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The Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. celebrated its 50th anniversary this summer with fellowship—and cake.

The 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Mennonite Mutual Insurance Co. (Alberta) Ltd. passed in understated Mennonite fashion, with cake and fellowship at the company’s... Read More
October 13, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Olav Fykse Tveit is a Norwegian theologian who took up his WCC post in January.

Muslim and Christian leaders need to set up permanent structures of relating to each other to head off potential conflicts in a world where religion is often seen as having a... Read More
October 12, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Stephen Brown
A private member's bill, which would have allowed U.S. conscientious objectors to the Iraq War to remain in Canada, was defeated on second reading in the House of Commons on Sept... Read More
October 8, 2010 | Web First | Bits and Peaces

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu smiles during a press conference --AP file photo

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, often described as South Africa's moral compass, officially retired on his 79th birthday saying he wishes to devote time to... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Munyaradzi Makoni

Stephanie Epp poses in front of a “peace bus.”

A grassroots response to Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square initiative is rolling through the streets of Saskatoon. On September 6, five king boards – the... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith. Stuart Murray. Herald Press, 2010, 191 pages. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy and Possibility of Christianity... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | By Dick Benner, editor/publisher
Mennonite German Soldiers: Nation, Religion, and Family in the Prussian East, 1772–1880, by Mark Jantzen. University of Notre Dame Press, 2010, 384 pages. Mennonite German... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | Preview by Notre Dame University Press
The Gift of Difference: Radical Orthodoxy, Radical Reformation . Chris K. Huebner and Tripp York, eds. Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2010, 240 pages. The Gift of Difference... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | Reviewed by David Driedger
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress: A Memoir of Going Home . Rhoda Janzen. Henry Holt and Company, 2009, 241 pages. My sister lent me her copy of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress... Read More
October 7, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | By Barb Draper

A Palestinian man shows burnt pages of the Quran inside a West Bank mosque

The Council of the Religious Institutions of the Holy Land has expressed "grave concern" over the Oct. 3 burning by militant Israeli settlers of a mosque in the West Bank village... Read More
October 6, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Judith Sudilovsky

Matiku Thomas Nyitambe during the MWC Executive Committee meetings, July 2009, in Asunción, Paraguay. (Photo by Merle Good)

Matiku Thomas Nyitambe, a prominent leader in the Kanisa la Mennonite Tanzania (KMT), was killed in an automobile accident October 3, while driving from his native home of... Read More
October 6, 2010 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Sumana Basumata is the fifth Mennonite World Conference intern to serve for a year in the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office. (MCC photo by Doug Hostetter)

Sumana Basumata dreams of working with an international organization that promotes peace education among children and youth. This year, she is taking a big step toward that goal... Read More
October 5, 2010 | Web First | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder
The head of the United Bible Societies has praised the newly released Revised Chinese Union Version Bible, which took 27 years to complete, as a uniting point for Chinese... Read More
October 5, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Francis Wong

German President Christian Wulff gave his first major address at the 20th anniversary celebration in Bremen. Wulff's speech was a much-anticipated foray into integration politics, and was generally well-received by the German press.

Islam is part of a modern, changing Germany, the country's president, Christian Wulff, told the nation in an address on the 20th anniversary of the reunification of the once... Read More
October 4, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Anli Serfontein

Conrad Grebel University College president Henry Paetkau presented “Barn Raising,” a Peter Goetz print from the Grebel collection, to David Johnston as a farewell gift on behalf of the uWaterloo University Colleges. Johnston is Canada's new Governor-General. Photo by David Perrin

David Johnston began his first day on the job as Governor General by telling Canada about Mennonites, Blackberrys and the students that marked his time back in Waterloo Region. In... Read More
October 4, 2010 | Web First | Greg Mercer

Uganda's Watoto Children's Choir performs at the 2007 Feast

Thousands of evangelical Christians from 100 countries have participated in a 30th "Feast of Tabernacles" event, organized by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, a... Read More
October 1, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Judith Sudilovsky

MCC engineeer Jon Viducich kneels in front of a vegetable garden watered by a sand dam constructed by the Christian Council of Mozambique in Phiri-meque, Tete province, Mozambique. The garden was cultivated using conservation agriculture principles. The final stages of the sand dam were completed in

In Mozambique, the use of sand dam technology, introduced by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), is spreading across the country, increasing people’s access to water and catching... Read More
October 1, 2010 | Web First | By Tim Shenk
Conrad Grebel University College has long tried to keep a blend of first-year and returning upper-year students in its residence program, but this year the balancing act became... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Susan Fish

In the Middle East, the only places you will see camels are in the tourist areas and the only people who will give you a ride on a camel are those people whose job it is to separate rich tourists from their money.

I had the good fortune this summer to spend five weeks in the Middle East and I didn’t ride a camel once. I flew to Istanbul, Turkey, and worked my way—sans camel—overland to... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Ramon Rempel

One of CMU’s new dissecting microscopes provides students with a close-up view of a tiger beetle on the screen.

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) students wanting to pursue a career in the field of science are one step closer to that goal thanks to a brand new, fully equipped science lab... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Focus On | By Rachel Bergen
The merger of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and MC U.S.A., and Third Way Media, a department of Mennonite Mission Network... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | From a joint MPN/MMN Release
I watched them to the very end, but Richard Dawkins was not in Agora’s list of credits, but he might as well have been. An “evangelical” atheist, Dawkins is known for quipping... Read More
September 29, 2010 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Twila Lebold poses with Dr. Kumar, who performed liberation treatment to open blocked veins from her brain in an effort to relieve her MS symptoms. The controversial treatment is currently not available in Canada.

“Did the prayers work?” was Twila Lebold’s first question after her liberation treatment in India to relieve her multiple sclerosis (MS).Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Thiessen (left) and Johnson (right)

While Vic Thiessen, Mennonite Church Canada’s chief operating officer, says “executive staff . . . are not aware of any concerns raised by MC Canada churches or constituents on... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

‘When the doors open, people will come,’ says Klaus Rempel, who is part of a committee developing a rehabilitation centre that will provide addiction treatment services for Bolivian men.

As the criminal investigation continues into allegations of gang rape in some Mennonite colonies in Bolivia, many local congregations see a need to reach out to people dealing... Read More
September 29, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Gladys Terichow

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