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Bethany Amstutz-Schrag, Joanna Loepp Thiessen and Krystal Porter jump for joy as they trek through the mountains of Nepal on an MCC learning tour. (Photo courtesy of Joanna Loepp Thiessen)

From dealing with disaster to mental health recovery, partners of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Nepal and their beneficiaries demonstrate resilience. That was the theme of... Read More
May 22, 2019 | People | Rachel Bergen

Issa Ebombolo, MCC’s peacebuilding coordinator for Zambia and Malawi, unloads cooking oil in the village of Tomali as part of MCC’s Cyclone Idai flood relief project in Malawi. (MCC photo by Amanda Talstra)

Issa Ebombolo was not expecting the level of malnutrition he encountered among people displaced by flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. But upon arriving in southern Malawi... Read More
May 21, 2019 | Web First | Jerrad Peters

Author Rachel Held Evans impacted thousands of people. (Photo courtesy of

When Rachel Held Evans died on May 4 at the age of 37, it shocked the thousands of people who follow her work. Through her four books, blog, social media presence, speaking events... Read More
May 17, 2019 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Paul Plett is filming a documentary exploring his Mennonite roots. (Photo courtesy of YouTube)

Winnipeg filmmaker Paul Plett has announced his next project: a documentary exploring his Mennonite roots. “I’m going to retrace the steps of my ancestors and find out where I... Read More
May 16, 2019 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Tom and Christine Poovong, with their children Phimchanok and Joseph, are Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers in Khon Kaen, Thailand. (Photo courtesy of MC Canada)

Mennonite Church Canada has released a video that provides an update on its International Witness ministry. The video was shown at regional church gatherings over the past few... Read More
May 10, 2019 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Daniel Epp, left, and his partner Anna-Marie Janzen. Janzen wore a dress she made herself from thrifted fabric, while Epp is wearing a thrifted suit at the Fashion Revolution Week gala in Winnipeg. (Photo by Matthew Sawatzky)

Who made my clothes? That’s what the organizers of the globally observed Fashion Revolution Week want people to ask themselves the next time they put on an outfit or choose what... Read More
May 8, 2019 | People | Rachel Bergen

Refuge de Paix, Sherbrooke, Que., a Spanish-speaking congregation ministering to Hispanic refugees are welcomed into full membership in MC Eastern Canada by MC Eastern Canada moderator Arli Klassen, left, and Henry Paetkau, right, MC Canada interim executive minister. (D. Michael Hostetler)

Representatives of 107 congregations from Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick gathered at Steinmann Mennonite Church for Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s annual church gathering on... Read More
May 8, 2019 | News | Janet Bauman

Friends and neighbours join residents at The Vine and Table for a birthday celebration. (Photo courtesy of Terri Lynn Friesen)

It’s been eight months since Thomas and Terri Lynn Friesen opened their Saskatoon home as The Vine and Table intentional community. For Terri Lynn, those eight months have been “... Read More
May 8, 2019 | News | Donna Schulz

WMEMS Bedson students in grades 6 to 8 participate in a coding club, where they learn to write code for building websites. (Photo by David Stoesz)

Screens. They are what many people look at to check the time, talk to their friends, prepare for meetings and unwind at the end of the day. But it’s not just those who can buy... Read More
May 8, 2019 | News | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe
Q. What is the purpose of the delegate session at Gathering 2019? A.  Delegates will review and ratify Joint Council actions; receive and review reports from our programs—... Read More
May 8, 2019 | News | Katie Doke Sawatzky
Mennonite Church Eastern Canada recently offered a public apology acknowledging missteps in how it handled a case of reported sexual misconduct that dates back more than 30 years... Read More
May 8, 2019 | News |

Rainham Mennonite Church has been worshipping for more than two centuries. (Rainham Mennonite Church file photo)

For more than a century, the women of Rainham Mennonite Church—a tiny congregation just off of Highway 3 near the north shore of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario—have continued a... Read More
May 8, 2019 | News | Maria H. Klassen

Wayne Plenert uses a variety of techniques to get people to engage in their conflict instead of trying to win, avoid or compromise. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Plenert)

