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In 1979, Don Baergen was an orderly in a seniors home when a fellow church member tapped him on the shoulder. Would he consider a half-time salary/half-time volunteer position at... Read More
December 14, 2011 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Willard Metzger, MC Canada’s executive director, spoke to federal MPs and senators about climate justice earlier this year before heading to the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Whether the scientists are right or wrong about climate change is no longer the issue, Willard Metzger , Mennonite Church Canada’s executive director (formerly general secretary... Read More
December 14, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dan Dyck
John Borthwick is calling on church leaders to see themselves as midwives and chaplains. One of three presenters at the Oct. 22 think tank workshop, “Leading the church in a post-... Read More
December 14, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky

Willard Metzger (2nd row, right) marches through the streets of Durban in support of climate justice with other people of faith. – photo by Kaitlin Bardswich

For Mennonite Church Canada Executive Director Willard Metzger, the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa was an eye-opening experience that began... Read More
December 13, 2011 | Web First | Deborah Froese

The 'Mennonite tree' is among the 150 maples, ashes, lindens and hawthorns in the garden as a symbol of worldwide unity. (Photo credit: Frieder Boller)

On a cold, blustery day in the German town of Wittenberg, Bishop Yuri Novgorodov of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kazakhstan patted down the dark soil at the base of a... Read More
December 13, 2011 | Web First | By Ruby Russell

The story of Muslim and Christian women working together on a quilt at Floradale Mennonite Church (Ont.) is one of several inspiring but obscure stories revealed in Waging Peace Muslim and Christian Alternatives. The quilt eventually found its way to Palestinian refugees.

A new one-hour documentary produced by MennoMedia’s film department, Third Way media, explores threads of peacemaking in the Christian and Muslim faiths through the centuries and... Read More
December 12, 2011 | Web First | Steve Shenk
More than 20,000 YouTube views, a profile on CNN, posted on more than 60 blogs from around the world, and continuous sharing on facebook and twitter have taken the “ Singing... Read More
December 12, 2011 | Web First | news release

Due to the shortage of houses in the Attawapiskat First Nation community, shacks like this are being used as homes. --MCC photo by Lyndsay Mollins Koene

While recent media attention has focused on the shortage of houses and lack of water and sewage systems in the Attawapiskat First Nation community in northern Ontario, many other... Read More
December 9, 2011 | Web First | Gladys Terichow

David Victor R. Youssef from the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services in Egypt

Churches in Egypt are praying and helping migrants, who flee home due to political turmoil, violence and uncertain future. There is a great need to develop stable democratic... Read More
December 8, 2011 | Web First | Naveen Qayyum, staff writer
In villages to towns across Africa, messages of HIV prevention are resonating through churches in the wake of global events marking World AIDS Day. But the border between faith... Read More
December 7, 2011 | Web First | By Frederick Nzwili

Clinton commits $3 million to seed Global Equality Fund.

The world needs to act more proactively to promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT ) people, said United States Secretary of State... Read More
December 6, 2011 | Web First | By John Zarocostas

Mayan Ixhil community members protest outside the Catholic church in the town of Cotzal after ENEL representatives failed to show up for a scheduled August 2, 2011 negotiation session. Photo by Yasmin Méndez.

Tension filled the cramped, block-wall room in the Guatemalan highlands as indigenous leaders sat across from negotiators for ENEL, an Italian-based energy company building a $228... Read More
December 6, 2011 | Web First | Tobias Roberts, MCC development worker

Mary Castello, second year music student at Wilfrid University

Mary Castello is the 2012 recipient of the $3,500 Abner Martin music scholarship given by Menno Singers, a community choir in the Waterloo Region of Ontario, Mary, who is from... Read More
December 5, 2011 | Web First | news release

MCCO supports the growing plea for a sustainable housing plan in Attawapiskat and other remote First Nations. --MCCO Photo by Lyndsay Mollins Koene.

Mennonite Central Committee Ontario ( MCCO ) supports the growing plea for a sustainable housing plan in Attawapiskat and other remote First Nations. For more than 20 years, MCCO... Read More
December 1, 2011 | Web First | Lyndsay Mollins Koene

The present hymnal will be 20 years old in 2012

Nearly 100 congregations in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada are reporting on the songs they sing. They are helping to determine what the next collection of music... Read More
November 30, 2011 | Web First | Steve Shenk

The Rev. Mautji Eloridge Pataki, general secretary of the South African Council of Churches, met with Keyla Cortez Vanegas, a Mennonite World Conference intern at MCC U.N. Office, to encourage her while he was in New York City for a meeting. --Doug Hostetter photo

As a Christian who takes her faith seriously, Keyla Cortez Vanegas was shocked by New York City’s secularism when she arrived there in August. Cortez Vanegas belongs to Esquipulas... Read More
November 30, 2011 | Web First | Emily Will, freelance writer from Frederick, MD

Will Braun: 'The case would be stronger if North American reps stayed home.'

When it comes to carbon emissions and care for the Earth, Canadian faith leaders should practise what they preach, says a local environmental activist. Will Braun says the two... Read More
November 29, 2011 | Web First | Brenda Suderman

Pat and Rad Houmphan, with the congregation of Living Water Church in Borabu, will use the money to assemble care packages.

Mennonite Church Canada has wired $3,500 for flood relief in Thailand. Executive staff approved the emergency gift on Nov. 16. Mennonite Church Canada workers Pat and Rad Houmphan... Read More
November 25, 2011 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Ask Dustin Bueckert if he thinks incorporating his faith into his day job is important, and he will tell you yes. “It keeps you credible,” says Bueckert, who owns and operates... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“And God blessed them, and God said to them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Young Voices | Kaylin Epp
“Freedom is coming. . . . Justice is coming, oh yes I know.” While many people in the area and across Canada congregated to watch cannons being fired and soldiers marching, more... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Instead of dragging their cook books around with them on Mennonite Disaster Service assignments, Anne Friesen, left, and Tina Heppner, of Altona, Man., use their laptops to look up recipes and keep in touch with their grandchildren.

“Creative cooks to produce three substantial, from-scratch meals per day for groups of five to 35. Successful candidates must be able to travel and remain away from home for up to... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Focus On | By Emily Will
Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) recently conducted a re-visioning process called New Wine/New Wineskins: Reshaping MCC for the 21st Century, to review various aspects of the... Read More
November 23, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper
There is a difference between doing well and doing good in business, Grant Unrau says. Doing good is something that Stun Collective, a strategic design company, strives to do on a... Read More
November 23, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Rachel Bergen


Mennonite Savings and Credit Union gave Mennonite Central Committee Ontario a half-million dollars towards its new $12 million complex in Kitchener, Ont.

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union recently gave a half-million dollars towards the new $12 million building project of Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) Ontario at the latter’s... Read More
November 23, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union’s $1 million gift will add a fourth floor to the plans for a $6.3 million centre announced in the spring that would triple space for the Mennonite Archives of Ontario, double study space and add 460 square metres for community education in the Peace and Conflict Studies Department

Susan Schultz Huxman , the newly installed president of Conrad Grebel University College, called it a “transformative gift, the largest single gift in Conrad Grebel’s history.”... Read More
November 23, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner
One chapter of the Mennonite Church British Columbia story came to a close on Nov. 5 when delegates voted at a special meeting to return the title for former member Olivet... Read More
November 23, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

Anders Behring Breivik is being held in custody charged with mass murder.

In the aftermath of attacks last July that killed 77 and were carried out by a self-described "cultural Christian," Norwegian Christians and Muslims on Nov. 22 jointly condemned... Read More
November 22, 2011 | Web First | By ENInews Staff
Religious groups are opposing a proposed new international law on cluster bombs currently being discussed in Geneva since they say it would put more civilians at risk than an... Read More
November 22, 2011 | Web First | By John Zarocostas

During a lunch gathering on their last day at AMBS, Irene and Jack Suderman reflected on forty years of ministry. A prevailing theme, Jack noted, is the important role of the church in our lives 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 where they studied almost 40 years ago. Jack and Irene were... Read More
November 21, 2011 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen (story and photo)
A Polish monastic order has defended its decision to bar a former superior-general from speaking to the media, despite a protest against the decision from thousands of the priest'... Read More
November 21, 2011 | Web First | By Jonathan Luxmoore

From left: Payam Bagheri, Esteban Rivera (coordinator), Maria del Pilou Ofunoz, Michael Seviour (mentor) and Weiwen Ye at a conversation class organized by RIAC in St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. --MCC Photo by Nina Linton

Jose Rivera understands the diverse needs of newcomers as they try to develop a sense of belonging in a new country. Death threats forced him, his wife Maria and their two... Read More
November 21, 2011 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow

The GCF Committee. Anne-Cathy-Graber, MWC representative, is on the far right.

Anabaptists were among the 287 participants in a diverse Christian gathering held here October 4-7. The meeting was the second international gathering of the Global Christian... Read More
November 21, 2011 | Web First | Ron Rempel, news editor
Communications - "from Gutenberg to Google" - will be an important factor in 2017 when churches celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, according to a... Read More
November 21, 2011 | Web First | By ENInews Staff
In a follow-up to Chris Frey's reflections on his one-year service term, Young Voices checked in with four young Mennonites to get their perspective on programs like Intermenno... Read More
November 20, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

John Rempel

Dr. John Rempel of Elkhart, IN, was named by Conrad Grebel University College as the next director of the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre at the Toronto School of Theology... Read More
November 18, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Palmer Becker using the 12 disciples model.

Lifelong pastor and educator Palmer Becker has embarked on another short-term mission assignment to Asia with Mennonite Church Canada. From Nov. 6 to Dec. 9, Becker is sharing his... Read More
November 15, 2011 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Imvu, a knitted white and black sheep clad in a red backpack, is a familiar face to those who regularly read the prayer letters of Mennonite Church Canada workers Andrew and Karen Suderman. In the latest prayer letter, Imvu shares with young friends his perspectives on the growing Anabaptist Network in South Africa Peace Library and Resource Centre

Although a rich history of Mennonite/Anabaptist presence is evident in South Africa, Mennonite Church Canada workers Andrew and Karen Suderman discovered a lack of good quality... Read More
November 15, 2011 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Last year, during my last few months of university, I started thinking about what to do after graduation. Like many people my age, I wanted to travel and experience something... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Young Voices | Chris Frey
Last year, during my last few months of university, I started thinking about what to do after graduation. Like many people my age, I wanted to travel and experience something... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Young Voices | Chris Frey
Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) made headlines earlier this month when it launched its new Redekop School of Business, made possible through a donation from the Redekop family... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Mennonites have a legacy of resisting the violent, unjust ways of government and the world. Some have registered as conscientious objectors, others have protested against the... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Virginia Bethune , a member of Park View Mennonite Church, began a project 10 years ago that has evolved into the Build-2-Habitat-Houses-With-Music initiative. Together with her... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Focus On | By Dick Benner
Christmas is a time for telling stories, and there is no better story than the Christmas story itself. Throughout history, this story has been told and retold in countless... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Focus On | By Mark Diller Harder

The Central Manitoba Youth Choir under the direction of Liane Ouimet performs at the Oct. 15 Musical Growing Project at Westminster United Church, Winnipeg, Man.

Great music was in the air on Oct. 15 and 16 in Winnipeg and Winkler, Man., for the inaugural Canadian Foodgrains Bank Musical Growing Project. More than 700 people attended the... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Focus On | By John Longhurst
Mennonite Church U.S.A . executive director Ervin Stutzman believes people today can learn from those who faced challenges over peace in the past, gaining perspective and humility... Read More
November 9, 2011 | Artbeat |

Former Mennonite Church Canada Witness worker Jeff Warkentin passed away at the age of 32 following a brief struggle with meningitis.

Jeff Warkentin’s passion for God shaped a life defined by service and relationships. As son, brother, husband, father, teacher, pastor, mission worker, musician and friend, he... Read More
November 9, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Deborah Froese

Posing under one of the trees Peter W. Rempel planted more than a century ago are nine extended family members: Jake and Sharon Krahn, Kevin Krahn, Susan Rempel, Helen Krahn, Cynthia Krahn, Shane Krahn, Matthew Krahn and Justin Krahn.

“I’m really thankful for the farm,” says Justin Krahn , 13, great-great-grandson of Peter W. Rempel . He and his two siblings spend their free time playing in the century-old... Read More
November 9, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

New Order Voice columnist Aiden Enns washes the feet of Kenton Lobe in downtown Winnipeg, Man., on Sept. 24 during a protest against climate change brought about by the West’s reliance on oil.

As the sounds of hymns overpowered the hum of car engines revving at a red light, a city transit bus had passengers clamouring to open windows out of curiosity about the sights... Read More
November 9, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Tamara Petkau

Jim Cornelius, executive director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, thanks Beverly J. Oda, minister of international cooperation, for providing a further $125 million over the next five years to help feed the world’s hungry people.

More assistance for more people in the developing world—that’s what a new five-year $125-million funding agreement from the Canadian International Development Agency ( CIDA )... Read More
November 9, 2011 | God at work in the World |

Steven Fletcher, the federal transportation minister, centre, announces $3.5 million in government funding for a project CMU professor Kirit Patel, right, will undertake in Asia. CMU president Gerald Gerbrandt looks on.

Over the course of a week in October, Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) came into a total of $10 million for its new business school and a food security research project in... Read More
November 9, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Father Fausto Tentorio

The killing of a well-loved priest in southern Philippines has inspired the revival of a campaign to end political killings, supported by international faith and human rights... Read More
November 7, 2011 | Web First | By Maurice Malanes

Eleanor, left, and Larry Miller are all smiles as they accept a gift of love for their 21 years of service at MWC from Andrew Reesor-McDowell (center), moderator of Mennonite Church Canada and Bert Lobe, North American representative for MWC.

No, he (they) didn’t get a gold watch to mark their retirement, but rather a stoneware serving set for refreshment made by a local potter, Phil Yordy. It was an evening of... Read More
November 3, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner

Castle and Reformed church of Trachselwald. For the Bernese Anabaptists it was a century-long expression of unholy alliance.

More than 80 persons from seven countries met in September at the Bienenberg Theological Seminary and Conference Center in Liestal for an international colloquium on the 300th... Read More
November 2, 2011 | Web First | Hanspeter Jecker
Representatives from the United Kingdom's main Christian denominations and charities submitted a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (treasury secretary) on Oct. 31, urging... Read More
November 2, 2011 | Web First | By Jo Siedlecka
Attending lectures—like the one delivered by Douglas Roche on “A future without nuclear weapons” at the University of Ottawa—helps make interns like myself at the Mennonite... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Young Voices | Maria Krause
The grey sky has the look of impending rain, and 50-kilometre-per-hour winds whip around the Markham (Ont.) Mission Church parking lot. Instead of sleeping at 9 a.m. on a Saturday... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Life is difficult, especially for those who don’t fit in with the norm or who are considered minorities. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer (LGBTQ) community is... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Theology, spirituality 1,2,3 John, Believers Church Bible Commentary . J. E. McDermond . Herald Press, 2011, 344 pages. This is the 24th volume of the Believers Church Bible... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Focus On |
Billionaire media titan Rupert Murdoch has made headlines over the phone-hacking scandal that forced him to shut down his British tabloid, News of the World . But few people know... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Focus On | By Will Braun
Todd Gordon’s Imperialist Canada is not theology, nor is it written for or about the church. And while Mennonites are nowhere mentioned within its pages, the content of this book... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by David Driedger
From today’s news: Book sales in the U.S . are down 9 percent. Amazon reported that sales of e-books exceeded paper copies in the previous 12 months. Apple exceeded all... Read More
October 26, 2011 | Focus On | By Russ Eanes

Carol Ann Weaver composes Kgalagadi Calls in Durban, South Africa, this spring.

