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Bryan Moyer Suderman

Four new directors were named to the Canadian Mennonite Publishing Service (CMPS) board at its 43rd annual meeting held here from April 10 to 12. They are Henry Krause of Langley... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the Church |
Mennonite Church Canada’s General Board offers this discernment guide in advance of Assembly 2014, to be held in Winnipeg from July 3 to 6. Introduction The Being a Faithful... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the Church |

LaVerna Klippenstein

LaVerna Klippenstein will be remembered by many Canadian Mennonite readers for the columns she wrote in the Mennonite Reporter, precursor to this publication. She was also a... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
When Naomi Martin was three years old, she declared, “Mommy, I’m going to have a colouring recital.” Her mother, Sarah Martin, asked her what a colouring recital was, and Naomi’s... Read More
May 6, 2014 | Web First | Greg Yantzi for Mennonite Central Committee
Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) is well into preparations for the third in a series of music festival-conferences, to be held from June 5 to 8, 2014. Sound in the Land... Read More
May 6, 2014 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle
David Driedger remains passionate about the church, but it’s not an easy passion. He continually wrestles with theology, his understanding of who God is, and how to live in the... Read More
May 3, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese
Fifty years ago—March 21, 1964—22 Waterloo County Mennonites got together and deposited a dollar each in a cash box to create a credit union to serve members of their faith... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Dave Rogalsky
I was standing beside Neill Von Gunten, former co-director of Mennonite Church Canada Native Ministries, and trying to peer over heads to see into the “Churches Listening Area” at... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Anabaptist leaders present a blanket and a statement for inclusion in the Bentwood Box, a repository for offerings and commemorations at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event in Edmonton last month. Standing with the TRC commissioners and survivor representatives are Tim Dyck of the Evangelical Mennonite Conference, centre, and Hilda Hildebrand of Mennonite Church Canada, fifth from left.

The following statement was presented at the final Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in Edmonton in March. We are leaders of a group of Canadian Christian churches... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World |
Because Jesus asked us to love our neighbours, a group of Christians from Winnipeg were willing to walk 550 kilometres to honour and remember their indigenous brothers and sisters... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is in the closing stretch of its five-year mandate. The most important truth being conveyed is the experience of former Indian... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | John Siebert

Irene Crosland adds some prairie sage to the sacred fire burning outside one of the main entrances to the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, the site of the seventh and final national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event. She wrote this poem as a result of her experiences at the TRC event.

Gathering crowd surges Finding space Residential School survivors And listeners This is my time You listen Throbbing drum beats Pulsing loudly Tonal language singing Prayers... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Irene Crosland
If a buffalo shouts or a salmon cries in a forest, does anybody hear? A packed room of 50 people at the Toronto School of Theology (TST) hung on every word of four panelists... Read More
April 23, 2014 | God at work in the World | Jonathan Seiling
In 2010 Todd Burpo, a Wesleyan pastor from Nebraska, told the “astounding story” of his four-year-old son Colton’s “trip to heaven and back.” Heaven is for Real (Thomas Nelson... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky
Some of the earliest Mennonites to live in large cities in Canada were young women who went to work as domestics in upper-class homes. Before the 1920s, Mennonites were farmers... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper
In her history of the first 50 years of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada, Esther Epp-Tiessen repeatedly defends the decision to create a separate Canadian MCC, distinct... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper
Theology, Spirituality Discerning God’s Will Together: Biblical Interpretation in the Free Church Tradition . Ervin R. Stutzman. Cascadia Publishing House, 2013, 175 pages... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Focus On | Compiled by Barb Draper
“This book launch is 141 years late,” quipped historian Walter Klaassen. He was referring to the recent event celebrating the translation of his great-grandfather’s book, History... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Focus On | Story and photo by Donna Schulz
On a sunny morning, to the sound of Canada geese and in view of the flowing Grand River, a group of adults and children (and one dog) took part in a Holy Saturday peace walk. Held... Read More
April 22, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

A crowd gathers for the Survivors Walk into the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) Coliseum in Vancouver, B.C., on Day One of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s British Columbia National Event. (Credit: Melissa Knapp, provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission)

In the fall of 2013 a Mennonite delegation of six Americans and Canadians went to Vancouver, B.C., for a Truth and Reconciliation event. They joined representatives of Indigenous... Read More
April 22, 2014 | Web First | Jenn Carreto
John 9 tells a story of blindness and sight. With the exception of Jesus, all the characters in this story are blind in some way. Blind disciples: ignorance and prejudice The... Read More
April 22, 2014 | Web First - Sermons | Werner De Jong
I had a great idea for starting this sermon—a PowerPoint presentation of artists’ depictions of this Bible story. I could imagine the paintings: a man in beautiful robes running... Read More
April 22, 2014 | Web First - Sermons | Carol Penner
The 2013/14 season of the Pax Christi Chorale will close with a premiere public performance of a new Easter piece by Stephanie Martin, “Now the Queen of Seasons.” This composition... Read More
April 19, 2014 | Web First |

Christ at the Checkpoint conferences, held in Bethlehem, have drawn a variety of speakers from the local Palestinian and Messianic communities, as well as from international Christian circles. The stated mission of the 2014 conference: To challenge evangelicals to take responsibility to help resolve the conflicts in Israel-Palestine by engaging with the teaching of Jesus on the Kingdom of God.

American evangelicals have played a significant role in U.S. support for Israel; by some measures they are even more supportive than American Jews. But in the spring issue of... Read More
April 17, 2014 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Dr. Trevor Bechtel

Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Trevor Bechtel to the role of dean, effective July 1, 2014. He succeeds Jim Pankratz who has... Read More
April 16, 2014 | Web First |