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The students of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate coordinated to open and close their umbrellas to create a beating heart pattern.

What better way to bring a community together than 350 red umbrellas? Starting at the beginning of COVID-19, Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, Ont ., has been working on... Read More
July 8, 2022 | Web First | Daisy Belec

Sufi Islamic dancers participate in a July 6 Mennonite World Conference assembly worship service at Congdut GITJ Jepara, a Mennonite church in Central Java. (Mennonite World Conference photo)

Saying the war in Ukraine has shaken western European Mennonites’ commitment to nonviolence, a French pastor urged Mennonites from around the world to get off the sidelines and... Read More
July 8, 2022 | Web First | Paul Schrag

Nyawar Mapieny Gathoul, 17, holds her six-month-old son, Zoal Mapiny Gai. She stands with some of her younger brothers and sisters who she also cares for because their parents have died. They live on monthly food distributions from MCC partner SSUDRA. They also buy small amounts of food with money they make by gathering wood. The young family lives in Rubkona, an informal settlement camp in Unity State, South Sudan. (MCC photo by Tadeo Santonino)

Nyawar Mapieny Gathoul’s baby and siblings are hungry. The father of her six-month-old isn’t around to help and, at just 17, the young mother also cares for her seven siblings... Read More
July 7, 2022 | Web-only | Jason Dueck

A group of Javanese dancers perform on July 5 during the Mennonite World Conference assembly’s opening worship service at STT Seminary in Salatiga, Indonesia. (Meetinghouse photo by Kresna Kurniawan)

A colourful display of Javanese music, dance and shadow puppetry kicked off the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly in Salatiga, Indonesia, on July 5. Singing, prayer, a... Read More
July 7, 2022 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Leonard Doell shares a few words at the event. (Photo by Emily Summach)

An area of disputed land in Saskatchewan has become a seedbed of reconciliation with the launch of an interpretive path to make the story of that journey come alive for visitors... Read More
July 6, 2022 | News | Emily Summach

The staff of Westview Centre4Women prepares a meal in the Centre’s kitchen. (Photo by Jane LaVacca)

Jane LaVacca, the e xecutive d irector of Westview Centre4Women in St. Catharines, credits her listening ear for the latest project being built at the c entre. In listening to the... Read More
July 6, 2022 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Norman Meade and his late wife Thelma, left, are pictured with Neill and Edith von Gunten along the Manigotagan River in 2010. (Photo courtesy of the von Guntens)

As Neill von Gunten and his Black companions departed an increasingly volatile Chicago rally at which Martin Luther King Jr. had taken a brick to the head, KKK members and other... Read More
July 6, 2022 | People | Will Braun
Ten young adults from across the nationwide church will take part in the Young Leaders Experience (YLE) at “We declare: What we have seen and heard,” Mennonite Church Canada’s... Read More
July 6, 2022 | News |

Migrant farmworkers buy clothing at the Farmworkers Hub in Virgil, Ont. (Photo by Julia Buxton-Cox)

In early 2021, when the migrant workers were coming to Niagara-on-the-Lake in southwestern Ontario to start working on local farms, COVID-19 had closed or limited the operating... Read More
July 6, 2022 | News | Maria H. Klassen

The congregation of Altona Mennonite Church dedicated its new accessibility ramp during a Sunday morning worship service in June. (Photo courtesy of Loren Braul)

In June, Altona Mennonite Church completed the construction of a new ramp, to help make its worship space more accessible. But, whereas many churches might have built the ramp and... Read More
July 6, 2022 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Dustan and Tammy Eager with their son Thomas at the site of their new home in Monte Lake, B.C. (Photo by John Longhurst)

Dustan Eager was home alone when the knock on the door came at 2 a.m. It was Aug. 4, 2021, and someone from emergency services was there, telling him to get ready to leave his... Read More
July 6, 2022 | News | John Longhurst
Mennonite Church Canada’s Joint Council approved updates to the MC Canada operating agreement at its latest meeting on June 8. “The latest revision of the operating agreement... Read More
July 6, 2022 | News |

Tom Poovong, right, leads a baptism ceremony in Roi Et city at the Friends of Grace Church. (Photo by Christine Poovong)

“There is a great deal of love for the work Tom and Christine do, and for them as a family. Their stories and visits are always warmly received,” says William Loewen, pastor of... Read More
July 6, 2022 | People | Jessica Evans

Members of Gail Schellenberg’s family gathered at IJC’s new training centre named in her honour, for its dedication. Pictured from left to right: Bob Schellenberg, Jesse Wolfe, Selenna Wolfe, Kim Thiessen, Byron Thiessen and Brenda Schellenberg. (Photo courtesy of Initiatives for Just Communities)

Gail Schellenberg influenced the lives of thousands of people during her career as a teacher and principal in Mennonite high schools across Canada, and later as executive director... Read More
July 6, 2022 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Henry Krause, the ministry leader for MC B.C.’s “Engaging God’s World” program, introduces the area church’s Indigenous Relations Task Group.

