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Chester and Sara Jane Wenger on their 70th wedding anniversary (Credit: Greta Shenk Bucher)

I am profoundly reluctant to write this letter because I know there are those it will wound deeply. But I have also come to the conviction that I can no longer hide the light the... Read More
November 11, 2014 | Web First | Chester Wenger

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has proposed a bill that would ban marriage for underage children and make polygamy grounds for deportation. (RNS photo courtesy Michael Swan/Flickr)

Canada is weighing legislation that would ban arranged marriages of minors and make polygamy grounds for deportation. The “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act,”... Read More
November 11, 2014 | Web First | Ron Csillag

Participants of the Thai Anabaptist conference pray for Khmu church leaders, after worship at a Khmu church in a Thai village. (Credit: Sarah Schoenhals)

Prior to Lek (not his real name) believing in Jesus, ten of his fifteen children died. After he became a Christian, his children stopped dying. People in his village noticed! Lek... Read More
November 7, 2014 | Web First | Sarah Schoenhals
While “deeply shaken” by the terror caused by IS (Islamic State) militias in Iraq and Syria, “we believe that the situation does not render pacifist convictions obsolete,”... Read More
November 7, 2014 | Web First |

“We know our lifestyle in North America far exceeds what the rest of the world enjoys. Building a tiny house is a small protest against that," say Jared and Rachel Regier. (Photo courtesy of Rachel and Jared Regier)

Newlyweds Jared and Rachel Regier are building a new home in Saskatoon . . . and it’s no bigger than a garage. The couple, who attend Nutana Park Mennonite Church, call it their “... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
As a student at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Kitchener, Ont., I was taught to care about the well-being of others. When I graduated in 2009, I originally planned to pursue social... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Young Voices | Tim Wenger
Video games are fun. They can be seen as an escape from reality, but often provide an opportunity to overcome challenges. Many of them are violent. However, for every violent... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Young Voices | Glenna Schowalter
We share in the grief and shock our nation is feeling. We honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who were killed. Our prayers for comfort and healing... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Natasha Brubaker Garrison
Like many Canadians, I find myself in a place of sadness following the senseless violence in our capital city on Oct. 22, two days after a similar incident in St-Jean-sur-... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the World | Willard Metzger
Canada is not among the nations to ratify the new United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that seeks to better regulate the $85-billion global arms industry and thus prevent weapons from... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Mennonite Church Canada’s General Board offers BFC 6 in a follow-up to delegate discussions at Assembly 2014, which took place in Winnipeg from July 3 to 6, 2014. Background The... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the Church | General Board, Mennonite Church Canada

Jerry Buhler, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s area church minister, standing, and his wife Kara visit with John Bartel of North Star Mennonite Church in Drake at the Equipping Day event in Saskatoon on Oct. 25.

“Jesus, help us live in peace,” people sang at the outset of Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s “Equipping to listen” event, expressing the sorrow—but also the hope—of a church... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Tina Block Ediger

The woman known to countless Mennonite church missionary kids from Canada and the U.S. as “Aunt Tina” died on Oct. 16 at the age of 83 “Tina had a special place in her heart for... Read More
November 5, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Amy Keating, playing Velda, an Old Order Amish girl, tells the story of the Amish Mines shooting in 2006 through naïve chalk drawings on the floor of the stage in The Amish Project. (Photo by Joel Mieske/courtesy of Green Light Arts)

In 2006, when the Amish of Nickel Mines, Pa., forgave the man who shot their daughters and offered assistance to his widowed family, the world was divided: Were they insane,... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Artbeat | By Dave Rogalsky

Christmas stocking ‘goodie bags’ greeted registrants for the B.C. women’s retreat at Camp Squeah in October. The theme for the weekend was ‘Unwrap your gifts.’

When Mennonite Women in B.C. members arrived at Camp Squeah for their annual fall retreat last month, they might have thought their calendars had skipped two months ahead. The... Read More
November 5, 2014 | Back Page | Story and Photos by Amy Dueckman

The Drayton Riders cycled in the Ride for Refuge, which raised almost $20,000. Back row (l to r): Pauline Weiland, Ange Dewar, Nicole Lienhart, Ron Weber, Luke Hiller. Front row (l to r): Travis Wiens and Jason Martin. Missing from photo: Joel Hiller. (Photo provided by MC Canada)

On October 4, 56 cyclists and eight teams in six locations across the country took part in Mennonite Church Canada’s Ride for Refuge. Together they raised almost $20,000 in... Read More
October 30, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese

The MHC Gallery exhibit, IDENTIDAD/IDENTITY features three artists with roots in South America. From L to R: Gabriela Agüero (Argentina), Lucy Riquelme (Chile), and Fanny Gómez de Correa (Colombia) stand in front of Riquelme’s mixed media painting, Mapuche’s Kultrún. (Credit: Ray Dirks)

On Sept. 19, 2014, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights received national attention for its opening in Winnipeg. On the same day, the Mennonite Heritage Centre Art Gallery quietly... Read More
October 30, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese

Afternoon prayer at the St. George Church in the historic Assyrian Christian town of Alqosh in the Nineveh Plain of Iraqi Kurdistan. Locals adhere to the Chaldean Catholic religion. The town was nearly overrun by Islamic fighters earlier this summer, when Peshmerga forces withdrew their forces, abandoning the Christian town. (Credit: Jodi Hilton/RNS)

Basima al-Safar retouches a picture of Jesus on an easel outside her house overlooking the flat Nineveh plains, 30 miles north of Mosul. The murals she paints tell the story of... Read More
October 30, 2014 | Web First | Cathy Otten
The Nigeria Brethren church headquarters property has been overtaken by Boko Haram extremist insurgents. The news was shared in the early hours of October 29, in an e-mail from... Read More
October 29, 2014 | Web First |
Liz Klassen felt the need to correct the rumour going around among the seniors that the play Cracked made fun of folk with dementia. Klassen, executive director of the Nithview... Read More
October 29, 2014 | Web First | Dave Rogalsky
A collection of resources for conversations about sexuality is emerging from work of the faculty of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS). Sara Wenger Shenk, AMBS... Read More
October 28, 2014 | Web First | Mary E. Klassen
The morning begins with many hugs, some handshakes and the hearty, infectious laugh of Kathy Giesbrecht, or “Kathy G.” as many refer to Mennonite Church Manitoba’s energetic... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Young Voices | Kalynn Spain
Did you know that there’s an illustrated Bible that retells the stories in Scripture using Lego? The Brick Testament is a series by a man in California named Brendan Powell Smith... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Rockway Mennonite Collegiate decided that not only did it need to focus on sexuality for its students in grades 7 to 12, but it needed to invite the community, including Canadian... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Springs Church in Winnipeg is one of Canada’s most successful and success-oriented mega churches, where an ex-Hutterite, Phil Kleinsasser—his suspenders, beard and plaid long gone—serves as an assistant pastor.

Phil Kleinsasser urged the faithful to "sow" their money in the offering plate in order to “reap” abundance in all areas of their lives. Kleinsasser, of course, is a Hutterite... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun
Before 120 political leaders gathered at the request of the United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon for a summit on climate change, and before more than 300,000 people... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the World | Randolph Haluza-DeLay

S. Roy Kaufman

Even urban Mennonites lay claim to an agrarian heritage. According to many speakers at Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship, held last month at... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the World | Randolph Haluza-DeLay

Melanie Kampen camped out at the Native Women’s Protest site near the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg earlier this month, to protest the government’s lack of response to the 1,182 missing and murdered indigenous women from across Canada. (Photo by Chris Swan)

On a very windy, cold and dark Oct. 3 night, Steve Heinrichs, director of indigenous relations for Mennonite Church Canada, and a few others strung 20 dresses on fishing line on... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Goshen (Ind.) College president Jim Brenneman, left, presents the Culture for Service Award to alumnus Ray Funk at the college’s fall convocation and homecoming on Oct. 3. (Goshen College photo by Brian Yoder Schlabach)

“Everything I’ve done has been a team sport,” quips Ray Funk as he reflects on his life’s achievements. The community developer and former Member of Parliament was awarded Goshen... Read More
October 22, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Donna Schulz
Theology, Spirituality Good News: The Advent of Salvation in the Gospel of Luke . Darrin W. Snyder Belousek. Liturgical Press, 2014, 140 pages. As the executive director of... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | Compiled by Barb Draper
William Loewen has written a theological book disguised as a novel. This makes it challenging to classify, but it also opens new possibilities for how it can be used. I would... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | Review by Barb Draper
After getting a coffee I sat down to read The Winter We Danced. On the table next to me I noticed a book someone left behind. On the cover was a bold notice stating “2.5 million... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | Reviewed by David Driedger
Village houses face the main street with barns attached behind and fields beyond that. Young people gather for “singings.” A bone setter relieves headaches by carefully... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | Reviewed by Elma Martens Schemenauer

Called to Be a Soldier, by Darrell Frey.

