsel Tatel and her son, Kwiis Hamilton, were both jailed and penalized for her decision to drum and sing her evidence into Court dressed in Aboriginal regalia.

In another of many court trials for Kwitsel Tatel , the aboriginal mother of two charged with illegal possession of fish, was jailed here July 25, along with her son, before the... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor and publisher
From Vacation Bible School to Bible camp, many children participate in a variety of different activities during the summer. This year, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
It’s fairly common for young Canadian Mennonites to attend one of the Mennonite institutions for their undergraduate studies, but many young Mennonites are heading back to school... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
In Canada 1,397 sexual assaults occur every day, according to the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. In the United States nearly one in five women reported... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Rabus and Otto

Jennifer Otto and Gregory Rabus, from Ontario and Connecticut respectively, have accepted an invitation to lead an urban church plant in southern Germany in partnership with the... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

Pastoral intern Christina Edmiston engages ministry team leader Mike Thiessen in conversation at the potluck following Wanner Mennonite’s 175th-anniversary celebration service on June 24 in Cambridge, Ont.

The way Ken Bechtel, Wanner Mennonite Church historian, puts it, the “175” in this year’s celebration refers only to the construction of the first dedicated church building. The... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
Is the New Testament inherently violent? What does Jesus’ brutal death on the cross mean to persons holding a more passive view of non-resistance? How does one seriously read the... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dick Benner

Muriel Bechtel, retiring this summer after 12 years as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada conference minister, is pictured in her office, familiar to many pastors through the years.

After 12 years as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s conference minister, Muriel Bechtel will be moving into retirement this summer. On June 24 she also celebrated 20 years since... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Basil Kaboushi, left, and Wajdi Haddad, volunteers with Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, help to distribute MCC relief kits and comforters to Syrian refugees at the Latin Patriarchate School in Mafraq, Jordan, in June.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) continues to address needs of refugees fleeing from increasing violence in Syria. Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, is distributing comforters,... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Ed Nyce

Derek (7) and Michael (10) Thiessen, comprising the entire Sunday School, began a goat project in June, just weeks before the last worship service of Portage Mennonite Church. They are not sure where will they will go to church now that it is closing. 

For over 35 years “the little church that could” nurtured faith, built community, and sent many of its members out into the wider world to work in with MCC, Canadian Foodgrains... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Africa has topped the list of most devout regions of the world, with 89 percent calling themselves religious, according to a worldwide poll called "The Global Index of Religiosity... Read More
August 14, 2012 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni
Gray skies sputtered rain into the muggy Ohio afternoon as friends and family gathered for the memorial service for Alfred Geiser on Aug. 5. The organist played "When Peace Like a... Read More
August 7, 2012 | Web First | by Sherah-Leigh Gerber
While governments and corporations may paint a rosy picture of Colombia, some facts are worth bearing in mind. Colombia’s continual internal armed conflict perpetuates serious... Read More
July 30, 2012 | Web First | Sonia Hsiung, legislative intern for International Affairs

Catwoman: 'There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne."

She has the best of lines; she has the worst of lines. I am referring to the dialogue of Catwoman in this summer’s mega-blockbuster film, The Dark Knight Rises, based very loosely... Read More
July 30, 2012 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen, Film Critic

Basil Kaboushi, left, and Wajdi Haddad, volunteers with Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, help to distribute MCC relief kits and comforters to Syrian refugees at the Latin Patriarchate School in Mafraq, Jordan, in June. --MCC Photo/Nada Zabaneh

Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) continues to address needs of refugees fleeing from increasing violence in Syria. Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, is distributing comforters,... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Ed Nyce

The wonder of it all!

With a record donation to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, members of the Niverville and District growing project have reason to celebrate. On July 24, the project harvested 78.2 bushels... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Emily Cain

As president of one of the nation's largest family owned businesses, Chick-fil-A's Dan T. Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based quick-service chicken restaurant chain founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy. There are presently 1,600 franchise units across the US.

Billy Graham, usually silent since he retired to his cabin in the beautiful North Carolina mountains, has come out roaring this week. Days ago he decried America’s spiritual... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Yonat Shimron
The historic District of Niagara included what is roughly the whole of the Niagara Peninsula. It began at Hamilton and stretched along Lake Ontario toward the Niagara River,... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Web First | Jonathan Seiling
In her book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Anne Fadiman describes an autobiography that eighth-grader May Lee completed for school. Lee, a Hmong girl living in... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Nick Schuurman
Growing up in a pro-military culture like Mesquite, Texas, meant that Kimberly Rivera never thought she would leave the army. “I was pro-war, pro-life, pro-death penalty,” said... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
A Guatemalan man named Byron took a political stand against the injustice in his country. As a result, his family was murdered before his eyes. Byron managed to escape to Canada,... Read More
July 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Unlike the directors of many non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Jennifer Henry can speak freely. She’s the head of Kairos, a social justice organization representing seven of... Read More
July 25, 2012 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

Kurt Janz, left, host of the Alberta Heritage Retreat at Camp Valaqua on June 6, poses with guest speaker Mary-Ann Kirkby, author of I am Hutterite, during one of several breaks.

“Interesting!” “Informative!” “Inspiring!” were immediate responses to the question, “What did you think of the day?” Well over 100 participants, most of them over 60,... Read More
July 25, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Doreen Neufeld
A top church historian has said he believes Christianity faces a "bright future" worldwide, but predicted the Roman Catholic church will undergo a major schism over its moral and... Read More
July 9, 2012 | Web First | By Jonathan Luxmoore

Members of the Warwick River Mennonite Church youth group and their leaders work on the roof at the Hamilton Welcome Inn as part of the MDS Summer Youth Build. --Photo by Dave Rogalsky

It was a hot Southern Ontario day in July but the crew from Warwick River Mennonite Church in Newport News, Virginia felt that the humidity was nothing compared with home. They... Read More
July 6, 2012 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
A new kind of Christianity is spreading across the globe, and the Mennonite church can be a leading voice in discerning what that means for how Christians pass on their faith to... Read More
July 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Spring and summertime means that it’s time to till the soil, plant seeds, tend to the garden and, hopefully, watch the plants grow. For a few Ontario young adults, their community... Read More
July 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
For all the youths and young adults that I have talked to, it seems that most of our knowledge of Canada’s history with indigenous issues depended on our school teachers. In my... Read More
July 4, 2012 | Young Voices | David Zentner
The late Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder authored 25 books, inspiring many others to write their own books and research papers about him and his ideas.Read More
July 4, 2012 | Artbeat | By Steve Shenk

Eliesabeth Klassen celebrated her 103rd birthday on March 3. A few weeks later, six of her students from 60 years ago went to visit her at Blenheim Lodge. Pictured from left to right, front row: Lucy Meyer, Eliesabeth Klassen, Marie Penner and Margie Ewert; and back row: Elfrieda Klassen, Margaret Ewert, Helga Stobbe and Elvira Guenther.

Eliesabeth Klassen says she’s three. “Forget the other hundred years,” she says with a laugh, using a magnifying glass to scan familiar faces in old directories from Vancouver’s... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Rebekah Funk

Mario Snyder is pictured with his second wife, Egda, in 2001.

In 1947, Mario Snyder was an inaugural graduate from Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Kitchener, Ont.Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Josiah and Mona Neufeld and son Elias of Hope Mennonite Church participate in the I’m Sorry event, part of the Pride Winnipeg Parade last month.

On June 3, a small group from Little Flowers Community and Hope Mennonite Church joined a crowd of upwards of 20,000 people who came out for the Pride Winnipeg Parade. They... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Executive director Eunice Valenzuela, left, and board chair Marlene Epp pose at the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support’s anniversary banquet on April 21 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Waterloo, Ont.

With a swirl of skirts, the stomp of dancing shoes and the flourish of a flamenco guitar, Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support celebrated its 25th anniversary with a banquet on... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Khadijah, Yehia and Bashar are refugees from Iraq who arrived in Ontario in 2010. Threats of kidnapping and death forced their family to flee Iraq.