How can Mennonites, with their long colonial history, work toward genuine reconciliation with Indigenous peoples? Mennonite Church British Columbia’s Indigenous Relations Task... Read More
June 24, 2022 | Web First | Daisy Belec

During a retreat addressing climate anxiety MC Saskatchewan youth shared their hopeful feelings about the planet’s future, on tags. (Photo by Emily Summach)

It is true that the impacts of climate change on the planet’s future are unfairly shouldered by youth and children. Mennonite Church Saskatchewan made space for youth to explore... Read More
June 22, 2022 | News | Emily Summach

CMU president Cheryl Pauls with 2022 President’s Medal recipients, Levi Klassen (left) and Naomi Derksen. (Photo courtesy of CMU)

After two years of outdoor ceremonies and air hugs, the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) community gathered at Bethel Mennonite Church on April 30 to observe this year’s... Read More
June 22, 2022 | News |

Benjamin Unruh was instrumental in helping Mennonites flee the Soviet Union in the 1920s. In the 1930s he lived in Germany and negotiated with the Nazi government on behalf of MCC regarding a debt the relief organization owed. (Mennonite Heritage Archives photo)

Over the past several years, numerous historians have highlighted how different Mennonite communities in Europe before and during the Second World War were entangled with and even... Read More
June 22, 2022 | News | Rick Cober Bauman and Ann Graber Hershberger

Nathan Hawryluk points out facts about local development during Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church’s walk through their Renfrew neighbourhood. (Photo by Jessica Evans)

As part of a five-week series focused on land, place and community, members of Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church went on a walk through their neighbourhood. The original idea for the... Read More
June 22, 2022 | News | Jessica Evans

Ernie Hildebrand on his farm south of Crystal City, Man. (Photo courtesy of Ernie Hildebrand)

Ernie Hildebrand intended to spend his life farming along the banks of the Cypress Creek, where he grew up in south-central Manitoba. And while Hildebrand, now 80, and his wife... Read More
June 22, 2022 | People | Will Braun

Luke Martin (left) hears accolades from Dora-Marie Goulet, whom he has mentored at Maison de l’amitié in Montreal.

In the middle of Montreal’s Plateau-Mont-Royal neighbourhood is a small and much-loved community centre, the Maison de l’amitié (MA) or House of Friendship. This unassuming brick... Read More
June 22, 2022 | People | Annika Krause

“We Declare: What We Have Seen and Heard”

Three guest speakers will engage the theme of witness at Mennonite Church Canada’s Gathering 2022, to be held in Edmonton, Alta., from July 29 to August 1. The theme of the event... Read More
June 22, 2022 | People | Virginia A. Hostetler

MCC partner Charitable Foundation Uman Help Center sets up a distribution event every week for food, hygiene supplies and other basic essentials for those living in or passing through Uman, Ukraine. (Photo courtesy of UMAN)

As millions of civilians continue to flee the devastation of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine, organizations like MCC partner UMAN (Charitable Foundation Uman Help Center... Read More
June 8, 2022 | News | Jason Dueck

Participants at the Black Creek United Mennonite Church fundraiser in B.C. survey the goods for sale on May 29. Around $11,000 will be sent to MCC for Ukraine relief. (Photo by Marian Peckford)

The small town of Black Creek, British Columbia, showed its generosity with a sale for Ukraine relief, organized by United Mennonite Church, on May 29. The town has a population... Read More
June 8, 2022 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Dalia Abdellatif, a settlement practitioner at EMCN is pictured in a room filled with donations for newcomers to Edmonton. (Photo by Meghan Klein)

The Don Baergen Resource Room at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) is overflowing with donations. Boxes of baby clothes, pots and pans, and bedding, to name a few... Read More
June 8, 2022 | News | Jessica Evans