When Rod and Susan Reynar tell people they are inviting 10 university students to live with them and form an intentional community, they are typically met with one of two responses: “Oh, that’s neat,” is the first. The second is, “Oh, that’s interesting,” which the couple says usually translates to, “You’re crazy.”
On a wet, snowy Abbotsford afternoon, 300 people rallied at city hall to protest the municipal government’s treatment of homeless people.
They held signs saying, “Everyone deserves a home,” “We can do better,” “Love dignifies,” and, “Stop the insanity,” which garnered a lot of media attention.
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.
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.
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.
It's not very often that I get a chance to come into contact with experts in the field of peace and justice, so when I heard about the Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference in Waterloo, Ont., as a peace and conflict studies student at Conrad Grebel University College, I knew this was an opportunity I couldn't miss.
When I grew up in a conservative, non-denominational church, the issue of homosexuality was never discussed, but it was regarded as “sin.” It was not until a friend came out to me at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg that I had a direct experience with someone who is homosexual. My strong friendship with this person let me see her humanity, rather than just a sexual orientation.
The choirs, bands and performers at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) produce some of the most beautiful music around, but a few graduates are using music to help people achieve non-musical goals.