“I never had a question. There was never an alternative. I kind of envied the people who had to figure out what they had to do in their careers and lives. Me, it was clear as a... Read More
October 26, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky
Granted permission to present oral arguments by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott case, the Evangelical Fellowship of... Read More
October 26, 2011 | God at work in the World |
Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, a recent recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize , was honoured for her devotion to peace and relief of suffering on Oct. 16 at Eastern Mennonite University (... Read More
October 26, 2011 | God at work in the World | Eastern Mennonite University
Geoff Vanderkooy of PeaceWorks Technology Solutions, Waterloo, spoke to a group of mostly pastors and church administrators at a Mennonite Church Eastern Canada-sponsored seminar... Read More
October 26, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky

Devotees use towels to touch the face or hands of the image of Jesus during the Black Nazarene procession. The towels are later used to anoint the sick.

Indigenous spirituality is enhancing Christian tradition in some Philippine churches as they retrace the local context of their faith. "There are several initiatives to bring... Read More
October 21, 2011 | Web First | By Maurice Malanes

Marc Ediger (back to camera), a lieutenant with the Reedley (Calif.) Police Department, describes preventive and restorative approaches to public safety. Others pictured left to right are: Mary Fast, mayor of Reedley; Carol Chodroff, Sheri Plett Wiedenhoefer, director of West Coast MCC; Joe Garza, Reedley Police Dept.

“We need to get you back here for a briefing! People in Congress need to hear what you’re doing.”Read More
October 21, 2011 | Web First | Ed Nyce

Staff at the addiction treatment centre, from left, MCC worker, Eleanor Hildebrand Guderian (whose MCC term has since ended), Susana Peters and Wilma Unger work on a blanket project with women participating in the treatment program. --MCC photo/Gladys Terichow

Tears, laughter and hugs mark Grace’s (not her real name) last group session at a residential treatment centre here for drug and alcohol addictions. Grace said she came to the... Read More
October 21, 2011 | Web First | Gladys Terichow

MCCO will combine two current, overcrowded Kitchener and Waterloo thrift shops into one large and innovative shop in an excellent retail location.

Supporters of Mennonite Central Committee Ontario are invited to a meeting at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church here to hear about plans for a full redevelopment of the current 50... Read More
October 21, 2011 | Web First | News release

James Miller taught biology at the college since 1980.

The Goshen College community is mourning the death of longtime professor James S. Miller, who was killed during a home invasion Oct. 9. Funeral services, held Monday, Oct. 17 at... Read More
October 19, 2011 | Web First | Sheldon C. Good
Kevin Hildebrand is still awestruck by the way God worked in the lives of many people to make a dream come true. “Next time I will try to get out of God’s way,” says the executive... Read More
October 12, 2011 | Young Voices | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
If there is anything that has sparked the same amount of discussion in Winnipeg as the return of the Jets, the city’s NHL team, it is the unveiling of the team’s new militaristic... Read More
October 12, 2011 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I sit in a small French house in a small village in the countryside of northern France, having stopped to stay with a local family on my prayer pilgrimage through Europe. Having... Read More
October 12, 2011 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen

On July 4, while on a TourMagination trip though the Swiss Alps, 14-year-old Westhenry was baptized in the Inn River with the tour group standing in as his congregation.

As we look over this past year, nowhere do we see TourMagination’s motto—“building bridges among Mennonites, other Christians and faiths around the world through custom-designed... Read More
October 12, 2011 | Focus On | By Susan Fish

Hans Goertzen of Pacific Flooring and Imports operates the specialty store that caters to the needs of Mennonite immigrants in the Abbotsford area of B. C. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

Walk into Pacific Flooring and Imports in Abbotsford, and customers will see a seemingly unlikely combination of laminate flooring, spices, international foods and charcoal for... Read More
October 12, 2011 | God at work in Us | Amy Dueckman

Bergen

Peace has always been one of the defining factors of Anabaptist Mennonites, but each autumn peace is intentionally discussed and prayed for on specific Sundays. In 1957, the Board... Read More
October 12, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Henry Sawatzky, a former conscientious objector, came from the Altona Hospital to attend the dedication service of the Wall of Remembrance in Winkler, Man.

A Wall of Remembrance erected in Winkler’s Bethel Heritage Park honours more than 3,000 young men who served as conscientious objectors ( COs ) in Manitoba during World War II. A... Read More
October 12, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

‘One in six: Hunger’ was one of two works by Hamilton, Ont., artist Karen Thiessen on display at Conrad Grebel University College’s ‘Just Food’ exhi-bition last month. Thiessen’s piece had viewers wondering, ‘What do tires and barcodes have to do with justice and food?’

All the members of a panel convened by Rick Cober Bauman, Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) Ontario’s di-rector , on Sept. 21 agreed that food security is a human right. But... Read More
October 12, 2011 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
As police helicopters hovered overhead, seminarian Rix Thorsell , wearing a clerical collar, marched on October 5 with other members of Brooklyn's Greenpoint Reformed Church in a... Read More
October 7, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

Leymah Gbowee. Only 11 other women have won the peace prize in its 110-year history.

EMU alumna Leymah Gbowee is one of three women jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize , the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today. She shares the prize with Liberian... Read More
October 7, 2011 | Web First | Mike Zucconi, news bureau director

About 3.5 million Muslims live in Germany, making Islam the second largest religion after Christianity.

As more Muslims become part of European society, German universities have begun courses aimed at helping Islamic clergy (imams) and religious teachers understand German culture,... Read More
October 7, 2011 | Web First | By Ruby Russell

Will Braun

After news leaked that Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto was planning an invitation-only fundraising breakfast with George W. Bush, it only took two days for the... Read More
October 5, 2011 | Web First | Will Braun, columnist

George Stephanopoulos

The role of the diverse U.S . faith community in debates about the future of the United States is essentially unsettled right now due to partisan politics, says a prominent... Read More
September 30, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

Ron Penner served CBC as president for five of his 14 years with the college.

Ron Penner , president for the last five years of his 14 with Columbia Bible College, has asked the board of directors to initiate a search for his successor, according to Abe... Read More
September 30, 2011 | Web First | News release
Two young Winnipeggers recently challenged nearly a hundred people across Canada to donate to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in order to support those suffering from famine in the... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Kelsey Hutton knew who she was voting for weeks before Manitobans headed to the polls for this month’s provincial election: the NDP. For the past three weeks, Hutton has been... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
If you’re a young artist with passion and talent—but no gallery—what do you do with the canvasses, sketches and sculptures you make? If you’re Chris Siemens, you invite friends to... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

John Wiens reflects on his experiences after 46 years in the field of education. He has just retired as dean of education at the University of Manitoba.

“Learning is not education. It is about seeking the common good.” This philosophy of education has guided John Wiens in his 46 years as an educator. His passion and enthusiasm for... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Susan Schultz Huxman, new president of Conrad Grebel University College, is pictured in the entrance to her new office.

As Susan Schultz Huxman settles into her role as president of Conrad Grebel University College, the school of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada at the University of Waterloo, Ont.,... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ( DH2 ), the final instalment of the hugely popular eight-part Harry Potter film series, was released this summer to overwhelming... Read More
September 28, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Margaret Fehr, left, and Jinhee Paik are from different worlds, yet have found family with each other at First Mennonite Church, Calgary, Alta., through their shared love of children.

Jinhee Paik and Margaret Fehr are from different worlds, yet have found family with each other at First Mennonite Church, Calgary, Alta., through their shared love of children... Read More
September 28, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) recently announced that Region V (Canada) had made some financial cuts affecting one person’s employment, three employees’ salaries and benefits,... Read More
September 28, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

Dan Loewen, worship and creative arts pastor at Level Ground Mennonite Church, Abbotsford, B.C., contemplates new ways to incorporate multi-media into church ministries.

Annual church general business meetings are not usually occasions of inspiration or excitement, but one Mennonite Church B.C . congregation found a way to make it both—and won an... Read More
September 28, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

The scrolls are most commonly made of animal skins, but also papyrus and one of copper. They are written with a carbon-based ink, from right to left, using no punctuation except for an occasional paragraph indentation.

The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the world's oldest known biblical manuscripts, are now available online through a cooperative effort between the Israel Museum, where they are... Read More
September 27, 2011 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Rev. Suheil Dawani heads up The Episocal Diocese of Jerusalem which covers Israel, Jordan, The Palestinian Authority, Syria and Lebanon.

The Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem and his family are celebrating after getting permission to remain in the city after months of legal and diplomat appeals. Rev. Suheil Dawani ,... Read More
September 27, 2011 | Web First | By ENI News Staff/ACNS

Ten combines harvested 80 acres of canola near Elm Creek, Manitoba on Friday, September 16.

It’s harvest time! Across Canada, farmers are bringing in crops to raise money for Canadian Foodgrains Bank—money that will be used to provide food for people in the developing... Read More
September 23, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain

Cecilia Pinto (foreground), youth leader at the La Legua congregation, participates in a youth convention in Lo Espejo. --Photo by Titus Guenther

The magnitude of what has just happened has scarcely sunk in among us," said pastor Samuel Tripainao , after the Iglesia Evangélica Menonita de Chile ( IEMCH ) was accepted into... Read More
September 23, 2011 | Web First | Titus Guenther

Alex Awad

In the next 24 hours, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be at the United Nations to request an official recognition of Palestine as an independent state with full statehood... Read More
September 22, 2011 | Web First | Alex Awad

Kelsey Hutton, 23, and her team has spoken to more than 4,000 people since the election has been announced.

Kelsey Hutton already knows who she is voting for when Manitobans head to the polls for this month’s provincial election: the NDP . For the past three weeks, Hutton has been... Read More
September 22, 2011 | Web First | Aaron Epp for Young Voices
Is food a human right? Is the famine in east Africa just a symptom of something bigger? Does buying locally actually promote peace? How does a discussion on food relate to the... Read More
September 16, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle
Ana Loewen knows what it’s like to feel disillusioned with the church. As a teenager, a negative experience in the church she grew up in led her to seriously question the... Read More
September 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Early last August when five young men pulled their RV into Brightwood Ranch in rural Alberta, they exchanged the adventure of ziplines and horseback riding for the opportunity to... Read More
September 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” (Jack... Read More
September 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
What does it mean for a faith-based organization to make faith and spirituality an integral part of its board meetings and planning? That’s the subject of Setting the Agenda:... Read More
September 14, 2011 | Artbeat |

Amy Dueckman overcomes her fear and discovers newfound courage through the thrill of skydiving.

On a gorgeous summer afternoon, I willingly tumbled out of an airplane from more than 3,000 metres above the ground, entrusting my life to a piece of nylon, a ripcord and a... Read More
September 14, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Amy Dueckman

Nicole Tiessen sits in the sample room in the design studio of Aodbt Architecture + Interior Design in Saskatoon, Sask.

If you are out running errands in Saskatoon and your travels take you to the bank, a convenience store or your doctor’s office, there’s a chance you will encounter the work and... Read More
September 14, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

Ray Koop, CEO for Bethania Group, and Ferdinand Funk, chaplain at Bethania Personal Care Home, stand in front of the Bethania facility.

What makes a Mennonite personal care home Mennonite? This question is central to the critical financial situation that the Bethania Group faces in its two personal care homes... Read More
September 14, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Eight members of the Manitoba and Riva Palacios Mennonite colonies accused of raping more than a hundred women and girls were found guilty on Aug. 25 after a two-month trial. A... Read More
September 14, 2011 | God at work in the Church | Ross W. Muir

Merwyn De Mellow spent 15 years as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner

Merwyn De Mello has been appointed by Christian Peacemaker Teams to the position of CPT Co-Director, along with Carol Rose, starting in January 2012. De Mello brings a wide range... Read More
September 13, 2011 | Web First | CTP Canada news release
$105,000—that’s how much was donated by Manitobans to Canadian Foodgrains Bank on September 9 through CBC Radio Manitoba’s fundraiser for east Africa drought relief. “We are... Read More
September 13, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain
The majority of Canadians surveyed in a new Ipsos Reid poll say religion creates more questions than answers in the search to explain life and the world around them. In addition,... Read More
September 13, 2011 | Web First | Brigette Foisy, public relations

More people go to church on Sunday in China than in the whole of Europe.--AFP photo

Many of China's churches are overflowing, as the number of Christians in the country multiplies. In the past, repression drove people to convert - is the cause now rampant... Read More
September 12, 2011 | Web First | By Tim Gardam

In 2012, the present "blue" Worship Hymnal will be 20 years old. It contains 668 hymns.

Congregations throughout Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada are being asked this fall, winter, and spring to keep track of all the songs they sing. Their research... Read More
September 9, 2011 | Web First | Steve Shenk

Should to Shoulder formed following debates over an Islamic center near the former site of the destroyed World Trade Center in lower Manhattan and a Florida pastor's threats to burn the Quran.

Three days before the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, religious leaders gathered to remember the victims, foster interreligious unity and speak out in... Read More
September 9, 2011 | Web First | By Josef Kuhn
Three Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) alumni have launched an independent digital press and are currently selling their first electronic book (e-book). The youth adventure... Read More
August 31, 2011 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Even in Christian circles, murderers, rapists, child abusers and hardened criminals are viewed as some of the most reprehensible people in society. They are left to rot in jail... Read More
August 31, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Being in relationship is one of the best things we can ever do, and yet it is often one of the hardest. If only we could be in perfect relationship with each other and with God I... Read More
August 31, 2011 | Young Voices | Kirsten Hamm
As Mennonites living in the peace and prosperity of Canada, we sometimes wonder how to keep the stories of our past alive. We wonder whether our children and grandchildren will... Read More
August 31, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper
“So you want to kill some Nazis?” Dr. Erskine asks the short, skinny asthmatic wanna-be war hero in this summer’s big superhero film. “I don’t want to kill anyone,” comes the... Read More
August 31, 2011 | Artbeat | Review by Vic Thiessen

Johanna and Sophia Nast-Kolb with two of their rabbits. (Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau)

Nestled in the bend of the Brokenhead River at the very end of a country road is a small Christian community trying to live responsibly and faithfully. Four family units are... Read More
August 31, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

A banner on the shore of JeJu Island reads, ‘Stop the naval weapons base! No more relocation [of the base] to the beautiful village of Gangjeong!’

“The sad thing is, the churches are too quiet,” says Kyong-Jung Kim, director of the Korea Anabaptist Center, in Seoul, South Korea. “Either they don’t pay attention to this or... Read More
August 31, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dan Dyck

Noémie Jean-Bourgeault encouraged the L’Église évangélique Mennonite de Joliette, Que., congregation to be creative in transforming an old ladder into a new object, saying, ‘This is not a ladder.’

