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MCC cyclathon raises $1 million for Syrian refugees

Cyclists Len Block, Reimar Goetzke and Gerd Bartel brave wet weather as part of the Pedaling for Hope Cyclathon that brought in over a million dollars to support Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. (Photo by Dale Klippenstein)

Web-first | Today

One-hundred-and-fifteen cyclists braved the rainy weather on Sept. 19, 2015, and brought in nearly a million dollars to support Syrian refugees now living in Lebanon.

CMU recognizes grads with Distinguished Alumni Awards

Larry Plenert

Web First | By Kevin Kilbrei | Today

An Olympian-turned-lawyer, an English language educator, a businessman with a passion for international development, and a couple who have ministered for more than 45 years in Winnipeg’s North End are the recipients of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) 2015 Blazer Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Helping businesses connect with customers with social media

Jeff Horst in the echosims’ former offices in Kitchener, Ont. Waterloo Region is now touted as the second-largest new-media centre in North America. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky) 

Web First | By Dave Rogalsky | Today

At 26, Jeff Horst already has five years of entrepreneurial experience behind him.

That’s long enough to know that starting two companies at once is too much; that volunteering in many different social and community agencies can lead to burn out; and while he gains energy from relationships and community, he needs boundaries or levels of relationships with an inner core that is fully mutual.

Promise of peace returns to Burkina Faso after coup

Residents of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, are venturing out into the streets again, with talks between conflicting groups underway. The promise of peace once again holds out hope. (Mennonite Church Canada file photo by Deborah Froese)

Web First | By Lynda Hollinger-Janzen | Sep 28, 2015

A coup d’état in Burkina Faso brought the lead-up to democratic elections to a halt for a week filled with fear and shooting in the streets.

Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Mission Network personnel in the country and leaders of Eglise Evangélique Mennonite du Burkina Faso (Evangelical Mennonite Church of Burkina Faso) are “cautiously hopeful” that the worst of the violence has been resolved.

Profile surveys Mennonite World Conference churches

The Global Anabaptist Profile consultation group surveyed 24 church conferences of Mennonite World Conference concerning their demographics, beliefs, and practices. (Goshen College photo)

Web First | By Elizabeth Miller | Sep 24, 2015

Sociological surveys may be uncommon evangelistic tools, but Damien Pelende of the Democratic Republic of Congo testified that the Global Anabaptist Profile survey had drawn new people into his church.

The survey, a joint initiative of the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (ISGA-Goshen College) and Mennonite World Conference (MWC), is a two-year project profiling the demographics, beliefs and practices of 24 church conferences in MWC.

Back to class

Focus On Education | Sep 23, 2015

Miraya Groot follows Mac Wallace, Zack Strike, and Brendan Paetkau as Conrad Grebel University College students unload the last of their residence room furniture before the first week of classes. Just as Grebel students share their treasured school traditions, well-loved skybunks and couches also get passed along from one year to the next. (Photo by Jennifer Konkle)

Seeking redemption and peace

Joyce Gladwell
Editorial | By Joyce Gladwell | Sep 23, 2015

Canadian Mennonite received a copy of a letter sent to David Martin, executive minister of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, as a response to its releasing the story on the alleged sexual misconduct of the late Vernon Leis (Sept. 14, 2014, page 16). We have offered MC Eastern Canada space in our next issue to present its case.

Cooking up discipleship

Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the More-with-Less Cookbook and Living More with Less

Feature | By Susie Guenther Loewen | Sep 23, 2015

When I was a small child, my parents took our family on assignment to Chile as church workers. In a country which at that time had no Anabaptist-Mennonite churches, our ties to the Mennonite community took other forms. Among these, my parents’ use of Doris Janzen Longacre’s More-with-Less Cookbook was perhaps the most tangible.

So, although I didn’t understand it then, as our family ate our Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes, Curried Lentils and West African Groundnut Stew, we were in a sense in fellowship across the distance with our Mennonite faith-family as well.

