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How much is a volunteer worth?

This group of volunteers worked in the High River, Alta., Mennonite Disaster Service rebuilding project. High River was flooded in June 2013, and MDS continues to rebuild for residents whose homes were damaged. (Photo courtesy of MDS)

Web First | By Mark Beach | Apr 16, 2015

The month of April is known for many things—April Fool’s Day, the first full month of spring, the start of baseball season, “April showers bring May flowers” and regrettably the onset of severe spring weather.

But, did you know that April is also “National Volunteer Month” in the United States, and that Canada celebrates National Volunteer Week, April 11 to 18. No fooling. April is also National Poetry Month, but we will get to that later.

When vacation becomes vigil: watch and pray

Steve Heinrichs invites guests to join him in a daily “Watch and Pray” vigil and sacred fire from Easter Sunday to Earth Day to reflect and meditate on scriptural directives to respect and care for the land. (Photo by Dan Dyck)

Web First | By Dan Dyck | Apr 15, 2015

Steve Heinrichs grew up in urban Vancouver, enjoying the nearby ocean, mountains and rivers of coastal Canada without giving much thought to their presence or condition.

“I don’t have an intimate relationship with the land,” he says. “I grew up an urban kid. Concern for the environment is a new learning experience for me.”

Part-time registration opens for PA 2015

Web First | By Phyllis Pellman Good | Apr 14, 2015

Part-time registration is now available for PA 2015, the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) Assembly slated for July 21-26, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA, at the Farm Show Complex.

“We’ve determined that there will be enough space to accommodate those who can attend PA 2015 only for a day or two,” said Liesa Unger, chief international events officer for MWC.

Siera Vercillo’s passions guide her choices

Siera Vercillo

Web First | By Dave Rogalsky | Apr 09, 2015

In the fall of 2014, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) presented its inaugural 20 under 35: Young Professionals Changing the World Awards, honouring young adults from Canada and the U.S. for their "faith, entrepreneurial spirit and service." Ethan Eshbach, coordinator of engagement initiatives for MEDA, explains, "20 under 35 connects the values behind MEDA's work around the world to those of young professionals here in North America.” Canadian Mennonite is featuring profiles of the Canadian winners.