At the general meeting of the members of L’Église évangélique Mennonite de Joliette , Que ., on June 12, the pastor’s mandate was not renewed. The congregation was shocked and... Read More
August 31, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky

The 75,000 square-foot building, once a thriving intellectual nerve center of the Mennonite Church USA (later Canada), employed 175 writers, editors and production staff at its high point in serving the Mennonite Church

The former longtime Mennonite publishing building in Scottdale , Pa., will re-open as a church facility. MennoMedia , the newly merged church agency based in Harrisonburg, Va .,... Read More
August 22, 2011 | Web First | Steve Shenk

Participants in the SDA-MWC conversations (left to right): William Johnsson (SDA co-chair); Tom Yoder Neufeld (MWC), Robert (Jack) Suderman (MWC); Danisa Ndlovu (MWC); Henk Stevers (MWC); Valerie Rempel (MWC); Teresa Reeve (SDA); Patricia Urueña (MWC); and John Graz (SDA). Missing are: Denis Fortin (SDA); Bert Beach (SDA); Gary Councell (SDA).

Representatives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Mennonite World Conference held the first of several theological conversations June 28 to July 1, 2011... Read More
August 17, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports
Many people can identify with being hungry, but cannot understand what it is like to be among tens of thousands who are on the verge of death because of hunger, with little hope... Read More
August 17, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
From The New York Times to the Mennonite Brethren Herald, emerging adulthood has become a topic worthy of many printed pages and even more blog posts. As increasing numbers of... Read More
August 17, 2011 | Young Voices | Julia Thiessen

Gordon Kaufman was a conscientious objector during World War II.

Two religious giants died within one week of each other recently. One was liberal theologian and mentor Gordon Kaufman, 86, a Mennonite who rose through the academic ranks at... Read More
August 17, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner
Like rings on a tree, or carbon layers in ice, Elise Epp hopes that when people look back on her music it will mark the events of her generation. “Saying it’s representative of... Read More
August 17, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Recently I stood in line-ups for two different kinds of “Mennonite” foods. In one line I waited, along with many others, for my order from the annual Laotian Mennonite spring roll... Read More
August 17, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Marlene Epp

Andrew Dyck, left, learned a lot about building and repairing things from Alfred Driedger, who also learned the art of patience during their weekly times together over a three-year period. (Photo by Barry Bergen)

Alfred Driedger and Andrew Dyck share a love of fixing things, and the fact that they are separated by 60 years or so only makes repair work more interesting. This seemingly... Read More
August 17, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Barry Bergen

Ahada Kusoco Hassan, 23, cooks breakfast for her family in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya.

Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) has surpassed its initial target of raising $1 million for the East Africa drought and is now expanding its response to the continuing crisis... Read More
August 17, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow

Kornelsen

On Oct. 16, James Kornelsen wants people to fast—for change. “Fasting is a way to change yourself, change your relationship to God, and change the world,” says Kornelsen , who... Read More
August 17, 2011 | God at work in the World |

A typical ration for one adult for one day—as outlined by the World Health Organization—includes 460 grams of cereal, 50 grams of pulses, 50 grams of oil and five grams of salt.

Two new projects supported by Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) Canada and the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee—Canadian Foodgrains Bank member agencies—have been added... Read More
August 17, 2011 | God at work in the World |

Mennonite Partners in China (MPC)

As a young seminary graduate in 1995, Timothy Zhang became pastor of the Anjing church. With few material resources, a common reality in rural church settings where most families... Read More
August 17, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Jeanette Hanson

An MDS work crew cleaned up a house fire site in Grey Highlands. Former MDS volunteer Les Sheffer (from left), homeowner Stan Baldwin, Mailhoit Trucking driver Chris Beudette, Stayner BIC member and heaving equipment operator Al Avery all helped MDS director Rick Savage with the project.

If watching your house burn to the ground wasn’t hard enough, Carol and Stan Baldwin of Grey Highlands, ON, had to stand and watch a second time while a group of volunteers razed... Read More
August 15, 2011 | Web First | By Alicia Savage

Ahada Kusoco Hassan, 23, cooks breakfast for her family in the Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. (ACT Alliance Photo/Paul Jeffrey)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has surpassed its initial target of raising $1 million for the East Africa drought and is now expanding its response to the continuing crisis in... Read More
August 15, 2011 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow

Tutu retired from public life in 2010 at the age of 79.

Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said apartheid had left South Africans suffering from "self-hate" which is partly to blame for the country's vicious crime rate and... Read More
August 12, 2011 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni

A simple meal, some change and a jar can make a difference.

When a disaster like the food crisis in east Africa hits the news, how can families with young children respond? That’s the question we asked ourselves when our children were... Read More
August 12, 2011 | Web First | By John Longhurst

The drought is most affecting the children.

Religious leaders say they are exploring short and long term strategies for communities to end reliance on food aid in Africa, as relief organizations continue to minister to... Read More
August 12, 2011 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili
The National Coordinating Council for Mennonite World Conference’s Assembly 16 has decided dates for the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania gathering: July 21–26, 2015. The 10-member... Read More
August 11, 2011 | Web First | Sheldon C. Good, Assistant Editor
Daniel Epp has been going to the Winnipeg Folk Festival (WFF), or “Folk Fest” as it’s more commonly called, for the past five years and has volunteered there for two years. Though... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
If it wasn’t for Sarah Harmer, Serena Smith and Amanda Schmidt probably wouldn’t have gone to Assembly. The two young adults from Jubilee Mennonite Church in Winnipeg had never... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches in August 2009, and took up his new post in January 2010. At the time of his election, Tveit was the general secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations (2002-09).

Different faiths around the globe need to do more to promote human solidarity, said Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit , general secretary of the World Council of Churches ( WCC ), in the... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Web First | John Zarocostas
These paper planes may not fly themselves to Ottawa, but even so they will deliver a message to Stephen Harper—spend less money on war. Throughout Assembly youth folded paper... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
If you thought the weather in Waterloo was hot during assembly, it was definitely warmer where Willard Metzger was sitting during Tuesday afternoon’s “On the Hot Seat” seminar... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners with 15 church agencies, among them Mennonite Central Committee. --Photo by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Canada

Two new projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank member agencies, Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) and Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), have been... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain

Drought has plunged East Africa into the worst food security crisis Africa has faced in 20 years. More than 11.5 million people are currently in need of food aid in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.

An immediate and extended response to the current drought and food crisis in East Africa is essential for limiting the vulnerability of millions looking for enough food to survive... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
Based on John Kiser’s 2003 book The Monks of Tibhirine : Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria, Xavier Beauvois’ 2010 movie, Of Gods and Men, was called “best perhaps the best movie... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Henry Paetkau has completed his term as president of Conrad Grebel University College.

Henry Paetkau strides out of his office to resounding applause. After all, during his 8.5 years as president of Conrad Grebel University College, resident students have increased... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

To help people of Kenya affected by the drought and food crisis, MCC will support food-for-work programs similar to the one these Kenyan men and women are working on. Sand dams help to conserve water that can be used for irrigation during the dry season.

Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) is appealing for donations in response to a critical drought and food crisis in East Africa, which has affected about 11 million people. MCC is... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Linda Espenshade

Anna Marie Geddert, right, director of community ministry at Jubilee Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., works with members of the J Club to make trees and learn how to care for them.

Visiting Jubilee Mennonite Church on a Thursday evening one discovers upwards of 30 neighbourhood youths excitedly milling about waiting to be shepherded into vehicles for an... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Justin Zacharias

Justin Zacharias has been appointed Director of Camping Ministries for Mennonite Church Manitoba, as a half time, interim position that focuses on the development of a long range... Read More
July 25, 2011 | Web First | News release

Fernando Enns

The academic Congress on Just Peace, held June 23 and 24 at the Free University of Amsterdam, marked the official launch of the university’s new Chair of Peace Theology and Ethics... Read More
July 20, 2011 | Web First | Dirk Visser

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi , a former student and instructor in the Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Summer Peacebuilding Institute, died Thursday, July 14, in Nairobi, Kenya, from... Read More
July 18, 2011 | Web First | Mike Zucconi

Willie Reimer for MCC Canada

As part of Mennonite Central Committee’s ( MCC ) restructuring process, program directors for MCC Canada and MCC U.S . have been named to jointly administer MCC’s international... Read More
July 18, 2011 | Web First | MCC staff

Art DeFehr

Art DeFehr , a Manitoba business leader and founding chair of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, was inducted into the Order of Manitoba on July 12. The Order is the province's highest... Read More
July 14, 2011 | Web First | News release
When many people think about Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects, they imagine huge combines harvesting hundreds of acres of land. Those kinds of projects exist. But they... Read More
July 14, 2011 | Web First | John Longhurst

Rupert Murdoch was summoned by the British Parliament committee investigating his hacking scandal to give evidence next Tuesday, July 19, but it is not yet clear whether he will turn up. --Huffington Post

Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group ( EIAG ) said it will consider selling its 3.8 million-pound (US$6 million) investment in News Corp. unless the media... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

Marion Good

Marion Good of Waterloo, Ont. has been named regional director of Resource Development in Ontario for Mennonite Economic Development Associates and MEDA has won a first-place... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First | Linda Whitmore

A new arrival from Somalia looks on as UNHCR chief António Guterres visits the Dollo Ado refugee transit centre in south-eastern Ethiopia. --UNHCR photo

Church leaders in South Sudan expressed their readiness to help secure peace, stability, growth and development in their new nation, which was proclaimed an independent state on... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili
Canada is a diverse multi-religious society. People of different faiths will often encounter one another during the regular events of any given day. Farhad Hasan, a 23-year-old... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Young Voices | Chris Lenshyn
Among the recent Mennonite Church Canada staff reductions, the youth ministry facilitator role was downgraded to a contract position to plan the youth assembly every two years... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
It’s already clear that knitting is back. Boutique yarn stores spring up in abandoned storefronts and a search for “knitting” on chapters.indigo.com turns up 152 pages of results... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

After 20 years of service as children’s choir director at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., Lori Wiebe gets to sit back on May 8 and enjoy an encore of songs from past musicals she has directed over the years. Pictured at right is Mel Braun, who is also leaving his post as accompanist after 11 years.

For Lori Wiebe , the May 8 performance of The Rock Slinger and his Greatest Hit, a musical about David and Goliath, was a significant milestone in her life. After 20 years of... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Artbeat | By Karl Langelotz
If you visit a national park, you see them. If you work at winter construction sites, they keep you warm. If you were at the 2010 Olympic Games in Whistler, B.C ., they took care... Read More
July 5, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Cobus van Wyngaard, a pastor from the Dutch Reformed Church, left, and Mpho Putu, a pastor at a Vineyard church in Soweto, participate in the inaugural theological forum put on by the Anabaptist Network in South Africa. Both are members of the network’s steering committee.

As a young Christian man actively involved in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Mpho Putu knew that some of the movement’s protest songs included themes of revenge... Read More
July 5, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Andrew Suderman

The Bible school students of 1964 take their turn doing the dishes at lunch.

About 140 former students and spouses of Ontario Mennonite Bible School and Institute met at Mannheim Mennonite Church, Petersburg, Ont., for a reunion on May 29. Laverne and... Read More
July 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Barb Draper
Allison Neufeld went to school to study international development, she had plans of travel and adventure — which is why people are confused that she ended up back home in Waterloo... Read More
June 30, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Sudan's enormous humanitarian needs follow many years of inequitable development, marginalisation and internal conflicts that have displaced over 6 million Sudanese, including 2 million in Darfur and 2 million in the South, and left many destitute.

The government must allow humanitarian access to civilians who have been displaced by the fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state, Sudanese clergy said, amid reports of continued... Read More
June 28, 2011 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili
Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths, speaking on June 27 at the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel's (ICCI) annual lecture, considered the highly sensitive... Read More
June 28, 2011 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

From left to right: Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (PCID), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (WCC), Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe (WEA)

“Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct,” a five-page document on the conduct of mission “according to gospel principles,” was released during a... Read More
June 28, 2011 | Web First | news release
When you think “Mennonite,” you think music, but lo-fi electro pop probably isn’t what you have in mind, even if you know what it might sound like. Yet musician Teen Daze embodies... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
I am optimistic! That is what I tell myself from time to time, but it seems sometimes that my brother is the only one who shares this optimism with me. What is happening in Egypt... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Young Voices | Angie Atef
The week after becoming a member in a new church, the calls start coming—“Would you be interested in teaching Sunday school?” “How would you like to lead music?”—the typical... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Three days before the official May 2 release date for Mennonite Girls Can Cook , Herald Press officials were already ordering a reprint. The cookbooks had arrived early from the... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press

Klassen

Farming and education were two lifelong passions for Aaron Klassen, according to his daughter Sherri, who shared parts of her father’s life story and the “twists and turns” of his... Read More
June 22, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Ron Rempel

Nutana Park Mennonite Church member Lynn Driedger, left, has been mentoring Jamie Winder for about five years. They are pictured at a mentor/youth Halloween party in 2008. (Nutana Mennonite Church photo)

Die Jugend von Heute. Meaning “the youth of today,” this phrase used to be spoken with a sigh and a sorrowful shake of the head by German-speaking seniors in the church. At times... Read More
June 22, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

MCC Binational chair Herman Bontrager, left, praises executive director Arli Klassen for her role in the New Wine/New Wineskins process.

The last Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) annual meeting likely to be held in Canada addressed issues related to the implementation of the New Wineskins strategy, a three-year... Read More
June 22, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Henry Neufeld

Plenert

Tim Froese, former executive director of Mennonite Church Canada’s International Ministries program, has assumed the position of executive secretary of Witness, filling the post... Read More
June 22, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Jesus Radicals and others replace the American and U.N. flags on the campus of Goshen College with the Agnus Dei and Earth flags. This was a protest against the college's decision to play the national anthem a year ago.

Praise, support, indifference, disbelief, outrage — and lots of media attention. Responses to a Goshen College decision not to play the national anthem covered a wide range of... Read More
June 20, 2011 | Web First | By Sheldon C. Good

Leymah Gbowee, executive director of Women Peace and Security Network-Africa, and Abigail Disney, the producer of documentaries on women peacebuilders, including one featuring Gbowee in Liberia, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” --Photo by Lindsey Kolb/EMU

Filmmaker Abigail Disney says she learned “to look at war through women’s eyes,” as a result of visiting Liberia in 2006 and meeting Leymah Gbowee, who now holds a masters in... Read More
June 17, 2011 | Web First | by Bonnie Price Lofton

Martin Junge is the first Latin American to hold the office of general secretary..

At a meeting in Geneva that concluded on June 14, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council approved plans for three-way talks that will include Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and... Read More
June 17, 2011 | Web First | By ENInews Staff
The youth group at a Waterloo church is using rain water at a fundraising car wash on Saturday as they raise money and awareness for water conservation projects in Africa... Read More
June 17, 2011 | Young Voices | Brent Davis

During a two-decade period of brutal dictatorship, in 1979, Brazilian church workers and dissenting lawyers found a loophole in the legal system allowing them to gather evidence of atrocities and other abuses committed by the military regime.

