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The logo for Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016, designed by Ryan Roth Bartel, reminds the church that Faith is our connection between God and the People (Jeremiah 31:33). The dove of peace is the common symbol across MC Canada and of the peacebuilding work to which the church is called. The segmented globe reveals the cross at the centre. The hands reaching to each other symbolize how God yearns for people to love, support and join one another in the redeeming work of Christ. The colours reflect the harmony members of the church seek in the midst of diversity. 

Web First | By Canadian Mennonite staff | Jul 04, 2016

Five hundred Mennonites from across Canada will gather in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, July 6 to 10, 2016, for the Mennonite Church Canada Assembly. This gathering brings together people for worship, fellowship and decision making for the national church.

Go to the MC Canada website for information about Assembly 2016, schedule, discussion documents, a video and more. 

See here to learn about key topics the delegates will discuss.  

Assembly 2016 speakers to focus on God’s covenant

Safwat Marzouk

Web First | Jul 04, 2016

One of the highlights of Mennonite Church Canada’s assemblies are the times of worship and spiritual enrichment. The theme of Assembly 2016 (July 6-9), God~Faith-People, is paraphrased from the Old Testament text Jeremiah 31:33: “This is the covenant . . . I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

The plenary sessions will focus on how God is creating a community of covenant that bears God’s compassion in making peace and in doing justice within the faith community, with the world beyond the faith community, and with creation.

Songs of hope and struggle

Web First | By Dave Rogalsky | Jun 30, 2016

Bryan Moyer Suderman released a new CD, I’m Glad You’re Here: Songs of Hope and Struggle, on May 6, 2016, in Stouffville, Ont. The concert was also a fundraiser for the “Welcome the Stranger” initiative for refugee support (an initiative of the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in the greater Toronto area), and on the night of the concert raised almost $10,000.

Suderman describes the CD as “a kind of sound track for the church engaged in hard conversations,” and so it is pertinent to what MC Canada is doing this summer in Saskatoon.

Committee selected for Mennonite song collection

Web First | Jun 30, 2016 | 1 comment

Six women and six men from across North America have been chosen to serve on the committee for the new song collection for Mennonite churches planned for release in 2020.

The committee selections were announced by Bradley Kauffman, recently named project director for the collection, and Amy Gingerich, editorial director for MennoMedia, the agency managing the project on behalf of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.

Nigerian peacemaking efforts recognized with Sattler Peace Prize

Ephraim Kadala, of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, and Hussaini Shuaibu, of the Christian and Muslim Peace Initiative, receive the Michael Sattler Peace Award from the German Mennonite Peace Committee, on behalf of their respective organizations. (Photo courtesy of the Church of the Brethren/by Kristin Flory of the Brethren Service Europe Office)

Web First | Jun 30, 2016

The 2016 Michael Sattler Peace Prize has been awarded to the Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) and EYN’s “Christian and Muslim Peace Initiative” (CAMPI), founded in 2010 with Muslim partners.

On May 20, 2016, the German Mennonite Peace Committee (Deutsches Mennonitisches Friedenskomitee, or DMFK) presented the prize to Ephraim Kadala, EYN pastor and peace coordinator, and Hussaini Shuaibu, lecturer, mediator and Muslim partner of CAMPI, who were representing their organizations.

Loving the enemy in Burkina Faso

A woman prepares food for her family in Burkina Faso. (Mennonite Church Canada photo by Deborah Froese)

Web First | Jun 20, 2016

In a land that closely resembles the place Jesus lived more than 2,000 years ago, his words still prove true. The people of Sidi, Burkina Faso, plant their fields with the tools and methods described in the New Testament. They draw water from wells, and feed their families with crops they harvest. Some of them live by Jesus’ teaching, recorded in Matthew 5:44: “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”

What I learned while walking the Camino

Alvin Thiessen completed the 800-kilometre pilgrimage along the Camino de Compostela. He reached the Cape of Fisterra, on the Atlantic coast, 90 kilometres past the city of Santiago de Compostela. (Photo by Alvin Thiessen)

Web First | By Alvin Thiessen | Jun 20, 2016 | 1 comment

After 10 days of walking, I come to a small town in Spain called Belorado. The day before, I had walked a gruelling 31 kilometres up and down hills, in warm and sunny spring weather. Maybe it’s the long walk and my feet are tired, or, maybe it’s the constant climbing up and down the hills, but something feels different under my left foot. I get to my hostel and take my walking shoes off to find a blister has formed under my foot. It’s a bad one!

Into the woods

Elmer Martin of Floradale, Ont., is pictured with a fawn found in the woods near Koksilah Alternative Service Work Camp on Vancouver Island, B.C., in 1942. For many COs, serving in alternative service was their first time away from home. (Mennonite Archives of Ontario photo by Jesse B. Martin)

Web First | By Laureen Harder-Gissing | Jun 15, 2016 | 1 comment

In June 1942, 3,000 Mennonites gathered at the Kitchener, Ont., train station to bid farewell to conscientious objectors (COs) bound for forest-fire fighting and tree-planting camps in British Columbia. The local newspaper noted that the crowd, larger than any that had gathered for military troop departures, “was swelled by hundreds of curious citizens, who were attracted by the singing of hymns.”

Becoming the people of God is a messy business

Fred Redekop, left, pastor of Floradale (Ont.) Mennonite Church, visits with Arli Klassen, chief development officer of Mennonite World Conference, the keynote speaker at this year’s Ralph and Eileen Lebold Fundraising Dinner, a joint project of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada and Conrad Grebel University College. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Web First | By Dave Rogalsky | Jun 15, 2016

The 2016 Ralph and Eileen Lebold Fundraising Dinner, held on June 2, 2016, at Conrad Grebel University College, featured Arli Klassen, chief development officer for Mennonite World Conference, who spoke to the “Messiness of becoming the people of God.”

Youth Assembly 2016 canceled due to low numbers

Web First | By Dan Dyck | Jun 01, 2016

You planned a party for 200 people, with games geared for groups of 20. Food quantities have been tallied, and overnight lodging arranged for guests who are coming from far away. And then you find out that only a handful of the invited guests are able to come.