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There will be room at the table for youth at next month’s Assembly 2017. (Photo courtesy of MC Canada)

Members of the Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) are hoping that financial assistance and special events aimed specifically at high school students will encourage youth to attend... Read More
September 6, 2017
| Aaron Epp, Young Voices Editor

Mennonite choir members, first nations drummers and dancers, and recent immigrants from the Saskatoon Open Door Society gather for a group photo at the “Shared Land, Shared Song” event. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“Next to food as a gift from God . . . song pulls us together.” With these words, Harry Lafond welcomed singers, dancers and audience members to a very special concert. Muskeg... Read More
September 6, 2017
| Donna Schulz, Saskatchewan Correspondent

Mary Krause, left, Barb Froese and Mel Siemens reminisce over a display of old photographs at Eigenheim Mennonite Church’s 125th-anniversary celebration. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

When members of Eigenheim Mennonite Church realized it had been 25 years since the church’s centennial, they decided it was time for another celebration. To mark the congregation’... Read More
September 6, 2017
| Donna Schulz, Saskatchewan Correspondent

Living Hope Christian Fellowship, of Surrey B.C.,  likes to have fun during worship services, including an installation service for youth pastors Derek Dovale and Bless Len. (Living Hope Christian Fellowship photo)

For Living Hope Christian Fellowship of Surrey, hosting Karen refugees from Burma is not a movie plot, it’s reality. Beginning in 2006, Karen refugees started moving into low-... Read More
September 6, 2017
| Amy Dueckman, B.C. Correspondent

Pictured at the recent meeting of what is now the North American Vietnamese Evangelical Fellowship, are from left to right, front row: Nhien Pham, pastor of the Vietnamese Mennonite Church in Vancouver and chair of the newly named organization; and his wife Lien; and back row: Garry Janzen, MC B.C. executive minister; and Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, MC Alberta area church minister. (Photo courtesy of Garry Janzen)

A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. From June 30 to July 1, 2017, the... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, Alberta Correspondent

Louise Campbell poses with the New International Version Student Bible and a copy of the most recent ‘Season of reading guide’ used by Leamington (Ont.) United Mennonite Church to increase biblical literacy in the congregation for the past two years. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

While many congregations are shuttering or repurposing their education wings, Leamington United Mennonite Church built a whole new addition in 2011, replacing a 1959 building that... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Dave Rogalsky, Eastern Canada Correspondent, Leamington, Ont

Oliver Friesen displays a ribbon found in a hatbox that likely belonged to Elder Peter Regier of the Rosenort Mennonite congregations. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

Oliver Friesen’s face lights up when he talks about history. “There’s something about the past,” he says. “It’s alive and so interesting.” For the past two summers Friesen has... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Donna Schulz, Saskatchewan Correspondent, Rosthern, Sask.

David Fehr, left, and Klaas Wall in the middle of a rice field not too far from Puerto Gaitán, Colombia. (Photo courtesy of Kennert Giesbrecht)

Despite warnings from Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), Low German Mennonites from drought-prone regions of northern Mexico have bought over 20,000 hectares of land in Colombia... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Will Braun, Senior Writer

Mekiah Yonda, left, and Amber Muskego have been friends since 2010, when this photo was taken. (Photo courtesy of Mekiah Yonda)

 

A relationship between a Winnipeg church and a community in northern Manitoba has resulted in a special friendship between two young women. Mekiah Yonda and Amber Muskego met when... Read More
August 23, 2017
| Aaron Epp, Young Voices Editor

Menno Simons’ favourite verse was chosen for the cloth commemorating the centennial of Communauté Mennonite au Congo (Mennonite Community in Congo). Mennonites in the Democratic Republic of Congo are currently facing violence and displacement in the conflict-plagued Kasai region. (Photo by James Krabill)

WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence. Dozens of Congolese Mennonites have been killed, hundreds of their homes have been burned, and thousands of them... Read More
August 21, 2017
| Will Braun, Senior Writer

Martha Wiens stands in front of a quilt she made to raffle off at her 80th birthday party. Proceeds will support a scholarship for a young woman to attend Meserete Kristos College in Ethiopia. (Photo by Michael Wiens)

When retired teacher Martha Wiens of Leamington (Ont.) United Mennonite Church turned 80, she threw herself a birthday party with purpose. She auctioned off a specially made quilt... Read More
August 18, 2017
| Deborah Froese, Mennonite Church Canada

The sun sets in Oliver, B.C., against a hazy sky during the first week in August 2017. Smoke from fires in B.C.’s interior spread throughout the province this summer. (Photo by John Dawson)