Three boxes containing records of brutal torture and repression suffered under two decades of Brazilian military rule will be returned June 14 to the South American country from... Read More
June 14, 2011 | Web First | By John Zarocostas
The federal election came and went, our elected representatives have filled the House of Commons, and campaigners have removed all the lawn signs. Now that the partisan dust has... Read More
June 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
After the May 2 election, Young Voices asked some readers their thoughts on faith and politics. Along with three anonymous responders, these fine folks gave us their opinions: •... Read More
June 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
The new Young Anabaptists’ (YABs) Committee of Mennonite World Conference has made stronger international fellowship the focus of their projects for the coming year. Meeting May 2... Read More
June 14, 2011 | Young Voices | Elina Ciptadi-Perkins
Here begins a new adventure: Canadian Mennonite’s Young Voices section. What is this section, you ask? Why is it here? Upon reflection, the magazine realized that its readership... Read More
June 13, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Growing up, Miriam Rudolph always said she wanted to be an artist . . . or a gardener. Now, only 28 and working as a full-time printmaker, she gets to live out one of her... Read More
June 13, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Tim Froese replaces Janet Plenert

Tim Froese, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada’s International Ministry program, now heads the office of Witness , filling the spot vacated by Janet Plenert who... Read More
June 13, 2011 | Web First | Canadian Mennonite from staff reports

Mr. William, far left, owns Moriya Fruits Shop in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. His shop has been reclaimed from tsunami damage and is again open to serve the community. Also pictured are (l.-r.), Willie Reimer, MCC; Takeshi Komino, CWS; Shingo Kobayashi, who heads CWS’ implementing partner organization in the city; and volunteer “Dancho."

Japan in May, MCC director of Food, Disaster and Material Resources Willie Reimer was reminded that response to disaster must be personal and address individual trauma, however... Read More
June 10, 2011 | Web First | By Cheryl Zehr Walker

Bishop Munib Younan: "Popular uprisings in support of democracy in Northern Africa and the Middle East should be an important opportunity for churches in Arab countries."

The president of the Lutheran World Federation, (LWF), Bishop Munib Younan, urged members to pursue justice in the world, as the federation's governing Council considers a... Read More
June 10, 2011 | Web First | By Meritxell Mir
This spring’s federal election rekindled my interest in Canadian politics after I’d experienced disillusionment with the whole process. Several elections changed nothing and the... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Young Voices | By Susan Guenther Loewen
Growing up, Miriam Rudolph always said she wanted to be an artist . . . or a gardener. Now, only 28 and working as a full-time printmaker, she gets to live out one of her... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen
Here begins a new adventure: Canadian Mennonite ’s Young Voices section. What is this section, you ask? Why is it here? Upon reflection, the magazine realized that its readership... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Young Voices | Emily Loewen

Coptic Christians protest against violence by Muslims.

The security situation in Egypt has "deteriorated considerably" since former president Hosni Mubarak stepped down on Feb. 11, leaving a security vacuum and Christians feeling "... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Nettie Baer, left, sits with her nephew, John Thiessen. Waterloo Region author Erica Jantzen, who helped with Nettie’s Story: The Pax Years, Feb. 1954 - Nov. 1956, stands behind them at the book launch on May 16.

“Will the fellows like my cooking?” wondered Nettie Redekopp in 1954 as she arrived at the Pax post-World War II rebuilding project in Wedel, Germany. That question haunted her... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky

Tyler Yantzi, centre, moves compostable paper bowls from a blue box into the green bins as volunteers Scott Bauman, left, and Mark Brubacher, right, look on.

One of the stated goals of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is creation care, to the point of MCC Ontario hiring Darren Kropf part-time to spearhead this effort in congregations... Read More
June 8, 2011 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

Lynette Froese displays some of her Wheat Song Bakery products that are all made from organic, locally grown grains and natural yeasts.

Lynette Froese is reluctant to call her unique career a business, or even a career. “I was raised to consider work as a form of service, so I try to see this work not just as a... Read More
June 8, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
You are doing a wonderful job at this point of time. I see you change ideas as times change. Good! Have the confidence that you are aware that endeavours like this can remain... Read More
June 8, 2011 | God at work in the Church |
Despite a small survey sample—only 215 out of more than 14,000 subscribers took the time to send back the two-page questionnaire in our Feb. 21 issue—it is clear that readers... Read More
June 8, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Ross W. Muir
“Where have you been today?” the customs officer at the Edmonton International Airport asked. My wife Winifred named the places: “Meridian, Miss.; Atlanta, Ga.; Minneapolis, Minn... Read More
June 8, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Aaron A. Lehman

All that’s left of the home of Abe and Rita Dyck of Slave Lake, Alta., after last month’s wildfire wreaked havoc to the town of 7,000.

In the past month, wildfires in northern Alberta devastated the community of Slave Lake, with the resulting losses coming to the attention of both Mennonite Mutual Insurance (MMI... Read More
June 8, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Tony Peters looks at his flooded farmland. The Manitoba farmer hopes this year’s flooding prompts the province to re-examine its entire flood-protection system to better balance the negative effects of flooding.

While Winnipeggers remained dry and free from the worry of flooding this spring, this is not the case for farmers living near the Portage Diversion, including Tony and Astrid... Read More
June 8, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen
Participants at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC)—held last month in Kingston, Jamaica, to celebrate the end of the Decade to Overcome Violence—released a... Read More
June 8, 2011 | God at work in the World |

The stop in Kleefeld at noon gave local residents the opportunity to see the tractors up close. --Photo by Eden Foundation

Forty-seven tractors chugged their way through the Manitoba villages of Blumenort, Mitchel, Kleefeld, and then south and east of Steinbach ending up back at the Mennonite Heritage... Read More
June 6, 2011 | Web First | Ken Reddig

Rev. Margot Kaessmann told a Bible study she believes that a suggestion to pray with the Taliban by candlelight is "a much better idea than bombing water tank lorries in Kunduz."

The biennial faith gathering called the Kirchentag ended on June 5 after five days of theological and political discussions, concerts and a sense of reconciliation in a city... Read More
June 6, 2011 | Web First | By Anli Serfontein

George R. Brunk, left, enjoys a conversation with 2006 seminary graduate Patrick Nafziger, pastor at Millersburg (Ohio) Mennonite Church, during the annual School for Leadership Training at EMS. Photo by Lindsey Kolb

When George R. Brunk III joined the Eastern Mennonite Seminary faculty in 1974, little did he imagine that three short years later he would be named dean. But, in 1977, he was... Read More
June 3, 2011 | Web First | by Laura Lehman Amstutz
Despite a small survey sample—only 215 out of more than 14,000 subscribers took the time to send back the two-page questionnaire in our Feb. 21 issue—it is clear that readers... Read More
June 3, 2011 | Web First | Ross Muir, Managing Editor

Larry Miller

The Global Christian Forum (GCF) has appointed Larry Miller to become its first full-time Secretary when he completes nearly 22 years as the General Secretary of the Mennonite... Read More
June 2, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder, editor
A senior ecumenist has welcomed growing co-operation between leaders of European institutions and churches, and predicted a growing advisory role for religious communities. "I... Read More
May 31, 2011 | Web First | By Jonathan Luxmoore

German Mennonite theologian Fernando Enns, who first proposed the Decade to Overcome Violence, speaks at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Kingston, Jamaica, an event held to celebrate the decade. WCC photo by Peter Williams

Participants at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC)—held in Jamaica last month to celebrate the end of the Decade to Overcome Violence—released a message... Read More
May 26, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports

Elsie Rempel and her granddaughters Johanna, left, and Sophia, right, pose through their vehicle’s windshield on a summer vacation last year.

In many traditional cultures, elders are older people who are revered as keepers of wisdom. In North America’s current youth-glorifying post-everything-online culture, older... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Focus On | By Elsie Rempel

St. Clair O’Connor residents Julia Bringau, Jane Huggins, Mae King, Joyce Cockburn and Doris Cullen enjoy the community’s tea room, a place where residents and the public can enjoy a drink or shop for gifts.

As Canada’s population ages at an ever-faster pace, Toronto’s St. Clair O’Connor Community may hold the key to keeping seniors independent longer, and teaching young people to... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Focus On | By Emily Loewen

Although The Liptonians are not a religious band, singer-guitarist Bucky Driedger, left, says his Mennonite heritage has influenced the way he writes the band’s lyrics.

Writers with Mennonite roots, like David Bergen, Miriam Toews and Di Brandt, have long dominated southern Manitoba’s literary scene. Now, the community’s music scene is... Read More
May 25, 2011 | Artbeat | By Aaron Epp

Tavis Weber checks on loaves of fresh-baked whole-grain whole-wheat bread at the Golden Hearth Bakery he owns with his wife Heidi in downtown, Kitchener, Ont.

“There are some things I don’t understand,” opines Bruce Weber about his nephew, Tavis Weber. “The guy goes to school in music for four years and then he goes and buys a bakery.”... Read More
May 25, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky
With eyes wide open about the visa challenges faced by international participants, especially youths, the Executive Committee of Mennonite World Conference (MWC) agreed on May 9... Read More
May 25, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder
While topics regarding sexuality have dominated the mainstream headlines in the past several weeks, Mennonite Church Canada and area church leaders have made a move that points to... Read More
May 25, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen
River levels are changing daily at Camp Assiniboia as the Assiniboine River ebbs and flows around the south and east boundaries of the camp. Unprecedented volumes of water are... Read More
May 25, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Six graduates from Canada, are, from left, Alicia Buhler, Virginia Gerbrandt, Mark Tiessen-Dyck, Miles Reimer and Carrie Martens; Christine Kampen graduated in absentia. Photo by Steve Echols.

With words “God’s justice and God’s peace” from the first hymn in Hymnal: A Worship Book as a backdrop for the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary commencement service on May... Read More
May 24, 2011 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen

Layout and Design award for the Aug. 2, 2010 edition

The Canadian Mennonite has earned eight awards from the Canadian Church Press (CCP) , the highest number the denominational magazine has won in a single year. The awards included... Read More
May 20, 2011 | Web First | Staff report

Dr. Troy Osborne

Dr. Troy Osborne has been appointed as assistant professor of History at Conrad Grebel University College, beginning July 1, 2011, succeeding Arnold Snyder who retires in May... Read More
May 20, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Rev. Dr Margot Kaessmann: "It is time that religion refuses to be misused by pouring oil into the fire of war and hatred.”

The International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) formally opened here on May 18 as theologians, faith leaders and the prime minister of Jamaica welcomed some 1,000... Read More
May 19, 2011 | Web First | Staff writer

Al Hariri (above) has refused to support the appointment of Hezbollah-chosen Najib Miqati as the new prime minister.

Lebanese religious leaders have warned against growing internal divisions in their country and urged national leaders to work towards unity and tolerance, following a joint... Read More
May 17, 2011 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Tantini Kahindu, 16, sits in her house in the village of Luvungi in Congo on September 4, 2010. Her house was attacked on July 30 by Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and local militias, who raped more than 280 women and minors as punishment for the villagers' alleged support for the Congolese Defense Forces

Sex and sexuality seemed to dominate the headlines this week, not only in North America but around the world, signalling a cultural shift long in the works but now coming... Read More
May 13, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

General Secretary Larry Miller (left) and General Secretary-elect César García (right) share a light moment at the MWC Executive Committee meetings in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo by Merle Good

The rise of Anabaptist-related churches in the global South is becoming much more than a matter of membership. At this year’s meeting of the Mennonite World Conference’s Executive... Read More
May 13, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Young Anabaptists (YAB) helping to decide are (l to r) Melani Susanti, Indonesia; Tigist Gelagle, Ethiopia; Rodrigo Pedroza Garcia, Mexico; Kristina Toews, Canada; Sumana Basumata, India, and Carlos Alberto Alvarez Woo, Colombia. Seated are Adi Walujo, Indonesia; Edgardo Sanchez, Argentina; and Sandra Campos Cruz, Costa Rica.

With eyes wide open about the visa challenges faced by international participants, especially youth, the executive committee of the Mennonite World Conference agreed May 9 to hold... Read More
May 13, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Three generations of peacebuilders from Argentina are studying at SPI: Maria Karina Echazu, an attorney; her nephew Joaquin Echazu, a university student studying security issues; and Lilian Burlando (Maria Karina's mother and Joaquin's grandmother), director of a Peace Center in Teirra del Fuego. --Photo by Jim Bishop

Those entering the opening session of Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) were handed felt markers and circles of fabric. Their assignment: “Tell... Read More
May 12, 2011 | Web First | by Chris Edwards

Amy Kosari, of Ellswroth, Wis. a representative of a Presbyterian church belonging to the Synod of the Lakes and Prairies in the Twin Cities area, speaks against an amendment to eliminate the celibacy requirement for gay and lesbian clergy at the Peace Presbyterian Church in St. Louis Park, Minn. --AP Photo

Gay and lesbian advocates celebrated a landmark victory on May 10 when the Presbyterian Church (USA) entered the expanding ranks of Christian denominations that allow openly gay,... Read More
May 12, 2011 | Web First | By Daniel Burke

Cliff and Wilma Derksen

It has been a very long and incredibly hard journey, but Cliff and Wilma Derksen of Winnipeg have finally come to a bright and sunny clearing in their lives. Their journey began... Read More
May 11, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Disaster recovery studies graduate David Barker, second from right, poses with, from left, CMU president Gerald Gerbrandt and instructors Lois Nickel and Kenton Lobe.

Three years ago, in the middle of reading Roméo Dallaire’s traumatic first-hand account of the Rwanda genocide, David Barker decided his future would be in disaster response. “It... Read More
May 11, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Nadine Kampen
All indicators point to the old structures giving way to new ways of being the church, Willard Metzger told the nearly 400 delegates gathered for the 2011 annual church gathering... Read More
May 11, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

A girl is carried away after the shooting spree.

The National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil has joined a national disarmament campaign to combat violent crime in the country. Launched May 6, the Disarmament Campaign of... Read More
May 10, 2011 | Web First | By ENInews Staff

Another Church has been attacked and burned down in Egypt by a mob of Muslim extremists on the basis of “a rumour” that the Church was holding captive a Christian woman who, they claim, wanted to convert to Islam

Christian and Muslim clashes in Egypt have left 12 people dead, 238 injured and two Coptic churches in Cairo burned, the state media reported. Faith and political leaders... Read More
May 9, 2011 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwil

Bill Warren from Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, leading the study.

Working in a cluster of offices above a LifeWay Christian Bookstore, Bible scholars are buried in a 20-year project to codify the thousands of changes, verse by verse, word by... Read More
May 6, 2011 | Web First | By Bruce Nolan

Katharine Jefferts Schori: "the reign of God lies in the direction of more porous borders."

In a world where crossing borders is becoming a literal fact of life in economics, work and culture, U.S. and Canadian Lutheran and Episcopal/Anglican church leaders crossed the... Read More
May 5, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

EMU professor Lisa Schirch with Pakistani graduates of EMU's masters program in conflict transformation, Ali Gohar (l.) and Jennifer Jag Jivan (right).

