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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.

Zehr recognized as pioneer of 'restorative justice'

Howard Zehr, 2nd from left, in late November with German Mennonite Peace Committee members and others involved in honoring Zehr for his restorative justice work. The group is visiting a stone memorializing the martyrdom of Anabaptists Michael and Margaretha Sattler in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany.

Web First | By By Bonnie Price Lofton | Dec 03, 2010

Eastern Mennonite University professor Howard Zehr
spent his Thanksgiving holiday this year receiving the thanks of
German and Swiss groups for his work as a pioneer and propagator of
restorative justice around the world. He also did “giving” as a speaker
and workshop leader on the same topic.

On the day that the United States celebrated Thanksgiving 2010, Zehr
received the Michael Stattler Prize from the German Mennonite Peace
Committee in Rottenburg am Neckar, a town in southwestern Germany.

Congolese women calling for an end to the violence against women

Fifi Pombo Madikela, a Mennonite Brethren pastor and women’s leader in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, talks about her experience at the World March of Women. (MCC Photo/Suzanne Lind)

Web First | By By Emily Will | Dec 03, 2010

In solidarity with thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted

24 Canadians get MCC global/binational assignments

These Brazil students are part of a younger group of students who have become involved in a garden club, set up by MCC worker Julie Alexander. The club is a mix of ages and encourages students to develop leadership skills while working together as a team. --Photo by Lowell Brown

Web First | By News release | Dec 03, 2010

Twenty-four Canadians were among the  nearly 100 new workers assigned by Mennonite Central Committee recently

Integrating love and spirituality

Dr. Sue Johnson does pre-conference training.

Web First | By Jim Bishop | Dec 02, 2010

“Conversations on Attachment: Integrating the Science of Love and Spirituality,” will be held March 31-April 1, 2011, at Eastern Mennonite University. The conference, a first of its kind, will bring together nationally-recognized experts from a variety of disciplines to apply key insights from attachment theory to current research and practice.

Bauman receives music scholarship

Jeremy Bauman

Web First | By Lewis Brubacher | Nov 29, 2010

Jeremy Bauman of Kitchener, in Year 3 at Wilifred Laurier University, has received a $3,500 Abner Martin Music Scholarship for 2010/11, announces Menno Singers, a community choir in the Waterloo Region of Ontario.  Working towards a bachelor of music degree in Music Performance on Viola, Bauman is studying with Christine Vlajk of the Penderecki String Quartet.

Miller named MEDA regional director

Mike Miller

Web First | By Linda Whitmore | Nov 24, 2010

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

Web First | By joint news release | Nov 24, 2010

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)

Web First | By From a recent newsletter | Nov 23, 2010

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.

Showalter resigns as missions president

Richard Showalter

Web First | By Staff report | Nov 23, 2010

Richard Showalter has resigned as president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), effective in the fall of 2011. EMM Board Chair Joe Sherer says “Richard has been a strong and visionary leader with a passion to see the gospel go to areas without a Christian witness.”

International greeting of peace at Remembrance Day service

Ying Ying Wang from China and Santiago Gomez of Colombia at the Remembrance Day service. (Photo courtesy Terry Pugh, Clark's Crossing Gazette)

Web First | By By MCC staff | Nov 23, 2010

Two participants in MCC’s International Volunteer Exchange Program stood before a crowd of 600 people

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.

Web First | By By Gladys Terichow | Nov 23, 2010

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.

Web First | By By NICOLE WINFIELD and FRANCES D'EMILIO | Nov 23, 2010

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.

Web First | By By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld | Nov 23, 2010

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.

Africans accepting of other faiths

Dr. Luis Lugo

Web First | By Karl Juhlke | Nov 19, 2010

A vast majority of Africans are very accepting of people from other faiths, Dr. Luis Lugo of the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, told the first forum sponsored by the Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace at Conrad Grebel University College.

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.

Web First | By John Longhurst | Nov 19, 2010

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.

Longhurst leaves MPN for Canadian Foodgrains Bank

John Longhurst

Web First | By Emily Cain, Communications Officer | Nov 19, 2010

John Longhurst, of Winnipeg, has been appointed director of resources and public engagement with