As our friends participating with the Honour Walk prepare for their three-week walk to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in honor of residential school survivors, we invite you to join us in walking alongside them for a brief while and sending them off with our blessings. We will be walking from Canadian Mennonite University to the West perimeter highway on the morning of March 6, taking about an hour and a half. Walkers will then be driving to Stony Knoll to begin the walk to Edmonton.
Ethan Eshbach is 22-years-old, a recent college graduate, and is the newest, youngest addition to the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) team.
A Mennonite filmmaker is enlisting the public’s help to fund his next project, a video series that retells biblical stories in a modern-day context from the perspective of a child.
I was a summer program co-director at Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Camp Assiniboia for the summers of 2006 and ’07. By the end of August 2007, when I left camp for the last time, I was a changed person. It was growth that I had not expected.
In the last season of my life have been engaged in learning how to love and honour my Aboriginal neighbours. I have been journeying with some friends and as a group we have longed to love honour residential school survivors, and we are doing so with an event we are calling an Honour Walk.
Recently, I posted on Facebook about the term “friend zone.” I’ve often heard it used to victimize guys who can’t deal with rejection and vilify women who turn down “nice guys.” For example, “I heard she totally friend-zoned him the other day.”
The post has nearly 40 comments now, with more than 70 likes.
Nashville Predators players Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher are famous for their hockey careers, but what many may not know is that they are also Christians eager to speak about their faith.
“A person released from prison with a high risk to reoffend moves back into our communities. What can we do?”
Heads Up! Circles of Support and Accountablity, a restorative justice initiative in Winnipeg, MB, is having a fundraiser and awareness night TOMORROW!
Dates: Sat, Feb 01, 2014
Join them for an evening of bowling, celebration snacks and raffle prizes, all in the name of building safer communities and healthier lives when people are released from prison.
Location: 768 Mountain Ave. (St. John Cantius Frat. Soc.), Winnpeg MB
Tickets: $25 or $15 for low income (call CoSA to order)
Winnipeg writer Paul Loewen has self-published four novels that combine fictional stories with theological points in an attempt to create modern-day parables. But his latest book may be his most personal story yet because he has witnessed it first-hand. It’s the story of Arvid Loewen, his father.
A Korean Mennonite is facing prison time for refusing to participate in South Korea’s mandatory two-year military term due to his religious convictions.
Reading the Bible is hard. It’s hard to sit still. It’s hard to concentrate. It’s hard to make sense of what I’m reading. And it’s hard to read stories I’ve heard seemingly a million times before—like the creation story, Adam and Eve, Noah—with fresh eyes.
Hey folks! For anyone looking for a new place to try, I have to recommend L’Arche Tova Cafe in Winnipeg. This lovely cafe, aside from serving tasty food, is a cafe committed to helping employ the developmentally disabled. I experienced this lovely little place for the first time a few weeks ago, and will most certainly be going back.
At the end of December, I sat down with my journal and day planner to jot down my highlights of 2013. I quickly had a list of 32 events or milestones that I felt were significant.
Many of us are familiar with the concept of organ donation that occurs after someone passes away, but more recently I have learned about the need for living organ donations.
Over the past year, I have followed the story of Craig Dunbar, a 41-year-old from Ottawa who was afflicted with kidney failure in 2007.
For many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) children, the ongoing Mennonite church’s inclusion discussion brings them back to different points in the last 30 years when similar debates took place. Since then, they say not much has changed for the church as a whole.
When my family moved to a rural community in southwestern British Columbia, I didn’t realize how much life and my faith would be challenged.
How do we reconcile leading Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder’s theological brilliance with his sexual harassment of a number of his female students?
Pt. I – Anticipation
Behold! This is the season of waiting. We mirror
And remember the shadows and hints of prophetic words
That were actualized in the birth and life of Christ
These weeks of waiting are reminders of the preparations
And promises that the Lord gives us in participating
In the narrative of Christ and in celebration of this season
As we are and were in deserts, we with the life of the Christ,
Are given gladness. In barren lands our thirst will be satisfied.
We Mennonites hail from a rather iconoclastic tradition, but Christmas seems to be a partial exception to this. You see, this is a time of year when many of us set up small scenes of miniature statues – almost shrines – of Mary, Joseph, the newborn Jesus, and their many visitors, divine, agrarian, royal, and animal. Nativity scenes give form and dimension to the biblical narratives of that night and its incredible, paradoxical event: that of God becoming incarnate, God being born as we all are, and coming to dwell among human beings as one of us.
Well, we’re already up to Third Advent, meaning Christmas is right around the corner.
“Jesus is not a pansy or a pacifist.” That’s what Mark Driscoll, pastor of the Mars Hill multi-venue mega-church conglomerate, said in its The Resurgence magazine recently.
Why read the Bible?
I posed that question on Facebook last month. More than 20 friends, including Christians, agnostics and atheists, responded.
In reading Nelson Mandela biography, as well as a book by Richard Stengel called 'Mandela's Way', I was inspired to write the prayer of a peace leader. This prayer is informed by the many lessons and values that can be found in the astonishing life of Nelson Mandela. It is meant to be a communal prayer, but it can also be read as a personal one. I share this prayer with you, with this encouragement; we are all leaders, we can all bring peace to the places we live in.
Prayers of a Peace Leader