According to the UN, there are 10.5 million “refugees of concern” in the world. These are people uprooted from their homes, fleeing conflict, natural disaster or persecution... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Eric Dyck of 4-D Farms, Springstein, Man., explains how a combine works to a class of English-as-an-additional-language students who meet at Bethel Mennonite Church, Winnipeg.

Most often people think of crops from our prairie farms going abroad to feed the world. So it was a bit of a shift on June 15, when 20 women and 15 children representing 10... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Elsie M. Epp

The construction of the crematorium at Living Water Church, Borabu, Thailand, began in February and was finished in June.

When Borabu’s first Christian crematorium is finished, it will finally bring peace of mind to members of Living Water Church in this region of Thailand who have been concerned... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Wil LaVeist

Architect’s rendering of Canadian Mennonite University’s new library and learning commons, and pedestrian bridge.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) has made public its plans for a major new capital project that will significantly enhance CMU’s infrastructure for delivering quality post-... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Sitting: Gary & Beatrice Wilkinson, Floris Leis (Absent-Wayne Leis) Standing: James & Halley Matthews, Marilyn & Gary Zehr, Donna Jantzi, Gail Nafziger.

Sunday, June 24, was a special Sunday for the St. Agatha (Ont.) Mennonite congregation. Our Church Membership Sunday welcomed persons through baptism, membership by confession of... Read More
June 28, 2012 | Web First | Wilmer Martin

The present hymnal is now 20 years old.

“The Love of God” is the song most sung in Canada and the US in the Hymnal: A Worship Book and their two supplements, Sing the Journey and Sing the Story , reports Amy Gingerich... Read More
June 27, 2012 | Web First | Michael Spory
Young Voices is looking for two young writers to fill vacancies on its blog . We want to hear from writers with thoughts about faith, art, finances, books, politics, school, the... Read More
June 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Arnoldo Wiens: suspended candidacy for president in 2013.

News update: In what is being called a Saturday night coup, Paraguay's Senate removed President Fernando Lugo for what they charged was his role in a deadly clash between police... Read More
June 22, 2012 | Web First | By Dick Benner, editor and publisher

Police drag the body of one of the peasants shot dead during an eviction of squatters in Curuguaty. --Photo courtesy of WordPress

The leader of the Latin American Council of Churches ( CLAI ) has condemned a deadly clash June 15 between army troops and farmers fighting eviction in Paraguay. "No violence of... Read More
June 22, 2012 | Web First | ENI news staff

Jonathan Seiling, right, consults with Carol Penner, pastor of The First Mennonite Church, Vineland, Ont. on a recent historic tour. (Photo by Melissa Seiling)

The War of 1812 is important to commemorate for many reasons. As the only defensive war fought on Canadian soil in the last two centuries, it was also the first testing of the... Read More
June 21, 2012 | Web First | Jonathan Seiling

Some 150 people gathered in front of city hall, Kitchener, Ontario, Monday evening, June 18, to protest and sign petitions against reduced health care for refugees. --Photo & video by Dick Benner

According to the UN, there are now 10.5 million refugees who have been forced to flee their countries due to conflict, natural disaster or persecution. About 25,000 of these... Read More
June 21, 2012 | Web First | Will Braun, Senior Writer

After winning Mennonite Church Canada’s draw for Chris and Selah action figures, Rebecca and Andrew Stoesz place them in the family worship centre. The action figures are based on Mennonite Church Canada’s ‘At-Home’ family worship resources, written by Elsie Rempel, designed by Megan Kamei and sewn by Mary Funk.

Chris and Selah have found a new home. The action figures based on Mennonite Church Canada’s Advent- and Lent-at-Home resources were awarded to Rebecca and Andrew Stoesz, aged... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Back Page | Story and Photo by Deborah Froese
Mennonite communities have developed a rich tradition of raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year at community events like the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale. This... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe
Travelling to another country has a way of creating a new lens on life with a vivid new focus, but not in the way that I had expected. As I discovered more and more about South... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Lauren Harms
“That woman has really nice shoes,” said a man with whom I am acquainted. I was at a restaurant in Vancouver with four men. Three of them were talking about women’s shoes, but, in... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
It was January 1989 when J. R. Burkholder taught liberation theology at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Interterm at AMBS is one course, usually studied over... Read More
June 20, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Chris Summerville in his executive director office at the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society.

All the fear, stigma and social prejudice that surrounds mental illness recently surfaced again in the media when a review board granted Vince Li temporary passes to take... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Steve Heinrichs, director of Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations (previously Native Ministry), says that people like the new name because it emphasizes the need for respectful friendships and conveys the interconnectedness of all peoples.

Mennonite Church Canada’s Native Ministry has changed its name to Indigenous Relations effective immediately.Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Deborah Froese

Henry Neufeld, right, a former day school teacher in Pauingassi, Man., presents a talking stick that he crafted to Joan Jack, who is heading up the National Day School Class Action Suit.

Official government apologies and the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) process do not include all prior students of government-funded, church-run schools for... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese
“The stories are horrific. You can’t listen to them without a sick feeling of disbelief rising in your stomach. It’s easy to tell yourself that, because you were not personally... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

The opening ceremonies at the Meeting Place featured music and dance from various indigenous communities.

How can Canada’s churches move past their residential school history into a positive relationship with Indigenous Peoples? That was one question asked during The Meeting Place... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Emily Loewen

Church leaders pray for J. Nelson Kraybill, second from left, president-elect of Mennonite World Conference (MWC). Also pictured from left: Danisa Ndlovu of Zimbabwe, MWC president; Ervin Stutzman, Mennonite Church U.S.A. executive director; and Janet Plenert of Canada, MWC vice president.

It took three impromptu songs to count the ballots and confirm the results, but Anabaptist leaders from around the world elected J. Nelson Kraybill as president-elect of Mennonite... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Tim Huber
In three presentations at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) General Council meetings last month, theologians and historians revisited the Anabaptist vision in a global context... Read More
June 20, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Tim Huber

Walter Wink, dead at 76.

New Testament theologian Walter Wink, noted for relating the biblical phrase “principalities and powers” to the dominating sociopolitical structures of the modern era, died May 10... Read More
June 19, 2012 | Web First | John Dart

Peace church members gather at the settlement site on Main Street, where an historical marker notes that Abraham and Elizabeth Reesor-Stouffer settled the town. MCC's Care and Share Thrift shop is in the background. --Photo by Peter Kear

Some 60 Mennonites, Quakers and Brethren in Christ members, including seniors and children, gathered for a peace church testimony Saturday, June 16, during Stouffville’s... Read More
June 19, 2012 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

Rachel Miller-Jacobs

Rachel Miller Jacobs and Andy Brubacher Kaethler have been appointed to faculty positions at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, each to focus on different aspects of... Read More
June 15, 2012 | Web First | Mary Klassen

Jeff Huebner

Jeff Huebner, of Calgary, has been appointed by the Board of Governors to the faculty of the Redekop School of Business at Canadian Mennonite University. Huebner comes to CMU from... Read More
June 15, 2012 | Web First | Nadine Kampen
As the battle over the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline plays out, key questions about the moral make-up of Canada will be answered: questions about the balance between economic... Read More
June 13, 2012 | God at work in the World | Will Braun, Senior Writer
Laura Epp is passionate about the Mennonite church. The 22-year-old is the secretary of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s Ministries Commission.She has attended the annual MC... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
It has been said that life is a highway. Sometimes that highway leads you out of the country, across oceans and completely out of your comfort zone. This is the case for Darnell... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
The seminary is important. For years the standard has been, “If ministry is in your future, then so should seminary.” But I’m not sure if I will be going to one because I think... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Young Voices | Chris Lenshyn

‘The Last Supper,’ by Leonardo da Vinci (1451-1519); tempera and mixed media on plaster; 4.6m x 8.8m. Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy. What did Jesus really serve his disciples at the first communion service?

Like most North Americans, I grew up in a household where no meal was complete without a serving of meat, although I didn’t really know where the meat that I ate came from. But... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Focus On | By John Borger

Jane Snyder enjoys a cup of coffee at the Seven Shores Urban Market and Café in Uptown Waterloo.

Jane Snyder chose the local Seven Shores Urban Market and Café in Uptown Waterloo to meet. Within walking distance of her home, and featuring local produce and fair trade coffee,... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Erb Street Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ont., had new solar panels installed last month.

There’s nothing new under the sun, the writer of Ecclesiastes tells us, but in Waterloo Region, Ont., there are lots of new things under the sun: solar projects, that is!Read More
June 6, 2012 | Focus On | By Jane Snyder
When an army of nasty aliens in giant reptilian ships threatens to take over the Earth and enslave all of its inhabitants, one superhero is not enough to stand in the way. For a... Read More
June 6, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed By Vic Thiessen
Dale Schiele sees value and worth in that segment of society that most people would rather shun. At age 60, he’ll be retiring from a 30-year career as director of Person to Person... Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

Nick Blais of Fort Erie, Ont., right, and other MDS volunteers work in New Orleans, La., in January.

After spending seven years and $8 million responding along the Gulf Coast to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) has formally closed its last project in... Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Sheldon C. Good

Norman Meade divides his time between co-pastoral duties at Manigotagan Community Fellowship and his work as coordinator of Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba’s Aboriginal Neighbours Program.

Manigotagan Community Fellowship is thriving nine years after budget restraints led to the cutting of Mennonite Church Canada’s Native Ministry program.Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Christuskirche Niedernberg members—Jenny Spenst, 24, left, Tatjana Hagelgans, 23, Alexander Spenst, 49 (Jenny’s father-in-law and one of three church elders), and Johann Siemens, 23—enjoy a sunny day after the Sunday morning worship service on May 20 in Niedernberg, Germany.

Jenny Spenst is fascinated by her parents’ stories of life in the Soviet Union.Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Christuskirche Niedernberg members—Jenny Spenst, 24, left, Tatjana Hagelgans, 23, Alexander Spenst, 49 (Jenny’s father-in-law and one of three church elders), and Johann Siemens, 23—enjoy a sunny day after the Sunday morning worship service on May 20 in Niedernberg, Germany.

Jenny Spenst is fascinated by her parents’ stories of life in the Soviet Union.Read More
June 6, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Tim Huber

Church leaders pray for J. Nelson Kraybill, new president-elect of Mennonite World Conference. From left are Danisa Ndlovu of Zimbabwe, MWC president; Kraybill; Ervin Stutzman, Mennonite Church USA executive director; and Janet Plenert of Canada, MWC vice president. — photo by Merle Good/MWC

It took three impromptu songs to count the ballots and confirm the results, but Anabaptist leaders from around the world elected J. Nelson Kraybill president-elect of Mennonite... Read More
June 1, 2012 | Web First | Tim Huber

Tom Yoder-Neufeld: "Community happens when Christians join in communion with the divine Trinity."

In three presentations at the Mennonite World Conference General Council meetings May 20-27, theologians and historians revisited the Anabaptist vision in a global context and... Read More
June 1, 2012 | Web First | Tim Huber

Jamie Pitts begins in July.

Jamie Pitts, Ph.D ., will become assistant professor of Anabaptist studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, beginning July 1. Pitts currently serves as social media... Read More
June 1, 2012 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen (story and photo)

This feature quilt titled "Fiesta" fetched $3,200. With a final bid of $6,700, the quilt titled "Underground Railroad" pushed the sale totals to $335,000.

It was titled “Underground Railroad” and it went for $6,700 as the top quilt of the event, pushing the total raised to $335,000 for the 46th Mennonite Relief Sale held on the... Read More
May 28, 2012 | Web First | Janice Harder, Marketing Director
It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. It takes someone who will stay up all night rocking and singing to a screaming child. Someone like Carly Penner who will respect... Read More
May 28, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Jacinto Perez, a community leader in Nebaj, Guatemala, resisting the hydroelectric dams on their ancestral territories. See upcoming story in Canadian Mennonite's June 11 edition, titled "This Land is Us." --Photo by Tobias Roberts, MCC

Editor's Note: See the major feature "This Land is Us" in the June 11 edition of Canadian Mennonite . Ethnic and religious minorities have been the targets of killings, torture... Read More
May 25, 2012 | Web First | By John Zarocostas
It takes a special kind of person to be a nurse. It takes someone who will stay up all night rocking and singing to a screaming child. Someone like Carly Penner who will respect... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Sometimes when people change churches or denominations, it is because they are looking for a more contemporary form of worship. For Jonathan Dyck, it was the opposite—one of the... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
On March 24, I travelled with a group of 16 from the Calgary airport to Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. We spent the next two weeks on a learning tour, studying and working on... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Young Voices | Theodore Wiebe
A task force was asked by the town council here Tuesday, May 15, 2012, to look into a proposal by the area’s peace churches to select a site and erect a plaque in honour of the... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Web First | Dick Benner

Fred Ritchie reads a peace book to great-grandson, Simon Clark. (Photo courtesy of Jake Buhler)

Charlie Clark, who grew up in the United Church tradition, listened carefully to the stories of his beloved Grandpa Ritchie on his fruit orchard in Naramata, B.C. The stories came... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Focus On | By Jake Buhler
A new book by Jerry Buckland a professor at Menno Simons College, a Canadian Mennonite University institution in downtown Winnipeg, reveals how Canada’s banking system excludes... Read More
May 23, 2012 | Artbeat | By J. P. Neufeld
For Bruno Epp, school was an exciting place to be. Before he was old enough to attend the one-room Plum Hollow school next to his family's farm near Lena, Manitoba, he would slip... Read More
May 23, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Will Braun
It was a life-long dream of Frank “Carl” Peter Zacharias to be on the radio, said his daughter, Lisa Zacharias, in the eulogy she gave at her father’s funeral on May 2, 2012. That... Read More
May 23, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Forty years ago, four women in the southern Manitoba community of Altona opened a thrift shop to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). It was the beginning of a... Read More
May 23, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow
Dusting off the Bible? Does that mean we aren’t using our Bibles, or is it an overstatement meant to capture our attention? Perhaps it implies looking at scripture with new eyes,... Read More
May 23, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Deborah Froese
As the stereotype goes, when you were a teenager you might have thought your parents and grandparents didn’t know anything. You knew best and when you got it wrong, were loath to... Read More
May 22, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Canadian Mennonite earned the top award given by the Canadian Church Press in an awards banquet here Friday, May 10, 2012, a recognition called the A.C. Forrest Memorial Award... Read More
May 12, 2012 | God at work in the Church | staff reports
The six young adults who live in the three-storey house at the end of Alloway Avenue know each other well by now. They speak with each other openly, respond to each other... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
What do you get when you combine thrift store finds, estate sale gems, antique store trinkets, a few online purchases and craft store necessities? Beautiful “up-cycled” jewellery... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Is light a particle or a wave? Yes. It is not until we accept this apparent contradiction—the wave-particle duality—that we can understand fully the behaviour of light. In the... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Young Voices | Caleb Gingrich

Elderly Kenyan men are among those who receive blankets as part of a relief effort under the auspices of the Kenya Mennonite Church following ethnic clashes in eastern Kenya earlier this year.

In the aftermath of recent border clashes between Luo and Kalenjin ethnic tribes in eastern Kenya, Kenya Mennonite Church is helping to provide aid to displaced persons and... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Back Page |

Muriel Bechtel, left, retiring area church minister, is greeted by Linda Brnjas, assistant moderator and pastor at Bethel Mennonite Church, near Elmira, during Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s 25th annual church gathering.

On the cusp of its 25th year, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada returned to the place it had its inaugural gathering: UMEI Christian High School. On April 27, Dan Epp-Tiessen ,... Read More
May 9, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky, Eastern Canada Correspondent

Taking a bow after Theatre of the Beat’s Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft are John Wideman, left, who starred as Sam Steiner; Sam Steiner himself; his wife Sue Clemmer Steiner; and Kim Walker, who played Sue Clemmer.

Those who had the opportunity to see Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft will recall that this drama—based on the 1960s lives of Sam Steiner and Sue Clemmer—ends with the cast... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Artbeat | By Sam Steiner

Kim Walker (as Sue Clemmer), left, John Wideman (as Sam Steiner), and other Goshen College students played by Rebecca Steiner and Ben Wert work on the college’s student paper in Theatre of the Beat’s Gadfly: Sam Steiner Dodges the Draft.

gad·fly - [gad-flahy] 1. any of various flies, as a stable fly or warble fly, that bite or annoy domestic animals.Read More
May 9, 2012 | Artbeat | Review and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Rohina Malik plays a veiled Muslim woman in her one-woman show, Unveiled, performed at Conrad Grebel University College on March 30.

Rohina Malik was 14 when her family moved from London, England, to Chicago. It was there that she lived through—and continues to live through—the misunderstandings about Muslims,... Read More
May 9, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky

James Redekop is pictured in one of SunSelect’s environmentally friendly greenhouses in Delta, B.C.

SunSelect Produce Inc., a family-owned vegetable producer with Mennonite roots, owns more than 28 hectares of greenhouses in Aldergrove and Delta, which they use to grow more than... Read More
May 9, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Rachel Bergen
An Earth Day tent revival at Memorial Park in front of Winnipeg’s Legislative Building attracted around 350 people of all ages, with 200 participating in a walk to the event... Read More
May 9, 2012 | God at work in the World |

Mark Bauman of St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, Ont., removes mouldy wood and materials before rebuilding a floor in an Attawapiskat First Nation home this spring.

Mark Bauman’s eyes still tear up when he recalls worshipping at the St. Francois-Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Attawapiskat. Most of the service in the First Nation community,... Read More
May 9, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky

Derek Janzen, a Grade 12 student at MCI, Gretna, Man., plays with young children at Hope Community Centre in Kenya.

“You can watch a thousand World Vision commercials and still not fully understand what life is like for some,” says Emily Hildebrand, one of 12 students from Mennonite Collegiate... Read More
May 9, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

John Samuel Mbiti has played a most important role in placing biblical studies and cultural heritage in the midst of the theological process. His main thrust and contribution in publications and teaching have been in the framework of African Heritage, Biblical, Ecumenical and Interreligious studies.

When a missionary asked Africans in Zanzibar to tell him something about their God, they simply said, "God thunders!" The cleric had travelled across the seas in the 19th century... Read More
May 7, 2012 | Web First | Fredrick Nzwili

Karin Fast with her host mother.

A Eastern Canada student is participating in the Goshen ( Ind .) College Study-Service Term (SST) in Senegal during this summer, along with 21 other students. Goshen established... Read More
May 4, 2012 | Web First | News release

Even though their Mecca is the Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, one non-Mormon observer says they are growing fast because "the way they organize themselves makes for more congregations."

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney may or may not become the first Mormon to move into the White House next year, but a new study shows that Mormonism is moving into... Read More
May 2, 2012 | Web First | By Kevin Eckstrom
Christians are taught that taking a Sabbath from work is an important spiritual discipline, but some Mennonites in Winnipeg organized a Sabbath from consumption. Consumption... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
As a recent graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in social work, I consider myself to be quite lucky with the type of employment I’ve landed. I received a job... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Stephanie Coughlan Ens
It takes a village to make an album. Oh Village, a four-piece rock band from Abbotsford, B.C., is planning to pay for its upcoming EP by “crowdfunding” the project. Scott Currie,... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Theology, spirituality Atonement, Justice and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church . Darrin W. Snyder Belousek . Wm . B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2012, 668... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Focus On |
In order to write this book, Barb Draper did a lot of digging among her roots. She performed an excellent job of searching out the reasons for some of the traditions and practices... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Focus On | Reviewed by Levi M. Frey
The way Mennonites talk about peace has changed in the past 100 years. While our grandparents talked about “nonresistance,” today we are apt to relate peace to “justice.” Stutzman... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper
In this wonderfully crafted booklet, the last before his untimely death, A. James Reimer gives his readers a gift with his succinct summary of a topic that has preoccupied much of... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Focus On | Reviewed by Harry Huebner
In the eyes of the watching world the Christian church is often seen for its mistakes, and as the church looks upon itself it must acknowledge this sinful past. While the church... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Focus On | Reviewed by Maxwell Kennel
Just type “Third Way Café” into your search engine—you don’t even need the accent on the “e”—and you will soon be sipping today’s brew of Mennonite stories, reading blogs, viewing... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Focus On | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky
I wish e-mail took up less of my life. I wish I could remember the last time I savoured a sunset. I wish I prayed more. “I do not understand my own actions,” wrote the Apostle... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Focus On | Reviewed by Will Braun
We Mennonites are not going to run out of stories anytime soon! How could we, after the resplendent feast of Mennonite creative writing enjoyed by 170 of us in Virginia’s... Read More
April 25, 2012 | Focus On | By Sue Clemmer Steiner

Willems

More than a year after being diagnosed with lung cancer, Howard Willems is in the mood to fight. He’s not fighting the disease as much as the cause of his cancer, an illness that... Read More
April 25, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau
The four-year, $ 2.5-million Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) review process is over, and the single most significant outcome is a power shift from MCC’s Akron, Pa., office to... Read More
April 25, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

To deliver nutritional care to young children and expectant mothers in remote areas of Afghanistan, the staff of Medair, a Swiss faith-based nongovernmental organization and a Mennonite Central Committee partner, have to travel by horseback in the winter.

Despite war’s obstacles and disruptions, Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) partners in Afghanistan continue to provide life-enhancing and empowering services to Afghans... Read More
April 25, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Emily Will
Brian Bauman, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada mission minister, and his wife Nancy Brubaker, interim pastor at Shantz Mennonite Church, Baden, Ont., travelled to Myanmar earlier... Read More
April 25, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Brian Bauman

92 graduates comprise the largest class ever.

Family and friends of 92 graduates from the 2011-2012 Outtatown program gathered April 14-15 on the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) campus to celebrate their experiences in... Read More
April 23, 2012 | Web First | Nadine Kampen

Earth Day Tent Revival at Memorial Park, in front of the Legislative Building in Winnipeg, Sunday, April 22 350 people of all ages attended. 200 participated in a walk to the event. Brother Aiden John (aka Aiden Enns), in the hat, delivered the sermon and altar call. Charleswood Mennonite Church and Hope Mennonite Church were among the sponsors.

Christians are taught that taking a Sabbath from work is an important spiritual discipline, but some Mennonites in Winnipeg organized a Sabbath from consumption. Consumption... Read More
April 23, 2012 | Web First | Rachel Bergen, Young Voices co-editor

Will Braun: "But MCC is something beyond organizational structures or national borders."

The four-year, $ 2.5-million Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) review process is over, and the single most significant outcome is a power shift from MCC's Akron, Pa., office to... Read More
April 23, 2012 | Web First | Will Braun, senior writer

Sue Clemmer Steiner

We Mennonites are not going to run out of stories anytime soon! How could we, after the resplendent feast of Mennonite creative writing enjoyed by 170 of us in Virginia’s... Read More
April 23, 2012 | Web First | Sue Clemmer Steiner

David Kubovsky is talking about Fair Trade products from Kenya to a student group.

