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Emily Wirzba, program assistant for energy and environment, held a sign to help people with the words as they sang in Washington, D.C., on July 29, 2014. (RNS photo by Heather Adams)

More than two dozen faith leaders rallied at public hearings hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.A.) to testify in support of the Obama administration’s Clean Power... Read More
August 1, 2014 | Web First | Heather Adams

Michael Born (left), Nathan Martin and Matthew Steinman sing in their award-winning rap video.

A video produced by two teenagers from Waterloo and Kitchener, Ont., won first place in the first Cornelius Krahn Mennonite Multimedia Contest for high school students. Michael... Read More
August 1, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

Descendants of Peter and Elizabeth Tiessen gathered to celebrate 90 years since their ancestors arrived in Canada. (Photo: Martin Rahn)

On July 19, 2014, a “Dankfest” (festival of thanksgiving) was held at the farm of John and Janice Harder in New Hamburg, Ont., to commemorate the arrival to Canada of the Peter... Read More
August 1, 2014 | Web First | Anita Tiessen
Swimming, archery, horseback riding and campfires are typical summer camp experiences. While children and teens enjoy these activities each year at Youth Farm Bible Camp near... Read More
July 29, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and photos by Donna Schulz
The old school has been burned to the ground and in its place stands a newly constructed, brilliant red building, a symbol of a new beginning for this Old Order Mennonite... Read More
July 23, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Brent Gingerich, the third generation of the Schlegel-Gingerich clan to helm the PeopleCare Inc. family of long-term care facilities, remembers travelling after high school with a... Read More
July 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
Writing as a spiritual journey and what it means for writers and readers was the topic of a July 11 authors forum at House of James Christian bookstore. Drawing on a variety of... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman
Many churches have an inherent aversion to change, according to Vic Thiessen. The same is true for the characters of the film Pleasantville (1998). Thiessen, Mennonite Church... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
The work being done by the Future Directions and Being a Faithful Church (BFC) task forces were the focus of the plenary sessions at the 2014 Mennonite Church Canada assembly, and... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Story and Photos by Aaron Epp and Rachel Bergen
Ron Sawatsky’s untimely death at age 64—shortly before the 2014 assembly of Mennonite Church Canada—prompts memories of his years of leadership in the Canadian church. For several... Read More
July 17, 2014 | God at work in Us | Dan Nighswander

Paul Heidebrecht

Paul Heidebrecht has been named director of the new Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) at Conrad Grebel University College. Heidebrecht spent... Read More
July 17, 2014 | Web First |
If Christians stopped bickering about church, presenting sex as a first-order concern, telling other people how to lead their lives and lending our name to minor-league... Read More
July 15, 2014 | Web First | Tom Ehrich
While the violence escalates in Israel and Gaza, a movement is taking hold that unites Jews, Muslims and others in a campaign for peace. On Tuesday, July 15, 2014, a daylong fast... Read More
July 15, 2014 | Web First | Dale Hanson Bourke

The Goreme open air museum near Cappadocia, Turkey, includes rock-cut chapels that are part of an ancient Byzantine monastic settlement. A group of Ontario Mennonites visited the site in May as part of an intercultural learning tour.

On May 5, a group of eleven Mennonites from Kitchener-Waterloo area churches embarked on a ten day intercultural study tour of Turkey, sponsored by the Intercultural Dialogue... Read More
July 2, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Amanda Witmer

Erwin Warkentin, a member of the Harmony Group and Willard Metzger, executive director of MC Canada.

Members of the Harmony Group , formed six years ago by Mennonites seeking inclusion of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) in Mennonite Church Canada, recently... Read More
July 2, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Chaplain Hank Dixon

After a series of bumps and scares in recent years, a new system of federal prison chaplaincy has emerged, with a single company, rather than individual denominations, holding the... Read More
July 2, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

Hannah Martens (left), Cindy Klassen, and Rebecca Janzen enjoy each other’s company at the “GO” booth where Martens and Janzen earned money for MCC by running and biking on the stationary equipment.

Alberta Mennonites have few opportunities for large fellowship gatherings. While the annual Mennonite Central Committee relief sale is a huge amount of work, when the weekend... Read More
July 2, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and photos by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
In his new book Rewriting the Break Event , Robert Zacharias identifies a major theme running through four works of Canadian Mennonite literature. The author is currently a... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Artbeat | By Maxwell Kennel

Syrian children participate in a World Vision remedial education program in Jordan. They are tutored in subjects like math, Arabic and English to help the catch up on the school they’ve missed fleeing the violence. (RNS photo courtesy World Vision)

Dominating the news on World Refugee Day (observed on June 20, 2014), the annual commemoration of displaced peoples were photos and videos of people fleeing Syria and Iraq. With... Read More
June 26, 2014 | Web First | Dale Hanson Bourke

Professor Jesse Mugambi of the University of Nairobi Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, says such cultic reactions are not unique to Africa. (RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili)

In the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida became a household name. But today, other extremist Islamist groups, many in Africa, are vying for headlines. Recently,... Read More
June 26, 2014 | Web First | Frederick Nzwili
For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island regularly gathered where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet in Winnipeg. From July 28-31, North Americans... Read More
June 25, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese
This past Mother’s Day I was reminded again of how fortunate I am to have been blessed with a wonderful family. My husband and I have four children, and we are so proud of each of... Read More
June 25, 2014 | Web First |

The Netherlands team star striker Robin Van Persie (#9), who scored two goals in the opening game on June 13. (Provided by author)

The Netherlands! At least ethnic Russian Mennonites should, those whose ancestors came to Canada primarily in the 1870s, 1920s, or 1950s and still form a good portion of the... Read More
June 19, 2014 | Web First | Bill Schroeder
Florence and Otto Driedger’s Regina living room is the opposite of the mega-church auditoriums that have become popular. On a typical Sunday, you might find a handful of refugees... Read More
June 18, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

Greg Boyd, a best-selling author and cofounder of Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minn., was this year’s “peace and justice guest” at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind.

“Look like Jesus, love like Jesus, serve like Jesus.” Greg Boyd, Ph.D., repeated this line several times during his visit to Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) over two... Read More
June 18, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Mary E. Klassen