Amsey Martin, an Old Order Mennonite deacon and long-time parochial school teacher, loves books. While most people in his community are farmers, he says that sitting in his study... Read More
October 22, 2014 | Focus On | By Barb Draper

Next year’s MWC Assembly will feature exuberant singing by people from around the world. (Credit: Merle Good)

In less than a year from now, our sisters and brothers from around the world, and from across North America, will be coming to Harrisburg to worship and fellowship with us. PA... Read More
October 16, 2014 | Web First | Phyllis Pellman Good

Babu Ayindo (standing, center) and Doreen Ruto, both Kenyan graduates of EMU's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, co-facilitated the summertime training of USAID employees in South Sudan’s capital city, Juba, along with CJP staff. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Zook Barge)

Nearly 100 people in South Sudan, all employees of the U.S. government, recently benefited from intensive trauma awareness and resilience trainings facilitated by Eastern... Read More
October 16, 2014 | Web First | Lauren Jefferson

Author and disability advocate Joni Eareckson Tada (Photo courtesy of Joni Eareckson Tada)

It has been heartbreaking these last few days to hear the story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old, beautiful young woman diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor and given only... Read More
October 16, 2014 | Web First | Joni Eareckson Tada
A 50th wedding anniversary traditionally calls for a gift of gold, but Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba is getting something a little different for their 50th... Read More
October 14, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
It’s easy to get fed up with talking about things while studying in college or university; the desire to do something hands-on can be overwhelming. When my religious studies... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Seth Ratzlaff
It’s 11 weeks until Christmas, and if you’re looking to buy something for the fun-loving Mennonite on your shopping list, Jonathan Kornelsen has just the items for you. Kornelsen... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
"Youth" is a strange term for people from 18 to 30-something, but Chris Brnjas has been given the task of connecting with at least 50 Mennonites between these ages from across... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Participants at the Shekinah Retreat Centre’s Quilting and Scrapbooking Retreat gather for a group photo on their final day together. Many of the women are holding items they crafted during the three-day event.

Assembling random pieces of fabric or paper to create something beautiful is what quilters and scrapbookers do. And they do it with gusto at the Shekinah Retreat Centre’s annual... Read More
October 8, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz

Volunteer exhaustion and the difficulty recruiting more and younger volunteers are a big part of the reason the Morris MCC Relief Sale is shutting down after 33 years, but George Klassen, chair of the now defunct board, identifies other reasons as well: ‘People do not need “stuff” as much as they used to.’ (Credit: Kristian Jordan)

“It almost felt like a huge sigh of relief coming from the volunteers,” said George Klassen as he closed the books of the Morris (Man.) Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale. On... Read More
October 8, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Kevin Peters Unrau, right, sits with Stephan Barton, his teacher, on the day Unrau achieved his first-level black belt in Aikido. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Unrau Peters)

Kevin Peters Unrau thinks that the Mennonite Church has gotten Jesus wrong. When Jesus calls on his followers to “not resist evildoers” in Matthew 5:39, many Mennonites have... Read More
October 8, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky
Managed chaos. That’s how Rachel Gerber describes parenting three young sons. Herald Press has published her first book, a devotional memoir, Ordinary Miracles: Awakening to the... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Artbeat |

The At-Tuwani Muslim women’s co-op leader talks to tour group members about her life beside an Israeli settlement. (MennoJerusalem photo)

“Have you ever watched those TV court programs where a witness is brought to the stand and asked to raise his hand and swear to tell the truth?” I ask my Israel-Palestine tour... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Focus On | Glenn Edward Witmer

Hearing the stories of both Israelis and Palestinians was a highlight of the Middle East learning tour Seth Ratzlaff participated in two years ago. (Photo by Seth Ratzlaff)

It’s easy to get fed up with talking about things while studying in college or university; the desire to do something hands-on can be overwhelming. When my religious studies... Read More
October 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Seth Ratzlaff
Nearly nine years ago, I lay in a hospital bed with a sleeping baby in my arms, engulfed by fear. Mine wasn’t the typical anxiety of new mothers. We had just received a diagnosis... Read More
October 2, 2014 | Web First | Amy Julia Becker
Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater, Olympic and world champion, is scheduled to participate in Mennonite-sponsored events in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. region. On Oct. 4, 2014... Read More
October 2, 2014 | Web First |
Karen Allen is originally from Kempton Park, South Africa, near Johannesburg, but she currently lives in Winnipeg. Why on earth would she choose to live there, you ask? You aren’t... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Ask Winnipeg filmmaker Paul Plett what it was like shooting his most recent project in Kenya, and he responds with two words: “Very intense.” Plett, 29, travelled to the East... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I have loved Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift stores since I was a kid. An essential part of my childhood revolved around a big, old “tickle trunk” filled with frilly pink... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Young Voices | Annika Krause

Emily Toews of North Star Mennonite Church in Drake, and Kirsten Hamm, MC Saskatchewan area church youth minister, relax on the dock at Churchill River Canoe Outfitters as Craig Neufeld of Rosthern Mennonite Church and Jerry Buhler, MC Saskatchewan area church minister, stand nearby.

“I would rather be out here thinking about God than in church thinking about paddling.” The slogan on Ric Driediger’s T-shirt bears witness to his preferred way of spending the... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Team members of the MEDA Mount Kilimanjaro fundraising climb celebrate as they reach the summit on July 14 after beginning that morning at 5 a.m., which required wearing headlamps to see. (Photo: Duane Eby)

After 27 years with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), the last 12 as president and chief executive officer, Allan Sauder of Waterloo felt that he needed a... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky
August 2014 As a team we teach about Christian/Muslim relations in North America and around the world. When the response time comes we can always expect questions about Islamist... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the World |

David Shenk, fourth from right; Pastor Jeremiah Choi, sixth from right; and Pastor Crystal Nana Lee, fifth from left, discuss relationships between Muslims and Christians at Agape Mennonite Church in Hong Kong in September 2013. (Photo courtesy of David Shenk)

“Are Muslims trying to take over America?” “Who are the ‘true Muslims’—the peaceful ones or the violent ones?” “How should Christians respond to jihadi Muslims?” “Isn’t force the... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Linda Moffett
Clerical collars and hijabs, men and women, black and white, the diversity in the crowd of more than 200 was clearly visible. Just as obvious, however, was the palpable presence... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Bryan Moyer Suderman

Bryan Moyer Suderman (SmallTallMusic.com) sees his music work over the past 11 years as an outgrowth of his desire to have Scripture alive in the church. He has been active in... Read More
September 24, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

Josephine Sutherland shows off a small purse at the Sept. 11 launch of the sale of Niska Artisans beadwork products at the MCC Ontario complex in Kitchener.

