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In India right now, over one million children are being taken from their families and forced into prostitution and harsh, unpaid labor

Church officials and activists have welcomed an investigation ordered by India's federal Supreme Court into trafficking in children by pastors and exploitative Christians eyeing... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Anto Akkara

J. Lorne Peachey (left) was often heartened by the gifts of Swiss chocolate that Markus Rediger (right), of Switzerland, left at his table during MWC executive committee meetings.

J. Lorne Peachey had long held a secret wish to work for Mennonite World Conference some day. Still, the invitation in 2001 to become editor of MWC's three-language magazine... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First | By Ferne Bukhardt
Just released in Canada Chanting Denied Shores by Tariq Malik is a book I have been waiting for. This is an historical novel based on the true story of the Komagata Maru, a ship... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | Book Review by Sultan Somjee
I am not exactly a fan of the Christian Right. I was therefore surprised at my growing negative reaction as I read McDonald’s engaging description of the rise of the Christian... Read More
December 6, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | Review by Elmer J.Thiessen,

Howard Zehr, 2nd from left, in late November with German Mennonite Peace Committee members and others involved in honoring Zehr for his restorative justice work. The group is visiting a stone memorializing the martyrdom of Anabaptists Michael and Margaretha Sattler in Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany.

Eastern Mennonite University professor Howard Zehr spent his Thanksgiving holiday this year receiving the thanks of German and Swiss groups for his work as a pioneer and... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | By Bonnie Price Lofton

Fifi Pombo Madikela, a Mennonite Brethren pastor and women’s leader in Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, talks about her experience at the World March of Women. (MCC Photo/Suzanne Lind)

In solidarity with thousands of women who have been sexually assaulted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, five Mennonite Congolese women joined an international rally of... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | By Emily Will
In a culture that places a high premium on the consumer marketplace, U.S. churches have become too willing to embrace a "market mentality" in trying to attract followers, says a... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | By Chris Herlinger

These Brazil students are part of a younger group of students who have become involved in a garden club, set up by MCC worker Julie Alexander. The club is a mix of ages and encourages students to develop leadership skills while working together as a team. --Photo by Lowell Brown

Twenty-four Canadians were among the nearly 100 new workers assigned by Mennonite Central Committee recently for one-year and three-year assignments through its SALT – Serving and... Read More
December 3, 2010 | Web First | News release

Dr. Sue Johnson does pre-conference training.

“Conversations on Attachment: Integrating the Science of Love and Spirituality,” will be held March 31-April 1, 2011, at Eastern Mennonite University. The conference, a first of... Read More
December 2, 2010 | Web First | Jim Bishop

Willard Metzger began his duties as general secretary on Nov. 1, 2010.

In this letter to the church in Philippi, the Apostle Paul provides some sound instruction for approaching leadership. Be clear on the ultimate purpose of God’s calling. Disregard... Read More
December 1, 2010 | Web First - Sermons | By Willard Metzger

What angers residents the most is that they were not consulted.

A group of Moscow residents are fighting for official confirmation that a new mosque will not be built in their district of Russia's capital, amid controversies across the world's... Read More
November 30, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Sophia Kishkovsky

The action is seen as a challenge to the leadership of Archbishop Rowan Williams and the structure of the Anglican Communion.

A major step to promote harmony within the worldwide Anglican Communion has been rejected by leaders of a global grouping set up to fight against what its members call breaches of... Read More
November 30, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Martin Revis

Lynn Bergsma Friessen is a teacher at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, ON, and a member of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.

It’s admittedly a little hard to know how to take this Matthew passage. Should I be reading it as some sort of an encouragement? Sounds more like a threat. What does it mean? My... Read More
November 29, 2010 | Web First - Sermons | Lynn Bergsma Friesen

Jeremy Bauman

Jeremy Bauman of Kitchener, in Year 3 at Wilifred Laurier University, has received a $3,500 Abner Martin Music Scholarship for 2010/11, announces Menno Singers, a community choir... Read More
November 29, 2010 | Web First | Lewis Brubacher
About Those Reimers vividly demonstrates how much of one’s life is determined by factors outside one’s control. Elizabeth Reimer Bartel begins her memoir, not with her birth, but... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | Dora Dueck

Mike Miller

Mike Miller, of Partridge, KS, has been named regional director of Resource Development for MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates). He will represent MEDA in the US Mid-... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First | Linda Whitmore
Christians involved in church-based gender justice movements say that men must develop a sense of positive masculinity in order to counter increasing levels of violence by men... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Web First | joint news release

Dave and Karen Mast have traded their home in Ephrata, Pa., for a trailer that they take with them on their assignments with Service Opportunities for Older People (SOOP), a Mennonite Mission Network ministry.

A year ago, Dave and Karen Mast traded their 240-square-metre home in Ephrata, Pa., for a 12-metre-long travel trailer. Dave, 51, and Karen, 48, now travel across the eastern U.S... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Focus On | By DeVonna R. Allison
A short promotional video about the new Herald Press book, Whatever Happened to Dinner?, can now be found on YouTube, courtesy of Wayne Gehman, a video producer at Third Way Media... Read More
November 24, 2010 | Artbeat | By John Longhurst
Because it’s like driving cold and restless I put my arms up and out and feel wind pushing me pushing me pushing me like an aching like a crumbling like an ending you ask if I’m... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Sarah Ens


Senior year in high school is generally busy, but Sarah Ens managed to pack more activities and achievements into Grade 12 than many do in a lifetime, combining academic... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Lao Canadian Evangelical Mennonite Church youths welcomed guests to a fellowship meal following a grand opening celebration for the congregation’s new worship space at a mall in northwest Toronto.

Why would several hundred people enter a storefront on Finch Avenue West in northwest Toronto late in the afternoon of Sept. 26? Not to get a haircut; that’s next door. No, these... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Allan Reesor-McDowell

Jake Rempel and Brian Wiebe prepare a hole to plant one of 37 trees that will border the Carman Mennonite Church property on three sides. About half of the funding came from Manitoba Hydro’s Forest Enhancement Program.

On Nov. 9, a wagonload of 37 trees and an eager group of Carman Mennonite Church members armed with spades, including a massive tree spade powered by a tractor, showed up in the... Read More
November 24, 2010 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

At the site of the Philippines' contested TVI Pacific mine, owned by a Canadian company. (Photo: KAIROS)

KAIROS is deeply disappointed by the defeat of Bill C-300 at its third reading in the House of Commons, according its recent newsletterThe private member’s bill, which would have... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | From a recent newsletter

Richard Showalter

Richard Showalter has resigned as president of Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), effective in the fall of 2011. EMM Board Chair Joe Sherer says “Richard has been a strong and... Read More
November 23, 2010 | Web First | Staff report