Pakistan-based graduates of Eastern Mennonite University say U.S. military policy in their country has fed extremism and that, sadly, such extremism may not subside with the death... Read More
May 4, 2011 | Web First | Bonnie Lofton

César García

For the first time, a leader from the global South will become the General Secretary of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC). On May 4, the MWC Executive Committee formally... Read More
May 4, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Safwat Marzouk

Safwat Marzouk, a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary originally from Cairo, Egypt, has been appointed as Professor of Old Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical... Read More
May 4, 2011 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen

Addition completed in time for Conrad Grebel's 50th anniversary in August, 2013.

Construction will begin in March, 2012 at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont. on a $6.3 million addition to the academic building, particularly the library and... Read More
May 3, 2011 | Web First | Susan Fish

Residents of Aura in the Afar showed North American farmers on a food study tour to Ethiopia reserves of sorghum in their homes thanks to agricultural support and irrigation.

Hungry people around the world are once again benefitting from the generosity of people across Canada. Altogether, a total of $9.1 million was donated to Canadian Foodgrains Bank... Read More
May 2, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain, Communications Officer
While Latin America has traditionally been overwhelmingly Roman Catholic, the face of religion there is being transformed with the growth of Protestantism expected to stabilize... Read More
April 29, 2011 | Web First | By ENInews Staff

Child soldiers are regularly used in conflicts such as that in Sri Lanka.

The report of a special U.N. panel that investigated allegations of massive human rights abuses in an ethnic war in Sri Lanka has prompted mixed reactions. "We are relieved that... Read More
April 29, 2011 | Web First | By Anto Akkara

The crowds were treated to not one, but two kisses by the newlyweds.

An estimated two billion people around the world tuned in on Friday, April 29, to watch the wedding of Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and Catherine Middleton at... Read More
April 29, 2011 | Web First | By Matthew Davies

I.B. Horst, 1915 - 2011

Irvin B. Horst, a former Eastern Mennonite University professor who devoted most of his life to Anabaptist history, research and thought, died Apr. 23, 2011, at Virginia Mennonite... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Web First | Jim Bishop
Theology, spirituality Christians and War: A Brief History of the Church’s Teachings and Practices . A. James Reimer. Augsburg Fortress Press, 2010, 192 pages. Published soon... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On |
When Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media merge on July 1, the new agency will be called MennoMedia. That was the decision of the board that now governs MPN and... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | By Steve Shenk
Tongue Screws and Testimonies, a book of essays, poems and artwork reflecting on Martyrs Mirror, is written by insiders for insiders. In the introductory essay, Kirsten Beachy,... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by Fred Redekop
This comprehensive biography of Wilhelm H. Falk (1892-1976), founding bishop of the Rudnerweide Mennonite Conference, is an important addition to the history of Mennonites,... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by Eckhard Goerz
On television, in the publications that we read, on the web, and even in our games, violence and injustice are highlighted without antidote. Seldom are we given the chance to see... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by Anne Stewart
Enough with trying to save the world – that’s an impossible and thankless job. Our real task is to save Baby Jaguar. As I sit on the living room couch with my youngest child... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | By Matthew Bailey-Dick

Haitians and Canadians mingle in a joyful dance in the Haitian village during a recent production of Iron Will in Waterloo, Ont.

About a year ago some Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) staff saw the play Iron Will in Hamilton, Ont. So inspired were they by its microfinance message that they... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky
Teaching may not be an unusual career, but Willi Penner has made a unique contribution to the field. Penner is the creator of Mathopoly, a curriculum-based math learning tool. The... Read More
April 27, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
A broad range of ideas and opinions on the effects and uses of communications technology served as the focus of the 2011 Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) spring... Read More
April 27, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky
In order to manage as yearly donations are decreasing, Mennonite Church Canada announced publicly on April 12 that, regrettably, it must reduce expenditures by terminating or... Read More
April 27, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Russ Eanes

Russ Eanes, director of finance and operations for Mennonite Publishing Network, will become executive director of MennoMedia on July 1. He will move to Harrisonburg where the... Read More
April 26, 2011 | Web First | Steve Shenk, director of marketing/sales

Steve Shenk, succeeding John Longhurst as director of marketing/sales for MPN, has been the executive director for Valley Brethren/Mennonite Heritage Center, Harrisonburg, for the past 7 years. He has also worked in public relations for Bluffton College and EMU, as well as managing editor for Gospel Herald, now The Mennonite.

"MennoMedia" is the name emerging for the new agency that has been working its way through the approval process of Mennonite governing boards in recent months. The new name... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Web First | Steve Shenk, director of marketing/sales

An employee of the APPBOSA co-operative prepares bananas for shipping to customers in Europe and North America.

If you buy a bunch of fair trade or organic bananas, you may get a product with a hidden stamp from Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). MEDA has helped co-operatives... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Focus On | By Wally Kroeker

Colin Firth stars as Prince Albert/King George VI in the Academy Award-winning film, The King’s Speech.

It is a hard thing to live with as much fear as Albert (Colin Firth) harbours. But it is especially difficult when you are a royal. For Prince Albert, later to become Great... Read More
April 13, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Erin Weaver

Tiessen

Paul Tiessen answers the phone with a breathless rush of words. It’s 8:30 on a Wednesday morning and already he’s running to keep up. Tiessen, 56, owns Action Office Interiors, an... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

MDS volunteers Dave Friesen and Eric Penner examine the drywall finishing work they are completing.

On the weekend of Sept. 25-26, 2010, the Kingcome River raged through the remote First Nation community of Kingcome. Floodwaters forced lifelong residents of the Pacific coastal... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Phil Hood

Area church youth minister Anna Rehan and area church minister Jerry Buhler light candles during the memorial service at this year’s annual general meeting in North Battleford.

A public stand for peace, peace between believers and peace with their neighbours all came to the fore during the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions last month... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

‘Mary With Tears,’ a sculpture of Mary, the mother of Jesus, by Vilius Orvidas, who did most of his work under the Soviet occupation of Lithuania. He died in the early 1990s. Photographed by Jerry Holsopple, a visual and communication arts professor at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va.

After two days of singing, discussing, pondering images and praying last month, questions continued to swirl around Mary, the mother of Jesus, and what she might mean for... Read More
April 13, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Mary E. Klassen

EMU Charlotte Wenger and mascot HERM, featured in the award-winning video, challenge all college students to "Chill Out." Photo by Lindsey Kolb

Eastern Mennonite University has been honored as a winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s annual competition “Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus.” This award program... Read More
April 12, 2011 | Web First | Jim Bishop
The promotional supplement in the March 21 issue advances important matters of conscience. The proposed involvement, though, reflects an acceptance that we are out of step with... Read More
April 11, 2011 | Web First | Henry Rempel

‘With grace, courage, and a discerning spirit, Jeremy Bergen offers an account of ecclesial repentance worthy of a pilgrim people, a church at once reconciled and always on the journey toward full reconciliation." --Margaret Pfeil of the University of Notre Dame

In recent years, churches have repented for historical wrongs. In his new book, “Ecclesial Repentance: The Churches Confront Their Sinful Pasts,” Jeremy M. Bergen tells the story... Read More
April 7, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Betty Pries

Betty Pries, a mediator and MTS 2005 graduate, will be given the Distinquished Alumni Service award by the Alumni Committee of Conrad Grebel University College. Betty has been a... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Fred Martin

Richard Thiessen

Richard Thiessen of Abbotsford, B.C., has been named managing editor of the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO), succeeding Sam Steiner of Kitchener, Ont.,... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | News release
Leader: Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, King of kings and Lord of lords, in this Federal Election in the spring of 2011 we come and bow before you, our first and last allegiance... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Nazareth Village in Israel/Palestine has much to celebrate in its tenth year of existence. Jewish families on Shabbat outings, mingling with Muslim students coming to see the only... Read More
April 5, 2011 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
The 45th anniversary New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale will take place on May 27 and 28 in the historic arena, grandstand and fairgrounds. Join the more than 15,000 people of all... Read More
March 30, 2011 | Focus On | By Janice Harder

Zachary Janzen, Jordan Moffatt and Olivia Siebert play a friendly game of crokinole with senior Corny Classen at Vineland United Mennonite Church, Ont.

Marty and Chelsea Misener run church youth groups at either end of the Niagara Peninsula, and have seen the impact of youths on the elderly, and vice versa. As Bethany Mennonite... Read More
March 30, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Andrea Epp
During the Mennonite Church Canada assembly in Saskatoon in 2009, the discussion about taking a public stand for peace received a sound workout and the challenge to live out a... Read More
March 30, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Karin Fehderau
Mennonite Church Canada leaders spent much of their spring leadership assembly last month preparing for a smaller national church structure in the near future. “We have done all... Read More
March 30, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dan Dyck

Jim Shantz, pictured with his wife Lorraine, received a Bateman print from Mennonite Church Alberta as a token of appreciation for eight and a half years as conference minister. Shantz completes his term on June 30.

Willard Metzger, Mennonite Church Canada general secretary, inspired MC Alberta delegates with the reminder that no matter how difficult things are for the church, “this is not... Read More
March 30, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Allan Rudy-Froese

Allan Rudy-Froese, Ph.D. candidate at Emmanuel College, Toronto (Ont.) School of Theology and a recent columnist for Canadian Mennonite , has been appointed professor of Christian... Read More
March 25, 2011 | Web First | Mary Klassen

From four to six students utilize one computer.

Computers are badly needed to expand a computer assisted learning program (CAL) initiated and supervised by Bryan Butler, director of Canadian Peacemakers International in Santz... Read More
March 24, 2011 | Web First | news release

The author, Bryan Butler (center) sits down to a delicious fish fry with Jose (Chepe) Vasquez (left), chair of the local co-op, and Manuel Tobara, general manager of the local housing program.

Yesterday afternoon Manuel, Chepe and I were invited to a very special lunch in El Cipres. About nine months ago we regained possession of some property that was to be used for... Read More
March 24, 2011 | Web First | Bryan Butler
It has been six months since I first suggested the refugee history of Mennonites bore certain similarities to other refugee stories of the present, including the much-maligned... Read More
March 24, 2011 | Web First | By Edmund Pries

“The changes in our life spill over into the lives of others,” said Lynne Ball as she and her husband Gord (left) share photos and memories of their visit to Swaziland with their family members, Lauren and Keith Hubley (center), and Sibusisu Ndzimandze of Swaziland (right). (MCC Photo/Gladys Terichow)

It was a reunion of friends when Sibusiso Ndzimandze, a peace educator from Swaziland, stayed in the home of Gord and Lynne Ball during a recent 10-day visit to Ontario.

 Around... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow
As Christendom weakens in Europe and North America, worship and mission are poised to reunite after centuries of separation. But this requires the church to rethink both “mission... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Artbeat |

Now no longer hosting classical radio shows or conducting the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Howard Dyck enjoys his leisure time at his Waterloo Region home.

The response to my request for an interview last September said it all: “Maggie and I are in Tuscany. . . . We’ve rented a small villa very near Cortona [Italy] and will be here... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky

Rob Yost of Hillcrest Mennonite Church stands at the base of the congregation’s one-kWh photovoltaic solar-energy system.

Nearly a year after receiving an award from the Waterloo Region’s Greening Sacred Spaces organization, Hillcrest Mennonite Church in New Hamburg was the site for a Mennonite... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky

Linda Enns, left, of Peace Mennonite Church and a member of the MC B.C. Church Health Committee, greets LEAD conference speaker Lois Barret

With the theme of “Being a Peace Church,” 88 church leaders and others interested in the topic met at Living Hope Christian Fellowship, Surrey, for the annual Mennonite Church B.C... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

At the annual delegate sessions of Mennonite Church B.C., Camp Squeah staff members Tim Larson, Geoff Gould and Rob Tiessen present a skit about camp ministries.

Reports on a new church plant model and passion for native ministries highlighted the annual delegate sessions of Mennonite Church B.C., held at Living Hope Christian Fellowship,... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

Henry Kliewer, standing, the director of Mennonite Church Manitoba Leadership Ministries, offers a prayer of blessing during the commissioning serv-ice for Ken Warkentin, the new executive director for MC Manitoba. “I am looking forward to the significant challenges that lie ahead,” said Warkentin, who has been involved in church work for 29 years.

The annual Mennonite Church Manitoba gathering did not bring forth momentous decisions, but it did cause the 147 delegates—representing 37 of the area church’s 50 congregations—to... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Susan Schultz Huxman

Susan Schultz Huxman, director of the Elliott School of Comunication at Wichita (Kansas) State University, has been named the seventh president of Conrad Grebel University College... Read More
March 15, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp’s dining hall was gutted by fire on Feb. 7. Camp director Dave Erb hopes to have a refurbished or new building set to open by June.

The word spread quickly on Feb. 7 and the days that followed: Silver Lake Mennonite Camp’s dining hall had burned . . . again. The camp, near Sauble Beach on Lake Huron, suffered... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

Campers who play stringed instruments—including Saskia van Arrangon, Jordan Klassen and Daniel Penner, pictured—as well as brass, woodwinds and piano, or those who sing, are all welcome at the Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, held each summer at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont.

It’s 11 p.m. We’ve been treated to the final program—a full, original musical about recycling prepared in two short weeks—and heard dozens of songs done by wind instruments,... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Ingrid Loepp Thiessen

Archery is one of the many activities offered by Camp Squeah that can be enjoyed by all age groups at this summer’s inaugural family camp.

Summer camp is not just for children any more. For one week this summer, Camp Squeah will be alive with the sound of voices of all ages as the camp tries something new: a... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Amy Dueckman

Canoeing is one way Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp gets campers to understand the need to nurture creation.

Camp is the perfect place for environmental principles to be brought to life. An Arctic glacier slowly melting may be too far removed for children to fully grasp the significance... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Tina Ashley

Hank Friesen has followed his life’s passion, working in the funeral business in his retirement years.

When it comes to the business of death, Henry “Hank” Friesen has found life in his retirement years. Friesen, 70, who spent most of his working life in sales, officially retired... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Amy Dueckman

Protesters at the Let Them Stay rally picket the office of Vic Toews, federal minister of public safety, in hopes of setting up a meeting to discuss the deportation and incarceration of American war resisters. Michael Bueckert, holding the Peace Alliance Winnipeg sign, right, protests as a representative of Project Peacemakers.

The Steinbach office of Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was the scene of a mid-January rally in support of American war resisters seeking asylum in Canada that took... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

Canadians can help fill the shelves of the Anabaptist Network in South Africa Peace Library and share Anabaptist theology across South Africa by donating books and resources to the cause.

Peace and justice projects in South Africa are creating a large appetite for the nonviolent peace principles of Anabaptist theology. Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Andrew... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church |

Mennonite Church Canada Witness worker Karen Suderman, right, chats with Ladysmith women who are committed to feeding hundreds of South African children each day.

Hungry children are being fed, students of peace are learning nonviolent responses to conflict, and ordinary people are making extraordinary sacrifices to bring hope and justice... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church |

The WDP Committee in Chile sees the theme question, "How Many Loaves Have You?", as an invitation to enter a process that draws us into the Bible, into the context of Chile, and into the real situations of our lives and communities. This year's Bible studies come from 1 Kings 17: 8-16 and Mark 6: 30-44.