Readers write: September 28, 2015 issue

Viewpoints | Sep 23, 2015

Mennonite museum can help redress grievous wrongs of the past

Global gifts

Tim Froese
Viewpoints | By Tim Froese | Sep 23, 2015

Mennonite Church Canada’s history of engaging our global neighbours in mission and international church relations began more than 100 years ago. Since that time, the worldwide church has grown significantly. Almost two-thirds of the global Anabaptist community today is African, Asian or Latin American.

That diversity is reflected within congregations across MC Canada that are home to people from a variety of backgrounds and worship in 20 different languages. Our ministries and relationships are blessed with a number of ongoing global gifts:


Viewpoints | By Melissa Miller | Sep 23, 2015

Tribes are good (essential, I said in my last column). And yet there is danger when tribal extremes become virulent tribalism. Such tribalism takes what is good and life-giving about a bounded group and morphs it into a destructive, negative force. It proclaims the superiority of one group over another. It devalues and dehumanizes those not in the tribe. It feeds on fear and mistrust, and incites violence against the other, simply because they are not tribal members.

‘Wholehearted giving’

Daniel Lichty
Viewpoints | By Daniel Lichty | Sep 23, 2015

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (II Corinthians 9:7).

The ‘terroir’ of church

Troy Watson
Viewpoints | By Troy Watson | Sep 23, 2015

During our 13 years in Niagara, my wife and I grew to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the winemaking process. Wine is fascinating to me. So is its intimate connection with the Christian faith. Consider how significant Jesus made wine to our understanding of redemption.

The long path back to the Bible

Will Braun
Viewpoints | By Will Braun | Sep 23, 2015

“I am 86 years old now and I am confused.” The e-mail came from a Canadian Mennonite reader who was referring to references in this magazine to myth and metaphor in the Bible.

The writer, who has read a range of books about the Bible, did not dismiss untraditional approaches to Scripture, but admitted difficulty in truly understanding them. And then he concluded, “I can’t find my way back to the Bible.”

I wander the same wilderness.

Nurse Katherine Dyck, 1956

The Canadian Mennonite collection, Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Viewpoints | By Laureen Harder-Gissing | Sep 23, 2015

Mennonite Central Committee nurse Katherine Dyck poses with mothers and twins in Pusan, Korea, in 1956. Born in Russia in 1925, she immigrated to Rosthern, Sask., and worked as a nurse in Saskatchewan and Maryland before beginning service in Korea in 1953. In 1954, she wrote, “As I daily try to help the many sick children of this war-torn land, my prayer is that they, too, will again enjoy the great blessing of a healthy mind and body.” Tragically, Katherine drowned along with nurse Bertha Kornelson on an outing to the Korean seaside in August 1956. She is buried in Rosthern.

Church planters come under auspices of MC Eastern Canada

Judith McCartney

God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky | Sep 23, 2015

After more than 30 years of working with young people on the margins of society in Toronto, Judith and Colin McCartney are now ministering under the auspices of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

Kuen Yee ordained at Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church

Kuen Yee

God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld | Sep 23, 2015

Kuen Yee was ordained at a worship celebration of God’s leading, diversity and giftedness at Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church on Sept. 6. Area church minister Dan Graber led the ordination ceremony and welcomed Yee into the company of Mennonite Church Alberta pastors. Yee is Chinese and has an Alliance Church background. In September 2012, she began serving as the pastor of English ministries with Vietnamese Mennonites. She holds a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy and formerly served as a lay pastor at Edmonton Chinese Alliance Church.

Being a Faithful Church 7

In July, the General Board of Mennonite Church Canada received and approved two reports received from the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) Task Force.

BFC 6.1 is the follow-up to the following questions posed in BFC 6:

  • How shall we maintain our unity in Christ as congregations, area church/national church while understanding matters of committed same-sex relationships differently?
  • How will your congregation strengthen Christ’s love to those who are same-sex-oriented?
  • What additional counsel do you have for the area/national church?


