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The Dalai Lama, already a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is the recipient of the 2012 Templeton Prize, often called the most prestigious award in religion. The announcement, made on... Read More
March 29, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Chris Herlinger
My four favourite films of 2011 all had Christian themes, something that has certainly never happened before. Two of them—Of Gods and Men and The Way—were reviewed in Canadian... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Paul Tiessen , English and film studies prof at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Although sailing troubled waters over the past 50 years, Mennonite novelists have taught Mennonite readers how to approach their texts with boldness and humility as “we learn more... Read More
March 28, 2012 | Artbeat | By Dick Benner
Christine Penner Polle used to turn off the radio when global warming was discussed. Now the former nurse, writer and self-described “climate-change avoider” volunteers full-time... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Will Braun

Toyia Sekento, six, holds a goat that her family is raising. Her family received the goat because her father is part of a self-help group in Kenya that is supported by Mennonite Central Committee. The goats are an incentive for the formation of 60 self-help groups among the Maasai people that each work together to do community projects.

A goat project among Kenya’s Maasai people is giving birth to more than baby goats. It is powering to life a cooperative group ethic that is helping 2,000 Maasai families cope... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Matthew Kistler

Two Ethiopian men work on a river-diversion project that uses a gravity-fed system to irrigate their crops and that permits more than one growing season per year.

The invitation arrived last September: “Would you like to accompany the Canadian Foodgrains Bank on a media study tour of Ethiopia?” It sounded like an eye-opening opportunity to... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Al Friesen

By participating in the award-winning program run by the Migibare Senay Children and Family Support Organization, a Mennonite Central Committee partner in Ethiopia, Tiruneh Mitiku has doubled the income he can make off his farm in the country’s Amhara region.

At a February ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Migibare Senay Children and Family Support Organization received a first place “green award” from President Girma Wolde-... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Violence in domestic relationships has long-reaching and painful consequences for the entire family, as those who attended a seminar on the topic at Langley Mennonite Fellowship... Read More
March 28, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

'Kony 2012' has gone viral on the web.

Although the Internet video " Kony 2012" is bringing world attention to an infamous Ugandan warlord, calling for his arrest this year, it doesn't mention much about the church... Read More
March 27, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Fredrick Nzwili

The United Nations has initiated a program to begin paying developing countries to stop cutting down their forests. --Photo from REDD

A major US newspaper reporter has pointed the finger, once again, at Mennonites in the Paraguayan Chaco for massive deforestation, clearing the land for grazing large herds of... Read More
March 26, 2012 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor and publisher

Bashara Awad right and Munther Isaac at opening ceremonies.

A major breakthrough in the evangelical world took place in Bethlehem through a gathering of over 600 international and local Christians, including renowned evangelical leaders... Read More
March 22, 2012 | Web First | Submitted by Palmer Becker
Since 1982 there has been only one official statement of the World Council of Churches ( WCC ) on mission and evangelism. Now in 2012 the WCC's Commission on World Mission and... Read More
March 22, 2012 | Web First | Staff reports
For the last decade, some Germans have tapped into their nation's feelings for its ancient forests and chosen a final resting place in a woodland gravesite. Churches used to frown... Read More
March 21, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Ruby Russell

‘6.5 Weeks’ by Cliff Derksen (clay with patina finish). The artist tried to sculpt his murdered daughter’s bound hands, but couldn’t bear to. Instead, he sculpted his own because he wishes they would have been his hands bound, instead of hers.

It is indescribable, the feeling of losing a loved one, especially when that person is lost as the result of a murder. Cliff, Wilma and Odia Derksen have experienced this... Read More
March 14, 2012 | Artbeat | Story and Photos by Rachel Bergen

Barry Rempel is pictured in the new terminal building at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport on the day of its opening, Oct. 30, 2011.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15). These are words... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Almighty God, we pray today for all people of the Middle East, who face a time of change and uncertainty. With one mouth and one heart, together with our brothers and sisters... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the World |

In a more peaceful time, orphans Alla and Marah look out over the city of Homs, Syria. Their orphanage, a ministry of the Syrian Orthodox Church that is supported by MCC’s Global Family program, has now moved to a safer location.

Alarmed by the continuing violence in Syria, and consistent reports that unrest is likely to escalate and spread to neighbouring countries in the coming months, Mennonite Central... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Gladys Terichow

Samantha Nutt signs copies of her book Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid at the Project Ploughshares 35th-anniversary celebration in Waterloo, Ont., last month.

The greatest threat to world peace today is the Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle, Samantha Nutt told an engaged audience who had come out on Feb. 27 to celebrate 35 years of Project... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dick Benner

The CMU Male Octet performs at the MC Saskatchewan delegate sessions.

For the 200 or so delegates who crowded into the Shekinah Retreat Centre for the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan annual delegate sessions at the end of February, it was a time of... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Karin Fehderau

Indigenous carver Isadore Charters, left, directs Don Klaassen, in the fine art of wood carving. The totem pole will be exhibited at the B.C. Truth and Reconciliation Commission meetings in Vancouver in September 2013, in recognition of the Canadian government’s role in perpetrating harm upon First Nations peoples through residential schools.

Celebrating 75 years together as a church in British Columbia, Mennonite Church B.C . came together to celebrate God’s presence with the theme, “Yesterday, today, forever,” on... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Marla Langelotz, pastor of Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, participates in a table discussion at last month’s Mennonite Church Manitoba leadership seminar.

While the conversation and participation were good at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church on a Saturday morning to discuss the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) document, Pastor Marla... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dick Benner

MC Manitoba board member Dave Regehr, standing, circulates among the delegates to listen and respond to questions as last month’s annual area church meeting.

“Church life as we know it is changing,” Willard Metzger , executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, told delegates at the annual MC Manitoba meetings in Winnipeg last month... Read More
March 14, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

John Siebert, executive director of Project Ploughshares

No sense just piling on. The Kony 2012 viral video has elevated awareness of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa to stratospheric heights. Over the past few days... Read More
March 13, 2012 | Web First | By John Siebert
Christians comprise half of the world's 214 million migrants, those who have moved from their country of birth and are now living permanently in a different country, a new study... Read More
March 8, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Chris Herlinger
Anne Frank, Simon Wiesenthal's parents, Gandhi, Daniel Pearl, Elvis. Mormon leaders are fed up. On March 2, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' (LDS) governing First... Read More
March 5, 2012 | Web First | By Peggy Fletcher Stack