The potent symbol of bread will take pride of place this week as an annual common day of prayer focuses on the struggle of women in Chile. This year's commemoration of World Day... Read More
March 1, 2011 | Web First | By Chris Herlinger

A women's literacy class, one of many sponsored by MCC in Malaway in upper (southern) Egypt and run by the Coptic Orthodox Church there.

“Our workers are trickling back,” report Mennonite Central Committee workers Tom and Judith Snowdon from their office in Cairo. “The airport is operating very efficiently and is... Read More
February 24, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, with reports from Cairo and Akron, PA

World Vision's Jeff Wright: "We need to take this seriously."

On a recent family trip to Africa, spotting locals wearing T-shirts and baseball caps bearing American brands or slogans became something of a parlor game -- a way to pass long... Read More
February 18, 2011 | Web First | By Cathleen Falsani

Dining hall at Silver Lake

Embers from a large stone fireplace found their way under the floor of the Silver Lake Mennonite Camp dining hall. Aided by blustery winds, the hot embers caused a fire which... Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Carl Litwiller, Nelson Scheifele, Lloyd Miller

Len Rempel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judith and Tom Snowdon

What happens next in Cairo is entirely up to the Egyptian people, MCC workers Tom and Judith Snowdon told Canadian Mennonite in a Skype interview today from their temporary home... Read More
February 10, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has moved its international workers out of Egypt because of the ongoing civil unrest there. Thirteen international staff, including two children... Read More
February 3, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports

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

The 30th annual Heifer Relief sale sponsored by Ontario Mennonite Relief Sale Inc. will take place at Carson Auction facilities, Listowel, Ontario on Friday, February 18, 2011... Read More
February 2, 2011 | Web First | Anne L. Brubacher

--from Seeking Community website

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

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

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

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

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

Nolt

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Frank O’Dea, a second chance led to the founding of Second Cup, Canada’s first specialty coffee chain. Speaking to the annual convention of Mennonite Economic Development... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Wally Kroeker
“The simple and quaint have raised their voices, loudly, on AnabaptistBlogs.com ,” says the blog’s founder, Jeff McLain. Several hundred years ago, Mennonites and their Anabaptist... Read More
February 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Ross W. Muir

Jenna Grubaugh performs in the 2010 Goshen College spring mainstage play "Tartuffe" with fellow student Sam Jones (right). (Photo by Emily Miller/Goshen College Public Relations Office)

Goshen College graduated senior Jenna Grubaugh, a theater major from Vancouver, British Columbia, placed in the top 10 percent of the almost 400 actors nominated in the American... Read More
January 27, 2011 | Web First | By Liz Core

House band musicians Willem Moolenbeck (sax) and Dave Tompson (guitar) anchored the singing during the 2011 Epicurean Hootenanny

Wearing strings of beads reminiscent of Mardi Gras in New Orleans 220 people were transported to Mississippi and Louisiana in Kitchener’s Conrad Centre for the Performing Arts on... Read More
January 27, 2011 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky, Eastern Canada Correspondent

Elizabeth three years ago

Canada's oldest living person, Winkler's Elizabeth Buhler, has died just two weeks shy of her 112th birthday. “Liese” (as she was known to family) passed away Sunday night, Jan... Read More
January 26, 2011 | Web First | Jake Buhler

Stoltzfus died March 10, 2010

A video clip and book about the life of Gene Stoltzfus, co-founder of Christian Peacemakers, has been created at the direction of his widow, Dorothy Friesen of Fort Frances, Ont... Read More
January 25, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports

Donald Kraybill

Donald Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, Pa., will give the 2011... Read More
January 24, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Palmer Becker will teach a course on Pastoral Care and Counselling at Bethlehem Bible College; his wife, Ardys, joins him later as librarian.

Though Jae Young Lee doesn’t think the recent North Korean shelling of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island will lead to full-scale war, as Peace Program Coordinator for the Korea... Read More
January 21, 2011 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Elizabeth Soto

Jack Suderman, recently retired general secretary of MC Canada, was one of six persons named by the new nominee for moderator-elect of Mennonite Church USA, Elizabeth Soto, who... Read More
January 21, 2011 | Web First | By Annette Brill Bergstresser

Regehr (center holding medal) is flanked by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, Nancy Wildgoose (left) and Nancy Regehr (right). Photo by Sgt Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall.

Called a “seasoned and tenacious advocate for peace who represents the best of Canada’s leadership in peace and disarmament,” Ernie Regehr of Waterloo received the 2010 Pearson... Read More
January 20, 2011 | Web First | Ellen Shenk, reporter
There is nothing like a new addition to the family to get parents and grandparents looking ahead to the future. Much of what lies ahead is unknown, but there are things like life... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Focus On | By Lynette Taylor
The mission of MAX (MutualAid eXchange)—creating and sustaining wholeness through preserving and restoring property, lives and communities—was very much in action during 2010,... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Focus On | By Tim Wagler
Herald Press: What is the purpose of this book? Kreider: The impulse behind these two volumes is to help people to pray through Scripture, and to deepen their walk of faith... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press
For Carrie Martens, a student at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., using a prayer book like Take Our Moments and Our Days helps her feel “connected to God, to... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press

Boers

Herald Press: What is daily prayer? Boers: Common daily prayer is the practice—or discipline—of praying every morning and evening, using a set of prayers being used by other... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press
When he was a young adult, Arthur Boers’ 17 year-old sister died of leukemia. Torn by grief, and unable to understand how God could allow such a terrible thing, he found himself... Read More
January 19, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press

The Harms’ golden wedding anniversary celebration took place on June 19, 2010, at the Lowe Farm Community Centre, Man.

A deep love for aboriginal communities in Manitoba inspired Jake and Margaret Harms to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this past summer by honouring others. In lieu of... Read More
January 19, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Deborah Froese

Josie Winterfeld, missions, peace and justice worker at Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church, Kitchener, Ont., participates in the ‘die-in’ during the annual peace protest outside of the former School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga.

Fort Benning, Georgia—the home of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly the School of the Americas—is also the home of annual peace protests each... Read More
January 19, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky
Eleven days before Christmas, local authorities in District Two of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, seized and demolished the home of Pastor Nguyen Hong Quang and his wife, leaders of... Read More
January 19, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Luke S. Martin
Several Mennonites have been in the news this past week, one with an op-ed piece in the local Kitchener-Waterloo Record , another featured as a “true saint of the community,” and... Read More
January 18, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

Toews looks down as protestors outside the University of Manitoba in October object to an honorary degree, holding placards condemning Toews for public statements he has made about crime and immigration. (CBC)

Peace Alliance Winnipeg is staging a peaceful rally Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. called “Let Them Stay” outside Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ office in Steinbach. The... Read More
January 17, 2011 | Web First | Staff reports

Loren Swartzendruber (l.) receives congratulations from EMU trustees chair Andrew (Andy) Dula following his announcement of Swartzendruber’s appointment to another four-year term as president. Photo by Lindsey Kolb

Loren Swartzendruber will serve another four-year term as president of Eastern Mennonite University. Andrew (Andy) Dula of Lancaster, Pa., chair of the EMU board of trustees,... Read More
January 13, 2011 | Web First | Jim Bishop

Learning exchange participants visit The Mennonite Story, a museum at St. Jacob’s Ont. Front row, from left, are Godfrey Walalaze (Tanzania), Hubert Mukalasi Lubyama (Tanzania), Dumisani Nkomo (Zimbabwe) and Rose Lala Biasima (Congo); back row from left are Ray Motsi (Zimbabwe) and Jean-Calvin K

Although Canada is a world leader in mining, its laws don’t ensure that Canadian mining companies operating in developing countries conform to human rights and environmental... Read More
January 13, 2011 | Web First | by Gladys Terichow, writer

Herbert Funk, left, and fellow members of a Work and Learn team from Paraguay clear away the rubble of Adral and Marie Sylvain’s house in Port-au-Prince, which collapsed during the Jan. 12 earthquake. Clearing the property made it possible for the Sylvains, who work with MCC and have four children,

From Paraguay, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, people volunteered through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to work side by side with Haitians , cleaning up rubble left by the... Read More
January 12, 2011 | Web First | By Linda Espenshade

Coptic Orthodox priests pray in the house of Fawzy Bkheit, who died after Saturday's bomb attack outside the Two Saints Church in Alexandria (Photo: Reuters)

Coptic Churches around the country expect an influx of Egyptian Muslims to share with the country's Christians their Christmas Eve mass “Although 2011 started tragically, I feel... Read More
January 7, 2011 | Web First | Nourhan El-Abbassy

J.M. Klassen at the MCC offices in 1983.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28 for J.M. Klassen, whose commitment and firm leadership helped shape MCC Canada for more than two decades. He died here on December... Read More
January 6, 2011 | Web First | MCC Canada staff

Sarah Freeman

Sarah Freeman, a ThD student at the University of Toronto, has earned Conrad Grebel’s highest valued academic award – the A. James Reimer Award at the Toronto Mennonite... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle
The 10 members of the Canadian Association of Mennonite Schools (CAMS)—located in every province between Ontario and British Columbia—can all trace their lineage to a Mennonite... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Focus On | By Gail Schellenberg
‘Westgate . . . is a school grounded in the Anabaptist tradition. It is the mission of the school to provide a well-rounded education, which will inspire and empower students to... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Focus On | By James Friesen
On Nov. 10, Greenwoods Bookshoppe hosted a book launch for Canadian literary legend Rudy Wiebe’s newest book, Collected Stories/1955-2010, at Edmonton’s Oldtimer’s Cabin, a log... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Artbeat | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Gillian Mayers, left, was mentored by Maggie Martens for six years beginning in 2002 as part of an intentional intergenerational program at Edmonton First Mennonite, Alta. Although the mentorship relationship is now officially ended, the two remain close.

It is not normally an unusual sight, good friends finishing each other’s sentences and laughing, except that Maggie Martens and Gillian Mayers have something special, perhaps even... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Chris Buhler, Ashley Martin and Shirley Martin pack Christmas bags, a gift of Level Ground Mennonite Church, for residents of Peardonville House.

Christmas was a little merrier for women of Peardonville House treatment centre, thanks to some generous members of Level Ground Mennonite Church, Abbotsford. The week before... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman

Ruth Boehm, right, pastor of Faith Mennonite Church, Leamington,Ont., presents Rev. Thomas Mertz, co-pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with a breadbasket cloth she stitched from a 1545 German pattern book on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31.

On Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31, Faith Mennonite Church in Leamington, Ont., was visited by neighbours and friends from the local St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Reformation Sunday... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky
Historical records are shaped by the perspectives of those who write them, but perspectives that clash can cause centuries of pain. On July 22, 2010, an apology from Lutherans for... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Deborah Froese

The Fractor.

Grace Mennonite Church is engaged in an ongoing and earnest conversation about the Anabaptist peace position. Arnold Hildebrand, a church member and facilitator of a recent book... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Nguyen Hong Quang

Mennonite Church Canada has become aware that on December 14th, the Ho Chi Minh church buildings and home of Mennonite house church Pastor Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang were demolished... Read More
December 24, 2010 | Web First | Dan Dyck

Marvin Lapp, father of Glen Lapp, stands against mountains outside Faizabad, Afghanistan. He visited Faizabad and Kabul during an October trip to attend a memorial service and learn more about Glen’s work and life in Afghanistan. (MCC Photo/John Williamson)

Two months after MCC worker Glen Lapp and nine other aid workers were killed in rural Afghanistan , Lapp’s father, Marvin, brother Jerry and cousin Joe were welcomed in the... Read More
December 20, 2010 | Web First | By Marla Pierson Lester

John Calvin (1509-1564), whose followers developed Calvinism.

A gathering to improve relations between the many Protestant denominations in the Netherlands has taken place on the site of an earlier historic synod, though any idea of complete... Read More
December 17, 2010 | Web First | By Andreas Havinga

The Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan (and Palestine) (ELCJ), was born in Jerusalem in 1950, the child of refugees from Beersheba

The president of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Munib Younan has said before meeting Pope Benedict XVI that their churches should issue a common statement on Holy Communion... Read More
December 17, 2010 | Web First | By Luigi Sandri

The Just Food exhibit included a display of typical food consumed in a poor community in a developing country, left, a middle-class community in a developing country, centre, and many households in North America, right. The sign reads, ‘Where do you fit in?’

The right to food is a non-issue for many Canadians. In fact, many people in the western world take food for granted. From a faith perspective, many feel that, although they may... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Artbeat | By Rachel Bergen / Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Sara Wenger Shenk, new president of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, invites the gathered congregation to declare with her, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” during her inaugural address on Oct. 24, at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, near Goshen, Ind

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” the congregation called out, led by Sara Wenger Shenk in her inaugural address as the new president of... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Mary E. Klassen

Ying Ying Wang of China and Santiago Gomez of Colombia sport both poppies and MCC peace buttons at the Remembrance Day service in Warman.

Wearing both the traditional red poppy and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) alternative peace button, Ying Ying Wang from China and Santiago Gomez from Colombia—participants... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in the World | Mennonite Central Committee

Yemiru Tilahun, mission and evangelism director of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos Church, right, with two leaders of the Emmanuel United Church of Ethiopia. Emmanuel vice-president Samson Mariam, left, and president Bezalem Fisseha, centre, were mentored by Meserete Kristos leaders.

At least 30 mission and church leaders represented Anabaptist-related communities at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in South Africa this fall. The gathering,... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Noko is the first African to hold this position; as convener of the important new initiative Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa he brings a profound understanding of the multi-religious African continent and is a key voice of Christian leadership.

The president of an African Inter-faith peace group has called on religious leaders to protest over Ivory Coast's presidential election dispute, in which two politicians have been... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Poet of protest. Minneapolis-based independent publisher Graywolf Press has bought world rights to a first English-language collection of poetry by Chinese poet and newly anointed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, reports the Guardian newspaper

About 1000 people in Hong Kong joined a celebration co-organized by Christian groups to honour imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in a celebration coinciding with... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Francis Wong

Sultan Muhammadu Sa'adu Abubakar, one of four Nigerian faith leaders visiting the UK

Faith groups have a key role to play in stemming the environmental crisis in Africa, says an organizer of meetings on possible violence connected a looming Nigerian ecological... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

Margaret Loewen Reimer (Mennonite) and Allen G. Jorgenson (Evangelical Lutheran) have co-authored a study guide for congregations, based on the report of the Lutheran-Mennonite Study Commission (2010)

Walking in each other’s theological shoes for a day, professors from their respective seminaries in Waterloo , Ont.—Conrad Grebel University College and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary... Read More
December 10, 2010 | Web First | By Dick Benner, editor/publisher

In India right now, over one million children are being taken from their families and forced into prostitution and harsh, unpaid labor

Church officials and activists have welcomed an investigation ordered by India's federal Supreme Court into trafficking in children by pastors and exploitative Christians eyeing... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First | By Anto Akkara

J. Lorne Peachey (left) was often heartened by the gifts of Swiss chocolate that Markus Rediger (right), of Switzerland, left at his table during MWC executive committee meetings.