During World War II, the Historic Peace Churches in the U.S. negotiated “Alternate Service” options for Conscientious Objectors ( “COs” ). As followers of Jesus, they saw military... Read More
April 23, 2012 | Web First | Ike Glick
When Jefferson Bethke posted his YouTube video titled 'Why I hate religion but love Jesus,' it quickly went viral. In the spoken word piece he talks about problems within the... Read More
April 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Land: apologizes for comments.

An influential black pastor says the Southern Baptist Convention should repudiate remarks about race by the head of its ethics commission, and if Richard Land does not repent he... Read More
April 20, 2012 | Web First | Ron Allen, managing editor

Henry Paetkau

Henry Paetkau , former president of Conrad Grebel University College, has been named area church minister for Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, succeeding Muriel Bechtel, who is... Read More
April 18, 2012 | Web First | news release

Ann L. Schultz

Ann L. Schultz will assume the role of Principal at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, commencing January 2013, succeeding outgoing Principal Betsy Petker who will be retiring this... Read More
April 17, 2012 | Web First | news release
Are there similarities between the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the musical approach of experimental American composer John Cage? Scott Bergen thinks so. Last... Read More
April 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
As Christians, we are not called to be consumers or profiteers. We have been chosen to be servants of Jesus Christ called to serve others. It’s one thing to read and understand... Read More
April 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Vincent Rodrigue
Masculinity, the concept of home, identity, religion, mythology and work are themes that visual artist Seth Woodyard explores in his paintings, sculptures and installation art—... Read More
April 12, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Canadian Mennonite is at an exciting place in its history, Larry Cornies told board members of the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS) at their annual meeting and... Read More
April 11, 2012 | Artbeat | Canadian Mennonite
The Hunger Games is on its way to becoming one of the biggest blockbuster films of all time. Two sequels are assured. Since it is aimed at a teenage/young adult demographic—in... Read More
April 11, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Gerd Bartel retired from his position as Mennonite Church Canada’s western director of resource development late last year, a job he describes as primarily visiting and saying “... Read More
April 11, 2012 | God at work in Us | Deborah Froese
Northern Manitoba aboriginal churches that met with Mennonite Church Manitoba congregations in the southern part of the province last month for their semi-annual Partnership... Read More
April 11, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
The relationship between culture and faith is intimate and difficult to describe. But understanding that relationship is the first step towards building bridges between culture... Read More
April 11, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
After an unsettling year of cuts to ministry and staff, financial news from Mennonite Church Canada’s spring leadership assembly is cautiously hopeful. “Individuals and corporate... Read More
April 11, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
Taking a hard look at how to prioritize activities in the face of change proved central to council discussions at Mennonite Church Canada’s spring leadership assembly at First... Read More
April 11, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
Doug Dyck operates an 850-hectare mixed-grain farm near Plum Coulee with his brother-in-law and nephew, where he faces two realities: that of the wonderful, intergenerational,... Read More
April 11, 2012 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

F-35 alone

It doesn’t help a bit, but we all take satisfaction from time to time in saying, “We told you so.” The Canadian F-35 Joint Strike Fighter story has already provided many such... Read More
April 4, 2012 | Web First | Kenneth Epps, senior program officer
The Dalai Lama, already a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is the recipient of the 2012 Templeton Prize, often called the most prestigious award in religion. The announcement, made on... Read More
March 29, 2012 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger
“Find us empty and wandering, we the lost and the least. Find us in the wilderness and fill us with your feast.” (From “Fill us with your Feast” by Phil Campbell-Enns.) When Satan... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
One Sunday morning I was sitting in the pew trying to pay attention and think critically about the sermon I was listening to, and my mind started to wander. As the sermon moved to... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Young Voices | Kirsten Hamm
The first time Ugandan Stephen Owoni saw Invisible Children’s online video, Kony 2012, he figured it was just another western advocacy video about Africa. He is used to seeing his... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Young Voices | Amanda Thorsteinsson
My four favourite films of 2011 all had Christian themes, something that has certainly never happened before. Two of them—Of Gods and Men and The Way—were reviewed in Canadian... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Paul Tiessen , English and film studies prof at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Although sailing troubled waters over the past 50 years, Mennonite novelists have taught Mennonite readers how to approach their texts with boldness and humility as “we learn more... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dick Benner
Christine Penner Polle used to turn off the radio when global warming was discussed. Now the former nurse, writer and self-described “climate-change avoider” volunteers full-time... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Will Braun

Toyia Sekento, six, holds a goat that her family is raising. Her family received the goat because her father is part of a self-help group in Kenya that is supported by Mennonite Central Committee. The goats are an incentive for the formation of 60 self-help groups among the Maasai people that each work together to do community projects.

A goat project among Kenya’s Maasai people is giving birth to more than baby goats. It is powering to life a cooperative group ethic that is helping 2,000 Maasai families cope... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Matthew Kistler

Two Ethiopian men work on a river-diversion project that uses a gravity-fed system to irrigate their crops and that permits more than one growing season per year.

The invitation arrived last September: “Would you like to accompany the Canadian Foodgrains Bank on a media study tour of Ethiopia?” It sounded like an eye-opening opportunity to... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Al Friesen

By participating in the award-winning program run by the Migibare Senay Children and Family Support Organization, a Mennonite Central Committee partner in Ethiopia, Tiruneh Mitiku has doubled the income he can make off his farm in the country’s Amhara region.

At a February ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Migibare Senay Children and Family Support Organization received a first place “green award” from President Girma Wolde-... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Violence in domestic relationships has long-reaching and painful consequences for the entire family, as those who attended a seminar on the topic at Langley Mennonite Fellowship... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

'Kony 2012' has gone viral on the web.

Although the Internet video " Kony 2012" is bringing world attention to an infamous Ugandan warlord, calling for his arrest this year, it doesn't mention much about the church... Read More
March 27, 2012 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

The United Nations has initiated a program to begin paying developing countries to stop cutting down their forests. --Photo from REDD

A major US newspaper reporter has pointed the finger, once again, at Mennonites in the Paraguayan Chaco for massive deforestation, clearing the land for grazing large herds of... Read More
March 26, 2012 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor and publisher

Bashara Awad right and Munther Isaac at opening ceremonies.

A major breakthrough in the evangelical world took place in Bethlehem through a gathering of over 600 international and local Christians, including renowned evangelical leaders... Read More
March 22, 2012 | Web First | Submitted by Palmer Becker
Since 1982 there has been only one official statement of the World Council of Churches ( WCC ) on mission and evangelism. Now in 2012 the WCC's Commission on World Mission and... Read More
March 22, 2012 | Web First | Staff reports
For the last decade, some Germans have tapped into their nation's feelings for its ancient forests and chosen a final resting place in a woodland gravesite. Churches used to frown... Read More
March 21, 2012 | Web First | By Ruby Russell
The formation of an interfaith youth council is one of the results of a day-long conference that brought together young people from a variety of faiths to talk about their shared... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“I hate religion, but love Jesus.” These words come from Jefferson Bethke, a YouTube video speaker and not-for-profit worker living in Tacoma, Wash. His “Why I hate religion, but... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Just before 6 p.m. at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift and Gift in Elmira, an hour of chaos ensues. Outside, teens line up, ready for the moment the doors open for the... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Young Voices | Brandi J. Thorpe

‘6.5 Weeks’ by Cliff Derksen (clay with patina finish). The artist tried to sculpt his murdered daughter’s bound hands, but couldn’t bear to. Instead, he sculpted his own because he wishes they would have been his hands bound, instead of hers.

It is indescribable, the feeling of losing a loved one, especially when that person is lost as the result of a murder. Cliff, Wilma and Odia Derksen have experienced this... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Artbeat | Story and Photos by Rachel Bergen

Barry Rempel is pictured in the new terminal building at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport on the day of its opening, Oct. 30, 2011.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). These are words... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Almighty God, we pray today for all people of the Middle East, who face a time of change and uncertainty. With one mouth and one heart, together with our brothers and sisters... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the World |

In a more peaceful time, orphans Alla and Marah look out over the city of Homs, Syria. Their orphanage, a ministry of the Syrian Orthodox Church that is supported by MCC’s Global Family program, has now moved to a safer location.