Haze lingered over a wide area of British Columbia in early August, a reminder that wildfires in B.C.’s interior were affecting residents several hundred kilometres away. An air... Read More
August 15, 2017
| Amy Dueckman, B.C. Correspondent
Ben Goossen argues that German-speaking Mennonites of the 20th century had a sense of Mennonite nationality and that this concept of Mennonites as a “chosen nation,” a people with... Read More
August 15, 2017
| Barb Draper, Editorial Assistant
The four short words of this obituary’s title, sent to Mennonite Church Alberta’s area church minister Tim Wiebe-Neufeld, heralded a large impact for the province’s churchgoers,... Read More
August 2, 2017
| Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, Alberta Correspondent

Jim Brown, Tavistock (Ont.) Mennonite Church’s intentional interim pastor, emerges from the dunk tank during the congregation’s 75th-anniversary celebration on June 25, 2017. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

On June 25, 2017, Tavistock Mennonite Church’s intentional interim pastor, Jim Brown, got his feet—and more—wet, as the congregation acknowledged three-quarters-of-a-century of... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Dave Rogalsky, Eastern Canada Correspondent

Cassie Bobbitt, Richella Li, Olivia Atherton-Reimer and Kate Boyer bag dehydrated vegetables at Okanagan Gleaners in Oliver, B.C. (Photo courtesy of Rosthern Junior College)

As far as David Epp is concerned, the 2016-17 school year was “a real success.” His first year of teaching at Rosthern Junior College (RJC) was also the first year of the school’s... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Donna Schulz, Saskatchewan Correspondent

Children of the Kabala and Djumaine families of Mission, B.C., perform a dance at the celebration of World Refugee Day in Abbotsford’s Mill Lake Park on June 24, 2017. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

“We are here to celebrate with you,” said Melissa Giles, director of programs for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) B.C., as she praised the strength, courage and perseverance of... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Amy Dueckman, B.C. Correspondent

Mike Wiebe, Raya Cornelsen, Rebecca Klassen-Wiebe and Lauren Harms visit with Erwin Cornelsen in his kitchen. (Photo of Jonas Cornelsen)

When Jonas Cornelsen tells people he spent the last year living with, and caring for, his grandfather in Vancouver, they often praise him. While Jonas appreciated his time with... Read More
July 18, 2017
| Aaron Epp, Young Voices Editor

Darrell W. Fast

Darrell W. Fast, born in Mountain Lake, Minn., passed away at the Leamington (Ont.) Mennonite Home, leaving Loretta Fast, his wife, his children Douglas (Michelle) Fast and... Read More
July 15, 2017
| Ross W. Muir, Managing Editor

Image courtesy of www.pixabay.com. CCO Public Domain. 

On July 1, 1867, the concerted efforts of 36 male, ethnic-European politicians came to fruition, and the Dominion of Canada was born. At the time, they celebrated, and for more... Read More
June 30, 2017
| Deborah Froese, Mennonite Church Canada

As Pastor Yared Seretse, right, prays, Josef and Teddy Ekle sing and play during a time of contemplation after Seretse’s hour-long sermon on seeking, finding and obeying God’s guidance during the Meheret Evangelical Church worship service at St. Marks Lutheran Church on June 11, 2017. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Meheret Evangelical Church has been meeting for worship in Kitchener for 20 years. Founded by four families, the church of about 15 saw slow growth over the years, as refugees... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Dave Rogalsky, Eastern Canada Correspondent

Mennonite Church B.C. participants Jon Nofziger, left, and Artur Bergen pause for discussion during a break at the Anabaptist theology conference at Trinity Western University on June 8, 2017. (Photo by Amy Dueckman)

Creating more dialogue between the 16th-century Anabaptist tradition and the context of the Global South, and learning about how Mennonite women “do” theology, were two of the... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Amy Dueckman, B.C. Correspondent

Derek Neufeld, foreground, does his best during the coffee house at SMYO junior-high youth retreat. (Photo by Kirsten Hamm-Epp)

Say yes, and get out of your comfort zone. These were the two main take-aways from the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan junior-high retreat, held from May 26 to 28, 2017, at the... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Kirsten Hamm-Epp

A million praying South Africans gathered on 800 hectares of farmland on April 22, 2017, to pray for healing of the nation. (Photo courtesy of MC Canada.)

They were called and they came, a million people from every corner of South Africa. They gathered on April 22, 2017, in an expanse of field near Bloemfontein for the largest... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Deborah Froese, Mennonite Church Canada

At the beginning of the blanket exercise, the floor is covered and people walk freely over the “land.” (Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld)

On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, a spirit of truth and reconciliation filled the fellowship hall and sanctuary of Edmonton's First Mennonite Church. Instead of the regular... Read More
June 28, 2017
| Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, Alberta Correspondent

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