The Niska Artisans cooperative, operating for the past seven years in Timmins, Ont., launched a beadwork display at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario complex at 50... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky

Lisa Isaak

In addition to new students, Rosthern Junior College began its 2014-15 school year with two new deans. Lisa Isaak, a 2006 graduate of the school, with a psychology degree from the... Read More
September 24, 2014 | Focus On | By Donna Schulz

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
On their 20-day cycling trip from Bemidji, Minn., to Waterloo, Ont., earlier this year, Jami Reimer and Thomas Krause heard the chorus of bullfrogs, birds and rushing water. These... Read More
September 11, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
This past May, I was part of a group of 10 students from Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg and Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., that travelled to Iran to... Read More
September 10, 2014 | Young Voices | Cecilly Hildebrand

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

With the help of youth and leaders from Sardis Community Church, Church of the Way conducted Vacation Bible School from July 7 to 11 for children from the Granisle and nearby Lake Babine communities. (Photo courtesy of Rob Wiebe)

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

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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
I used to think I’d be flattered if evangelists targeted me. When someone tried to convert me to their belief system, I would surely see it as a selfless act borne out of genuine... Read More
August 28, 2014 | Young Voices | James DeGurse
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
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 | Rachel Bergen
Last year I was asked if I was interested in serving on the planning committee for Mennonite Church Canada’s Native Assembly 2014. Taking a directed reading course on aboriginal... Read More
August 27, 2014 | Young Voices | Melanie Kampen

A march against rape culture and inequality (Credit: Chase Carter, CreativeCommons.org, 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

Sol Sanderson, former chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, addresses festival-goers at the Spruce River Folk Festival.

It may be a blip on the radar compared to other events of its kind, but what it lacks in size the Spruce River Folk Festival more than makes up for in heart. The fifth annual... Read More
August 22, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
The pews are pushed together along the walls while in the middle of the sanctuary children play an energetic game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Vacation Bible School (VBS) is in session... Read More
August 22, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz

Fourteen-year-old Yusuf Yahiat carries a food package distributed by MCC partner Zakho Small Villages Project at the Garmawa Camp for displaced people in northern Iraq. Like most people living in the camp, Yusuf and his family fled the city of Mosul after its takeover by the militant group that now calls itself Islamic State. (Photo: MCC / Ryan Rodrick Beiler)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and partner organizations continue to meet the needs of families displaced by conflict in Iraq with a mid-July distribution of locally purchased... Read More
August 19, 2014 | Web First |
In “Finding ways to share this land of plenty,” Will Braun explains the two Supreme Court of Canada decisions concerning the Tsilhqot’in people (B.C.) and Grassy Narrows (Ont.)... Read More
August 14, 2014 | Web First | Compiled by Will Braun
A Year of Reading Biblically (YORB) continues, and if you are following the reading schedule, you’re somewhere in Jeremiah by now. The year is more than half over, and I thought... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

Alicia and Billy Good with their daughter.

Alicia Good and her family lived below the poverty line for more than three years. That is, until last year. The 32-year-old currently serves as a pastor at North Leamington... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

The land at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in downtown Winnipeg was too important as an inter-tribal meeting and trading place to be held by any one people, says Clarence Nepinak, a learning tour leader at Native Assembly 2014. (Photo by Moses Falco)

An early morning fire and smudging ceremony started each day of Native Assembly 2014 that met from July 28 to 31 at the edge of the Assiniboine Forest on the Canadian Mennonite... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Brander—Strongraven/Standing Bear—McDonald shares insights into the indige-nous worldview at Native Assembly 2014.(Photo: Moses Falco)

Brander McDonald is soft-spoken. He moves about the room with quiet dignity, avoiding eye contact while he presents a workshop exploring indigenous worldviews at Native Assembly... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | Deborah Froese

Vince Solomon’s dorm door was marked with an “X” to indicate his race when he was enrolled in religious studies. (Photo: Moses Falco)

There’s an imbalance here. Of the 250-ish gathered for Native Assembly 2014, indigenous participants are overwhelmingly outnumbered by non-native folks. A few months ago, planners... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dan Dyck

The judges’ bench in the main courtroom of the Supreme Court of Canada.(Photo by Philippe Landreville / © the Supreme Court of Canada)

Indigenous issues are charged, complex and unappealing to many Canadians. Understandably so. Competing histories and intricate legalities combine with strong sentiments to create... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
A Mennonite Church U.S.A. discernment group addressing sexual abuse by the late theologian John Howard Yoder has reported finding additional evidence of abuse. After a June 3,... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the Church |
An online digital library containing nearly 250 unpublished, informally published and popular works by theologian John Howard Yoder is now available for scholars and students... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the Church |

Scott Brubaker-Zehr, left, Clayton Kuepfer, David Armes, Geoff Wichert and Hidden Acres staff person Patrick Singh discover at a June retreat at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp near New Hamburg, Ont., that doing their own dishes is part of male spirituality.

Aged 18 to 71, 20 men gathered at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp from June 20 to 21 to explore what it means to be a Mennonite man in the 21st century. “Under construction: Reframing... Read More
August 13, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Fortunately for the humans, the apes are led by Caesar (pictured), who has many fond memories of humans.

The big blockbuster of the summer is the critically acclaimed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes , the sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes . It is set in the near future,... Read More
August 13, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Wesley Hill is a New Testament professor at the Trinity School for Ministry and author of "Washed and Waiting," a book on being gay and celibate. (Photo by Rebecca Murden, courtesy of Trinity School for Ministry)

When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church... Read More
August 6, 2014 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service
Between July 28 and 31, Mennonite Church Canada hosted Native Assembly 2014 in Winnipeg. It was a powerful time of exploring what it might look like for settler and Indigenous... Read More
August 6, 2014 | Web First | Steve Heinrichs

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
Young Voices co-editor Aaron Epp is reading through in Bible in 2014. This is his plan. Read more about this project at A Year of Reading Biblically and join him in the challenge... Read More
July 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite
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 | Aaron Epp and Rachel Bergen
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
In the song “ Working Holiday ” from his 2009 album Safe or Free, Matt Epp sings about Newfoundland, California and Alberta all feeling like home. The singer-songwriter grew up in... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Young adults are often transient people. They move away from home, go to school, find jobs, travel, serve abroad. While that’s challenging enough, finding a new community to... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
According to Merriam-Webster.com, the word “nerd” is defined as “a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.” or “a person who... Read More
July 2, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp

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
As A Year of Reading Biblically continues, a handful of people have drawn my attention to a recent study on the Bible reading habits of Christians in Canada. “Are Canadians done... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The American dream is just that for many—a dream. For Latin Americans facing violence in their home communities, the journey to make that dream a reality can be a nightmare. The... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Kyle Penner had one apple in his fridge and some leftover potatoes from his meagre meal the night before for lunch. After nearly a week of living on about five dollars worth of... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
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

Patty Ollies (left), MCC Ontario thrift development officer and Kathleen Leadley, board chair, cut the cake celebrating the 40th anniversary of the thrift store in St. Catharines.

The Niagara-area Mennonite churches celebrated the 40th anniversary of the thrift stores in this area on March 24 with a dinner and potluck dessert. Over 200 past and present... Read More
June 18, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and photo by Maria H. Klassen

Masie Sum, professor of music at Conrad Grebel University College, plays hand drum as part of the Grebel Gamelan players, at Sound in the Land on June 7. Gamelan are ensembles of Balinese percussion instruments. The Sound in the Land festival/conference was held at Grebel June 5-8, 2014.

Sound in the Land. Sound of the Land. Sound for the Land. Sound with and behalf of and from the Land. Sound. Land. Take your pick, there was something of all these in the 2014... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photos By Dave Rogalsky

Henry Neufeld holds an ornamental walking stick that he carved from wood he picked up at Camp Assiniboia.

A buzz of excitement filled the common room at Bethel Place on June 5. A button collection with buttons dating as far back as the 1700s, photos over 100 years old, a beautifully... Read More
June 18, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and photos by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Cheryl Pauls, Canadian Mennonite University president, centre, awarded President’s Medals to valedictorian Scott Sawatzky, left, and Justin Rempel, both English majors in the four-year bachelor of arts program, in recognition of their qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service.

Make the future a figment of your imagination. That was the message delivered to 80 graduates at the Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) graduation service on April 27. “Faith in... Read More
June 18, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Canadian Mennonite University

Cheryl Woelk coordinates the Language for Peace website project.

