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On Nov. 10, Greenwoods Bookshoppe hosted a book launch for Canadian literary legend Rudy Wiebe’s newest book, Collected Stories/1955-2010, at Edmonton’s Oldtimer’s Cabin, a log... Read More
January 5, 2011 | Artbeat | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Gillian Mayers, left, was mentored by Maggie Martens for six years beginning in 2002 as part of an intentional intergenerational program at Edmonton First Mennonite, Alta. Although the mentorship relationship is now officially ended, the two remain close.

It is not normally an unusual sight, good friends finishing each other’s sentences and laughing, except that Maggie Martens and Gillian Mayers have something special, perhaps even... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Chris Buhler, Ashley Martin and Shirley Martin pack Christmas bags, a gift of Level Ground Mennonite Church, for residents of Peardonville House.

Christmas was a little merrier for women of Peardonville House treatment centre, thanks to some generous members of Level Ground Mennonite Church, Abbotsford. The week before... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman

Ruth Boehm, right, pastor of Faith Mennonite Church, Leamington,Ont., presents Rev. Thomas Mertz, co-pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with a breadbasket cloth she stitched from a 1545 German pattern book on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31.

On Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31, Faith Mennonite Church in Leamington, Ont., was visited by neighbours and friends from the local St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Reformation Sunday... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky
Historical records are shaped by the perspectives of those who write them, but perspectives that clash can cause centuries of pain. On July 22, 2010, an apology from Lutherans for... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Deborah Froese

The Fractor.

Grace Mennonite Church is engaged in an ongoing and earnest conversation about the Anabaptist peace position. Arnold Hildebrand, a church member and facilitator of a recent book... Read More
January 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Nguyen Hong Quang

Mennonite Church Canada has become aware that on December 14th, the Ho Chi Minh church buildings and home of Mennonite house church Pastor Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang were demolished... Read More
December 24, 2010 | Web First | Dan Dyck

Marvin Lapp, father of Glen Lapp, stands against mountains outside Faizabad, Afghanistan. He visited Faizabad and Kabul during an October trip to attend a memorial service and learn more about Glen’s work and life in Afghanistan. (MCC Photo/John Williamson)

Two months after MCC worker Glen Lapp and nine other aid workers were killed in rural Afghanistan , Lapp’s father, Marvin, brother Jerry and cousin Joe were welcomed in the... Read More
December 20, 2010 | Web First | By Marla Pierson Lester

John Calvin (1509-1564), whose followers developed Calvinism.

A gathering to improve relations between the many Protestant denominations in the Netherlands has taken place on the site of an earlier historic synod, though any idea of complete... Read More
December 17, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Andreas Havinga

The Rev. Munib A. Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan (and Palestine) (ELCJ), was born in Jerusalem in 1950, the child of refugees from Beersheba

The president of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Munib Younan has said before meeting Pope Benedict XVI that their churches should issue a common statement on Holy Communion... Read More
December 17, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Luigi Sandri
Nightwatch is a gentle and introspective book, written by an outsider who has chosen to live within a Hutterite community. This outsider perspective reveals different facets of... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Web First - Book Reviews | Review by Eckhard Goerz

The Just Food exhibit included a display of typical food consumed in a poor community in a developing country, left, a middle-class community in a developing country, centre, and many households in North America, right. The sign reads, ‘Where do you fit in?’

The right to food is a non-issue for many Canadians. In fact, many people in the western world take food for granted. From a faith perspective, many feel that, although they may... Read More
December 15, 2010 | Artbeat | By Rachel Bergen / Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Sara Wenger Shenk, new president of Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, invites the gathered congregation to declare with her, “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” during her inaugural address on Oct. 24, at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, near Goshen, Ind

“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb,” the congregation called out, led by Sara Wenger Shenk in her inaugural address as the new president of... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in Us | By Mary E. Klassen

Ying Ying Wang of China and Santiago Gomez of Colombia sport both poppies and MCC peace buttons at the Remembrance Day service in Warman.

Wearing both the traditional red poppy and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) alternative peace button, Ying Ying Wang from China and Santiago Gomez from Colombia—participants... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in the World | Mennonite Central Committee

Yemiru Tilahun, mission and evangelism director of Ethiopia’s Meserete Kristos Church, right, with two leaders of the Emmanuel United Church of Ethiopia. Emmanuel vice-president Samson Mariam, left, and president Bezalem Fisseha, centre, were mentored by Meserete Kristos leaders.

At least 30 mission and church leaders represented Anabaptist-related communities at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in South Africa this fall. The gathering,... Read More
December 15, 2010 | God at work in the Church | By Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Noko is the first African to hold this position; as convener of the important new initiative Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa he brings a profound understanding of the multi-religious African continent and is a key voice of Christian leadership.

The president of an African Inter-faith peace group has called on religious leaders to protest over Ivory Coast's presidential election dispute, in which two politicians have been... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Fredrick Nzwili

Poet of protest. Minneapolis-based independent publisher Graywolf Press has bought world rights to a first English-language collection of poetry by Chinese poet and newly anointed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, reports the Guardian newspaper

About 1000 people in Hong Kong joined a celebration co-organized by Christian groups to honour imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in a celebration coinciding with... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Francis Wong

Sultan Muhammadu Sa'adu Abubakar, one of four Nigerian faith leaders visiting the UK

Faith groups have a key role to play in stemming the environmental crisis in Africa, says an organizer of meetings on possible violence connected a looming Nigerian ecological... Read More
December 13, 2010 | Web First - News from ENI | By Trevor Grundy

Margaret Loewen Reimer (Mennonite) and Allen G. Jorgenson (Evangelical Lutheran) have co-authored a study guide for congregations, based on the report of the Lutheran-Mennonite Study Commission (2010)

Walking in each other’s theological shoes for a day, professors from their respective seminaries in Waterloo , Ont.—Conrad Grebel University College and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary... Read More
December 10, 2010 | Web First | By Dick Benner, editor/publisher

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