News & Stories

“Gate to the Past” by Renate Dau Klaassen. (Photo courtesy of Renate Dau Klaassen)

An art gallery lines the hallway between the sanctuary and the auditorium of the Niagara United Mennonite Church near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The art hanging there reminds... Read More
August 24, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Carol Ann Weaver (left) and Nataliia Kurhan at Hawkesville Mennonite Church in May, 2022. (Photo by Ingrid Bauman)

February 23, 2022, was a relatively ordinary day on our planet. Until 10:30 p.m. Ontario time—early morning of February 24 where Nataliia Kurhan lives—when I heard a reporter... Read More
August 24, 2023 | News | Carol Ann Weaver

Sumas Lake, known as Semá:th Lake to the local Stó:lō people, prior to it being drained by government in the 1920s. (City of Vancouver Archives)

“The draining of [Sumas Lake] and our settlement on your ancestral lands was devastating and demoralizing and disrespectful.” That was part of an apology offered to Semá:th First... Read More
August 24, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

A group of Indigenous people and Mennonites gather under the arbor at Muskeg Lake Cree Nation. (Photo by Randy Klassen)

About 75 people gathered at Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, located an hour’s drive north of Saskatoon, on August 6 for the Singing in the Arbor event. The event, which included music,... Read More
August 24, 2023 | News | Phyllis Goertz and Harry Lafond

Cree elder, Harry Lafond, offers the opening prayer at the Spruce River Folk Fest as Ray Funk (centre) and members of the bluegrass band O’Kraut look on. (Photo by Emily Summach)

Music is a universal language. In Saskatchewan, music is also the language of reconciliation. On August 15, the Spruce River Folk Fest was held to encourage friendship and... Read More
August 24, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

The pipe organ at Waterloo Kitchener United Mennonite Church. (Photo courtesy of John Enns)

John Enns remembers a time when 200 children filled the Sunday school classrooms at Waterloo Kitchener United Mennonite Church (WKUM). Currently, the congregation has 225... Read More
August 24, 2023 | News | Madalene Arias

Jakob Rempel and his family a few years before he was arrested and sent to the Solovky prison camp in 1929. (Photo courtesy of Mennonite Heritage Archives)

While Jakob Rempel was being transferred by train from one Gulag camp to another, he jumped from the train in a snowstorm. Ultimately, he ended up in Uzbekistan, near the town of... Read More
August 9, 2023 | News | Amalie Enns

Melody Steinman with her mother. (Supplied photo)

I find myself in the middle of living and I am faced with death. Although it was expected, I was still surprised when a friend of mine died earlier this year. Another dear friend... Read More
August 9, 2023 | News | Melody Steinman

Eva Booker (left) painting the pollinator garden's picnic table with student volunteers Anna Miller-Buza and Claire Treacy. (Photo by Margaret Gissing)

On a bright morning in April, Eva Booker and a team of student volunteers rolled out a 25-foot-wide tarp across Grebel’s front lawn in preparation for the College’s recent green... Read More
August 9, 2023 | News | Tim Saari

A view from the train window during the “Memories of Migration” tour. (Photo by Shelisa Klassen)

The premise of the “Memories of Migration” Russlaender centenary train tour is a complicated one. The July tour commemorated the journey of the historic migration of 21,000... Read More
August 8, 2023 | News | Shelisa Klassen

An eastern bluebird prepares to feed its chicks. (Photo by Merri-Lee Metzger)

When Gordon Janzen was searching for a way to unwind, he found it by looking up. Around 10 years ago, the Winnipegger realized he was working a lot and didn’t have many hobbies... Read More
August 8, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Springridge Mennonite Church attendees sing together on Christmas morning last year. (Supplied Photo)

This past spring, Mennonite Church Alberta held its first in-person annual delegate sessions in four years. Representatives from across the province were in attendance. Who hosted... Read More
August 3, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

John D. Roth, project director of Anabaptism at 500. (Jace Longenecker photo for MennoMedia)

