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Leah Reesor-Keller, recently appointed executive minister of MC Eastern Canada, says regular opportunities to develop leadership gifts when she was growing up helped to prepare her for this role in the regional church. (Photo by Jacquie Reimer)

Leah Reesor-Keller anticipated that her work as the new executive minister of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada would involve “a lot of talking to people at potlucks.” She was... Read More
November 18, 2020 | People | Janet Bauman

Pictured from left to righ: the Bena family is composed of Sephora, Sidney, Sikila with mother Mamissa, Stony, standing, and father Ben. (Photo courtesy of the Bena family)

In 2005, a Congolese Mennonite couple with a 15-month-old baby made a desperate plan to flee through Europe and fly to Calgary to safety. Even though the second Congo war had... Read More
November 18, 2020 | People | Joanne De Jong

Wenger Shenk, plenary speaker for MC Canada’s virtual ‘Table talk’ study conference, on Oct. 25, addresses the question ‘Why church?’ in one of two talks she gave. (Screenshots by Janet Bauman)

A feast of metaphors was on the menu for Mennonite Church Canada’s inaugural study conference on the character and mission of the church and the role of worship. “Table talk: Does... Read More
November 4, 2020 | News | Janet Bauman

Members of Mount Royal Mennonite Church’s Baby Boomers Plus group celebrate Christmas together in 2019 at Eric and Verna Olfert’s home. (Photo by Ron Wiebe)

Baby Boomers Plus, as its name implies, is a small group for people of a certain age. But it’s a small group with a difference. Three years ago, Claire Ewert Fisher was serving as... Read More
November 4, 2020 | News | Donna Schulz

Grade 10 music students at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, Ont., take to drumming outside on the back field of their school in order to explore music in a different way while pandemic protocols prohibit them from singing or playing wind instruments inside the classroom. (Photos by Leanne Lobe)

Eric Dettweiler’s Grade 10 music class at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener began the school year drumming every day for the first few weeks, often outdoors. Now the 11... Read More
November 4, 2020 | News | Janet Bauman

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Indiscriminate use of social media is bad for us, warns Ed Cyzewski. While technology is convenient and promises to make us more efficient and keep us in touch with more people,... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

Doris Daley, a western humorist and poet living in Black Diamond, Alta., is a member of Trinity Mennonite Church in DeWinton, Alta. (Photo courtesy of Doris Daley)

When COVID-19 hit in March, Doris Daley of Trinity Mennonite Church in De Winton, Alta., decided to clean the house. Many families, stuck at home, have taken this “unprecedented... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Focus On Books & Resources | Joanne De Jong

Andrew Unger is the creator of the Mennonite satire website, The Daily Bonnet, and author of the new novel, Once Removed. (Photo courtesy of Andrew Unger)

Andrew Unger shot to fame after creating the Mennonite satire website, “The Daily Bonnet.” Now he is branching out, adding to his repertoire a longer feat: his first novel. Once... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Focus On Books & Resources | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Thomas Bergen is the author of 'Home Together: Student Ministry at the Menno Simons Centre.' (Photo courtesy of

Using the metaphor of home, a new book relates the history of the Menno Simons Centre, a residence community for university students in Vancouver for more than 30 years. 'Home... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Focus On Books & Resources | Amy Rinner Waddell

Kevin Drudge, pastor of Covenant Mennonite Church in Winkler, Man., published his first two children’s books in August. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Drudge)

When Kevin Drudge needed a children’s story for his church’s Sunday morning worship service, he decided to write one himself. But what began as a one-time occasion has become more... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Focus On Books & Resources | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Photo:, graphic designed by Betty Avery)

Theology, Spirituality Born Again and Again: Jesus’ Call to Radical Transformation . Megan K. Westra. Herald Press, 2020, 226 pages. Westra examines the meaning of salvation,... Read More
November 4, 2020 | Focus On Books & Resources | Barb Draper

Dona Park of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., was commissioned to illustrate the logo and banner for the Women Doing Theology webinar series. (Photo courtesy of Dona Park)

Working with the theme of “What we need is here,” young Canadian artist Dona Park of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C. was commissioned to illustrate the logo and... Read More
November 3, 2020 | Web First | Amy Rinner Waddell

John Roth, a professor at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., is general editor of the Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. (Photo courtesy of Goshen College)

Whether you’re looking for historical background for an academic paper, a church anniversary story, or to confirm a detail like “when was the Mennonite World Conference Assembly... Read More
November 3, 2020 | Web First |

