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1. What experiences have you or your congregation had in sponsoring refugees? What have been the most challenging and rewarding parts? What motivates a congregation to sponsor a... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

Tak-Chhing and Khantry Cheng at their 30th anniversary in Canada celebration, May 22, 2010.

After welcoming us into her new home, Suad Saidam promptly excuses herself, re-emerging with ice-cold water bottles on a silver tray. In Arab cultures, guests are always served... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | By Laura Stemp-Morlock

Ref-Nyota president and CEO Serge Kaptegaine and vendor Freddy Mahoungou, centre, are joined by Manitoba Liberal leader Jon Gerrard, left, and Ben Rempel, assistant deputy labour and immigration minister, right, at the grand opening of Winnipeg’s new refugee centre on April 23.

For Serge Kaptegaine, the opening ceremonies for Ref-Nyota, a new business venture that promotes the skills and talents of refugees, was an answer to prayer. The event was held at... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Taken in North Battleford, Sask., this photograph is Chai Bouphaphanh’s first for National Geographic. It’s on display at the nationalgeographicstock.com.

Inspired by Western Canada’s prairie landscape and the ever-changing light in the sky there, Chai Bouphaphanh spends his leisure time exploring his surroundings through the lens... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | By Gladys Terichow
A new Immigration Act for Canada in 1976 included a provision for private sponsorship of refugees. A Mennonite Member of Parliament, Jake Epp from Steinbach, Man., had been... Read More
June 4, 2010 | Feature | Tim Wichert

Winkler MB Church with the smaller Burwalde MB Church that was moved beside it.

This year the Mennonite Brethren Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a week-long celebration in B.C. in July. What have the MBs contributed to the wider Mennonite... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Feature | By John J. Friesen

The tombstone with English translations of the etchings.

On a tour in Ukraine in October 2006, Gert and Katherine Martens experienced an emotional moment when a farmer in Oktaybreskoe removed a few planks from his wall and uncovered the... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Among the 2010 recipients of the Order of Manitoba, the province’s highest honour, is Bert Loewen, a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church. The announcement was made on May 12... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Feature | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
1. What is the relationship between the Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church Canada congregations in your community? Do you agree that the relationship between the MBs and... Read More
May 31, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

Mennonite Central Committee Canada’s Winnipeg headquarters had geothermal heating installed in October 2008 in order to reduce the carbon emissions it takes to heat the office building.

While Will Braun applauds Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for its commitment to shrink its carbon footprint by 20 percent over the next 10 years, he wonders whether it is just “... Read More
May 17, 2010 | Feature | By Rachel Bergen
Anabaptism has been around for almost 500 years. For much of that time, it has been clothed in Mennonite and Amish traditions and culture. But what does it look like without... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Feature | John Longhurst
It is becoming undeniably clear that western civilization has entered a post-Christian age. Whereas Christians once believed the world would eventually be brought within the... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Feature | By Gregory A. Boyd
No, it’s not what you might be thinking—nobody is nude. At least, not literally, although more than 300 people have joined the Naked Anabaptist group on the Facebook social media... Read More
May 3, 2010 | Feature | By John Longhurst
They’re advertised on billboards, on radio and television. The kiosk in your local grocery store or shopping mall sells them. Your local charity wants you to buy one to help it... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese
Mennonite organizations tend to agree that gambling is wrong, but few policies are in place to respond to donations of gambling revenue. Perhaps this is because of a prevailing... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Feature | By Deborah Froese
I’ve never resisted selling chocolates or magazines for my children’s school, but this time was different. “Would you volunteer a few hours of your time at our casino fundraiser... Read More
April 19, 2010 | Feature | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
1. What have been some of the more effective and less effective ways that you have heard Scripture read during worship? What are the advantages and disadvantages of reading longer... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Feature | Canadian Mennonite

Worshippers at the Zion Church of the Messiah near Gabarone, Botswana, are asked to read Scripture “on the spot,” according to photographer Dan Dyck.

How much of your worship service is spent reading and hearing Scripture? 10 percent? 15 percent? More? Less? In 2004, my doctoral thesis advisor, Constance Cherry, who teaches... Read More
April 5, 2010 | Feature | By Christine Longhurst

“Supper at Emmaus” by Caravaggio (1601). National Gallery of London, England.

On that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about 11 kilometres from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As... Read More
March 22, 2010 | Feature | By Udo Woelke

The late Peter J. Dyck

“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Paul, in I Corinthians 15:57). Easter is the most joyous holiday on our calendar. Nature decorates the... Read More
March 22, 2010 | Feature | By Peter J. Dyck
1. How does your congregation commemorate the pain of the cross and celebrate the joy of Easter? What do you find most meaningful? Peter J. Dyck describes a papier-maché drama... Read More
March 22, 2010 | Feature |
There I was, the country-bumpkin pastor amidst all the really important people at the National Prayer Breakfast in Ottawa. Such an event is quite the shindig for someone from the... Read More
March 8, 2010 | Feature | By Phil Wagler
1. How are country churches different from city churches? Do you agree with Phil Wagler that country churches are more traditional? What are the advantages of living in the city... Read More
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