J. Lorne Peachey had long held a secret wish to work for Mennonite World Conference some day. Still, the invitation in 2001 to become editor of MWC's three-language magazine... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First | By Ferne Bukhardt

Howard Zehr, 2nd from left, in late November with German Mennonite Peace Committee members and others involved in honoring Zehr for his restorative justice work. The group is visiting a stone memorializing the martyrdom of Anabaptists Michael and Margaretha Sattler in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany.

Eastern Mennonite University professor Howard Zehr spent his Thanksgiving holiday this year receiving the thanks of German and Swiss groups for his work as a pioneer and... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | By Bonnie Price Lofton

Fifi Pombo Madikela, a Mennonite Brethren pastor and women’s leader in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, talks about her experience at the World March of Women. (MCC Photo/Suzanne Lind)

In solidarity with thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, five Mennonite Congolese women joined an international rally of... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | By Emily Will

These Brazil students are part of a younger group of students who have become involved in a garden club, set up by MCC worker Julie Alexander. The club is a mix of ages and encourages students to develop leadership skills while working together as a team. --Photo by Lowell Brown

Twenty-four Canadians were among the nearly 100 new workers assigned by Mennonite Central Committee recently for one-year and three-year assignments through its SALT – Serving and... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | News release

Dr. Sue Johnson does pre-conference training.

“Conversations on Attachment: Integrating the Science of Love and Spirituality,” will be held March 31-April 1, 2011, at Eastern Mennonite University. The conference, a first of... Read More
December 2, 2010 | Web First | Jim Bishop

Willard Metzger began his duties as general secretary on Nov. 1, 2010.

In this letter to the church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul provides some sound instruction for approaching leadership. Be clear on the ultimate purpose of God’s calling. Disregard... Read More
December 1, 2010 | Web First | By Willard Metzger

What angers residents the most is that they were not consulted.

A group of Moscow residents are fighting for official confirmation that a new mosque will not be built in their district of Russia's capital, amid controversies across the world's... Read More
November 30, 2010 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky

The action is seen as a challenge to the leadership of Archbishop Rowan Williams and the structure of the Anglican Communion.

A major step to promote harmony within the worldwide Anglican Communion has been rejected by leaders of a global grouping set up to fight against what its members call breaches of... Read More
November 30, 2010 | Web First | By Martin Revis

Lynn Bergsma Friessen is a teacher at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, ON, and a member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.

It’s admittedly a little hard to know how to take this Matthew passage. Should I be reading it as some sort of an encouragement? Sounds more like a threat. What does it mean? My... Read More
November 29, 2010 | Web First | Lynn Bergsma Friesen

Jeremy Bauman

Jeremy Bauman of Kitchener, in Year 3 at Wilifred Laurier University, has received a $3,500 Abner Martin Music Scholarship for 2010/11, announces Menno Singers, a community choir... Read More
November 29, 2010 | Web First | Lewis Brubacher

Mike Miller

Mike Miller, of Partridge, KS, has been named regional director of Resource Development for MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates). He will represent MEDA in the US Mid-... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First | Linda Whitmore
Christians involved in church-based gender justice movements say that men must develop a sense of positive masculinity in order to counter increasing levels of violence by men... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First | joint news release

Dave and Karen Mast have traded their home in Ephrata, Pa., for a trailer that they take with them on their assignments with Service Opportunities for Older People (SOOP), a Mennonite Mission Network ministry.

A year ago, Dave and Karen Mast traded their 240-square-metre home in Ephrata, Pa., for a 12-metre-long travel trailer. Dave, 51, and Karen, 48, now travel across the eastern U.S... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Focus On | By DeVonna R. Allison
A short promotional video about the new Herald Press book, Whatever Happened to Dinner?, can now be found on YouTube, courtesy of Wayne Gehman, a video producer at Third Way Media... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst
Because it’s like driving cold and restless I put my arms up and out and feel wind pushing me pushing me pushing me like an aching like a crumbling like an ending you ask if I’m... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Sarah Ens

Ens

Senior year in high school is generally busy, but Sarah Ens managed to pack more activities and achievements into Grade 12 than many do in a lifetime, combining academic... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church youths welcomed guests to a fellowship meal following a grand opening celebration for the congregation’s new worship space at a mall in northwest Toronto.

Why would several hundred people enter a storefront on Finch Avenue West in northwest Toronto late in the afternoon of Sept. 26? Not to get a haircut; that’s next door. No, these... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Allan Reesor-McDowell

Jake Rempel and Brian Wiebe prepare a hole to plant one of 37 trees that will border the Carman Mennonite Church property on three sides. About half of the funding came from Manitoba Hydro’s Forest Enhancement Program.

On Nov. 9, a wagonload of 37 trees and an eager group of Carman Mennonite Church members armed with spades, including a massive tree spade powered by a tractor, showed up in the... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

At the site of the Philippines' contested TVI Pacific mine, owned by a Canadian company. (Photo: KAIROS)

KAIROS is deeply disappointed by the defeat of Bill C-300 at its third reading in the House of Commons, according its recent newsletterThe private member’s bill, which would have... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | From a recent newsletter

Richard Showalter

Richard Showalter has resigned as president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), effective in the fall of 2011. EMM Board Chair Joe Sherer says “Richard has been a strong and... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | Staff report

Ying Ying Wang from China and Santiago Gomez of Colombia at the Remembrance Day service. (Photo courtesy Terry Pugh, Clark's Crossing Gazette)

Two participants in MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program stood before a crowd of 600 people gathered here for a Remembrance Day service, and talked about peace. Wearing... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By MCC staff

Jacob Friesen is one of the first teachers to use a new teaching resource published by MCC Bolivia.

Students attending one-room village schools in this Mennonite colony 60 kilometres south of Santa Cruz use slates instead of notebooks. Instruction is in German and the main study... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow

Rev. Nikolaus Schneider

A European form of Islam needs to develop before a meaningful interfaith dialogue can take place on the continent, the new leader of Germany's 24 million Protestants has said. "We... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By Anli Serfontein

Reuters – Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has opened the door on the previously taboo subject of condoms as a way to fight HIV , saying male prostitutes who use condoms may be beginning to... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By NICOLE WINFIELD and FRANCES D'EMILIO

Rudy Wiebe signs copies of Collected Stories/1955-2010 at a Nov. 10 book launch.

Canadian literary legend, Rudy Wiebe and his wife Tena, have supported the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers since it began in the 1980s. “Refugees have always been of... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

St. Matthias and St. Luke Church in Vancouver, one of the breakaway Anglican churches. --Photo by Ian Lindsay/Postmedia

An Canadian appeals court has ruled in favor of an Anglican diocese in a property dispute with congregations opposed to same-gender blessings. In a unanimous decision released on... Read More
November 22, 2010 | Web First | Leanne Larmondin

Dr. Luis Lugo

A vast majority of Africans are very accepting of people from other faiths, Dr. Luis Lugo of the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, told the first forum... Read More
November 19, 2010 | Web First | Karl Juhlke

MPN’S Sunday school curriculum, currently includes tips for teachers and a downloadable Power Point presentation about how to use the curriculum.

What will Sunday school look like in the future for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada congregations? That was the question addressed at a consultation organized by... Read More
November 19, 2010 | Web First | John Longhurst

“Are we satisfied the process has been a healthy one?” MC Canada moderator Andrew Reesor-McDowell asked the General Board members.

What began as a bit of barn-burner issue settled down this past weekend into a few comforting embers during the Mennonite Church Canada leadership assembly in Saskatoon, when... Read More
November 19, 2010 | Artbeat | By Karin Fehderau

John Longhurst

John Longhurst, of Winnipeg, has been appointed director of resources and public engagement with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an international relief and development organization... Read More
November 19, 2010 | Web First | Emily Cain, Communications Officer
Geez! Has it been five years already? It was 2005 when Aiden Enns launched Geez, a self-described “cheeky” magazine for the “over-churched, out-churched, un-churched and maybe... Read More
November 17, 2010 | Web First | By John Longhurst

Pak Samuel lost his wife, who was seven months pregnant, his small son and daughter in the flash flooding that crashed through the village of Rado in Papua, Indonesia. He is sitting on the rocks where his home used to stand. (MCC photo by Paulus Hortono)

In Java, Indonesia, palm trees fold like umbrellas under the weight of volcanic ash spewing from Mount Merapi. On the outskirts of this black and white world, more than 380,000... Read More
November 15, 2010 | Web First | Linda Espenshade, MCC news coordinator

The newest distance learning course offered at Eastern Mennonite Seminary will help students integrate faith perspectives into communication theory while sharpening their skills in this arena.

“We are most like God because of our ability to communicate,” said Julie Gochenour, instructor of a newly-developed online course in communication offered by Eastern Mennonite... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Web First | by Laura Lehman Amstutz

Wolf in sheep's clothing: Mugabe attending a masowe church service

Church and rights groups in Zimbabwe have warned against new elections saying the situation in the country is "highly volatile, uncertain and tense" after a bloody presidential... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Web First | By ENI Zimbabwe news correspondent
Heidi Wagler, a registered nurse, and her husband Brian were all set to travel to Haiti with a medical team in February when the devastating earthquake there threw a wrench into... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Focus On | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky
John Bell, a leader in the Iona Community and a major contributor to the Wild Goose Resource Group, often notes that Christians need to leave the safety of their favourite psalms... Read More
November 10, 2010 | Focus On | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Dueck

The passing of Henry Dueck has left a gap in the greater Mennonite community of Leamington, Ont., where he lived and served for many years. His health began to steadily decline... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Barry Bergen

Jake Buhler of Osler Mennonite Church, Sask., stands beside a sign he erected on his land boldly declaring 'To Remember is to Work for Peace'

Jake Buhler is a man with a different pair of glasses. They reflect a steely determination to pursue peace and help others do the same. “Peace is the lens through which we see... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

MC Manitoba board members Dave Wiebe, Dan Horne and Justin Zacharias listen as delegates share concerns about the budget and about how the area church can communicate more clearly with its member congregations.

“Do we want to keep on doing what we are used to doing or do we want to think in new ways?” With the lack of a quorum and a budget that will possibly be unmet, this question was... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
More than a week after meeting with Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media reps to discuss a proposed merger of the two organizations, Mennonite Church Canada’s... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Above the Underground associate Pam Thompson, left, and manager Darlene Davy welcome shoppers to their trendy thrift store—‘the best kept secret in Abbotsford.’

For a little clothing store, Above the Underground is making a big impact on the lives of people in Abbotsford. And if Darlene Davy, the store’s manager, has her way, many more... Read More
November 10, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Angelika Dawson

Elder Xiao Hui-Ying of the Zhong-He Mennonite Church in Taipei, sticks a fruit on the wishing tree.

At their annual assembly held in Taipei Oct. 31-Nov. 3, pastors and delegates from Taiwan’s 21 Mennonite churches committed themselves to renewal in mission. Much of the gathering... Read More
November 9, 2010 | Web First | From reports by Sheldon Sawatzky
Faced with a shortage of volunteers willing to fill leadership positions, the committee that organizes the popular and successful Winnipeg MCC Festival and Relief Sale has... Read More
November 8, 2010 | Web First | Gladys Terichow

Ken Warkentin

Ken Warkentin, pastor of the Niverville Community Fellowship, has been named the new executive director of Mennonite Church Manitoba, filling the vacancy left by Edgar Rempel who... Read More
November 8, 2010 | Web First | MC Manitoba news release

Yemiru Tilahun (far right), of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos Church, with two leaders of Ethiopian evangelicals, the Emmanuel United Church of Ethiopia, Samson Mariam (left), Emmanuel vice-president and Bezalem Fisseha (centre), president, who were mentored by Meserete Kristos leaders.

At least 30 mission and church leaders represented Anabaptist-related communities at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization here, October 17 to 24. The gathering,... Read More
November 2, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder
Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) has been named among the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada for the second consecutive year, moving to 19th from our debut... Read More
October 28, 2010 | Web First | News release

But Cape Town Opera's managing director said the company was reluctant to take the political stand of shunning cultural ties with Israel, despite Tutu's plea.

A Jewish group in South Africa has criticised a call by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu for the Cape Town Opera to cancel a performance in Israel in November. "Peace and... Read More
October 28, 2010 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni
Theology, Spirituality Ecclesiastes. Douglas B. Miller. Herald Press, 2010, 300 pages. This is the 23rd volume of the “Believers Church Bible Commentary” series. Miller is... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | Canadian Mennonite
If she were alive today, would Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the More-With-Less Cookbook and Living More With Less, have a Facebook account? That’s the question being asked by... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | By John Longhurst
Editing a book about living simply has a way of throwing one’s own hypocrisy into stark relief. When I began work on the 30th-anniversary edition of Living More With Less for... Read More
October 27, 2010 | Focus On | By Valerie Weaver-Zercher

Ted E. Friesen holds the inaugural Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award presented to him by Canadian Mennonite University president Gerald Gerbrandt on Sept. 25. Looking on is Friesen’s wife, Linie.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) presented its inaugural Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award on Sept. 25, naming Altona, Man., citizen Ted Friesen as the first... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in Us | Canadian Mennonite University Release

Stephanie Epp, chair of an ad hoc committee of seven Saskatoon, Sask., area churches created to promote peace in the public square, stands beside a ‘peace bus’ in Saskatoon.

A grassroots response to Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square campaign is rolling through the streets of Saskatoon, Sask. On Sept. 6, five posters adorning the... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese
Willard Metzger began his post as Mennonite Church Canada’s new general secretary on Nov. 1, taking over from the retiring Robert J. Suderman. Metzger has felt called to national... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the Church | Canadian Mennonite

Willard Metzger assumed the role of Mennonite Church Canada general secretary on Nov. 1.

Most 10-year-old boys express their dreams of being astronauts, firefighters or police officers when they grow up. For Willard Metzger, the new general secretary of Mennonite... Read More
October 27, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Rachel Bergen

Nathan Funk, associate professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, is the centre's lead researcher.

Conrad Grebel University College has just established The Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace (CSRP) to "advance knowledge and awareness of religious contributions to peace... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | Susan Fish

Leonard Gerbrandt

Assisting with autumn cleanup and yard maintenance at one's church is a common activity for many MAX members. On Oct. 16, this annual activity turned tragic for Leonard Gerbrandt... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | MAX Canada

Followup included preparation of a study book, the initiation of a world day of prayer for Latin American Anabaptist women, and the declaration of a decade to work to change situations of family violence and the devaluing of leadership of women in the churches.

A sense of solidarity and fellowship took a leap forward September 6 to 8, at the third meeting of the Encuentro de Mujeres Teólogas Anabautistas de Centro América, Belice y... Read More
October 26, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder from reports by Sandra Campos and Olga Piedrasanta

Wenger-Shenk invites the congregation to declare with her, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” --Photo by J. Tyler Klassen

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” the congregation called out, led by Sara Wenger Shenk in her inaugural address as the new president of... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen

Jake Buhler shares a message of peace on a highway billboard near Osler, Saskatchewan. Photo by Rod Andrews, Saskatchewan Valley News

Jake Buhler is a man with a different pair of glasses. They reflect a steely determination to pursue peace and help others do the same. “Peace is the lens through which we see... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | by Karin Fehderau

Cathedral features an all-glass covering that encloses the entire building.

