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Students from Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., learn about First Nations culture by helping to put up a tipi at the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation, Duck Lake, Sask.

Students from Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., spent Sept. 19-27 learning outside the classroom. While first-year students learned about poverty and homelessness by working in... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the World | Jerry Letkeman

Andrew and Karen Suderman, Mennonite Church Canada workers in South Africa, are hosting a Learning Tour Feb. 6-19. They have been in Pietermaritzburg since 2009 and their daughter, Samantha, was born there.

Spectacular water falls. A sweeping, ruggedly beautiful coastline. Exotic wildlife, sophisticated cities and an endless variety of cultures. These are some of the treasures... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese

Ka Moua (left), Kia Xiong and Seng Yang wore traditional Hmong attire to dress up for the Saturday afternoon High Tea at the women’s retreat at Camp Squeah.

The planning committee for the Mennonite Church B.C. women’s retreat learned the hard way that God is in the details as they struggled to put together a weekend of renewal and... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Waltrude Gortzen
Path #3: Scripture already interprets scripture By Robert J. Suderman For the Being a Faithful Church Task Force “Scripture already interprets Scripture. It is very important to... Read More
October 24, 2012 | God at work in the Church |

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the new president of Somalia, is standing in center-front among classmates at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding Institute. This class, titled "Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach," was one of three that the president took.

The new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud , deepened his understanding of building peace in traumatized societies in three classes taken at the 2001 Summer Peacebuilding... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Web First | Bonnie Lofton

Doreen Ruto of Kenya, pictured working in Somalia, is playing a key role in a USAID-funded project using materials developed at EMU for Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR). The goal is to introduce trauma-healing principles to about 115,000 Somalis and thus decrease the likelihood of cycles of violence.

A graduate of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) , as well as the center’s Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR)... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Web First | Andrew Jenner

Coming to a theatre new you.

Recently released to wide critical acclaim across the U.S. and Canada, Hellbound ? is the brainchild of filmmaker Kevin Miller, a graduate of Columbia Bible College and resident... Read More
October 16, 2012 | Artbeat | Vic Thiessen, Film Critic

Dave and Mary Lou Driedger walking the Great Wall in China

We returned to Canada July 18, 2011, after spending six years teaching at the International Christian School in Hong Kong. My husband Dave and I moved into a condo in downtown... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Focus On | Mary Lou Driedger
One businessman had a hard time getting his head around the idea of the Mennonite Girls Can Cook authors giving all their royalties to charity. Charlotte Penner and her husband,... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Artbeat | By Melodie Davis

Elsie Cressman, (foreground) the subject of a documentary, Return to Africa: The Story of Elsie Cressman, is pictured with filmmakers Paul Francescutti, and Paula and Paul Campsall, at a screening in Waterloo in 2010.

Funeral services were held Sept. 23, for Elsie Cressman, a former Eastern Mennonite Missions worker in East Africa, who died Sept. 11. Cressman was known for her work among... Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in Us | By Linda Moffett

Resident Jen Born relaxes in the Atangard lounge. The former Fraser Valley Inn was converted into community housing for young adults.

By turning a former flophouse into a cozy community living space, young adults in Abbotsford have found a way to recycle and build community at the same time.Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in the World | Story and photo by Amy Dueckman
Too often, Christians use scripture in unhelpful ways to advance a particular point of view. As Mennonite Church Canada we want to honour Scripture and use it with integrity... Read More
October 10, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Rudy Baergen
I wanted to clarify some inaccurate information published in Ron Csillag’s article “Canada cuts all non-Christian prison chaplains” regarding the Government of Canada’s policy on... Read More
October 10, 2012 | Web First | Vic Toews, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety
The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. By next spring, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and other non-Christian inmates will be... Read More
October 9, 2012 | Web First | by Ron Csillag

Patty Dorsey signs a beam, a sign of community at Conrad Grebel University College.

Kitchener resident Patty Dorsey was at a crossroads in life. After raising five children and working with mentally challenged individuals for twenty years, Dorsey needed a change... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Focus On |

Muslim women spent a week at CMU this summer, learning about Christianity.

On a warm summer evening in Winnipeg there is lots of laughter, picture-taking, and food—it’s very much a typical “girls’ night out.” But this party is unique as more than half... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Focus On | By Dora Dueck

A scene from Petrichor includes (from left): Andrew Penner (Dick), David Tompa (Peter), Monica Dottor (Susan), Shannon Taylor (Mary).

The theatre was dim. A projection screen showed an animated scene of a farm yard by night. The wind rippled through the trees and grass. Clouds blew across the moon. Crickets... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky
“Friendship is a jewel in life. Delphine Martin knew how to polish that jewel,” said Melba Tanner, a fellow family therapist at the memorial services of her friend held at... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner,

Bishop Ntambo Ntanda admires the Congolese dress that Pamela Courture, wears in solidarity with the Congolese people, while Mama Emman Selemani, another of the DRC leaders looks on. Courture is currently doing ethnographic research on the peace building efforts of indigenous Congolese persons.

“Our people have to walk 50 miles to buy an aspirin and pregnant mothers have to walk 100 miles for pre-natal and medical care in birthing,” Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda of the... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Dick Benner

Store manager, Bryan Heidebrecht (L), and board member Harvey Friesen, hold a ribbon made of thrift store ties at the grand opening of the new location for Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift Store.

Even with a 50-percent-off deal store-wide, Edmonton’s Mennonite Central Committee Thrift store had record sales at its official grand opening. On an average day 60 customers walk... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Don and Dorothy Friesen enjoy the service of retirement, recognizing Don’s many years of pastoral service at the Ottawa Mennonite Church.

Pierre Trudeau was Canadian prime minister for the first time. Jimmy Carter was president of the United States and Leonid Brezhnev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics... Read More
September 26, 2012 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky

Obama address the UN assembly.

President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 25) gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world's assumptions about free speech and religion. Here are... Read More
September 26, 2012 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
The Church of the Brethren requests prayer for college communities in Kansas and Virginia following three separate and unrelated tragedies: McPherson ( Kan .) College and... Read More
September 25, 2012 | Web First |
When Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition in the US, was discovered to have raked in millions of dollars from the super lobbyist — and eventually convicted felon... Read More
September 24, 2012 | Web First | news sources
Amish bishop Samuel Mullet was convicted Thursday (Sept. 20, 2012) of federal hate crimes and conspiracy for exhorting followers to forcibly shear the hair and beards of those who... Read More
September 21, 2012 | Web First | James F. McCarty for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.