Words are powerful, which is why the Language for Peace project aims to explore how Anabaptist and other philosophies of peacemaking are incorporated into various language courses... Read More
June 17, 2014 | Web First | Wil LaVeist

Each day of the PA 2015 will begin and end with singing—by the thousands of attendees, as well as by international choirs. (Credit: Merle Good)

Mennonites, Mennonite Brethren, and Brethren in Christ of North America have invited sisters and brothers from around the world to come to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in a little... Read More
June 11, 2014 | Web First | Phyllis Pellman Good

Karl Lehman

Everybody needs healing prayer. But if you’re a pastor or church leader so many others depend on for therapy and support, where do you turn for help? Dr. Karl Lehman, a clinical... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese
The Trinity is the central way that Christians throughout history have expressed who God is to us: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Many Mennonites view the Trinitarian nature of the... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Young Voices | Susie Guenther Loewen
Just a few days ago I graduated with a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). My future? It’s a terrifying thought. The past two years of my life were... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
I was anxious in the weeks leading up to my 30th birthday. I didn’t expect an encounter with a tall, lanky Winnipeg musician I barely know to give me peace of mind about the... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Two topics were front and centre when the board and staff of Mennonite Church Manitoba travelled the province in April for face-to-face conversations with congregations in seven... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The cross with the crucified Christ is an important icon for Greek Catholic worshippers. (Credit: George Dyck)

A former Mennonite church building in Ukraine is being restored and transformed with the help of Canadian Mennonites into a Greek Catholic church. According to observers, this... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Ron Rempel

Recent member Donna Bentz and founding member Ron Zehr look at photos from Hillcrest Mennonite’s 50 years at the anniversary celebration on May 24. Behind them are the 50 comforters knotted this year as an anniversary service project.

Things moved fast 50 years ago. On May 14, 1963, East Zorra Mennonite Church near Tavistock decided that it needed to plant a daughter church to alleviate crowding in the mother... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Josephine and Garcie Cogar of Webster Springs, W.V., test out their new walking bridge that connects their home to the community. It was built by Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers as part of the organization’s efforts after Hurricane Sandy devastated the eastern seaboard of the U.S. in 2012. MDS and community volunteers can be seen in the background. (MDS photo by Paul Hunt)

Thirteen metres isn’t a long walk, but it can be a difficult journey when the creek between your house and the rest of your community is running high and the bridge across it is... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in the World |

Elmer Hildebrand, left, chief executive officer of Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. in Altona, Man., is pictured with Brad Fehr, an on-air radio host/producer.

As a young boy, Elmer Hildebrand enjoyed selling greeting cards and garden seeds to his neighbours in the farming community near Altona. He had no idea where these interests and... Read More
June 4, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Participants at Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s continuing education seminar, ‘Faith and literature,’  held recently at First Mennonite Church in Saskatoon, explore the transformative nature of literature through Toni Morrison’s novel A Mercy.

“I’m hoping it’ll be like a three-day book club,” said one participant of the continuing education event offered by Mennonite Church Saskatchewan recently. Seventeen participants... Read More
June 4, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
The National Council of Canadian Muslims is suing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for defamation, alleging his spokesman linked the group to terrorism in January. The suit... Read More
June 3, 2014 | Web First | Omar Sacirbey

MCC Nigeria peace coordinator Mugu Zakka Bako speaks at a meeting for Emergency Preparedness Response Teams in Barkin Ladi, Nigeria. Bako and response-team volunteers were at the scene of the recent bombing in Jos, ready to address signs of violence. (MCC photo by Dave Klassen)

When Mugu Zakka Bako arrived at the scene of twin bomb blasts on May 20 at a busy market in the city of Jos, Nigeria, he saw more than the destruction and injured people. He saw... Read More
May 29, 2014 | Web First | Linda Espenshade

Jessica Reesor Rempel was one of six LED talk speakers at the MCEC Annual Gathering.

You have heard about TED Talks—experts give informative, inspirational talks that are viewed and shared online. What about LED Talks? For its annual gathering, held April 25-26,... Read More
May 28, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

MEDA president Allan Sauder models his mountain climbing gear at a staff celebration lunch for the upcoming Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb. (Credit: MEDA)

MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) supporters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this summer to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, along with president Allan... Read More
May 27, 2014 | Web First |

Rebecca Dali shows photos of violence in Nigeria. She leads the Center for Caring, Empowerment and Peace Initiatives, which collects stories of survivors and pictures following attacks. (Stan Noffsinger/Church of the Brethren)

As the Church of the Breth­ren in Nigeria entered the second month of a crisis involving hundreds of kidnapped girls, the U.S. Church of the Brethren continues to support its... Read More
May 23, 2014 | Web First | Tim Huber

A banner at the May 15 Stop the Violence rally in Jos, Nigeria. (Credit: J PRM)

Dave and Mary Lou are serving with Mennonite Central Committee, based in the city of Jos, Nigeria. They shared this reflection in their support network, following an incident in... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Web First | Dave and Mary Lou Klassen
During a visit in Occupied Palestine, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) representative Joanna Hiebert Bergen, along with a group of visitors, witnessed a group of military jeeps... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Young Voices | Chloe F.S. Bergen
If I could eliminate one thing from the lives of church-going teenagers today, it would be sports. This might come as a surprise to people, since I love sports and am incredibly... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Young Voices | Paul Loewen

Cutting the celebratory birthday cake for B.C. Women’s Ministry are members of the planning committee: Cheryl Dyck, left, Waltrude Gortzen and Rita Siebert.

Seven-and-a-half decades after its founding, Women’s Ministry of Mennonite Church B.C. celebrated its diamond anniversary on May 3 with a day of memories and celebration. The... Read More
May 21, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Cheryl A. (Francis) Peters, right, holding the MCC blanket given her, in turn gives Forrest Johnstone a sparkling ball she had recently purchased for herself. Peters says she wanted to give one of her possessions to the child.

The former St. Mary’s Indian Residential School in Mission drew 50 Fraser Valley Mennonites on May 10 to hear stories of history and culture by the Stó:lō Nation leadership... Read More
May 21, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Amy Dueckman

Don and Louella Friesen of Carmen Corner Meats happily package an order for a customer.

Mennonite-style farmer sausage sizzles on the grill at many prairie gatherings, and a growing number of those gatherings serve sausage from Carmen Corner Meats. Don and Louella... Read More
May 21, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

All of the instruments played by members of Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra are made from garbage, including this upright bass fashioned from a discarded oil drum.

What do cake pans, candy tins, bottle caps and wooden pallets have in common? They were all found in a landfill, and they’ve all been made into musical instruments for Paraguay’s... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz

Seniors often take on the responsibility of caring for their peers.

It would appear that 65 is the new 40 across Mennonite Church Canada. As Canadians continue to be active into their 60s, 70s and even 80s, so, too, are Mennonites remaining active... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Focus On | Story and Photos by Donna Schulz
When it comes to creating beauty out of garbage, Rosthern Junior College (RJC) students needn’t play second fiddle to the Paraguayan Recycled Orchestra . “Rethink/Recycle”, an art... Read More
May 21, 2014 | Back Page | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
The Bible encourages the “repression of women,” and it’s silent on such fraught topics as war or slavery. As least, that’s what about one in five U.S. adults believe. But they’re... Read More
May 20, 2014 | Web First | Cathy Lynn Grossman
If you want to get Brian Quan’s attention, you may need to knock on his door three times. Even God had to do that. Quan is the pastor of English Ministries at Toronto Chinese... Read More
May 15, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese
As a teenager, Betty Pries raised uneasy questions about church and the life of faith. Who is Jesus, really? What does it mean for Jesus to be called God’s son? What does it mean... Read More
May 15, 2014 | Web First | Deborah Froese

One of the original trailer trucks houses the new exhibit on the evangelistic campaigns of the Brunk family. The legend on the side reads: The Whole Gospel for the Whole World. (Credit: Joan Daggett/VBMHC)

The Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will hold a celebration and service of dedication for the Brunk Revivals exhibit on Saturday, May 24, 2014... Read More
May 13, 2014 | Web First | Joan L. Daggett and Gerald R. Brunk

The former Mennonite church building in the village of Snegurovka, Ukraine, is now being renovated for the use of a Greek Catholic congregation. (Mennonite World Conference photo)

In Ukraine a former Mennonite church building is being restored and transformed – with the help of Canadian Mennonites – into a Greek Catholic church. This development, according... Read More
May 13, 2014 | Web First | Ron Rempel for Mennonite World Conference
At the end of March 2014, Canada’s final Truth and Reconciliation Commission event took place in Edmonton. While the commission is legislated reconciliation between Aboriginal... Read More
May 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
There is great debate over church music these days. What was once a fight over traditional versus contemporary tunes and how they are played has blossomed into something more. It’... Read More
May 8, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Canadian Mennonite walked away with six awards here at the annual banquet May 2 of the Canadian Church Press, getting a first-place award for a “theological reflection” series by... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Web First | Canadian Mennonite
This whole Year of Reading Biblically (YORB) was a bad idea. It seemed like a good idea last October, but today I’m questioning what I was thinking when I concocted this scheme... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The student diet rarely gets a three-star review, unless you consider peanut butter and beer to be gourmet. Students who cook for themselves are often limited by skinny budgets... Read More
May 7, 2014 | Young Voices | Ally Siebert
As the world watches the situation in Ukraine change almost daily, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) affirms its commitment to its current work in the country. It also offers... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the World |
Justice Murray Sinclair proudly and lovingly put his arm around Sarah, his granddaughter. “Tomorrow is one of the most important days in my life, the birthday of my granddaughter... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
“Little is known about the day school part of our colonial history and it is pretty critical we get to know it,” said Steve Heinrichs, director of indigenous relations for... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Earlier this year, World Vision U.S. announced a landmark policy change that would permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed by the Christian aid... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the World | Will Braun
“We are formed to be consumers, wanting maximum value for the lowest price,” Scott Hagley of Forge Canada told a group gathered at Level Ground Mennonite Church for “Consumed:... Read More
May 7, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman

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
Match.com, OkCupid, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish, ChristianMingle: These are just some of the sites that more than 25 percent of all Canadians are using to meet new people and start... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
A converted ballroom in Winnipeg’s Exchange District served as home for Mennofolk 2014, the annual showcase of visual art, music and spoken word stemming from southern Manitoba’s... Read More
April 23, 2014 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
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 | 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 | 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 |

Tim Corlis (Photo credit: Marlis Funk)

Timothy Corlis has been appointed as assistant professor of music at Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC), beginning August 1, 2014. He will focus his teaching on music theory... Read More
April 16, 2014 | Web First |
Homeless youth will get some support from a group of musicians who want to use their talents to benefit others. The Good Friday Blues Band will hold two worship services at the... Read More
April 10, 2014 | Web First | Angelika Dawson
On Holy Week we gather to celebrate communion along with the Christian church throughout the world, as Jesus invited us to do. As we do so, we remember how Jesus shared the last... Read More
April 10, 2014 | Web First | Cornel G. Rempel
How would I act differently if I carried a Bible in my hand everywhere I went? Since A Year of Reading Biblically began, I’ve kept my Bible in my bag along with my notebooks, pens... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
The Mennonite Foundation of Canada (MFC) recently awarded 17 youth and young adults for work they did in the spirit of generosity. The Spirit of Generosity Award is given to one... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Recipes are typically the key ingredient in a cookbook, but when Ellery Penner and Rachael Peters put together one to celebrate their church’s anniversary, including stories was... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
“As a child, I didn’t see the wall,” Arlyn Friesen Epp told delegates to the 85th annual Mennonite Church Alberta assembly, as he spoke of growing up in small-town Saskatchewan... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
Maclean’s magazine sits on the library shelf at the Mennonite seminary in Elkhart, Ind., but there are few Canadians there to read it. Officially, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Will Braun
According to Ernie Regehr, for statistical purposes a war is defined as political fighting—not criminal violence—that engages the security forces of the state; as well, it is a... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dave Rogalsky
On Jan. 17, 2014,Tim Kuepfer, pastor of Peace Mennonite Church, Richmond, B.C., was invited to join a local Muslim youth gathering for the commemoration of the birth of the... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in the World | Tim Kuepfer
It isn’t easy to distil six months of life in the Holy Land into an hour’s conversation. This is evident in the way Jerry Buhler searches for the right words and sometimes stops... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in Us | Donna Schulz
Several years ago, Chau Dang, pastor of Calgary Vietnamese Mennonite Church, enthusiastically recounted for me the Caribbean cruise from which he had just returned. Coming from... Read More
April 9, 2014 | God at work in Us | Hugo Neufeld
Those who miss the days of Hollywood biblical epics will be happy to see that one of the first stories we hear in Sunday school has come to the cinema as a grand, big-budget... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Five Core Media, a video production firm in Goshen, Ind., has produced an American Sign Language (ASL) version of Who Are the Mennonites? , a DVD/video originally produced by a... Read More
April 9, 2014 | Artbeat |
A friend of mine who is an elementary school teacher in Rio de Janeiro described once how he and the students had to duck under the tables as they were caught in the crossfire. In... Read More
April 8, 2014 | Web First | Gustavo Frederico
Going to church these days can be a bit like eating at a fast food joint. It might be quick and tasty. But it won't satisfy your soul. You can't franchise the kingdom of God, say... Read More
April 2, 2014 | Web First | Bob Smietana
Young Voices co-editor Aaron Epp is reading through in Bible in 2014. This is his plan. Read more about this project at A Year of Reading Biblically and join him in the challenge... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite
Ask Cara Baergen what an average workday looks like for her, and she replies that there is no such thing as “average” these days. Day-to-day operations have yet to start at the... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
What are your church attendance patterns like? Special occasions only? Once every couple of months? Every other week? Every Sunday? If your church attendance patterns have become... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

César García

“What would happen if, following the example of monastic orders, there would be a ‘vow of poverty’ in multicultural mission teams for everyone?” This question, posed by César... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Ron Rempel

Representatives of the MC Saskatchewan council, Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization and Rosthern Mennonite Church flank new area church youth minister Kirsten Hamm in a prayer of commissioning at the annual delegate sessions.

Mennonite Church Saskatchewan now has a new safe church policy, ratified during the area church’s annual delegate sessions held in Regina on March 14 and 15. But before the... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

As Pope Francis finishes his first year as pontiff, 85 percent of Americans have a favourable view of him, but the number of people attending Catholic churches in the U.S. has not increased.

It's been a year since Argentina's Jorge Bergolio became the 266th Roman Catholic pope. Although he is 77 years old, the new pope has brought fresh energy to one of the most staid... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun
Recent weeks have been a financial roller coaster ride for Joan Carolyn and Daniel Epp, the program director and associate for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA)... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Homelessness in the city of Abbotsford has made headlines in recent months. There was the dumping of chicken manure by city crew members on a homeless camp, a months-long protest... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Last October, Willard Metzger, right, and seven other Christian faith leaders met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on an Evangelical Fellowship of Canada delegation to discuss matters of importance to the church. Topics ranged from Canada’s relationship with its host peoples to climate change and homelessness. (Photo used by permission of Office of the Prime Minister)

A growing awareness of Anabaptism is increasing interest in Mennonite Church Canada, and Willard Metzger is happy to respond. “I hear so many people tell me that they have found a... Read More
March 26, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Deborah Froese
In the middle of the most violent places in Guatemala, music is a healing presence. While recording their most recent CD, Even in the Smallest Places, in Guatemala and El Salvador... Read More
March 26, 2014 | Artbeat | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

“Honour walkers” Laurens Thiessen van Esch, Ann Heinrichs, Brad Langendoen and Nathan Thorpe, joined by their supporters. (Credit: Deborah Froese/Mennonite Church Canada)

On March 6, ‘honour walkers’ Laurens Thiessen van Esch, Ann Heinrichs, Brad Langendoen and Nathan Thorpe were joined by 16 supporters on the campus of Canadian Mennonite... Read More
March 20, 2014 | Web First |

Clerics have pressed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, pictured here in Nairobi, to use the state security services against the militants. (Credit: Fredrick Nzwili/Religion News Service)

For five years, bombs and bullets from Nigeria's Islamist group Boko Haram have ripped through churches and their members, raising concerns over the security of Christians in... Read More
March 19, 2014 | Web First | Fredrick Nzwili

A man in Central African Republic shows a bandaged arm following an attack in the violence.(Credit: Nestor Aziagbia)

Churches in Central African Republic are caring for thousands of Muslims who have been trapped in a cycle of revenge attacks, perpetrated by a pro-Christian militia. Since... Read More
March 19, 2014 | Web First | Fredrick Nzwili
Reading the Bible is fun. I’m mid-way through Deuteronomy as I write this, and I’ve really come to look forward to my daily Bible reading. In the Jan. 29 issue of Canadian... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
When Rod and Susan Reynar tell people they are inviting 10 university students to live with them and form an intentional community, they are typically met with one of two... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
On a wet, snowy Abbotsford afternoon, 300 people rallied at city hall to protest the municipal government’s treatment of homeless people. They held signs saying, “Everyone... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Leaders and planners want participants to bring their wildest hopes and dreams for the future of the church to Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2014, from July 3 to 6 in... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese
Excitement and challenges in Mennonite Church British Columbia were a recurring theme when delegates met for their annual general meeting at Eden Mennonite Church in Chilliwack on... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Amy Dueckman
“Please do not take photographs.” With these words, Jake Buhler, chair of the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, introduced the evening’s guests, an a cappella choir... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Donna Schulz
Snow camp. The title brings to mind a group of kids running in the snow, creating snow angels and starting snow-ball fights. While the annual event, hosted by the Mennonite Church... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Danika Peters
Tom Poovong’s passion for sharing the gospel was first fuelled by his mother, a woman he describes as deeply spiritual and abundantly generous. Tom was just 15 years old when his... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dan Dyck
The music studio and classroom in the backyard is decorated with Apple computer prints of creative individuals. John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Einstein, Picasso, Amelia Earhart, some... Read More
March 12, 2014 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Ian Willms’s provocative photo of a young girl walking away through the windblown grasses towards a small Russian village on a lakeshore was part of his winning entry in the 2013... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky

Brothers Bishara Awad (left) and Mubarak Awad have conversation with filmmaker Yasmine Perni about “The Stones Cry Out,” a documentary which was screened at the conference. (Credit: Palmer Becker)

Three hundred seventy evangelicals and others from around the world are meeting in Bethlehem, March 10-14, 2014, to strengthen the Palestinian church and to seek resolution to the... Read More
March 12, 2014 | Web First | Palmer Becker

Logo from the “Cosa Solidarity” Facebook page, which has garnered 528 “likes” since March 4.

In a reversal of its decision to cut funding for Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) as of March 31, Corrections Services of Canada (CSC) has restored $650,000 to CoSA,... Read More
March 7, 2014 | Web First | From reports by Mennonite Central Committee and Edmonton Journal
In a telephone call on February 20, 2014, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) informed Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario that their Circles of Support and Accountability (... Read More
March 6, 2014 | Web First | From MCC sources, Winnipeg Free Press and Waterloo Region Record
High River, Alta. (pop. 13,000) gets its name from the Highwood River, which flows through the town. In the days leading up to June 20, 2013, Alberta experienced heavy rainfall... Read More
March 5, 2014 | Web First |

A Rocha promotes "Good Seed Sunday."

“The Holy Spirit is a great choreographer,” Rick Faw told the delegates gathered here Feb. 21-22, 2014, for the annual meeting of Mennonite Church British Columbia. “What would... Read More
March 1, 2014 | Web First | Dick Benner

Will Braun

My wife and I have chosen to keep our sons, aged 3 and 6, out of school, but we're not “homeschoolers.” The whole point of what we do is that it is not school and does not rely on... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun
As the one-year anniversary of the first apprehensions of children from an Old Order Mennonite community in rural Manitoba came and went, new developments emerged that lent an air... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Micah Mission coordinator David Feick, left, chats with Father Joseph Jacek at the ‘10,000 Healing Steps’ conference held recently in Saskatoon in an effort to get people out of gangs.

What do Mennonites and former gang members have in common? “Not much,” one might be tempted to reply. But at a recent Saskatoon conference they sat side-by-side learning about... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
As Syrians continue to watch their nation disintegrate, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has become a leading Canadian responder there. Its long-standing relationships in the... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Viola and Victor Dorsch were honoured at a retirement tea held at Nithview Community on Jan. 16, 2014. Victor served there as a volunteer chaplain for 20 years. (Photo by Dave Rogalsky)

Victor Dorsch was only 6 years old when the visiting pastor put his hand on his shoulder and said, “You’ll make a minister some day.” That was in 1933 and Dorsch was living on a... Read More
February 26, 2014 | God at work in Us | Dave Rogalsky
Having just become a mother several months ago, I was intrigued to learn that Mothering Mennonite had recently been published, and once the sleepless fog of the early weeks of my... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Susie Guenther Loewen

On a hot day, camper Owen Crouse discovers there is nothing like a dip in the pond at Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp, near New Hamburg, Ont.

The biggest way that camp has affected me is in my faith and my walk with the Lord. For me, this past summer he led me ever so gently with much more grace than I deserve, all... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Focus On | Emily “Coora” Lantz

Kristen Berg, the director of Fraser Lake Camp near Bancroft, Ont., balances her daughter Miriam on her shoulders.

Every summer for as far back as I can remember, I would pack my suitcase a week early in anticipation of going up to Fraser Lake Camp near Bancroft, Ont. I lived for the moment... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Focus On | Kristen Berg

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp staff do their best to look cool at the 2013 talent show. Campers can judge whether they succeeded.

People who attend Ontario Mennonite Music Camp love this camp! They feel welcome and wanted right away, no matter who they are. When I was in my middle school years, I wondered if... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Focus On | Angela Ishaka
Ethan Eshbach is 22-years-old, a recent college graduate, and is the newest, youngest addition to the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) team. The creation of... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
A Mennonite filmmaker is enlisting the public’s help to fund his next project, a video series that retells biblical stories in a modern-day context from the perspective of a child... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I was a summer program co-director at Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Camp Assiniboia for the summers of 2006 and ’07. By the end of August 2007, when I left camp for the last time, I... Read More
February 26, 2014 | Young Voices | Timothy Dyck

MCC is supplying building materials, including plywood and tin sheets similar to those being loaded onto this bicycle-powered rickshaw, to almost 3,000 Filipino families whose homes were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. In addition, MCC is paying local people to build the houses in the towns of Naval and Dulag.(Credit: Laura Armstrong/ MCC)

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is providing disaster-resistant shelters and basic kitchen utensils for almost 3,000 Filipino families who lost their homes during Typhoon Haiyan... Read More
February 24, 2014 | Web First | Linda Espenshade

Gio Andollo looks for food in the dumpsters in Manhattan, New York. Andollo, who is driven by his faith, goes Dumpster diving about once a week. (RNS photo by Sarah Pulliam Bailey)

As a musician barely scraping by, Gio Andollo looks to trash bins as a way of life. On a recent outing, he carefully untied bags outside a supermarket next to Columbia University... Read More
February 21, 2014 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
The Mennonite Church USA Executive Board (EB) spent many hours in executive session working on a statement regarding the inclusion of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,... Read More
February 20, 2014 | Web First | Anna Groff

Robyn Sneath’s research on the relationship between education and Old Colony Mennonites was awarded a Trudeau scholarship, one of Canada’s most prestigious doctoral awards. (Photo supplied by Robyn Sneath)

It’s hard to understand Canada’s Old Colony Mennonites without first understanding their views on education. In 1922 about 8,000 Old Colony Mennonites left Canada for Mexico and... Read More
February 18, 2014 | Web First | Kelli Yoder
Ron Krahn: A farmer responds I don’t believe the phrase “farmers feed the world” implies a certain way of producing food. It’s a simple fact. Anyone who engages in the act of... Read More
February 13, 2014 | God at work in the World | Compiled by Will Braun
Recently, I posted on Facebook about the term “friend zone.” I’ve often heard it used to victimize guys who can’t deal with rejection and vilify women who turn down “nice guys.”... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Matt Veith
Nashville Predators players Nick Spaling and Mike Fisher are famous for their hockey careers, but what many may not know is that they are also Christians eager to speak about... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
“A person released from prison with a high risk to reoffend moves back into our communities. What can we do?” This is a question Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) in... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Young Voices | Daniel Epp-Janzen
As a task force we have been publicly silent as perspectives are expressed and information is shared all around us. This silence has been intentional. We want to lead a process... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church |

A reflection on the meaning of life, death and life after death by a Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization member attending this year’s ‘Zombie apocalypse’ winter retreat at the Shekinah Retreat Centre.