Anabaptists around the world are gearing up to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Anabaptist movement in 2025. To mark this historic occasion, MennoMedia’s Anabaptism at 500... Read More
August 1, 2023 | News |

Sunset from the train west of Kamloops. (Photo by John Longhurst)

I like telling stories. And I like trains. So when organizers of the “Memories of Migration: Russlaender 100 Tour” asked if I would join the cross-country train tour as a reporter... Read More
July 28, 2023 | Web First | John Longhurst

Adelia Neufeld Wiens is a deacon at Bethel Mennonite Church, where 35 households were defrauded of more than $1 million. (Photo by Aaron Epp)

Members of a Winnipeg church are feeling shocked and bewildered after the revelation that multiple households in the congregation were defrauded of a total of more than $1 million... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Sonny McHalsie (in red) tells stories of Kawkawa Lake, or Q’owqewem Lake, to Mennonites on an Indigenous tour in B.C. (Photo by Amy Rinner Waddell)

A nine-hour bus tour gave 30 participants a taste of the history of places that Indigenous people had inhabited for 10,000 years prior to the arrival of Mennonites in B.C. in the... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Westgate students on the roof of the Ecce Homo Convent in Jerusalem. (Photo by James Friesen)

On the last night of Westgate’s 2023 Middle East trip , students and staff met on the rooftop of the Ecce Homo Convent in the Old City of Jerusalem to reflect on their experiences... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | James Friesen

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Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) has added a new master of arts degree to its Graduate School of Theology and Ministry (GSTM) programming. As of fall 2023, students will be... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News |

Nichelle Bauman (left) and George Makinto work on a new song. (Photo by Anneli Loepp Thiessen)

Nichelle Bauman felt pressure going into a weekend retreat of Mennonite songwriters. What would she come up with? What could she contribute? She also had a strong desire to learn... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | Will Braun

Women prepare food for a Canadian Foodgrains Bank fundraiser in Leamington. (Photo by Denis Wiens)

The 10-acre corn field owned by Tiessen Acres near Leamington, Ontario, has a purpose. The proceeds of the field will be donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), as part of... Read More
July 27, 2023 | News | Barry Bergen

Asa Suderman-Gladwell (left), chaplain Jessica Reesor Rempel, Savannah Edwards and Tim Khoo at a Grebel chapel service. (Photo by Jen Konkle)

When Timothy Khoo was choosing a university, he looked for something that stood out. “I kept hearing about this Mennonite residence from my family and church community, and it... Read More
July 13, 2023 | News | Farah Jurdi

Seasonal farm workers at The Farmworkers Hub in Virgil, Ontario. (Supplied photo)

The May 4 issue of Canadian Mennonite stated that “Niagara United Mennonite Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, will use a grant of $5,000 to build a laundry facility for... Read More
July 12, 2023 | News | Canadian Mennonite Staff

Ingrid Reisen Moehlmann of Winnipeg (left) and Jennifer Bergen of Abbotsford take time to swing behind an Old Order Mennonite school house in southern Ontario. (Photos by John Longhurst)

And that’s it: The first leg of “Memories of Migration: Russlaender Tour 100” is over. From July 6-11, 60 people travelled by train and bus from Quebec City to Kitchener-Waterloo... Read More
July 12, 2023 | Web First | John Longhurst

The choir singing at the last German service at St. Catharines United Mennonite Church. (Photo by Mary Klassen)

On June 4, St. Catharines United Mennonite Church held its last German language service, marking the end of 78 years of providing support for the spiritual life of German speakers... Read More
July 10, 2023 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Recent baptisms at a Meserete Kristos Church congregation planted by two ex-prisoners. (Supplied photo)

The following is an excerpt from the June 2023 issue of MKC News, the newsletter of Meserete Kristos Church (MKC), the Anabaptist denominational body in Ethiopia. Reprinted with... Read More
July 10, 2023 | News | Pastor Niguse Bekele