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Florence Cressman Kreider was a friend to both Jews and Palestinians, and she sought to spread peace wherever she traveled. The former mission worker died Nov. 1, 2016, in... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Wil LaVeist
“Why are there three Mennonite organizations working on refugee support in the Kitchener- Waterloo area?” was the question being answered at a Nov. 29, 2016, meeting at 50 Kent... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
For five days last October, intense rainfall caused severe flooding along Colombia’s Pacific coast in the Chocó area, seriously damaging the homes of more than 20,000 people... Read More
December 20, 2016 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
Faced with a funding crisis, sliding attendance and shifting cultural contexts, the response of Mennonite Church Canada and the five area churches has been a five-year process of... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
I want to be excited about church. I do not attend regional or national assemblies, but I care deeply about the broader church. I would rather hang out with my boys than attend a... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Web First | Will Braun
“The timeline [for the Future Directions plan] from Saskatoon did not reflect what was possible,” Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, told the... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
Carol Penner went into ministry to be a “humble tool in God’s tool box—to preach, go to meetings and love people,” like the hammer she brought to the lectern with her. “But,” she... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
In October 2016, students arriving at a Christian school in Aleppo, Syria, discovered that a rocket had blown out a portion of a classroom. So many rockets were landing in the... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Rachel Bergen
Academics, students, independent researchers and lay people alike gathered at the University of Winnipeg in late October 2016 for a global history conference on “Mennonites, land... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Beth Downey Sawatzky
“In this resolution we are not taking sides between Israel and Palestine,” said Palmer Becker at Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2016. “We support the need for a safe place to... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese
Missions is not a very popular word in some circles these days, but when Masaki Higashiguchi visited Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, B.C., on Oct. 30, 2016, it was a... Read More
December 7, 2016 | God at work in Us | Barb Draper
If self-confessed “marriage geek” Katherine Willis Pershey knows one thing after 14 years of marriage, it’s that couples bound together in a sacred covenant need more than cheery... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Artbeat | Kelley Hughes
Nolan Kehler knows a thing or two about music. In addition to studying vocal performance at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, the 22-year-old works part-time as an AM... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
For Winnipeg artist Megan Krause, painting is a process of problem solving. “I never plan a piece ahead of time. Not anymore, anyway,” the 32-year-old says. “It’s all intuitively... Read More
December 7, 2016 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Digna Macias remembers clinging to a door frame in her home in Manta, Ecuador, while the walls fell around her last April following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First | Rachel Bergen
Twenty-five years ago, Michel Monette was selling encyclopaedias door to door seven days a week. One of his fellow salesmen, a Mennonite Brethren man, would take Sundays off to go... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
Hundreds of concerned American citizens gathered peacefully to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline and pray on Nov 26, 2016. At the same time, dozens more gathered at Home Street... Read More
December 6, 2016 | Web First | Beth Downey Sawatzky
The Amish in Ontario are a diverse group, explained Fred Lichti at the fall meeting of the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario, held on Oct. 15, 2016, at Milverton Mennonite... Read More
November 30, 2016 | Web First | Barb Draper

Mesfin Woldearegay, pastor of Bethel Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Kitchener, Ont., leads his congregation in worship at Central Baptist Church on Sunday afternoons. The congregation worships in Amharic, a Semitic language from East Africa. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

English is still the dominant language in Mennonite Church Canada as a whole, but worship also happens every Sunday in Cantonese, Lao, Tigrinya, Oromo and 14 other languages... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
As Lucy Roca was leaving Colombia for her safety and that of her family 12 years ago, the Colombian national church commissioned her to establish Spanish-speaking congregations in... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
The little church that was home to the New Church Society of Rosthern for more than a century has a new home beside the Mennonite Heritage Museum on the Rosthern Junior College (... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
With titles such as “Don’t be a culture monkey” and “I saw an orange glow on the horizon,” participants at Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s annual Equipping Day had a difficult... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Since Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued its final report in 2015, denominations and congregations across the country have wrestled with how to respond in... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the World | Donna Schulz
During the First World War (1914-18), some citizens of Berlin, Ont., grew uncomfortable with their city’s name. At war with the Germans, they did not want to be identified as... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
Peter Kehler, long-time Mennonite missionary, pastor and church worker of Abbotsford, B.C., died Oct. 5, surrounded by his family. He was 89. Kehler was born in St. Anne, Man., on... Read More
November 16, 2016 | God at work in Us | Amy Dueckman

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