A roomful of zombies set the frightful scene for this year’s senior-high retreat organized by the Saskatchewan Mennonite Youth Organization (SMYO). While they weren’t real zombies... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Suzanne Gross, back row left, a member of Edmonton First Mennonite Church, and Sam Semier, Julie Saby and Andre Tinio, students at the University of Alberta, pose with their Sudanese music students as part of an applied ethnomusicology course. Christmas Chany, Naigay Bhan and Changkuoth Tut hold instruments donated to Edmonton South Sudanese Mennonite Church by Mennonite Church Alberta; they began learning guitar last November and were able to help lead singing at their church’s anniversary celebration on Jan. 26.

“When people named Rueben, Peter, James, and John show up at your door, you realize it’s a sign from God. . . . When they say they want your help to start a church, you help in... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Will Braun

Without conventional agriculture more people would starve. That is the link commonly drawn between global hunger and the dominant form of North American farming, which depends... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Paul and Tabitha Langel are pictured in front of their bakery at the Forks in Winnipeg. ‘We had a vision for a dreamy kind of neighbourhood bakery,’ Tabitha recalls.

Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company is well-known in and around Winnipeg for its gooey cinnamon buns and its organic local baking and preserves, suffusing the marketplace at the... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Kenna Forrester relaxes with her grandmother Marlene Froese in the Rosthern Junior College student commons.

It is not uncommon to hear people complain about the younger generation. But are today’s youth really all that different than youth of previous generations? Saskatoon grandmother... Read More
February 12, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
Zealot is a popular presentation of scholarly research on the historical Jesus, read through the lens of Jewish resistance to Roman imperial domination. The main thesis of the... Read More
February 12, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Amanda Witmer
“Give love to your friends—and your enemies,” Luis Hurtarte whispered, quietly translating as members of the Toronto Mennonite New Life Church sang in Spanish. “Everybody needs... Read More
February 10, 2014 | Web First | Micah Toub

Photo credit: Universal Pops on Flickr Creative Commons

If your congregation cancels the Sunday worship service because of snow and ice, there is no need to stay in bed all morning. Here are some ideas for redeeming the time: 13. Walk... Read More
February 7, 2014 | Web First | Virginia A. Hostetler

Jeff and Suzanne Becker buried father and husband Gilbert Becker naturally, in a hand-carved log casket after his death in Sept. 2013. (Photo by Sally Morrow, RNS)

Growing up in small-town Georgia, John B. Johnson had family friends who ran the funeral home down the street, so the particulars of a typical American funeral — the embalming,... Read More
February 6, 2014 | Web First | Lauren Markoe
A collaboration between two long-time friends and the woodwork of a man with a long history with Mennonite Church Canada are the basis for two exhibitions now showing at the... Read More
February 5, 2014 | Web First | Aaron Epp

Theda Good

On Sunday (Feb. 2), a Denver congregation of Mennonites licensed the first lesbian in a committed same-sex relationship, the first step toward ordination. Theda Good’s licensure... Read More
February 3, 2014 | Web First | Elizabeth Evans
Winnipeg writer Paul Loewen has self-published four novels that combine fictional stories with theological points in an attempt to create modern-day parables. But his latest book... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
A Korean Mennonite is facing prison time for refusing to participate in South Korea’s mandatory two-year military term due to his religious convictions. Lee Sang Min, a 27-year-... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Reading the Bible is hard. It’s hard to sit still. It’s hard to concentrate. It’s hard to make sense of what I’m reading. And it’s hard to read stories I’ve heard seemingly a... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
I’ve never been successful with New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, eat less or get organized. For some reason, however, a promise to read Scripture every week is one... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in the Church | Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Nine people from the Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church pose with certificates earned by reading the whole Bible in 2013. Pictured from left to right, front row: Esther Pham, Rebecca Pham and Lily Hue Do; and back row: Pastor Kuen Yee, Vernie Yee, David Yee, Deborah Yee, Ut Van Ngo (chair of the board of elders), and Pastor Thomas Pham.

How would you respond if challenged to read the whole Bible in a year? When Kuen Yee issued the challenge to her congregants at Edmonton Vietnamese Mennonite Church at the end of... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

A damage report from Super Typhoon Haiyan compresses a huge disaster into one page of stark statistics. This report is for just one assessment area. (Photo by John Chau / Used by permission)

Like the news, the winds and rain that came with Super Typhoon Haiyan have let up. But the damage from the storm that slammed regions of the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, remains... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Dan Dyck

Mary Klassen and James Neufeld relax in the café at Sam’s Place, where the sorted and organized donated books are sold as a fundraising project for Mennonite Central Committee.

Mary Klassen and James Neufeld bring a rare commitment to volunteerism. Ever since Sam’s Place opened in 2009, Klassen has spent her retirement from teaching volunteering full-... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Meghan Harder poses in a human-sized nest she built in Waterloo Park, Waterloo, Ont., as part of her art challenge to our current culture, to think about how dependent Canadians are on technology. She wonders how humans would—or will—live if their possessions and supports are taken away from them. (Photo courtesy of Meghan Harder)

Meghan Harder’s art works at themes of political, social and environmental issues, using mixed media, public installations, interventions and performance. At Box 13—a series of... Read More
January 29, 2014 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky
For God and Country is a bit of a surprise for a Mennonite publisher. Although non-Mennonite readers may find the questions it raises about the role of Christian soldiers thought-... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper
What was it like to be a conscientious objector during the Second World War? Did Mennonites participate in the War of 1812? Did Mennonite women contribute to First World War... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On | By Laureen Harder-Gissing
Ongoing debate in the divided Old German Baptist Brethren Church illustrates difficulties that the conservative Anabaptist group continues to face in its efforts to restrict... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On |
Munching on a fresh zwieback (because sauerkraut and spring rolls would be too messy to eat on the podium), John Thiesen, archivist at Bethel College’s Mennonite Library and... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On | By Melanie Zuercher

Composer Tim Corlis, left, with Gerard Yun, Kenneth Hull and Mark Vuorinen, conductors of Conrad Grebel University College’s three choirs, who came together to perform Corlis’s musical setting of Psalm 150 on Nov. 30, 2013, at one of the college’s 50th-anniversary events. (CGUC photo)

As home to the Music Department at the University of Waterloo, the culture at Conrad Grebel University College is steeped in harmony. The college hosts dozens of concerts each... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On |

Kathleen Doll, Columbia Bible College’s associate dean of students, relaxes in the commuter lounge with a couple of students.