The Crystal Cathedral, the gleaming Southern California megachurch known for its "Hour of Power" television broadcast, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | By Adelle M. Banks

Pro-unity and pro-independence Sudanese clash during a demonstration in Khartoum on Oct. 23.

A former general secretary of the World Council of Churches has warned that tension in Sudan ahead of a plebiscite on independence for the south of Africa's biggest country could... Read More
October 25, 2010 | Web First | By Fredrick Nzwili

Vic Toews

There's a global recession and Canada's economy is not immune. Shiploads of strange, foreign refugees — economic migrants and oppressed minorities — have been landing on our... Read More
October 22, 2010 | Web First | Bruce Cheadle

Ron Rempel (left) converses with Sheri Hartzler, Third Way Media, Joan Pries, one of three Canadian board members of MPN and Phil Bontrager, chair of MPN's board. --photo by Dick Benner

Coming down off the mountaintop of excitement about a proposed merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media, members of MC Canada’s Formation Council looked the... Read More
October 22, 2010 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor/publisher

MCC canners are (left to right) Aaron Ressler, Jeffrey Durksen, Ryun Lawrence and George Wieler, Jr. -MCC photo by Brenda Burkholder

In 1997, when Martin Rahn heard that volunteers in an Ontario town were making plans to host a portable meat canner, his first thought was: “I need to stop this.” Rahn, a food... Read More
October 20, 2010 | Web First | By Ed Nyce

Few Muslim women wear the niqab in Canada

A Canadian court has urged compromise when considering whether Muslim women should be allowed to wear veils while testifying in court. The Court of Appeal in the province of... Read More
October 18, 2010 | Web First | By Leanne Larmondin

Around 4,000 Christian leaders are gathering in Cape Town for the Third Lausanne Congress on world evangelisation.

The head of the World Council of Churches has reached out to a global gathering of Evangelicals saying Christians of different traditions need to learn from each other to... Read More
October 18, 2010 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni

Kids laughing in film scene

A documentary film exploring the consequences of war in Afghanistan, "The Garden at the End of the World", has earned a 2010 human rights award from two global Christian... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | By Stephen Brown

The Neufeld children in Swift Current colony in Boliva reading Das Blatt für Kinder und Jugend, a magazine for children and youth. --MCC photo by Silas Crews

Eleven-year old Franz Neufeld tries to hold back his tears as he talks about a Bible story that his mother reads to him and his siblings. It is the story of Joseph, who is... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | by Gladys Terichow
Spending billions on more prisons in Canada won’t create safer communities, says a spokesperson for Mennonite Central Committee. “Spending more money on bricks and mortar will not... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | Gladys Terichow, writer

Event is an invitation to harness our creativity to challenge the necessity of war.

“To Remember is to Work for Peace” is the theme for the annual Fraser Valley Arts and Peace Festival, which runs at various locations in Langley and Abbotsford from Nov. 7-13th... Read More
October 14, 2010 | Web First | Angelika Dawson
Starting next summer—the year of celebration for Dutch Mennonites—Mennonite Heritage Tours will offer four new heritage tours for Mennonites from all over the world. Mennonite... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Focus On | Mennonite Heritage Tours Release

During a stop of the Lehman homestead in the Jura area of France, TourMagination travellers check out a family chart.

While we each appreciate different aspects of travel, many people assume travelling with a tour group is not for them. They associate tour groups with older people or a lack of... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish
Those who believe in a creating God must acknowledge that a bodily existence—our sexuality—and our spiritual essence—our souls—are both part of God’s creative action in bringing... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Artbeat | By Youtha C. Hardman-Cromwell
Anne Krabill Hershberger is editor of the second edition of Sexuality: God’s Gift (Herald Press, 2010). In July, she spoke to John Longhurst of Mennonite Publishing Network about... Read More
October 13, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst

Ross Shantz shows off his Arizona purchase of a Mennonite Central Committee model box car.

Ross Shantz, chair of the New Hamburg (Ont.) Mennonite Relief Sale, is an ardent model train enthusiast, so when he and his wife Sandra were on holiday in Phoenix, Ariz., this... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Alejandra Romero, a Colombian, enjoys the “sky swing” at Camp Valaqua, Alta., during this summer’s ‘Planting peace: How do we stop killing each other?’ event that brought together 10 international young adults and a group of their Canadian counterparts.

What does peace look like? “In my context, working for peace is to swim against the current,” writes Alejandra Romero, a Colombian who helps school children with conflict... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

The Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer with fellowship—and cake.

The 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. passed in understated Mennonite fashion, with cake and fellowship at the company’s... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Olav Fykse Tveit is a Norwegian theologian who took up his WCC post in January.

Muslim and Christian leaders need to set up permanent structures of relating to each other to head off potential conflicts in a world where religion is often seen as having a... Read More
October 12, 2010 | Web First | By Stephen Brown
A private member's bill, which would have allowed U.S. conscientious objectors to the Iraq War to remain in Canada, was defeated on second reading in the House of Commons on Sept... Read More
October 8, 2010 | Web First | Bits and Peaces

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu smiles during a press conference --AP file photo

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, often described as South Africa's moral compass, officially retired on his 79th birthday saying he wishes to devote time to... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First | By Munyaradzi Makoni

Stephanie Epp poses in front of a “peace bus.”

A grassroots response to Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square initiative is rolling through the streets of Saskatoon. On September 6, five king boards – the... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First | Deborah Froese

A Palestinian man shows burnt pages of the Quran inside a West Bank mosque

The Council of the Religious Institutions of the Holy Land has expressed "grave concern" over the Oct. 3 burning by militant Israeli settlers of a mosque in the West Bank village... Read More
October 6, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

Matiku Thomas Nyitambe during the MWC Executive Committee meetings, July 2009, in Asunción, Paraguay. (Photo by Merle Good)

Matiku Thomas Nyitambe, a prominent leader in the Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania (KMT), was killed in an automobile accident October 3, while driving from his native home of... Read More
October 6, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Sumana Basumata is the fifth Mennonite World Conference intern to serve for a year in the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office. (MCC photo by Doug Hostetter)

Sumana Basumata dreams of working with an international organization that promotes peace education among children and youth. This year, she is taking a big step toward that goal... Read More
October 5, 2010 | Web First | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder
The head of the United Bible Societies has praised the newly released Revised Chinese Union Version Bible, which took 27 years to complete, as a uniting point for Chinese... Read More
October 5, 2010 | Web First | By Francis Wong

German President Christian Wulff gave his first major address at the 20th anniversary celebration in Bremen. Wulff's speech was a much-anticipated foray into integration politics, and was generally well-received by the German press.

Islam is part of a modern, changing Germany, the country's president, Christian Wulff, told the nation in an address on the 20th anniversary of the reunification of the once... Read More
October 4, 2010 | Web First | By Anli Serfontein

Conrad Grebel University College president Henry Paetkau presented “Barn Raising,” a Peter Goetz print from the Grebel collection, to David Johnston as a farewell gift on behalf of the uWaterloo University Colleges. Johnston is Canada's new Governor-General. Photo by David Perrin

David Johnston began his first day on the job as Governor General by telling Canada about Mennonites, Blackberrys and the students that marked his time back in Waterloo Region. In... Read More
October 4, 2010 | Web First | Greg Mercer

Uganda's Watoto Children's Choir performs at the 2007 Feast

Thousands of evangelical Christians from 100 countries have participated in a 30th "Feast of Tabernacles" event, organized by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a... Read More
October 1, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

MCC engineeer Jon Viducich kneels in front of a vegetable garden watered by a sand dam constructed by the Christian Council of Mozambique in Phiri-meque, Tete province, Mozambique. The garden was cultivated using conservation agriculture principles. The final stages of the sand dam were completed in

In Mozambique, the use of sand dam technology, introduced by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), is spreading across the country, increasing people’s access to water and catching... Read More
October 1, 2010 | Web First | By Tim Shenk
Conrad Grebel University College has long tried to keep a blend of first-year and returning upper-year students in its residence program, but this year the balancing act became... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish

In the Middle East, the only places you will see camels are in the tourist areas and the only people who will give you a ride on a camel are those people whose job it is to separate rich tourists from their money.

I had the good fortune this summer to spend five weeks in the Middle East and I didn’t ride a camel once. I flew to Istanbul, Turkey, and worked my way—sans camel—overland to... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Ramon Rempel

One of CMU’s new dissecting microscopes provides students with a close-up view of a tiger beetle on the screen.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) students wanting to pursue a career in the field of science are one step closer to that goal thanks to a brand new, fully equipped science lab... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Rachel Bergen
The merger of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and MC U.S.A., and Third Way Media, a department of Mennonite Mission Network... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | From a joint MPN/MMN Release
I watched them to the very end, but Richard Dawkins was not in Agora’s list of credits, but he might as well have been. An “evangelical” atheist, Dawkins is known for quipping... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Twila Lebold poses with Dr. Kumar, who performed liberation treatment to open blocked veins from her brain in an effort to relieve her MS symptoms. The controversial treatment is currently not available in Canada.

“Did the prayers work?” was Twila Lebold’s first question after her liberation treatment in India to relieve her multiple sclerosis (MS).Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Thiessen (left) and Johnson (right)

While Vic Thiessen, Mennonite Church Canada’s chief operating officer, says “executive staff . . . are not aware of any concerns raised by MC Canada churches or constituents on... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

‘When the doors open, people will come,’ says Klaus Rempel, who is part of a committee developing a rehabilitation centre that will provide addiction treatment services for Bolivian men.

As the criminal investigation continues into allegations of gang rape in some Mennonite colonies in Bolivia, many local congregations see a need to reach out to people dealing... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Gladys Terichow

During a trip to Bolivia earlier this year, Helen Funk, a Winnipeg-based Low German radio host, distributes her Low German cookbook, Met Helen en de Kjäakj/With Helen in the Kitchen, that she wrote at the request of Bolivian colony listeners.

Despite tragic reports of sexual assault, alcoholism and drug use among Old Colony Mennonite communities in Bolivia this past year, there are many good things happening there,... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Leona Dueck Penner

The late Jim Reimer, a member at Rockway Mennonite Church since 1975, was a regular preacher and was instrumental in starting a lay preaching team, according to Scott Brubaker-Zehr, pastor. Started as a church plant of First Mennonite 50 years ago, Rockway's active membership is 157.

Introduction I have chosen two texts to illustrate my sermon, which are not part of today’s lectionary selections: the conversion of Paul described in Acts 9 (vs. 10-19), and the... Read More
September 28, 2010 | Web First | Sermon by A. James Reimer, given March 28, 2010

A Palestinian man works at a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Yakir, south of the Palestinians town of Nablus.

Hours after a freeze on West Bank Israeli settlement construction expired, bulldozers moved into an area close to Revava, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, with many... Read More
September 27, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

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

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

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

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

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

Dynamic, innovative, fully-integrated and multi-media—that’s the goal of a new organization to be formed out of an integration of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the... Read More
September 24, 2010 | Web First | By John Longhurst

During “21 days of Peace Activism” Africa Youth Ministries in northern Uganda invited 900 churches to pray, sing, march, and debate together for peace.

“We pray for Africa, especially for Somalia, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo where violence and suffering are a tragic reality,” was the prayer from Nairobi at an... Read More
September 22, 2010 | Web First | World Council of Churches release

Friends of the Earth Middle East do a big jump into the Jordan River.

The European Parliament has expressed concern at devastation to the Jordan River and has called on Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to "cooperate and rehabilitate" it... Read More
September 22, 2010 | Web First | By Judith Sudilovsky

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

At age 88, Margaret Martin Gehman of Harrisonburg has lost a little of her trademark drive, largely because she has parted company with a faithful friend. Dr. Gehman and her... Read More
September 20, 2010 | Web First | By Jim Bishop

The monastery was founded in 2000 at the old mine where the bodies were dumped during the Revolution. --BBC photo

Fire has destroyed one of the main churches at a monastery near where the remains of Russia's Tsar Nicholas II and his family were dumped after they were murdered by Bolshevik... Read More
September 20, 2010 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky

Police officers stand guard as Pondok Timur Indah Christians worship in a field in Bekasi. --AP photo in the Jakarta Globe

Leaders of the Protestant Christian Batak Church, a Lutheran church in Indonesia, have condemned the beatings and stabbings of its pastor and church members in Bekasi, outside the... Read More
September 17, 2010 | Web First | By Hisashi Yukimoto

Pope Benedict arrives in Edinburgh today, Sept. 16, where secularism is growing and Christianity is declining.

Pope Benedict XVI is likely to focus on religious freedom during the first official State visit by a pontiff to Britain, where secularism is growing and Christianity declining... Read More
September 16, 2010 | Web First | By Trevor Grundy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Following weeks of disruptions, loss and trauma, people in flood-stricken areas of Pakistan are facing enormous challenges as they struggle to rebuild their lives. “How does a... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow

17 people are reported killed and more than 150 injured in yesterday’s mass riots in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the north of the country.

Churches in India are asking for support after Christian institutions became the target of violent protests linked to the reported desecration of a copy of the Quran in the United... Read More
September 14, 2010 | Web First | By Anto Akkara

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

As the criminal investigation continues into allegations of gang rape in some Mennonite colonies in Bolivia, many local congregations see a need to reach out to people dealing... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | by Gladys Terichow

Flutes played in Hiroshima and Bethlehem

A Hiroshima-based group is holding peace concerts featuring music with pan flutes made from Palestinian olive trees cut down by Israel to build a separation wall that juts into... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | By Hisashi Yukimoto

Pastor Terry Jones of the 50-member Dove World Outreach Centre near Gainesville, Fl, has backed down from his plan to burn 200 Qurans on Saturday, Sept. 11, claiming he has worked out a deal with Muslims in New York City to move the proposed mosque to be built near Ground Zero.

In response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, many members of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ congregations reached out to Muslims in their communities to support and... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | Open pastoral letter from Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Stanley C. Shenk

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

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

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

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

A. James (Jim) Reimer died on August 28 just two days after the final concert of his beloved blue grass gospel quartet, Five on the Floor. The concert epitomized Reimer’s love for... Read More
September 9, 2010 | Web First | by Dave Rogalsky
In his new book, Nelson Kraybill, most recently president of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart Ind., does not follow the Book of Revelation in a linear fashion,... Read More
September 1, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Floods have destroyed homes and livelihoods across much of Pakistan, including the Dera Ismail Khan District, pictured. Photo: Zafar Wazir, Church World Service

Pakistan’s worst floods in eight decades have killed more than 1,600 people and disrupted the lives of more than 14 million—about 8 percent of the population. With hundreds of... Read More
September 1, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Ross W. Muir

Anne Driediger, a resident at Bethany Manor, speaks with a Saskatoon, Sask., city planner about the seniors complex expansion.

It’s a warm summer evening on the north side of Saskatoon and residents in this busy neighbourhood are enjoying the opportunity to cycle, walk, play tennis or rip up the tarmac at... Read More
September 1, 2010 | God at work in the World | by Karin Fehderau
Martyrs Mirror is newer than the Bible and longer than some copies of it. Like the Bible, though, the book has a powerful message for today, said James Lowry, a Mennonite... Read More
September 1, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Celeste Kennel-Shank

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