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EMU appoints Swartzendruber to another 4-year term

Loren Swartzendruber (l.) receives congratulations from EMU trustees chair Andrew (Andy) Dula following his announcement of Swartzendruber’s appointment to another four-year term as president. Photo by Lindsey Kolb

Web First | By Jim Bishop | Jan 13, 2011

Loren Swartzendruber will serve another four-year term as president of Eastern Mennonite University.

Andrew (Andy) Dula of Lancaster, Pa., chair of the EMU board of trustees, announced at the opening convocation of second semester Wednesday, Jan.  12, that Dr. Swartzendruber has “gratefully accepted” an appointment to serve a third term that begins July 1, 2011 and ends June 30, 2015.

African guests urge Canadians to support mining regulations

Learning exchange participants visit The Mennonite Story, a museum at St. Jacob’s Ont. Front row, from left, are Godfrey Walalaze (Tanzania), Hubert Mukalasi Lubyama (Tanzania), Dumisani Nkomo (Zimbabwe) and Rose Lala Biasima (Congo); back row from left are Ray Motsi (Zimbabwe) and Jean-Calvin K

Web First | By by Gladys Terichow, writer | Jan 13, 2011

Although Canada is a world leader in mining, its laws don’t ensure that Canadian

MCC family worldwide embraces Haiti

Herbert Funk, left, and fellow members of a Work and Learn team from Paraguay clear away the rubble of Adral and Marie Sylvain’s house in Port-au-Prince, which collapsed during the Jan. 12 earthquake. Clearing the property made it possible for the Sylvains, who work with MCC and have four children,

Web First | By By Linda Espenshade | Jan 12, 2011

From Paraguay, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, people volunteered through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to work side by side with Haitians

Egypt Muslims to act as "human shields" at Coptic Christmas Eve mass

Coptic Orthodox priests pray in the house of Fawzy Bkheit, who died after Saturday's bomb attack outside the Two Saints Church in Alexandria (Photo: Reuters)

Web First | By Nourhan El-Abbassy | Jan 07, 2011 | 1 comment

Coptic Churches around the country expect an influx of Egyptian Muslims

MCC Canada leader dies at 81

J.M. Klassen at the MCC offices in 1983.

Web First | By MCC Canada staff | Jan 06, 2011

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 28 for J.M. Klassen, whose commitment and firm leadership helped shape MCC Canada for more than two decades. He died here on December 23 at the age of 81.

Born February 12, 1929, as Jacob Klassen in Zagradowka (now Ukraine), his family fled to Canada via Germany in 1930. They eventually settled in southern Manitoba along with tens of thousand of other Mennonite immigrants. Raised on a farm, he grew up to become a teacher, a hospital administrator in Steinbach, an MCC volunteer and, eventually, the executive director of MCC Canada.

Freeman wins $8,000 Reimer Award

Sarah Freeman

Web First | By Jennifer Konkle | Jan 05, 2011

Sarah Freeman, a ThD student at the University of Toronto, has earned Conrad Grebel’s highest valued academic award – the A. James Reimer Award at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre. This $8,000 award will allow Sarah to continue studying full-time to achieve her dream of teaching homiletics.

Vietnamese Mennonite group clashes with authorities again

Nguyen Hong Quang

Web First | By Dan Dyck | Dec 24, 2010

Mennonite Church Canada has become aware that on December 14th, the Ho Chi Minh church buildings

Remembering Glen Lapp

Marvin Lapp, father of Glen Lapp, stands against mountains outside Faizabad, Afghanistan. He visited Faizabad and Kabul during an October trip to attend a memorial service and learn more about Glen’s work and life in Afghanistan. (MCC Photo/John Williamson)

Web First | By By Marla Pierson Lester | Dec 20, 2010

Two months after MCC worker Glen Lapp and nine other aid workers were killed in rural Afghanistan

‘Rattling everyone’s paradigms’

Margaret Loewen Reimer (Mennonite) and Allen G. Jorgenson (Evangelical Lutheran) have co-authored a study guide for congregations, based on the report of the Lutheran-Mennonite Study Commission (2010)

Web First | By By Dick Benner, editor/publisher | Dec 10, 2010 | 2 comments

Walking in each other’s theological shoes for a day, professors from their respective seminaries in Waterloo

J. Lorne Peachey retires as editor of Courier

J. Lorne Peachey (left) was often heartened by the gifts of Swiss chocolate that Markus Rediger (right), of Switzerland, left at his table during MWC executive committee meetings.

Web First | By By Ferne Bukhardt | Dec 06, 2010

J. Lorne Peachey had long held a secret wish to work for Mennonite World Conference some day. Still, the invitation in 2001 to become editor of MWC's three-language magazine surprised him.

“I knew next to nothing about editing a publication produced in three languages for readers across many cultures in many countries,” admits the resident of Scottdale, Pennsylvania, USA.

Lorne became managing editor of Courier-Correo-Courrier with volume 17, No. 2, in 2002 and editor in 2006. He has now retired after completing his final issue of 2010.