News & Stories

General Secretary Larry Miller (left) and General Secretary-elect César García (right) share a light moment at the MWC Executive Committee meetings in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo by Merle Good

The rise of Anabaptist-related churches in the global South is becoming much more than a matter of membership. At this year’s meeting of the Mennonite World Conference’s Executive... Read More
May 13, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Young Anabaptists (YAB) helping to decide are (l to r) Melani Susanti, Indonesia; Tigist Gelagle, Ethiopia; Rodrigo Pedroza Garcia, Mexico; Kristina Toews, Canada; Sumana Basumata, India, and Carlos Alberto Alvarez Woo, Colombia. Seated are Adi Walujo, Indonesia; Edgardo Sanchez, Argentina; and Sandra Campos Cruz, Costa Rica.

With eyes wide open about the visa challenges faced by international participants, especially youth, the executive committee of the Mennonite World Conference agreed May 9 to hold... Read More
May 13, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Three generations of peacebuilders from Argentina are studying at SPI: Maria Karina Echazu, an attorney; her nephew Joaquin Echazu, a university student studying security issues; and Lilian Burlando (Maria Karina's mother and Joaquin's grandmother), director of a Peace Center in Teirra del Fuego. --Photo by Jim Bishop

Those entering the opening session of Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) were handed felt markers and circles of fabric. Their assignment: “Tell... Read More
May 12, 2011 | Web First | by Chris Edwards

Amy Kosari, of Ellswroth, Wis. a representative of a Presbyterian church belonging to the Synod of the Lakes and Prairies in the Twin Cities area, speaks against an amendment to eliminate the celibacy requirement for gay and lesbian clergy at the Peace Presbyterian Church in St. Louis Park, Minn. --AP Photo

Gay and lesbian advocates celebrated a landmark victory on May 10 when the Presbyterian Church (USA) entered the expanding ranks of Christian denominations that allow openly gay,... Read More
May 12, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Daniel Burke

Cliff and Wilma Derksen

It has been a very long and incredibly hard journey, but Cliff and Wilma Derksen of Winnipeg have finally come to a bright and sunny clearing in their lives. Their journey began... Read More
May 11, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Disaster recovery studies graduate David Barker, second from right, poses with, from left, CMU president Gerald Gerbrandt and instructors Lois Nickel and Kenton Lobe.

Three years ago, in the middle of reading Roméo Dallaire’s traumatic first-hand account of the Rwanda genocide, David Barker decided his future would be in disaster response. “It... Read More
May 11, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Nadine Kampen
All indicators point to the old structures giving way to new ways of being the church, Willard Metzger told the nearly 400 delegates gathered for the 2011 annual church gathering... Read More
May 11, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

A girl is carried away after the shooting spree.

The National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil has joined a national disarmament campaign to combat violent crime in the country. Launched May 6, the Disarmament Campaign of... Read More
May 10, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By ENInews Staff

Another Church has been attacked and burned down in Egypt by a mob of Muslim extremists on the basis of “a rumour” that the Church was holding captive a Christian woman who, they claim, wanted to convert to Islam

Christian and Muslim clashes in Egypt have left 12 people dead, 238 injured and two Coptic churches in Cairo burned, the state media reported. Faith and political leaders... Read More
May 9, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Fredrick Nzwil

Bill Warren from Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, leading the study.

Working in a cluster of offices above a LifeWay Christian Bookstore, Bible scholars are buried in a 20-year project to codify the thousands of changes, verse by verse, word by... Read More
May 6, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Bruce Nolan

Katharine Jefferts Schori: "the reign of God lies in the direction of more porous borders."

In a world where crossing borders is becoming a literal fact of life in economics, work and culture, U.S. and Canadian Lutheran and Episcopal/Anglican church leaders crossed the... Read More
May 5, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Chris Herlinger

EMU professor Lisa Schirch with Pakistani graduates of EMU's masters program in conflict transformation, Ali Gohar (l.) and Jennifer Jag Jivan (right).

Pakistan-based graduates of Eastern Mennonite University say U.S. military policy in their country has fed extremism and that, sadly, such extremism may not subside with the death... Read More
May 4, 2011 | Web First | Bonnie Lofton

César García

For the first time, a leader from the global South will become the General Secretary of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC). On May 4, the MWC Executive Committee formally... Read More
May 4, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Safwat Marzouk

Safwat Marzouk, a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary originally from Cairo, Egypt, has been appointed as Professor of Old Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical... Read More
May 4, 2011 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen

Addition completed in time for Conrad Grebel's 50th anniversary in August, 2013.

Construction will begin in March, 2012 at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont. on a $6.3 million addition to the academic building, particularly the library and... Read More
May 3, 2011 | Web First | Susan Fish

Residents of Aura in the Afar showed North American farmers on a food study tour to Ethiopia reserves of sorghum in their homes thanks to agricultural support and irrigation.

Hungry people around the world are once again benefitting from the generosity of people across Canada. Altogether, a total of $9.1 million was donated to Canadian Foodgrains Bank... Read More
May 2, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain, Communications Officer
As a relative newcomer to the Canadian scene, I found Driedger’s latest book on the Mennonites in Winnipeg, his 19th, a virtual map as he traces their development in what has... Read More
May 2, 2011 | Web First - Book Reviews | Review by Dick Benner, editor/publisher
While Latin America has traditionally been overwhelmingly Roman Catholic, the face of religion there is being transformed with the growth of Protestantism expected to stabilize... Read More
April 29, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By ENInews Staff

Child soldiers are regularly used in conflicts such as that in Sri Lanka.

The report of a special U.N. panel that investigated allegations of massive human rights abuses in an ethnic war in Sri Lanka has prompted mixed reactions. "We are relieved that... Read More
April 29, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Anto Akkara

The crowds were treated to not one, but two kisses by the newlyweds.

An estimated two billion people around the world tuned in on Friday, April 29, to watch the wedding of Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and Catherine Middleton at... Read More
April 29, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Matthew Davies

I.B. Horst, 1915 - 2011

Irvin B. Horst, a former Eastern Mennonite University professor who devoted most of his life to Anabaptist history, research and thought, died Apr. 23, 2011, at Virginia Mennonite... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Web First | Jim Bishop
Theology, spirituality Christians and War: A Brief History of the Church’s Teachings and Practices . A. James Reimer. Augsburg Fortress Press, 2010, 192 pages. Published soon... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On |
When Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media merge on July 1, the new agency will be called MennoMedia. That was the decision of the board that now governs MPN and... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | By Steve Shenk
Tongue Screws and Testimonies, a book of essays, poems and artwork reflecting on Martyrs Mirror, is written by insiders for insiders. In the introductory essay, Kirsten Beachy,... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by Fred Redekop
This comprehensive biography of Wilhelm H. Falk (1892-1976), founding bishop of the Rudnerweide Mennonite Conference, is an important addition to the history of Mennonites,... Read More
April 27, 2011 | Focus On | Reviewed by Eckhard Goerz