Building peace in northeast Asia

Participants and instructors at NARPI’s summer peacebuilding training session in Mongolia gather for a group photo. Scott Kim is on the far left, wearing a light blue shirt, and Cheryl Woelk is standing behind the banner, holding her infant son. For more photos, visit or

God at work in the World | By Donna Schulz | Sep 23, 2015

“Conflict isn’t something we should avoid,” says Cheryl Woelk, “because there are good things on the other side.”

Recently, Woelk and her husband, Scott Kim—members of Wildwood Mennonite Church in Saskatoon—served as instructors at the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) annual Summer Peacebuilding Training.

Bird therapy

This past summer Ken Reddig had a pair of eastern bluebirds nest in boxes he put up in his yard. (Photo by Ken Reddig)

God at work in Us | By J. Neufeld | Sep 23, 2015

When Ken Reddig was too depressed to get out of his chair, he sat at his window and watched birds. In winter, the nuthatches squabbled over dropped seeds. In summer, the hummingbirds jostled for a place at the feeder. “Summer and winter, there was constant activity that kept me entertained, but also inspired,” he says. Reddig has spent much of his life struggling with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from abuse he suffered as a child. These days he is able to talk about it with humour and candidness.

Back at the Grebel table

Fine arts student Margaret Gissing poses with a silverware sculpture she created with her father Gus Gissing, a Conrad Grebel University College alumnus. The sculpture represents the many people involved at Grebel and the different gifts they each bring to the table. (Photo by Jennifer Konkle)

Focus On Education | By Jennifer Konkle | Sep 23, 2015

Eager faces showing a little bit of nervousness arrived at Conrad Grebel University College on Labour Day for the new school year. Young adults from across Canada, as well as some international students, moved into the Grebel residence ready to study in a wide variety of programs, including music, engineering, applied health studies, peace and conflict studies, chemistry, religious studies, kinesiology and computer science, among many others.

Enrolment up in Mennonite universities

Dick Benner
Focus On Education | By Dick Benner | Sep 23, 2015

Enrolment numbers for new first-year students are up—or even—to 2014 figures in five Mennonite universities and colleges in Canada and the U.S. where Canadians are enrolled, according to statistics gathered by Canadian Mennonite for the fall semester.  

Goodbye, Young Voices

Rachel Bergen is leaving Canadian Mennonite to complete a term with Mennonite Central Committee’s Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Bergen)

Young Voices | Sep 23, 2015

I always knew growing up that I wanted to leave home and see the world. The thought of one day volunteering overseas, listening to people’s stories and learning new languages excited me all through my adolescence and young adulthood.

That’s now a reality.

By the time you read this, I’ll be halfway around the world and sadly no longer a Young Voices co-editor. I’ve accepted a year-long position as a writer and editor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, through the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Serving and Learning Together (SALT) program.

Making the time together good

Peter Warkentin’s physical and mental abilities are gradually declining, but his faith remains strong. (Photo courtesy of Amelia Warkentin)

Young Voices | By Amelia Warkentin | Sep 23, 2015

Sleeping soundly with his legs pulled into his hunched frame, my grandfather was comfortable before I woke him.

He made a statement about it being early for me to be there and then proceeded to unbutton his shirt. His effort to prepare himself for a new day by changing his clothes showed his detachment from the setting sun outside his window. This was also an indication of his mental state.

Time and reality are altered concepts for many people living with dementia.

10 ways to make your church autism-friendly

Geralde Reesor-Grooters

Web First | By Anna Groff | Sep 23, 2015

This list is based on the workshop, “How Can Church be Autism-Friendly?” led by Geralde Reesor-Grooters. The workshop was held on July 24, 2015 at the Mennonite World Conference assembly in Harrisburg, Pa.