Alarmed by the continuing violence in Syria, and consistent reports that unrest is likely to escalate and spread to neighbouring countries in the coming months, Mennonite Central... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow

Samantha Nutt signs copies of her book Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid at the Project Ploughshares 35th-anniversary celebration in Waterloo, Ont., last month.

The greatest threat to world peace today is the Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle, Samantha Nutt told an engaged audience who had come out on Feb. 27 to celebrate 35 years of Project... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dick Benner

The CMU Male Octet performs at the MC Saskatchewan delegate sessions.

For the 200 or so delegates who crowded into the Shekinah Retreat Centre for the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions at the end of February, it was a time of... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

Indigenous carver Isadore Charters, left, directs Don Klaassen, in the fine art of wood carving. The totem pole will be exhibited at the B.C. Truth and Reconciliation Commission meetings in Vancouver in September 2013, in recognition of the Canadian government’s role in perpetrating harm upon First Nations peoples through residential schools.

Celebrating 75 years together as a church in British Columbia, Mennonite Church B.C . came together to celebrate God’s presence with the theme, “Yesterday, today, forever,” on... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Marla Langelotz, pastor of Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, participates in a table discussion at last month’s Mennonite Church Manitoba leadership seminar.

While the conversation and participation were good at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church on a Saturday morning to discuss the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) document, Pastor Marla... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dick Benner

MC Manitoba board member Dave Regehr, standing, circulates among the delegates to listen and respond to questions as last month’s annual area church meeting.

“Church life as we know it is changing,” Willard Metzger , executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, told delegates at the annual MC Manitoba meetings in Winnipeg last month... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

John Siebert, executive director of Project Ploughshares

No sense just piling on. The Kony 2012 viral video has elevated awareness of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa to stratospheric heights. Over the past few days... Read More
March 13, 2012 | Web First | By John Siebert
Christians comprise half of the world's 214 million migrants, those who have moved from their country of birth and are now living permanently in a different country, a new study... Read More
March 8, 2012 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger
Anne Frank, Simon Wiesenthal's parents, Gandhi, Daniel Pearl, Elvis. Mormon leaders are fed up. On March 2, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (LDS) governing First... Read More
March 5, 2012 | Web First | By Peggy Fletcher Stack
A series of ammunition explosions in the city of Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo on March 4 killed more than 200 people and destroyed a Roman Catholic Church. The... Read More
March 5, 2012 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Kathryn Sherer

Kathryn Sherer , a pianist who instructed hundreds of students and together with her violinist husband performed around the world, died at home on Feb. 28 after a long illness... Read More
March 1, 2012 | Web First | Jodi H. Beyeler
After 9/11, many North Americans have viewed Islam with a sceptical eye, often encouraged by the media. In America, being Muslim often comes with a stigma, said Sheri Hartzler,... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
The long grass in the field ahead of her hadn’t been mowed in months, maybe even years. Across the field was an old swing set, a boy swinging back and forth with a goofy grin on... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Paul Loewen
Many weddings include diamond engagement rings, expensive wedding gowns, the bride being given away, extraordinarily expensive flowers and cakes, and spending way beyond one’s... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

The Wiens family of Abbotsford enjoyed a unique family vacation at Camp Squeah last summer and plan to attend again this year.

A week of Family Camp at Camp Squeah turned out to be a summer highlight for the Wiens family of Abbotsford, B.C. Maria Wiens , her husband Gerhard and children Jacob and... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Focus On | By Angelika Dawson
Ontario Mennonite Music Camp is gearing up for its 29th year of music making. We’ve got a lot to offer! As always, we promise lots of music: piano, voice, winds, brass, choir,... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Focus On |

On a hot summer day last summer, Lisa Cressman, left, Christina Wilkinson and Camille Martin, staff members at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp in southwestern Ontario, cool off by being the target of water-filled sponges.

As we reach the 50th anniversary of Hidden Acres, it is abundantly clear that we have reason to celebrate! A camp still surviving would be reason enough, but a still-thriving,... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Focus On |

Sagamace Bible Camp, operated by Nordheim Mennonite Church in northwestern Manitoba, had to cancel its program last summer due to flooding, but hopes to be up and running in 2012.

Nordheim Mennonite Church in the small community of Winnipegosis is Mennonite Church Manitoba’s most remote congregation. More than 275 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg and far... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Julia Spicher Kasdorf, the Rod and Lorna Sawatzky Visiting Scholar, spoke to staff and students at Conrad Grebel University College and members of the public last month.

Ancestral worship for Mennonite writers is a great temptation, Julia Spicher Kasdorf told a faculty forum at Conrad Grebel University College on Feb. 17 as part of the award-... Read More
February 29, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dick Benner

Susan Nielsen, left, a member of Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, brought her neighbours Melanie and Kayla Beingessner to the “Mennonite Girls Can Cook” event last fall. “It was a great event,” says Melanie. “I hope she invites us to the next one.”

Committee meetings have a reputation for being necessary but tedious. But at Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary, there is a standout exception to the rule in the Women... Read More
February 29, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Peters

When the massive earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) was one of the fortunate non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to receive money for its relief... Read More
February 29, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Tomas Urbina
Two neighbouring Winnipeg congregations, one Mennonite and the other Lutheran, decided to share their Sunday lunches and learn more about each other. In the process, they... Read More
February 29, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
After more than six months of reporting on events and issues pertaining to young adults, Canadian Mennonite made a pledge to connect with young voices from all over Canada in... Read More
February 24, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Love, sex, and baptism are seemingly unrelated topics, but according to Irma Fast Dueck, they each involve a deep commitment. Roughly sixty youth, youth pastors, and youth... Read More
February 20, 2012 | Young Voices | Ben Borne
When a church member suffered a medical emergency in Winnipeg, Man. where his heart stopped for a full 45 minutes, many members of Level Ground Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Six indigenous youth from across Canada travelled to Geneva, Switzerland this month telling the United Nations that Canada needs to end inequalities experienced by aboriginal... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Émilie Durville (Claudel) and Marcin Kaczorowski (Rodin) dance in Peter Quanz’s ballet Claudel/Rodin at Les Grands Ballets Canadien in the fall of 2011.

At the age of 17, dancer Peter Quanz of Wilmot Mennonite Church was already living in Winnipeg on his own. Before heading to Winnipeg, he commuted to an arts high school in nearby... Read More
February 15, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky

Kayla Thiessen, right, with a fellow Serve Nazareth intern wear period clothing for their work at Nazareth Village. Thiessen’s service experience resulted from a Mennonite Church Canada advertisement in her church bulletin.

Kayla Thiessen bubbles with enthusiasm when she talks about her short-term service experience through Mennonite Church Canada in Nazareth. The University of Manitoba graphic... Read More
February 15, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Deborah Froese

Bokayo Kanchoro collects water in Berena, Ethiopia, from an underground system filled with Oxfam tankered water. There are 3.2 million Ethiopians affected by the current drought and food crisis.

In a January report, two major humanitarian agencies confessed that they, along with the rest of the world, responded too slowly to the food crisis in East Africa last year, and... Read More
February 15, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Cheryl Pauls takes over as CMU president on Nov. 1.

When Cheryl Pauls takes over the reins from Gerald Gerbrandt , Nov. 1, as president of Canadian Mennonite University, she will guide the institution from a different academic... Read More
February 15, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Concerns of Indigenous Peoples were one of the topics for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Jamaica, 2011.

With the help of participants from several regions of the world a World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation recently looked at Christian self-understanding in the context of... Read More
February 14, 2012 | Web First | news release

ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan welcoming them back into the fold.

