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Mennonite song collection project launches website

The home page of the newly launched website dedicated to fundraising for the new song collection of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, at

Web First | Sep 06, 2016 | 2 comments

A dedicated fundraising website for the new song collection for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA has been launched at MennoMedia is taking leadership of the new hymnal development. A digital version of much of the music is also anticipated.

Bethany Manor marks 30 years

Bob Neufeldt, Ron Peters and Lynn Driedger, from Nutana Park Mennonite Church, entertained the large audience gathered to celebrate Bethany Manor’s 30th anniversary. While many braved the unseasonably cold weather, some Bethany residents preferred to watch and listen from the comfort of their balconies. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Web First | By Donna Schulz | Sep 06, 2016

Cloudy skies and a cold wind weren’t enough to keep a large group of people from gathering in the parking lot at the Bethany Manor seniors’ housing complex to celebrate the facility’s 30th anniversary. With the help of warm jackets and, in some cases, blankets, residents, family and friends enjoyed music, visiting and a barbeque supper to mark the event.

First woman to direct Mennonite Bible school in Congo

Bercy Mundedi was one of the first three women ordained by the Mennonite Church of Congo in 2013. Here in the chapel at Kalonda Bible Institute where Mundedi has taught for 10 years, Adolphe Komuesa Kalunga, national president of the denomination, presides over her ordination. (Photo by Sandy Miller). 

Web First | By Lynda Hollinger-Janzen | Aug 23, 2016 | 1 comment

Holy Spirit fire dances in Bercy Mundedi's eyes. It sets aflame the ministries to which she has been called—the most recent being to lead the Kalonda Bible Institute in Democratic Republic of Congo.

‘This is not the end of life’

Feryal, right, now leads a team of young volunteers sharing their own stories about being displaced with other displaced families in Iraq’s northern Ninewa Governorate. She, her parents Fatima and Elyas, and her sister Jandar live in a camp for displaced people after fleeing from the Islamic State group. (MCC photo by Matthew Sawatzky)

Web First | By Marla Pierson Lester | Aug 23, 2016

By the time Feryal arrived at a camp for displaced people in Iraq’s northern Ninewa Governorate, she had little desire to leave the security of the tent she shared with her parents and sister. And for the first four months, she mostly stayed put.

“I didn’t like to talk to anyone, just be silent,” recalls the 22-year-old, whose last name is not used for security reasons.

The months before had been harrowing. Fleeing the Islamic State group, which killed her uncle, she and her family were among the thousands trapped on Sinjar Mountain without shelter two summers ago.

Finding God at work in the city

Web First | By Ardell Stauffer | Aug 23, 2016

God is at work and the gospel is alive in our cities, towns and communities. This is the message Marty Troyer wants to share in his new book, The Gospel Next Door, released by Herald Press.

As a pastor in Houston, Tex., Troyer has found the gospel to be thriving in the city. “People are sharing Jesus, pursuing shalom in the city,” he says, adding that the old division of evangelism and social justice breaks down as Christians combine these in life-giving ways.

Veterans’ needs provide an opportunity for learning and ministry

Matthew Stearn speaks at Eastern Mennonite Seminary about his research into post-traumatic stress disorder and veterans. (Eastern Mennonite Seminary photo by Joaquin Sosa)

Web First | By Walt Wiltschek with Lauren Jefferson | Aug 23, 2016

A conversation about the needs and issues facing military veterans has been arising in an unexpected place this year: the halls of Eastern Mennonite Seminary (EMS).

The dialogue has grown as several graduate students recently focussed their research projects for their master of divinity degrees on veterans’ concerns. They include Matt Stearn, who looked at how Mennonite denominations can provide healing communities for combat veterans, and Darin Busé, a Methodist pastor and former combat veteran who named spiritual trauma as another casualty of combat.

TREE receives Hallman grant for peace education

TREE director Katie Gingerich teaches peace education to a class at Bridgeport Public School, Kitchener, Ont., in 2015. (Conrad Grebel University College photo)

Web First | Aug 09, 2016

The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), a peace education initiative based out of the Frank and Helen Epp Peace Incubator in the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement on the campus of Conrad Grebel University College, is the beneficiary of a $150,000 grant from the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation over three years (2016-19).

Grace New Life Mennonite turns 25, looks to future

Pastor Sririsack Saythavy stands in the entrance to Grace New Life Mennonite Church in Hamilton, Ont. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Web First | By Dave Rogalsky | Aug 09, 2016

After a quarter-century of shepherding Grace New Life Mennonite Church, Pastor Sririsach Saythavy—now in his late 50s and working two full-time jobs—is hoping a younger leader will arise to take on the Hamilton, Ont., congregation. His day job is making custom doors for homes, and his evening and weekend job is pastoring the congregation.

Already a pastor in Thailand in 1990, Saythavy was sponsored by a Christian Reformed congregation, along with other Lao people, to come to Canada that year; the denomination supported him to begin a congregation in Hamilton in 1991.

Mennonites in Brazil face diversity and challenges

In 1972 Mennonites in Curitiba, Brazil, hosted the assembly of Mennonite World Conference—the first time it was held in the global south. The theme chosen for the conference, “Jesus Christ Reconciles” was ironic because cultural and theological differences stirred up controversy around the gathering. However, this assembly resulted in major changes in the conference structure to allow greater representation, especially of Third World Mennonites, in conference planning. (Photo from the Mennonite Heritage Centre archives/Mennonite Archival Image Database)

Web First | By Peter Siemens and Gladys Siemens | Aug 06, 2016

The first Mennonites arrived in Brazil in 1930, coming as refugees from Russia/Ukraine, where their property, churches and schools were taken over by the state during the Stalin years.

A refugee finds a home

Peter Krause as a young man. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Fielding)

Web First | By Stephen Fielding | Aug 04, 2016

Soviet Ukraine was a traumatic place for a Mennonite kid. Peter Krause, born in 1935 and the youngest of four brothers, had to look after himself as a preschooler. Supervision was a luxury few could afford. His parents were working in the fields, and his brothers were at school. Once a day a gracious neighbour lady would check on him.