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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karin Fast with her host mother.

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

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

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

Willems

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

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

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

92 graduates comprise the largest class ever.

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

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

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

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

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

Sue Clemmer Steiner

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

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

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

Land: apologizes for comments.

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

Henry Paetkau

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

Ann L. Schultz

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

F-35 alone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Kony 2012' has gone viral on the web.

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

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

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

Bashara Awad right and Munther Isaac at opening ceremonies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Siebert, executive director of Project Ploughshares

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

Kathryn Sherer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan welcoming them back into the fold.

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

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

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

Archbishop Hieronymos II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unger

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

Billy Graham chats with President Obama

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cardinals

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

Patricia Kisare

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

$4 million heifer of 2011.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Linda Matties

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

Hanukkah dreidels

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

Hitchens, the iconoclast.

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

Baergen

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

Kevin, left, Dave and Dennis Neufeldt are pictured in front of bear-proof bins outside of their Haul-All/Sure Flame shop in Lethbridge, Alta.

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 | 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

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