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Putting goals into practice

At the MC Saskatchewan Equipping Day Abby Heinrichs and her father Steve tell their personal stories in a workshop entitled ‘In your light, we see light: The church and Indigenous solidarity.’ (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Web First | By Donna Schulz | Nov 14, 2017

Setting goals is a good practice, but how does a faith community translate those goals into reality? 

Mennonites in Montreal aid refugees

Hochma’s worshipping space was repurposed as a donation centre for refugees. (Photo by Michel Monette)

Web First | By Dave Rogalsky | Nov 14, 2017

Not feeling safe in the United States, a young woman climbed on a plane and flew to Montreal with her children. But the U.S. is considered a safe country for refugees, so she was forced to return. Still afraid, she crossed the border into Quebec and ended up at Coalition d’aide aux réfugiés à Montréal (Coalition to aid refugees in Montreal), housed in the Hochma church building.

Dick Benner: A man who loved the church

Web First | By Barb Draper | Nov 06, 2017 | 1 comment

Richard (Dick) Benner, the recent editor/publisher of Canadian Mennonite, passed away on Nov. 4, 2017, at his home in Ruckersville, Va. Upon his retirement in March 2017, he moved from Ontario to his Virginia home near Charlottesville, where his wife Marlene was in long-term care. Dick began his final journey with cancer not long after that move and was undergoing cancer treatment when Marlene passed away on July 13, 2017.

Injera and Somali stew

Somali injera and maraq: a symbol of community. (Photo by Barb Draper)

Web First | Nov 01, 2017 | 2 comments

For Ardith Frey, injera, a flatbread eaten in northeastern Africa, is a symbol of community. It is served on a large shared platter, along with a sauce. See Ardith’s story at “Injera: A symbol of community.”  

Both recipes below are from Extending the Table, Revised Edition. ©2014 by Herald Press, Harrisonburg, VA 22801. Used with permission.

 

Injera (Ethiopian Flat Bread)
This recipe makes 20 (12-inch / 30-cm) injera.

Celebrating a legacy of respect

Jeremiah Ross (1909-2002), left, was a Cree from Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba and a long-serving pastor of Elim Mennonite Church there. (Mennonite Church Canada file photo)

Web First | By Deborah Froese | Oct 31, 2017

Among the many memories shared at a reunion of past and present Mennonite Church Canada Indigenous Relations workers, several included references to the late Jeremiah Ross (1909-2002).

A Cree man from Cross Lake First Nation in Manitoba, Ross served as pastor of Elim Mennonite Church there for 30 years. He was able to successfully bridge respect for Christ while honouring the Indigenous spirituality of his community. As he carried out his role in the church, he served as a traditional elder and continued to make his living as a hunter and trapper.

Open the Islands campaign seeks to prevent refugee deaths

A poster calls attention to the plight of refugees waiting on the island of Lesvos; it is part of a campaign to prevent refugee deaths due to the winter cold. (Christian Peacemaker Teams photo)

Web First | Oct 30, 2017

As winter sets in, over 100 solidarity groups and organizations—including the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) project on the island of Lesvos—are calling for urgent action from the Greek local and national authorities to prevent more refugees from dying in the cold.

Several places woke up on Oct. 12 to find their neighbourhoods plastered with the emblematic picture of Moria Camp on Lesvos, covered in snow last winter, while the collective has also launched a campaign on social media with the hashtag #opentheislands.

‘Menno(comedy)nite’ keeps audience in stitches

Matt Falk, left, and Orlando Braun answer questions from the audience at the ‘Menno(comedy)nite’ in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sept. 30, 2017. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

Web First | By Amy Dueckman | Oct 30, 2017

An advertised “evening of hilarity” on Sept. 30, 2017, delivered plenty of jokes, humour and laughs to delight the gathered audience at the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C-sponsored event.

“We need to laugh. There are enough tears in the world,” said emcee Danny Unrau, a pastor, storyteller and author who opened the evening with humorous tales from his personal life and ministry in the Mennonite Brethren church.

Quito Mennonites pray and work for peace

The Quito Mennonite Church Project with Refugee People offers workshops on peace education and values that are directed towards refugee and Ecuadorian children. (Photo by Daniela Sánchez)

Web First | By Daniela Sánchez and Alexandra Meneses | Oct 17, 2017

Ana (not her real name), came to Ecuador from Medellin, Colombia, in 2016 after escaping from paramilitaries who had taken and kept her hostage for two years. She was subjected to various kinds of abuse and violence, the result of which was pregnancy. In addition, she was forced to commit a number of crimes. Although this woman fled the violence in her country, the pain and rage accompanied her during her stay in Ecuador.

Mennonite Historical Bulletin now online

Web First | Oct 17, 2017

The entire run of the Mennonite Historical Bulletin is now available online. Over the summer, the Mennonite Church USA Archives collaborated with Goshen College’s Mennonite Historical Library and the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary to digitize and publish every issue through the Internet Archive, as part of the Digital Mennonite Periodicals project.

Supporting alternate rites of passage for African girls

Ana Laizer, right, poses with Paulina Sumayani, director of TEMBO. Laizer participated in the Sara and Juma program at her school and decided she didn’t want to undergo female genital mutilation or be married at a young age. (MCC photo by Tiffanee Wright)

Web First | By Rachel Bergen | Oct 16, 2017

Ana Laizer is a grade nine student in Longido, Tanzania, and she dreams of going to university to become a successful businesswoman.

For many girls Laizer’s age, this dream might never become reality. Access to education isn’t just limited by school fees and uniforms, but also by cultural expectations that girls stop attending after grade six and instead take part in cultural rituals to prepare them for marriage.

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