As a lawyer for more than 40 years, Wayne Plenert has seen his share of interpersonal conflicts in the secular world. But, now retired and a member of Northgate Anabaptist... Read More
May 8, 2019 | People | Amy Rinner Waddell

Joel Kroeker mixes sourdough starter at his dining room table as his daughter, Rehema, looks on. (Photos by Donna Schulz)

Baking bread is more than just a business for Joel Kroeker. It’s also a way to further important conversations. With a deftness that comes from repetition, he slides another two... Read More
May 8, 2019 | People | Donna Schulz

Bethel International Church Edmonton Oromo Congregation families are pictured at the front of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Edmonton, where they meet for services. (Photo by Joanne De Jong)

“I have big dreams,” says Pastor Mezgebu A. Tucho of the Bethel International Church Edmonton Oromo Congregation. Born in Ethiopia, Tucho has planted more than 50 Oromo churches... Read More
May 8, 2019 | People | Joanne De Jong

Golden boys: Royal Canoe released its latest album, Waver, earlier this year. (Sam Katz)

Winnipeg's Royal Canoe have released a politically-charged music video for a song off its latest album, Waver . “The new video for ‘77-76’ is about history repeating itself,” the... Read More
May 6, 2019 | Web First | Aaron Epp

A Sunday school assignment began a Canadian woman’s lifelong investment in prayer. (congerdesign/Pixabay)

A Sunday school assignment in the 1940s to exchange letters with a missionary began a Canadian woman’s lifelong investment in prayer for India. Erla Buehler. (Photo courtesy of... Read More
May 1, 2019 | Web First | Karla Braun

The Raw Carrot employs individuals on the Ontario Disability Support Program to cook and package handcrafted gourmet soup. (

A social enterprise run partially out of Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church in Kitchener, Ont. was in the spotlight recently. CTV News broadcast a short segment about the Raw Carrot... Read More
April 26, 2019 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Tamara Shantz, left, and Thea Andres lead the ‘Beyond binaries: Creating an affirming church’ event at Waterloo North Mennonite Church on April 6. (PiE photo)

The gathering hymn, “God Welcomes All,” called some 120 people to worship at the opening of the “Beyond binaries: Creating an affirming church” event hosted by Waterloo North... Read More
April 24, 2019 | News | Janet Bauman

Thea Andres led the Beyond Binaries event with Pastors in Exile at Waterloo North Mennonite Church on April 6. (Photo courtesy of Thea Andres)

Churches wanting to take the next step in becoming affirming of LGBTQ+ people might wonder “What’s next?” A workshop led by Thea Andres together with Pastors in Exile (PiE) at... Read More
April 24, 2019 | News | Rachel Bergen

Muffins and fruit, supplied in part by members of MC Saskatchewan churches, greet students at the University of Saskatchewan Faith Leaders Council breakfast program on Thursday mornings. (Photos by Donna Schulz)

In 2017, when Kirsten Hamm-Epp was appointed to the newly formed Faith Leaders Council at the University of Saskatchewan, she likely didn’t imagine she would be hosting breakfast... Read More
April 24, 2019 | News | Donna Schulz
If you care about connecting with the wider Mennonite community but have trouble keeping up with all the conference restructuring and acronyms—so many M’s and C’s—this article is... Read More
April 24, 2019 | News | Will Braun
Workshops on Saturday, June 29 • Being Jesus in Today’s World For many, the current post-Christendom reality is bad news, but for followers of Jesus this reality presents exciting... Read More
April 24, 2019 | News | Katie Doke Sawatzky

Participants at the MC Canada mission consultation gather for a group photo at Calgary’s Chinese Cultural Centre. (Photos by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

“To be clear, this is not a missions consultation.” So said Ryan Siemens, executive minister of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan, in his opening address to key regional leaders on... Read More
April 24, 2019 | News | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

A mosaic of mushrooms captured in Joel Penner and Anna Sigrithur’s film, Wrought, coming out in summer of 2019. (Photo by Joel Penner)

Joel Penner is a time-lapse filmmaker based out of Winnipeg’s West End neighbourhood. But he doesn’t capture typical scenes like sunsets or the bustle of the city. Joel Penner... Read More
April 24, 2019 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe