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Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has said talks with the White House over a proposed contraception mandate are "going nowhere." --RNS photo by Gregory A. Shemitz

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan defended his invitation of President Obama to the annual Al Smith Dinner in October, saying he is trying to encourage civility and dialogue amid a... Read More
August 20, 2012 | Web First | Chris Lisee

Paul Ryan--Romney's veep choice.

For the first time in U.S . history, both sides of the ballot include Roman Catholics: Democrats' Vice President Joe Biden, and Republicans' newly named vice presidential... Read More
August 20, 2012 | Web First | Daniel Burke
A Vermont jury found an Amish-Mennonite pastor guilty Tuesday (Aug. 14) of abetting an international kidnapping to keep a young girl from her lesbian parent. Virginia pastor... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
A Moscow court found three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" today (Aug. 17) for a guerrilla performance in Moscow... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | By Sophia Kishkovsky

Sto:lo Drummers and Activists Rally in Front of the Chilliwack Court House on July 26. On July 25, the prior day, Kwitsel Tatel and her son, Kwiis Hamilton, were both jailed and penalized for her decision to drum and sing her evidence into Court dressed in Aboriginal regalia.

In another of many court trials for Kwitsel Tatel , the aboriginal mother of two charged with illegal possession of fish, was jailed here July 25, along with her son, before the... Read More
August 17, 2012 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor and publisher

Rabus and Otto

Jennifer Otto and Gregory Rabus, from Ontario and Connecticut respectively, have accepted an invitation to lead an urban church plant in southern Germany in partnership with the... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

Pastoral intern Christina Edmiston engages ministry team leader Mike Thiessen in conversation at the potluck following Wanner Mennonite’s 175th-anniversary celebration service on June 24 in Cambridge, Ont.

The way Ken Bechtel, Wanner Mennonite Church historian, puts it, the “175” in this year’s celebration refers only to the construction of the first dedicated church building. The... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
Is the New Testament inherently violent? What does Jesus’ brutal death on the cross mean to persons holding a more passive view of non-resistance? How does one seriously read the... Read More
August 15, 2012 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dick Benner

Muriel Bechtel, retiring this summer after 12 years as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada conference minister, is pictured in her office, familiar to many pastors through the years.

After 12 years as Mennonite Church Eastern Canada’s conference minister, Muriel Bechtel will be moving into retirement this summer. On June 24 she also celebrated 20 years since... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Basil Kaboushi, left, and Wajdi Haddad, volunteers with Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, help to distribute MCC relief kits and comforters to Syrian refugees at the Latin Patriarchate School in Mafraq, Jordan, in June.

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) continues to address needs of refugees fleeing from increasing violence in Syria. Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, is distributing comforters,... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Ed Nyce

Derek (7) and Michael (10) Thiessen, comprising the entire Sunday School, began a goat project in June, just weeks before the last worship service of Portage Mennonite Church. They are not sure where will they will go to church now that it is closing. 

For over 35 years “the little church that could” nurtured faith, built community, and sent many of its members out into the wider world to work in with MCC, Canadian Foodgrains... Read More
August 15, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Africa has topped the list of most devout regions of the world, with 89 percent calling themselves religious, according to a worldwide poll called "The Global Index of Religiosity... Read More
August 14, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Munyaradzi Makoni
Gray skies sputtered rain into the muggy Ohio afternoon as friends and family gathered for the memorial service for Alfred Geiser on Aug. 5. The organist played "When Peace Like a... Read More
August 7, 2012 | Web First | by Sherah-Leigh Gerber
While governments and corporations may paint a rosy picture of Colombia, some facts are worth bearing in mind. Colombia’s continual internal armed conflict perpetuates serious... Read More
July 30, 2012 | Web First | Sonia Hsiung, legislative intern for International Affairs

Catwoman: 'There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne."

She has the best of lines; she has the worst of lines. I am referring to the dialogue of Catwoman in this summer’s mega-blockbuster film, The Dark Knight Rises, based very loosely... Read More
July 30, 2012 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen, Film Critic

Basil Kaboushi, left, and Wajdi Haddad, volunteers with Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, help to distribute MCC relief kits and comforters to Syrian refugees at the Latin Patriarchate School in Mafraq, Jordan, in June. --MCC Photo/Nada Zabaneh

Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) continues to address needs of refugees fleeing from increasing violence in Syria. Caritas Jordan, an MCC partner, is distributing comforters,... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Ed Nyce

The wonder of it all!

With a record donation to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, members of the Niverville and District growing project have reason to celebrate. On July 24, the project harvested 78.2 bushels... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Emily Cain

As president of one of the nation's largest family owned businesses, Chick-fil-A's Dan T. Cathy represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based quick-service chicken restaurant chain founded by his father, S. Truett Cathy. There are presently 1,600 franchise units across the US.

Billy Graham, usually silent since he retired to his cabin in the beautiful North Carolina mountains, has come out roaring this week. Days ago he decried America’s spiritual... Read More
July 27, 2012 | Web First | Yonat Shimron
Unlike the directors of many non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Jennifer Henry can speak freely. She’s the head of Kairos, a social justice organization representing seven of... Read More
July 25, 2012 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

Kurt Janz, left, host of the Alberta Heritage Retreat at Camp Valaqua on June 6, poses with guest speaker Mary-Ann Kirkby, author of I am Hutterite, during one of several breaks.

“Interesting!” “Informative!” “Inspiring!” were immediate responses to the question, “What did you think of the day?” Well over 100 participants, most of them over 60,... Read More
July 25, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Doreen Neufeld
A top church historian has said he believes Christianity faces a "bright future" worldwide, but predicted the Roman Catholic church will undergo a major schism over its moral and... Read More
July 9, 2012 | Web First - News from ENI | By Jonathan Luxmoore
Is the New Testament inherently violent? What does Jesus’ brutal death on the cross mean to persons holding a more passive view of non-resistance? How does one seriously read the... Read More
July 6, 2012 | Web First - Book Reviews | Reviewed by Dick Benner, editor and publisher

Members of the Warwick River Mennonite Church youth group and their leaders work on the roof at the Hamilton Welcome Inn as part of the MDS Summer Youth Build. --Photo by Dave Rogalsky

It was a hot Southern Ontario day in July but the crew from Warwick River Mennonite Church in Newport News, Virginia felt that the humidity was nothing compared with home. They... Read More
July 6, 2012 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
The late Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder authored 25 books, inspiring many others to write their own books and research papers about him and his ideas.Read More
July 4, 2012 | Artbeat | By Steve Shenk

Eliesabeth Klassen celebrated her 103rd birthday on March 3. A few weeks later, six of her students from 60 years ago went to visit her at Blenheim Lodge. Pictured from left to right, front row: Lucy Meyer, Eliesabeth Klassen, Marie Penner and Margie Ewert; and back row: Elfrieda Klassen, Margaret Ewert, Helga Stobbe and Elvira Guenther.

Eliesabeth Klassen says she’s three. “Forget the other hundred years,” she says with a laugh, using a magnifying glass to scan familiar faces in old directories from Vancouver’s... Read More
July 4, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Rebekah Funk

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