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With her gray hair tied neatly in a bun and her wire-rimmed glasses perched thoughtfully on her nose, Ellen Davis looks the part of a distinguished Bible scholar. Her resume... Read More
October 30, 2013 | Web First | Yonat Shimron
UPDATE: The required process of home visits and sleepovers has begun for two families in the Old Order Mennonite community. Yesterday the children of one family were returned home... Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Stephen Siemens is the Restorative Justice Co-ordinator for MCC Canada.

Are Mennonites ready to discuss the ugly facts of pornography? A new resource being published by MCC can help start the conversation.Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On | By Karin Fehderau
Theology, spirituality Flowing with the River: Soundings from my Life and Journey . Sue Clemmer Steiner. Self-published, 2013, 174 pages.Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On |
Royden Loewen and Steven Nolt have undertaken a difficult challenge in writing a history of Mennonites in North America. The scope of the project is broad, not only in terms of... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper
Sue Clemmer Steiner’s recent publication crosses genres within autobiography. It is personal memoir and spiritual recollection. It is reflections on a life in pastoral ministry... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On | By Marianne Mellinger
Creating a CD is both simple and complex. The proliferation of digital recording equipment and the ease and non-expensive nature of producing CDs has led many local musicians and... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky

On Oct. 7, 2013, Idle No More held a rally at the Manitoba Legislative grounds in Winnipeg to mark the 250th anniversary of the Proclamation of 1763. About 10 percent of those in attendance to show solidarity with indigenous brothers and sisters were Mennonite.

When Moses Falco heard the words, “We never gave up our sovereignty,” at an Oct. 7 rally held in Winnipeg to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, they... Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese and Dan Dyck

Youth from the !Explore program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary worked with Pedal Power, a ministry of the Voluntary Service unit in Elkhart, Ind., connected to Prairie Street Mennonite Church. From left: Isaiah Friesen, Sara Erb (event pastor), Nick Simons (from Prairie Street), Ryan Miller, Madeline Gerig, Lynea Brubacher Kaethler.

As two Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary students led a program that encourages high school youth to consider ministry, their own call to ministry grew stronger.Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Mary E. Klassen
I had the privilege of teaching a pastoral theology class at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, last week. I had the entire senior class: 13 young, promising,... Read More
October 18, 2013 | Web First | Tom Ehrich

‘Book,’ a 2007 painting by Winnipeg artist Seth Woodyard.

Today, when people think of the word “icon,” images of computers and technology come to mind. For centuries, though, the icon—derived from the Greek eikon or ikon—has referred... Read More
October 17, 2013 | Artbeat | By Aaron Epp
The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders hope it might spark increased attention about present-day race relations. “It... Read More
October 16, 2013 | Web First | Adelle M. Banks


Can a bad person be a good theologian? All of us fall short of our ideals, of course. But there is a common-sense expectation that religious professionals should try to behave as... Read More
October 15, 2013 | Web First | By MARK OPPENHEIMER
An Ohio court has given limited guardianship of a 10-year-old Amish girl to a lawyer who will make medical decisions instead of the girl's parents. Maria Schimer is also a... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | Katherine Burgess

Spong speaking to a church in England.

At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn't have to be the liberal enfant terrible whose pronouncements for gay rights and against traditional dogmas once... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | David Gibson


Author Malcolm Gladwell may not be known for writing on religion. His New York Times best-selling books "The Tipping Point," "Outliers," "Blink" and "What the Dog Saw" deal with... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Wilmer Martin, president and co-owner of TourMagination, sitting front left, and Yvonne Martin, back in sunglasses, enjoy tea while travelling in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on a joint TourMagination/MEDA trip in 2007.

Yvonne Martin, retired from the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, and her husband Murray, also retired, have travelled to many places—all of Canada, half of the U.S., and many... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

English professors Monika Hilder and Stephen Dunning together bring more than 40 years of research on the Inklings’ authors. They head the newly formed Inklings Institute of Canada at Trinity Western University.

Trinity Western University has established a new research unit dedicated to the study of a group of popular British authors and thinkers, the Inklings. While the name may not be... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Artbeat |

Rachel Kehl makes her own path to the future at First Mennonite Kitchener’s 200th anniversary fiesta.

A 200th anniversary fiesta broke out on First Mennonite Church’s parking lot on Sept. 28 with a bouncy castle, face painting, and worship in Spanish and English with the... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky
Four months after being placed on administrative leave by the board of Bethania Group Personal Care Homes, chief executive officer Ray Koop was let go on Oct. 3 following the... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Grace Smallboy sits among the decimated residents of North America/Turtle Island after many years of settler activity in the blanket exercise at a Kairos event held at Valleyview Mennonite Church, London, Ont., on Sept. 28.

Grace Smallboy, an Indian Residential School (IRS) survivor, sat on a small folded blanket in the middle of the Valleyview Mennonite Church sanctuary while around her others—... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

John Reesor, a resident of Stouffville, seen here with the peace plaque, was a conscientious objector during the Second World War.

When the white doves flew up from the newly installed peace plaque in the centre of Stouffville, Ont., Arnold Neufeldt-Fast’s heart must have stopped.Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Dick Benner

Brad Reimer with MCC Manitoba’s waste vegetable oil-powered vehicle.

When Ken Rempel stopped for a construction delay on Highway 2 near Winnipeg, the flagman asked if he was the guy who ran his car on vegetable oil. The flagman had confused Rempel... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this... Read More
September 30, 2013 | Web First | Kirsten Powers, colunnist
GRETNA, MAN.—At the start of September, Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) eagerly welcomed 142 students for the 2013-14 school year, representing an 8 percent increase from the... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |