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Carol Ann Weaver, centre, flanked by her daughter Myra and husband Lyle Friesen, laughs in appreciation as she is toasted and roasted at her retirement party on June 9.

If anyone has been keeping track, Conrad Grebel University College is going through a generational shift in faculty and staff. This spring saw the retirements of James Pankratz as... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Stephanie Jorritsma and Emily Enns paint doors outside a client’s home. (Photo: Nick Hamm)

What good can a stranger with no construction skills do in a disaster zone in a week? Quite a bit, it turns out. While in high school I had the opportunity to serve on a Mennonite... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Focus On | Stephanie Jorritsma
In response to urgent appeals from the Supreme Council of the Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon and from the Middle East Council of Churches, Mennonite World Conference... Read More
September 23, 2014 | Web First |

Loren Johns

Mennonite Church Canada has added a new resource to the list of documents for study and discussion in the Being a Faithful Church (BFC) process. The BFC Task Force asked Loren... Read More
September 19, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

Peter Nguyen and Kim Bui, left, celebrate 40 years of marriage with an official church wedding ceremony officiated by Pastor April Yamasaki on Aug. 10, 2014.

Peter Nguyen and Kim Bui received an anniversary gift on August 10 that they never got at their wedding 40 years ago: a church ceremony with a marriage licence. The pair had been... Read More
September 16, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and photo by Amy Dueckman

Rianna Isaak

Much time and energy at the Mennonite Church Manitoba office was directed this summer to helping host the MC Canada general assembly and Native Assembly 2014. With these two... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Stacey and Matthew Vandermeer stand in their backyard with a 77-litre garbage bag like the one they filled from July 1, 2013 to June 30 of this year. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Friends would apologize for throwing things out when they visited. People posted nasty notes on the CBC and CTV websites in response to “the challenge.” But Matthew and Stacey... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky
Church of the Way in Granisle, British Columbia, may be small, but as the only church in town its witness in the community is large. Located on Babine Lake in B.C.’s northern... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman

Frank Elias, left, president of the Carman Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop, welcomes Ron Janzen, director of MCC Manitoba, as he arrives on his 600-kilometre bicycle tour of the 16 thrift shops in Manitoba. Each store was given a rebuilt bicycle to raffle off during the celebrations when Janzen arrived.

It only took a few seconds for Ron Janzen to catch his breath as he dismounted his bicycle and entered the Carman Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Thrift Shop to greet volunteers... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Ruth Klahsen, left, and Francis Evans stand at the counter of the Monforte on Wellington osteria in downtown Stratford, Ont. Klahsen is fond of saying that she would not open the restaurant until Evans signed on as a hostess (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

“I’m not a very good Mennonite,” says Ruth Klahsen as she sells her Monforte cheeses at the New Hamburg (Ont.) Mennonite Relief Sale, where all sales go to support Mennonite... Read More
September 10, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky
Churches should be rooted in neighbourhoods or parishes. That’s the claim of the authors, who represent Pentecostal, Anabaptist and Reformed traditions. Our lives and churches are... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Henry Neufeld

Colleen McFarland

The recent announcement of the completion of the John Howard Yoder Digital Library, a collaborative project undertaken by the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary Library, the... Read More
September 4, 2014 | Web First | Colleen McFarland

Jonathan Bornman met with Chief Imam Olarewaju on Friday, July 18, 2014. Standing outside the central mosque of the Anwar Ul-Islam Movement of Nigeria (front row, left to right): Rev. Dr. Daddy D.S. Ibulubo, Jonathan Bornman, Chief Imam Olarewaju, Aloysius Godfrey, and the assistant to the imam. (Photo provided by Jonathan Bornman)

More than 250 Bible school leaders met for “life-changing” seminars on building relationships with Muslims during the Africa Association of Bible Schools (AABS) annual two-day... Read More
September 4, 2014 | Web First | Linda Moffett

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Five months after Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls in Nigeria’s Borno State, the Islamic extremist group has begun occupying churches in the country’s northeastern region,... Read More
September 4, 2014 | Web First | Fredrick Nzwili

The Rev. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center in Atlanta, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking at the Newseum on Aug. 22, 2013. (Credit: Adelle M. Banks/Religion News Service)

The youngest child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leaned toward the 30 students facing her inside the library at Riverview Gardens High School on Aug. 26. Many of them live... Read More
September 2, 2014 | Web First | Elisa Crouch
In “Differently gifted,” Will Braun discusses the high emotional stakes related to the closure of facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. Here are more items he... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Web First | Will Braun

It takes a lot of hands to raise a cabin wall! Families work together on the Mennonite Disaster Service cabin-building project at Camp Valaqua.

Camp programs were in full swing alongside Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) hammers at Camp Valaqua this summer. MDS teams are usually found on disaster sites, helping to rebuild... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Ilda Bauman in the early 1940s in front of The House of Friendship for all the Nations on King Street in Kitchener, Ont.

A paper cut-out of Joseph Cramer has stood prominently at the many House of Friendship (HoF) events during the Kitchener-based social agency’s 75th-anniversary year. The... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky

Sometimes one needs to step over the line in order to score a hit, as this youngster discovers at MC Saskatchewan’s ‘day in the park’ in Saskatoon last month.

The sun shone, the air was warm—but not too warm—and there were no mosquitoes. It was, in fact, a day perfect for a picnic. On Aug. 10, people of all ages gathered at Scott Park,... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz

Executive director John Neufeld, left, and board president Trent Bauman stand with the Joseph Cramer cut-out at House of Friendship’s 75th annual meeting on June 17. Behind them is a quilt designed by Judy Martin and sewed by Arlene Martin, to be auctioned off to help fund House of Friendship.

When John Neufeld took the reins as director of Kitchener’s House of Friendship (HoF), he was confused by the 19 separate programs it was running: shelters, a food bank, addiction... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Bill Maust

On a Wednesday evening in early June, Waterloo musician and musicologist Wilbur (Bill) Maust was seated in the chapel of Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont., among... Read More
August 28, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Hildi Froese Tiessen
“The only safe place is inside the story,” reads an epigraph to this first novel by Sarah Klassen of Winnipeg. This story moves through a momentous year in the life of the... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Artbeat | Margaret Loewen Reimer

Artist Ray Dirks, seated, and Hans (John) Funk looking over his easel. (Photo by Evelyn Petkau)

Seeking to honour the faith of Mennonite mothers who single-handedly brought their families through difficult and challenging experiences to safety, Winnipeg artist Ray Dirks has... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and photo by Evelyn Petkau

A march against rape culture and inequality (Credit: Chase Carter,, CC by ND 2.0)

On Friday, May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger killed six people at the University of California Santa Barbara before he turned the gun on himself. In his manifesto, he stated he did so... Read More
August 27, 2014 | Young Voices | Various Contributors

Construction managers Herb Schaan left, and Gerry Harms stand in the renovated sanctuary of Douglas Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. (Credit: Deborah Froese)

When Douglas Mennonite Church decided to undertake an extensive renovation of their Winnipeg facility two years ago, they took tithing to a whole new level. They promised to... Read More
August 26, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese