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EMU gets top award for sustainability

EMU Charlotte Wenger and mascot HERM, featured in the award-winning video, challenge all college students to "Chill Out." Photo by Lindsey Kolb

Eastern Mennonite University has been honored as a winner of the National Wildlife Federation’s annual competition “Chill Out: Climate Action on Campus.” This award program recognizes U.S. schools that are designing and implementing creative approaches to advance sustainability on campuses. EMU is one of six winning schools that were chosen from a national pool of entries.

On Being a Conscientious Objector during an Election Campaign

The promotional supplement in the March 21 issue advances  important matters of conscience.  The proposed involvement, though, reflects an acceptance that we are out of step with what the majority of Canadians want from their government.  Electing members of parliament who are open to pursuing peace would create some space for these issues of conscience.

New Book Interprets Church Apologies

‘With grace, courage, and a discerning spirit, Jeremy Bergen offers an account of ecclesial repentance worthy of a pilgrim people, a church at once reconciled and always on the journey toward full reconciliation." --Margaret Pfeil of the University of Notre Dame

In recent years, churches have repented for historical wrongs.  In his new book, “Ecclesial Repentance: The Churches Confront Their Sinful Pasts,” Jeremy M. Bergen tells the story of these apologies and analyzes the theological issues they raise about the nature and mission of the church.

Thiessen named editor of GAMEO

Richard Thiessen

Richard Thiessen of Abbotsford, B.C., has been named managing editor of the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online (GAMEO), succeeding Sam Steiner of Kitchener, Ont., whose terms ends this year.  Thiessen, library director at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, has been associate managing editor since November, 2006.  He begins his role in January, 2012.

A prayer for the election

 

 

Leader:  Lord God, Ruler of the Universe, King of kings and Lord of lords, in this Federal Election in the spring of 2011 we come and bow before you, our first and last allegiance.  You have created powers and principalities, governments and institutions, to regulate human life. We acknowledge them as your servants for our good.

From Honduras: a fish story

The author, Bryan Butler (center) sits down to a delicious fish fry with Jose (Chepe) Vasquez (left), chair of the local co-op, and Manuel Tobara, general manager of the local housing program.

Yesterday afternoon Manuel, Chepe and I were invited to a very special lunch in El Cipres. About nine months ago we regained possession of some property that was to be used for helping poor families.

Visits deepen connection between Ontario and southern Africa

“The changes in our life spill over into the lives of others,” said Lynne Ball as she and her husband Gord (left) share photos and memories of their visit to Swaziland with their family members, Lauren and Keith Hubley (center), and Sibusisu Ndzimandze of Swaziland (right). (MCC Photo/Gladys Terichow)

It was a reunion of friends when Sibusiso Ndzimandze, a peace educator from Swaziland, stayed in the home of Gord and Lynne Ball during a recent 10-day visit to Ontario.



Huxman named Conrad Grebel's 7th president

Susan Schultz Huxman

Susan Schultz Huxman, director of the Elliott School of Comunication at Wichita (Kansas) State University, has been named the seventh president of Conrad Grebel University College.  She begins her duties July 1, 2011, following the completion of Dr.  Henry Paetkau’s term as the sixth president at the end of June, according to the board of governors making the announcement at a March 10 meeting.

MCC workers return to Egypt

A women's literacy class, one of many sponsored by MCC in Malaway in upper (southern) Egypt and run by the Coptic Orthodox Church there.

“Our workers are trickling back,” report Mennonite Central Committee workers Tom and Judith Snowdon from their office in Cairo. “The airport is operating very efficiently and is not over-crowded. We have had some problems getting our workers back from Europe because of strikes there!”

Conrad Grebel grad takes 1st in Smith peace contest

John Wray, a 2010 alumnus of Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ont., won the 2010 C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest with a speech titled “Seeing the Human in the Human.” (Conrad Grebel University College photo/Karl Juhlke)

John Wray believes he knows what it will take for peace to rule in everyday life, all over the world.

The only catch is that we’ve all got an assignment.

13 MCC staff, including two children, temporarily relocated to Strasbourg, France.

Long queues in Cairo have been common over the past few days outside bakeries selling subsidized bread, supermarkets and vegetable sellers. --Photo by Adam Makary/Al Jazeera English

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has moved its international workers out of Egypt because of the ongoing civil unrest there.

Goshen grad among finalists in theater festival

Jenna Grubaugh performs in the 2010 Goshen College spring mainstage play "Tartuffe" with fellow student Sam Jones (right). (Photo by Emily Miller/Goshen College Public Relations Office)

Goshen College graduated senior Jenna Grubaugh, a theater major from Vancouver, British Columbia, placed in the top 10 percent of the almost 400 actors nominated in the American College Theater Festival (ACTF) Region III held at Michigan State University in early January.

Epicurean Hootenanny produces fun and funds

House band musicians Willem Moolenbeck (sax) and Dave Tompson (guitar) anchored the singing during the 2011 Epicurean Hootenanny

John Bergen (l) with Bob Janzen at the 2011 Epicurean Hootenanny

Betsy Petker, principle at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, enjoys her dessert.

Buffet dinner at the 2011 Epicurean Hootenanny

Daniel Lichti, bass-baritone, sings Joshua fought the battle of Jericho

House band musicians Jeff Cowell (drums), Willem Moolenbeck (sax), Jeff Laughton (base), Tom Cummings (Vibraphone), and John Wiebe (guitar) anchored the singing.

John Bergen in avid conversation with his sister-in-law Ilene Bergen

The Rockways belt out “9 to 5”, made famous by Dolly Parton.

Scott Brubacher-Zehr, pastor at John Bergen’s church – Rockway Mennnonite - enjoys appetizers.

Wearing strings of beads reminiscent of Mardi Gras in New Orleans 220 people were transported to Mississippi

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