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Miller named MEDA regional director

Mike Miller

Mike Miller, of Partridge, KS, has been named regional director of Resource Development for MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates). He will represent MEDA in the US Mid-West region from his home office in a small town northwest of Wichita.

"I am excited to have this opportunity to help further MEDA’s mission and vision,” says Miller. “Creating lasting business solutions is critical to improving the lives of millions of people living in poverty around the world. I look forward to contributing to that work."

New images of masculinity needed to stop violence against women

Christians involved in church-based gender justice movements say that men must develop a sense of positive masculinity in order to counter increasing levels of violence by men against women. Citing reports by the United Nations and human rights groups that the extent and type of violent attacks on women is escalating, representatives of global church organizations say initiatives aimed at changing male patterns of behaviour are urgently needed.

Canada not accountable for mining injustices

At the site of the Philippines' contested TVI Pacific mine, owned by a Canadian company. (Photo: KAIROS)

KAIROS is deeply disappointed by the defeat of Bill C-300 at its third reading in the House of Commons, according its recent newsletterThe private member’s bill, which would have created new mechanisms to hold Canadian mining, oil and gas companies accountable when they are found to be complicit in human rights and environmental violations abroad, was narrowly defeated by a vote of 140 to 134.

New teaching resources for Old Colony teachers in Bolivia

Jacob Friesen is one of the first teachers to use a new teaching resource published by MCC Bolivia.

Students attending one-room village schools in this Mennonite colony 60 kilometres south of Santa Cruz use slates instead of notebooks.

Instruction is in German and the main study materials are a Bible written in Gothic script, Gesangbuch (hymnal) the Fibel (primer or reader) and Catechism (basic church doctrines). Girls usually receive six years of formal education and boys go to school for seven years.

Pope says some condom use 'first step' of morality

Reuters – Pope Benedict XVI waves at the end of the Consistory ceremony in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI has opened the door on the previously taboo subject of condoms as a way to fight HIV, saying male prostitutes who use condoms may be beginning to act responsibly. It's a stunning comment for a pontiff who has blamed condoms for making the AIDS crisis worse.

Literary legend raises funds with book launch

Rudy Wiebe signs copies of Collected Stories/1955-2010 at a Nov. 10 book launch.

Canadian literary legend, Rudy Wiebe and his wife Tena, have supported the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers since it began in the 1980s. “Refugees have always been of particular concern to me, because in 1930, before I was born, Canada accepted my parents and their five children as refugees from the Soviet Union.” Wiebe said.

Consultation Affirms Role of Sunday School

MPN’S Sunday school curriculum, currently includes tips for teachers and a downloadable Power Point presentation about how to use the curriculum.

What will Sunday school look like in the future for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada congregations? That was the question addressed at a consultation organized by Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) earlier this month.

The consultation, held Nov. 1-3 at Amigo Centre, Sturgis, MI, brought together Christian education leaders and thinkers throughout MC USA and MC Canada.

During the three-day event, participants agreed that Sunday school still has a future—but some changes need to be made.

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