Congregations around the world seek to be compliant with local public health recommendations while meeting to support each other and worship together. Pictured, a worship service in Zimbabwe is socially distanced. (Mennonite World Conference photo)

The 12 Mennonite World Conference (MWC) regional representatives gather online every quarter to reflect on the struggles and joys of the Anabaptist churches in their regions... Read More
November 3, 2020 | Web First | Arli Klassen

Online classes have changed the way the master of theological program operates at Conrad Grebel University College. With the rise in enrolment and interest in the program, there may be lasting online opportunities, according to program director Jeremy Bergen. (Photo by Christin Hume/Unsplash)

The pandemic this year has turned the master of theological study (MTS) program’s teaching model on its head. Conrad Grebel University College professors have adapted and, in some... Read More
November 3, 2020 | Web First | Abby Rudy-Froese

Adam Peachey (left), co-president of the College Republicans, and Ani Beitzel, a member of the Young Democrats, work a voter registration table in early October outside the dining hall at Eastern Mennonite University. The two clubs joined EMU's Student Government Association to help raise awareness among students, sponsoring four lunchtime events and a virtual evening session. (EMU photo by Jon Styer)

Two clubs at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., did their best to get out the vote this month ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election—and contrary to the fraught... Read More
October 27, 2020 | Web First | Lauren Jefferson

John D. Rempel.

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada recently terminated the ministerial credentials of John D. Rempel of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., following an investigation into complaints of... Read More
October 22, 2020 | Web First |

CPN promoter Rosneka Mulalyah, right, hands over a hand-washing station to Paul Karuiki and Mike Musyoki in Mathare 3B community, Kenya. (Centre for Peace and Nationhood photo)

“We are bound together as a community not only through this global pandemic, but through our faith,” says Rick Stiffney, steering committee member of the Global Anabaptist Health... Read More
October 21, 2020 | News |

The logo for Nutana Park Mennonite’s new Peace Club, designed by Sarah Unrau.

These days, with many congregations searching for ways to carry on with existing children’s programming, Nutana Park Mennonite Church in Saskatoon has launched a brand new peace... Read More
October 21, 2020 | News | Donna Schulz

Participants in a Sept. 29 webinar on the Doctrine of DIscovery are, clockwise from top left: Ted Swartz, owner and director of Ted and Co. TheaterWorks; Michelle Milne, actor with Ted and Co.; Henry Krause of the MC B.C. Indigenous Working Group; and Alison Casella Brookins, playwright of We Own This Now. (Screenshot by Ross W. Muir)

A Sept. 29 webinar helped 260 participants learn more about the Doctrine of Discovery and how a proclamation made more than 500 years ago still has repercussions for Indigenous... Read More
October 21, 2020 | News | Amy Rinner Waddell

Steven Giugovaz, pastoral intern at Bergthal Mennonite Church in Didsbury, Alta., is pictured with his wife Emily and their children Luka, Walter and Lahna. (Photo courtesy of Steven Giugovaz)

Giugovaz is not a Mennonite name, but Steven Giugovaz is definitely an Anabaptist. Son of immigrants from Italy and with a Croatian heritage, he has been on a journey that has led... Read More
October 21, 2020 | People | Joanne De Jong

Pamela Obonde has worked with women and children in Kenya for the last 17 years. (Photo by Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe)

Pamela Obonde came to Winnipeg from Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2019 to study in the master of arts in peacebuilding and collaborative development program at Canadian Mennonite... Read More
October 21, 2020 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Gabby Martin (left) and Andrea De Avila (right). (Supplied photos. Composite by Betty Avery)

When Gabby Martin mentions that she’s a Mennonite, she’s often met with, “Okay, but where are you from?” Her father is Black and her mother is Syrian; she was adopted by... Read More
October 21, 2020 | People | Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe

Elfrieda Schroeder has become an expert zwiebach maker. (Photo courtesy of Elfrieda Schroder)

My earliest memories of food go back to my childhood in the Chaco, Paraguay, where my family lived from 1947 to 1952. Our family, like the others in our village, were refugees... Read More
October 21, 2020 | People | Elfrieda Schroeder

Pictured from left to right: Grace Ho, Lauren Kong, Michelle Quan and Christen Kong work in the community garden begun by the outreach team of Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church. The garden became a place of healing and connection in the community. (Photo by Sandy Yuen)

Christen Kong, 27, was part of the community outreach team at Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church when the group started a local butterfly garden to encourage pollinators. Kong... Read More
October 21, 2020 | People | Janet Bauman