Founded by breakaway U.S . Episcopal priests who left their former denomination because they felt it was too liberal, the Anglican Mission in the Americas is now in the middle of... Read More
February 10, 2012 | Web First | By Bob Smietana

Fernando Enns of the Mennonite Church in Germany speaking at the IEPC in Kingston, Jamaica, 2011.

It must be admitted by people of faith that “religion is not just a solution to war and violence. Too often, it can be part of the problem,” Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse told a... Read More
February 10, 2012 | Web First | news release
Egyptian Christian humanitarian leaders say while politics and religion are garnering the most attention in their country right now, Egypt's serious humanitarian problems will... Read More
February 6, 2012 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger
The key role played by young people during the transformations in the Arab world throughout the past year was a recurrent theme for the recent World Council of Churches ( WCC )... Read More
February 6, 2012 | Web First | news release
Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet this week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing... Read More
February 6, 2012 | Web First | By Alessandro Speciale

Archbishop Hieronymos II

Archbishop Hieronymos II of Athens and All Greece on Feb. 2 warned the Greek government of a possible social upheaval if more austerity measures are ushered in by international... Read More
February 3, 2012 | Web First | By John Zarocostas
Often, young adults are seen as apathetic about politics. But a group of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) students met with a Member of Parliament and a New Democratic Party (... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Over the last few years, I have encountered a strange conversation amongst my co-workers. It comes up occasionally, each time with a different group of people and a multitude of... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Young Voices | Karen Allen
It happened often enough in grade school. My classmates would talk about where their families lived before they came to Canada. They would say things like, “I’m half Norwegian and... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Young Voices | Elise Epp
A multi-year, multi-million dollar funding proposal submitted by Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) Canada has been turned down by the federal government’s Canadian International... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Web First | Gladys Terichow

Matthew Bergen creates large graffiti art for Bethany College’s retreat.

Every February, high school students from across Canada brave the cold, snow, and winter wind to make the trip to Hepburn, Saskatchewan for Bethany College’s Youth Advance (YA)!... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Focus On | By Wes Enns

Walter Brueggemann inspires School for Leadership Training participants to move beyond the drive to accumulate toward accepting God’s gracious abundance.

Beware of seduction by accumulation. That was one of the money issues explored by Walter Brueggemann , a world-renowned Old Testament scholar, in talks to as many as 700 people... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Focus On | By Laura Amstutz

Rudy Wiebe is pictured after his reading at Conrad Grebel University College with moderator Hildi Froese Tiessen, professor of English and peace and conflict studies. Wiebe kicked off Grebel’s Celebrating Mennonite Literature reading series on Jan. 11.

The chapel at Conrad Grebel University College was packed to hear renowned Mennonite author Rudy Wiebe read through his life of writing on Jan. 11, 50 years after his 1962 novel,... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
In the culmination of more than a decade of dreaming and a year of intense work, Conrad Grebel University College announces the launch of a new master of peace and conflict... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Focus On |

Unger

Columbia Bible College is proof that “where there is a vision, people will support,” said president emeritus Wally Unger at an Oct. 22 banquet to celebrate the school’s 75th... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Focus On | By Barrie McMaster

Billy Graham chats with President Obama

I recently received two books by authors in their 90s: Nearing Home by Billy Graham, and Time for Outrage by Stéphane Hessel , a retired French diplomat and concentration camp... Read More
February 1, 2012 | Artbeat | By Will Braun
Because Leon Kehl has been fostering friendships between Mennonites and Muslims, he was interviewed by Third Way Media when they were filming the recently released documentary,... Read More
February 1, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Barb Draper
More than 500 Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) convention-goers were entranced as Joyce Bontrager Lehman recounted her journey from an idyllic childhood in the... Read More
February 1, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Linda Whitmore

Cutline: Sandy and Barrette Wiebe Plett with their children Meredith, 2 ½ years, and Orie, 4 years.

When Barrette and Sandy Wiebe Plett returned from Egypt in 2008 after a three-year assignment under Mennonite Central Committee, they tried to move back into the church life they... Read More
February 1, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Rev. Benedict Ndiweni: 'brings to the fore the issue of accountability.'

Energetic music, lively dance, and passion for the church they belonged to was apparent to those who came, both church delegates and visitors, to the conference held just outside... Read More
January 26, 2012 | Web First | Andrew Suderman, Witness Worker

Palestinian children playing in Khallet Zakariya beside the Israeli settlement of Alon Shvut. --UN News photo

The homes at the edge of this Palestinian village are located a few hundred meters from houses in the Jewish settlement of Yitzhar . But the relationship is anything but... Read More
January 26, 2012 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky
Rafael Erasmo Arevalo , a Mennonite pastor in Honduras, was attacked and killed Sunday, Jan. 22, after leading an evening worship service. Arevalo , from Santa Rosa de Copán ,... Read More
January 26, 2012 | Web First | Ron Rempel, news editor

The US government says 29,000 children under five years old died between May and July 2011, according to a BBC report.

Was aid for people suffering from drought in East Africa too slow? Yes, says a new report from two international aid agencies. According to the report, prepared by Oxfam and Save... Read More
January 26, 2012 | Web First | Emily Cain

From left to right: Prof. Richard Falk, Welly Esau Mandowen and Archbishop Michael Kehinde Stephen at the WCC International Affairs and United Nations Advocacy Week in New York, 2003

Methodist Archbishop Michael Kehinde Stephen of Ibadan , Nigeria has appealed to Christian and Muslim leaders worldwide to act together in the face of extremist violence that... Read More
January 26, 2012 | Web First | Staff reports
As Egyptians gathered this week in Cairo's Tahrir Square to mark the first anniversary of the "Egyptian Revolution," nearby Jasr El Dobara church continued to be a bridge-builder... Read More
January 26, 2012 | Web First | By ENInews Staff
Churches in India have decried the verdict of an Islamic court in Kashmir that ordered the expulsion of Christians, including a Protestant pastor and a Dutch Catholic missionary,... Read More
January 23, 2012 | Web First | By Anto Akkara
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in the east German state of Saxony ruled on Jan. 21 that gay pastors will for the first time be allowed to cohabit with their partners. "I hope... Read More
January 23, 2012 | Web First | By Ruby Russell
Conservative U.S . Presbyterians launched a new denomination on Jan. 19, saying that the Presbyterian Church (USA) is too consumed by internal conflicts and bureaucracy to nurture... Read More
January 20, 2012 | Web First | By Daniel Burke
When Kelsey Enns started at the North End Family Centre, Winnipeg, he stood out from everyone else using the drop-in centre. So as a young white man serving at a facility that... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
I was recently asked by a friend in his 20s if I could offer some financial advice before he got married. Without knowing the specifics of his situation, I offered some financial... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Young Voices | Tobin Reimer
Like many people his age, Joel Wiens would like to buy a smartphone. He could probably afford to buy one now, but that would mean taking from the money he and his wife Jacquelyn... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Mutual Aid eXchange (MAX) Canada Insurance Company is increasing the support for its Mutual Aid Ministries program. “Mutual Aid Ministries is the heart and soul of the MAX... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Focus On |
Peter Etril Snyder is known the world over for his sensitive paintings of Old Order Mennonites in the Waterloo Region. Although he had just retired from his gallery and painting... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky
Peter Etril Snyder is known the world over for his sensitive paintings of Old Order Mennonites in the Waterloo Region. Although he had just retired from his gallery and painting... Read More
January 18, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

During a lunch gathering on their last day at AMBS, Irene and Robert J. (Jack) Suderman reflect on 40 years of ministry. A prevailing theme, Jack noted, is the important role of the church in the lives of Christians and in the world. ‘The peoplehood of God is the primary strategy God wants to use to heal the world,’ he said.

Robert J. (Jack) and Irene Suderman say it was a gift to spend five weeks at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary ( AMBS ), where they studied almost 40 years ago. Jack was a... Read More
January 18, 2012 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Mary E. Klassen

Shaun Loney, executive director of Building Urban Industries for Local Development, at the microphone, addresses a Nov. 8 rally in Winnipeg against the federal government’s crime omnibus bill.

The federal government’s Bill C-10—part of a wider crime omnibus bill—had already met opposition in Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia by the time Manitobans... Read More
January 18, 2012 | God at work in the World |
I had the opportunity to participate in a symposium hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community women in Surrey, B.C ., late last year. The meeting took place in a store-front temple... Read More
January 18, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Angelika Dawson

A plaque marks the Mennonite tree in the Luthergarten, in Wittenberg, Germany.

Mennonites planted two trees in the Luthergarten in Wittenberg, Germany, in early October to mark the deepening of Mennonite-Lutheran relations. The project, initiated by the... Read More
January 18, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Ron Rempel
Why did the Lutheran World Federation issue an apology to Mennonites in July 2010? This question is at the heart of a congregational study guide commissioned by Mennonite Church... Read More
January 18, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Margaret Loewen Reimer

The hands of a cattle-herder. --Photo by Peter Muller of Safer World

Christian humanitarian agencies are delivering relief aid to thousands of people displaced in inter-tribal conflict in South Sudan, the world's newest nation. The assistance is... Read More
January 17, 2012 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili
From November 14-30, 2011, Jack and Irene Suderman and Bert Lobe participated in a series of workshops and training sessions with Asian Mennonite and Brethren in Christ leaders in... Read More
January 17, 2012 | Web First | Robert 'Jack' Suderman

Gene Herr, May 11, 1932 – Jan. 1, 2012

Over a lifetime of ministry Gene Herr served as a wise, lively and ever-affirming companion to many pilgrims on the path to deeper spiritual wholeness. Along with his wife Mary,... Read More
January 17, 2012 | Web First | Will Braun, senior writer

Paul Simon: 'Always a spiritual dimension to his work.'

In a career that has spanned half a century, American musician Paul Simon says there's always been a spiritual dimension to his work. But the overt religious references in his... Read More
January 16, 2012 | Web First | By Kim Lawton
Abram Thiessen is like his fellow students at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in many ways. But unlike his classmates, he has a heart condition called ventricular tachycardia... Read More
January 10, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Christians have the lowest growth rate among the Israeli population, according to an Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics report released on Jan. 6. According to the report, the... Read More
January 9, 2012 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

South African President Jacob Zuma: "But our roots are Christian and they will shine through whatever our present problems."

The Christian roots of the African National Congress (ANC) were cited during weekend celebrations in South Africa marking the centennial of Africa's best known liberation and... Read More
January 9, 2012 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

The Cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI's announcement on Jan. 6 of 22 new cardinals shows that he is continuing a pattern of stacking the College of Cardinals with Europeans (mainly Italians) and with... Read More
January 9, 2012 | Web First | By David Gibson

Patricia Kisare

On November 28, 2011 the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) held its second presidential and legislative election. The Independent National Election Commission ( CENI ) announced... Read More
January 6, 2012 | Web First | Patricia Kisare, Legislative Assistant

$4 million heifer of 2011.

After 30 years of raising funds for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), volunteers for the Heifer Sale are still going strong.Read More
January 6, 2012 | Web First | Darren Kropf
Christian leaders in Egypt are meeting to discuss opening a dialogue with Islamic groups as a way of addressing sectarian violence. Ahead of the Eastern Christmas celebrated on... Read More
January 6, 2012 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili
With raucous shouts of “Occupy Advent,” the youths of Langley Mennonite Fellowship interrupted the worship service on the first Sunday of the Christmas season. Assisted by many of... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Kirk Shields-Priddy
For Scott Feick, fitness is not just a matter of physical health; it is a matter of mental and spiritual health as well. “I do believe it’s important to be healthy physically,... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
When Rebekah Enns, 16, started a gay-straight alliance at Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, Winnipeg, in order to support those who, like her, are coming out of the closet, the Grade... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
It has been six months since Canadian Mennonite first launched the Young Voices section, website and blogs. We have covered peace rallies, RV trips, new businesses and art. As... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen and Emily Loewen

One of more than 200 photographs from the new book, The Pembroke Years: 1919-1968, shows Pembroke School ball players Frank Janzen, Peter Neudorf, Jacob Janzen, George Sawatzky, George Ens and Jacob Sawatzky piling onto Abe J. Friesen’s truck.

On Oct. 1, 50 people gathered in the fellowship centre at Saskatoon’s Bethany Manor to launch the new book, The Pembroke Years: 1919-1968. Bill Janzen , chair of the Mennonite... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Focus On | By Rosemary Slater

While reflecting on the MCC peace button message, students at Menno Simons Christian School, Calgary, work in groups to create artistic trees that represent the individual and collective work of creating peace at the school.

On Nov. 10, 2011, the community of Menno Simons Christian School participated in our annual peace festival, focusing on the meaning of the MCC button, “To remember is to work for... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Focus On | By Byron Thiessen

Rosthern Junior College students put their imaginations to work on an international service learning trip in support of a community in Guatemala.

Every September for the last 106 years, students have arrived at the Rosthern (Sask.) Junior College ( RJC ) campus to learn, explore their faith, play, live together, and to... Read More
January 4, 2012 | Focus On | By Geraldine Balzer-Peters and Gail Schellenberg

Eva Hofenk, left, chats with Tasha Janzen at an Emmanuel Mennonite Church senior-youth interaction night. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

When the grey-haired set met the blue-jean generation of Emmanuel Mennonite Church at an evening gathering last year, both generations learned a lot about the other. And everyone... Read More
January 4, 2012 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Mennonite Church Canada executive director Willard Metzger, right, marches through the streets of Durban, South Africa, in support of climate justice with other people of faith at the UN climate change conference last month.

Especially in the colder areas of Canada, people will sometimes facetiously say they are thankful for climate change when they experience unseasonably warm temperatures. But... Read More
January 4, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

Sandy Keomany, left, Venus Moungsouvanh and Joanne Sou perform a traditional Lao dance at the amalgamation service of Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church and Toronto United Lao Mennonite Church.

It was with singing, dancing and, of course, a potluck that two Lao Mennonite churches in Toronto celebrated their amalgamation late last year. After a seven-year separation, Lao... Read More
January 4, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Emily Loewen

Linda Matties

One of the most famous announcements the world has ever heard is stated in this way: “For unto us is born this day ... a Savior.” It is no accident that the fulcrum of human... Read More
December 24, 2011 | Web First | Linda Matties, member of the board

Hanukkah dreidels

Both Christmas lights and Hanukkah dreidels (spinning tops) are appearing as decorations as the northern Israeli port city of Haifa throws a multi-faith party on December weekends... Read More
December 22, 2011 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Hitchens, the iconoclast.

Both opponents and advocates of religious faith are mourning the death of author, polemicist, and atheist Christopher Hitchens , who died Dec. 15 after a long battle with... Read More
December 16, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger
Christmas can be a lonely time for non-Christians in North America. Jews have Hanukkah -- and traditionally go to Chinese restaurants on Christmas Day. Muslims, well, can always... Read More
December 16, 2011 | Web First | By Ron Csillag
Most Canadian Mennonite colleges, universities and high schools have a majority of Mennonite or Mennonite Brethren professors or teachers, whether or not they have policies... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
When Daniel Eggert was growing up in Edmonton’s First Mennonite Church, there were 12 other people his age in Sunday school. From that group, only he and one other person still... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Fear will control our lives if we let it. And fear is the name of the game in Israel-Palestine. In November I joined a team of people from North America and Europe on a Christian... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Kelsey Hutton
In 1985, around 2,500 people walked the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route in northern Spain. Ten years later, the number jumped tenfold. The year that I did it, 2005... Read More
December 14, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Arthur Boers

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