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Shortage of volunteers ends MCC relief sale in Winnipeg after 16 years

Web First | By Gladys Terichow | Nov 08, 2010

Faced with a shortage of volunteers willing to fill leadership positions, the committee that organizes the popular and successful Winnipeg MCC Festival and Relief Sale has dissolved.

Each year in June, the sale brought together about 3,000 people and contributed close to $100,000 for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) programs.

Warkentin named executive director of MC Manitoba

Ken Warkentin

Web First | By MC Manitoba news release | Nov 08, 2010

Ken Warkentin, pastor of the Niverville Community Fellowship, has been named the new executive director

Anabaptists inspired by Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization

Yemiru Tilahun (far right), of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos Church, with two leaders of Ethiopian evangelicals, the Emmanuel United Church of Ethiopia, Samson Mariam (left), Emmanuel vice-president and Bezalem Fisseha (centre), president, who were mentored by Meserete Kristos leaders.

Web First | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder | Nov 02, 2010

At least 30 mission and church leaders represented Anabaptist-related communities at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization here, October 17 to 24. The gathering, which attracted 4,000 mission leaders, pastors, and academics from 198 countries, grew out of the “Lausanne Movement” that followed the first congress in Switzerland, in1974.

According to Richard Showalter, chair of Mennonite World Conference’s Mission Commission, organizers billed the event as possibly the “most representative event in church history,” and the “first event of its kind in the digital age.”

MSCU top 50 'best employers'

Web First | By News release | Oct 28, 2010

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) has been named among the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada for the second consecutive year, moving to 19th from our debut at 47th last year. The 2011 list will be published in the Nov. 8, 2010 issue of Maclean’s magazine, available on newsstands Oct. 28th.

Conrad Grebel University College Establishes Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace

Nathan Funk, associate professor in Peace and Conflict Studies, is the centre's lead researcher.

Web First | By Susan Fish | Oct 26, 2010

Conrad Grebel University College has just established The Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace (CSRP) to "advance knowledge and awareness of religious contributions to peace, and to enhance the capacity of religious communities to engage contemporary conflict issues and practice the peaceful values they profess.”

Autumn church cleanup turns tragic

Leonard Gerbrandt

Web First | By MAX Canada | Oct 26, 2010

Assisting with autumn cleanup and yard maintenance at one's church is a common activity for many MAX members. On Oct. 16, this annual activity turned tragic for Leonard Gerbrandt, 69, a long term, faithful member of  the Ottawa Mennonite Church, Ottawa, Ontario. Leonard fell from a  ladder while trimming a tree during the congregation's fall cleanup day, suffering a serious head injury from which he never regained consciousness.

Central American women theologians consider role of women

Followup included preparation of a study book, the initiation of a world day of prayer for Latin American Anabaptist women, and the declaration of a decade to work to change situations of family violence and the devaluing of leadership of women in the churches.

Web First | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder from reports by Sandra Campos and Olga Piedrasanta | Oct 26, 2010

A sense of solidarity and fellowship took a leap forward September 6 to 8, at the third

Sara Wenger Shenk inaugurated as seminary president

Wenger-Shenk invites the congregation to declare with her, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” --Photo by J. Tyler Klassen

Web First | By Mary E. Klassen | Oct 25, 2010

 “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,”

Peace is more than protest, says Buhler

Jake Buhler shares a message of peace on a highway billboard near Osler, Saskatchewan. Photo by Rod Andrews, Saskatchewan Valley News

Web First | By by Karin Fehderau | Oct 25, 2010

Jake Buhler is a man with a different pair of glasses. They reflect a steely determination to pursue peace and help others do the same.

 “Peace is the lens through which we see everything,” he says.

With that lens, he notices things that others may not. It colors his whole worldview. And it helps him see the world with different eyes.

By nature a quiet man, Buhler looks for opportunities at every turn and on every level to live out his convictions as a peace activist.

Public Safety minister's refugee parents came to Canada just before doors shut

Vic Toews

Web First | By Bruce Cheadle | Oct 22, 2010 | 1 comment

There's a global recession and Canada's economy is not immune.

Shiploads of strange, foreign refugees — economic migrants and oppressed minorities — have been landing on our shores, fleeing civil war, economic upheaval and famine.

No one is certain how they can be assimilated and there are concerns about criminals, subversives and agitators in their midst.