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(Photo courtesy of Mike Janzen)

If Mike Janzen hadn’t been thirsty one night seven years ago, it’s possible he wouldn’t have recorded his three most recent albums. In 2021, the Toronto singer-songwriter released... Read More
May 18, 2023 | Focus on Mental Health | Aaron Epp

Linda Redekop, left, and Maria Rigby have been part of Ottawa Mennonite Church's refugee resettlement work since its start. (Photo by Carla Klassen)

For more than 20 years, a refugee support group at Ottawa Mennonite Church has used an unusual fundraising method that has allowed it to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Carla Klassen

(istock photo by doidam10)

From households clustered around computer screens to sanctuaries filled with people, church services have taken a variety of forms since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Emma Siemens

CPT's award depicts two hands, the smaller hand cradled by the larger, and both cradling a globe. (Supplied photo)

Community Peacemaker Teams (CPT) was awarded the International Peace Award by the Community of Christ Church and the Shaw Family Foundation on April 22 during the church’s... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Community Peacemaker Teams International

Kelowna First Mennonite Church, built in 1989, sold its property to an MB church, and now worships next door in the theatre room at the Northwood Retirement Resort. (Northwood Retirement Resort photo)

Members of Kelowna First Mennonite Church are selling their church building, but that doesn’t mean they are closing their doors. As of May, the small congregation is meeting in a... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Carmen (Man.) Mennonite Church (MC Canada facebook photo)

In the same year that two congregations joined Mennonite Church Manitoba, adding new member churches for the first time in a decade, two congregations have also withdrawn from the... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Reuben Tut, left, Manas Ngongjock, Shim Beack, Joon Park, Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, Tracy Brown Ewert and Zander Ewert share smiles and stories around the table. (Photo by Jan Wilhelm)

When most people think of Mennonite cuisine, they think of perogies and farmer sausage, or perhaps fresh rollkuchen dipped in Rogers Golden Syrup. Yet at A Taste of MCA, a... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

The Joshua Tree made U2 superstars. The band—Larry Mullen, Jr., Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge—is pictured here in 2017. (Photo by Olaf Heine)

There was nothing unusual about it when Richard, Paul and Adele Armin walked into the recording studio on New Year’s Eve in 1986. It was just another job, really. Music producer... Read More
May 4, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Graduating students make their way across campus to the ceremony at CMU in 2019. (Photo courtesy of CMU)

Hundreds of students are preparing to graduate this month from post-secondary institutions supported by Mennonite Church Canada and its regional churches. Canadian Mennonite spoke... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Aaron Epp

Amanda Dodge, centre, and Leanne Schellenberg, right pose with EPP lead guide Laura Hooper. (Photo by Laura Hooper)

These days, if someone asks, “What number are you?” they are likely not asking your age. The Enneagram, a personality typing system based on nine types, has exploded in popularity... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Emily Summach

Wendy Dunn (left) with Ann Albrecht, a resident of Knollcrest Lodge. (Supplied photo)

Although Wendy Dunn had long felt a nudge to pursue theological studies, she never did so until COVID lockdowns at the care home where she worked as a nurse practitioner led her... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Madalene Arias

Land burned by colony Mennonites in Colombia. (Photo courtesy of Sebastian Vargas)

For many Latin American colony Mennonites, a life of isolation, farming and family is the fulfilment of God’s will, but for others, it is the destruction of sacred lands. Various... Read More
April 20, 2023 | News | Emma Siemens
J. Nelson Kraybill bluntly states that his book has no special formula that will save the church or the world from destructive polarization. Instead, it offers guidance on how... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper
Over the past several decades, a particularly painful and dissonant question has arisen within the Mennonite church: What is a faithful response to violence perpetrated by the... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Susanne Guenther Loewen
Theology, Spirituality All Our Griefs to Bear: Responding with Resilience After Collective Trauma . Joni Sancken. Herald Press, 2022, 200 pages. In a world traumatized by a... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

Lorne Brandt has authored a book on Mary, the mother of Jesus, entitled A Sword Shall Pierce Your Soul. (Photo courtesy of Lorne Brandt)

Getting into the mind of Jesus’ mother inspired a retired psychiatrist to write a novel about what Mary might have experienced during her son’s life. Lorne Brandt, who attends... Read More
April 20, 2023 | Focus On Books & Resources | Amy Rinner Waddell

Anna-Marie Janzen is the founder and operator of Reclaim Mending. (Photo by Anna-Marie Janzen)

“An estimated 92 million tons of textile waste is created annually from the fashion industry,” Fashion Revolution reported in 2020, citing Global Fashion Agenda. “Every second,... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

On March 19, members of Toronto United Mennonite Church wrote letters of support to MB churches that have been disciplined for LGBTQ+ inclusion. (Photo by Madalene Arias)

March 19 was “PIE Day” at Toronto United Mennonite Church. Just before noon, attendants gradually moved out of the worship hall into the lobby for coffee and tea. Two long tables... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Madalene Arias

(Photo by Ruth Bergen Braun)

The most overheard phrase at the 2023 Mennonite Church Alberta annual delegate sessions in Pincher Creek was, “It’s so good to be together again!” After three years of video... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, from The Peace Table. (Art by LaTonya R. Jackson / Reprinted with permission)

MennoMedia has released The Peace Table , the most ambitious children’s Bible project in its history. Within the book’s 384 pages, readers will find 140 Bible stories and an... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | CM Staff, with files from MennoMedia

José Arrais of Portugal shares about European Mennonites’ response to the war in Ukraine. (MWC photo)

B.C. Mennonites enjoyed a global experience on March 25 while gathering for Renewal 2023, a Mennonite World Conference (MWC) event with the theme of “Jesus Christ, our hope.” The... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

The SafePoint consumption and treatment site in downtown Windsor, Ont., is set to open in the building on the corner. (Google maps photo)

Rielly McLaren has seen first hand the effects of the opioid crisis in his community and his congregation. The pastor of Windsor Mennonite Fellowship, a small urban church near... Read More
April 6, 2023 | News | Barry Bergen
This is a recording of a webinar that Canadian Mennonite hosted on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Titled "Are we too progressive for our own good?" the webinar is hosted by Aaron Epp (... Read More
April 5, 2023 | Past Events |

Madalene Arias.

Like a garden maze with various starting points, the story of how I became connected to the Mennonite community is the sum of several individual stories that all led to the same... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Madalene Arias

Kirsten Hamm-Epp, regional church minister, and Josh Wallace, church engagement minister, lead morning worship. (Photo by Emily Summach)

David Boshart, president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., encouraged Mennonite Church Saskatchewan participants at this year’s annual delegate sessions... Read More
March 23, 2023 | News | Emily Summach