I was 18 when I first walked on to the Columbia Bible College campus for new student orientation. Filled with nervous anticipation, I approached the registration table. A young... Read More
January 29, 2014 | Focus On | Kathleen Doll
When the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed around the world this year from Jan. 18 to 25, there will be a special focus on Canada. Each year, churches in a different... Read More
January 23, 2014 | Web First | Leigh Anne Williams

In Damascus, a woman accepts a box of food supplied by MCC through its partner, the Syrian Orthodox Church. People in the photo are not identified for security reasons. (Photo courtesy of the Syrian Orthodox Church)

As international efforts are under way to convince warring parties in Syria to gather for peace talks in Geneva on Jan. 22, 2014, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is releasing an... Read More
January 22, 2014 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
We almost missed it on the first pass, buried under the newspapers and magazines that were filling a large recycling bin. If we hadn’t been checking each piece, it would have been... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Focus On | Mike Strathdee
Before Malcolm Gladwell signed copies of his newest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, for a gathered crowd at Floradale Mennonite Church... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Artbeat | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Saskatchewan guide Ric Driediger helps people meet God in the wilderness. (Photo by Churchill River Canoe Outfitters)

The trickling of an indoor waterfall in the room where Ric Driediger sits evokes images of a northern stream while he reflects on 40 years on the waterways of northern... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
At the end of December, I sat down with my journal and day planner to jot down my highlights of 2013. I quickly had a list of 32 events or milestones that I felt were significant... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Many of us are familiar with the concept of organ donation that occurs after someone passes away, but more recently I have learned about the need for living organ donations. Over... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Young Voices | Daniel Bigham
For many parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) children, the ongoing Mennonite church’s inclusion discussion brings them back to different points in... Read More
January 15, 2014 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
My fellow Canadian Mennonite writer, Aaron Epp, has launched his Year of Reading Biblically , offering public reflections on his private cover-to-cover reading of the Good Book. I... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the Church | By Will Braun

‘The occupation has meant a lack of income for people, and that makes this natural disaster a catastrophe,’ says Khalid Abu Sharekh, chair of Al Najd, a Mennonite Central Committee partner, of the flooding in Gaza shortly before Christmas.

A week after torrential rain battered the Gaza Strip, people in the al Nafaq Street area of eastern Gaza City were still struggling to clean mud and debris out of their homes and... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Sheldon C. Good

Karen Ens, Sophia Kutsiuruba and Andy Arthur are co-managers of MCC’s Village Green Thrift Shop in Saskatoon.

Twenty-four-year-old Andy Arthur remembers the April day in 2013 that a factory full of garment workers collapsed in Bangladesh. As he did his job as assistant at the Mennonite... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the World | By Julie Bell

Sister Sophia was full of thanks for the work that Mennonite Central Committee had done in her commu-nity and for the work it would do in the future.

Last year, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Learning Tour group—including the author—visited Ethiopia and Uganda to get a grasp of MCC’s work and its effectiveness in the holy... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the World | Dan Unrau
On a cold, windy December day in Winnipeg in 1963, 40 men made the decision to form Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada . Exactly 50 years later, a group of people braved... Read More
January 15, 2014 | God at work in the World | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
The Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery invites artists to submit artworks for consideration for a national exhibition to take place during the Mennonite Church Canada assembly to... Read More
January 14, 2014 | Web First | Mennonite Centre Heritage Gallery

Ex-offender Ryan Grills, who chairs the Forward Step support group, left, chats with Dave Feick, coordinator of the Micah Mission.

Sporting a bright orange T-shirt and a shaved head, Ryan Grills is an imposing presence, but his handshake is warm and his voice enthusiastic as he speaks about Forward Step, a... Read More
January 9, 2014 | Web First | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz

Ashley Goff, minister for spiritual formation at Church of the Pilgrims, compares her time in her church’s backyard to making lasagna -- spreading vegetable scraps in one layer, straw in the next. (RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks)

The wheelbarrow outside the sanctuary was overflowing with vegetable scraps; decomposing matter filled the baptismal font; and a pile of rich brown soil replaced the Communion... Read More
January 6, 2014 | Web First | Adelle M. Banks

RJC students Trissy Murphy, left, and Katie Laye craft earth-friendly Christmas gifts during the school’s Youth Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (YESS!) Summit on Nov. 28.

They had only 20 minutes to create a skit based on a Bible text and a box of props. It was “creation care” up close and personal for the students and staff at Rosthern Junior... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Focus On | Story and Photo by Donna Schulz
When my family moved to a rural community in southwestern British Columbia, I didn’t realize how much life and my faith would be challenged. I was born and raised in the Fraser... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
How do we reconcile leading Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder’s theological brilliance with his sexual harassment of a number of his female students? It’s something I’ve been... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Young Voices | Susie Guenther Loewen

Finn Klebe, a Grade 11 student from Germany studying at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, is pictured with Jacob Deng of Wadeng Wings of Hope, an organization committed to helping the rural people of South Sudan.

The staff, students and teachers at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate, Kitchener, Ont., had the privilege to welcome Jacob Deng, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” to speak to us in... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Focus On | Finn Klebe

Jimmy Juma, centre, coordinator of the African Peacebuilding Institute in South Africa, talks with Mennonite Collegiate Institute students Rebecca Giesbrecht, Karina Letkeman, Renee Peters and Sam Schellenberg during MCC Day at the school on Nov. 21, 2013.

Taking learning beyond the regular classroom, Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) invited Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on Nov. 21, 2013, as guest speakers engaged students... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Focus On | By Shanda Hochstetler and Peter Epp
The board and staff of MennoMedia, the publishing agency for Mennonite Church U.S.A. and MC Canada, has issued a statement regarding the continued publication of John Howard Yoder... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Artbeat |
Directed by Frances Lawrence. Written by Simon Beaufoy and Michael deBruyn (screenplay); Suzanne Collins (novel). Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson and... Read More
December 31, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen

Frederik de Klerk, left, and Nelson Mandela shake hands at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, in January 1992.

I was on Chapter 10 of Alan Paton’s defining South African novel, Cry the Beloved Country, when Nelson Mandela died. The story of the man and the story in the book—published in... Read More
December 31, 2013 | God at work in the World | Will Braun

Three hours before the memorial service for Nelson Mandela began, people gathered to honour their beloved past-president and peacemaker in a celebratory manner. The gathering included singing, dancing, clapping and shouts of ‘Mandela ,you’re my president!’

After a lifetime spent struggling for the emancipation and equality of all, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela can finally rest, his long walk at an end. “Madiba,” as he is affectionately... Read More
December 31, 2013 | God at work in the World | Andrew and Karen Suderman
Early last month an open letter to the leadership of Mennonite Church Canada was posted on a website called FossilFreeMenno.org, asking individuals to sign it, identify their home... Read More
December 31, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
The annual Christmas concert at the rural Manitoba school where Old Order Mennonites normally send their children had to be cancelled last month as the building has sat empty for... Read More
December 31, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau
If there is indeed a "War on Christmas," those on the anti-Christmas side of the war have lost — big time. The television pundits, conservative politicians and talk-radio... Read More
December 23, 2013 | Web First | Charles Austin
Traditionally Mennonite worship did not acknowledge the nuances of the church year. Today more congregations and individuals are seeing the seasons of the church calendar as a... Read More
December 19, 2013 | Web First | Compiled by Ginny Hostetler

Karen and Andrew Suderman and their children

South Africa lost the “Father of the nation” and the world lost an icon when Nelson Mandela passed away Dec. 5, 2013. There is a hush in the air and I find myself weeping even... Read More
December 18, 2013 | Web First | Andrew and Karen Suderman
The world seemed very different when I awoke last Friday morning and heard the news: “Mandela is dead.” I first heard about it in an e-mail from a friend in Canada who, so he told... Read More
December 17, 2013 | Web First | John W. de Gruchy

Lorraine Roth

Lorraine Roth, a well-known Mennonite genealogist, passed away early on Wed. Dec. 11, 2013, at the age of 83. She grew up near Shakespeare, Ont., and spent her last years in... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Web First | Barb Draper
“J esus is not a pansy or a pacifist.” That’s what Mark Driscoll, pastor of the Mars Hill multi-venue mega-church conglomerate, said in its The Resurgence magazine recently. The... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Young Voices co-editor Aaron Epp is reading through in Bible in 2014. This is his plan. Read more about this project at A Year of Reading Biblically and join him in the challenge... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite
Why read the Bible? I posed that question on Facebook last month. More than 20 friends, including Christians, agnostics and atheists, responded. Some responses were snarky, most... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Logan Mehl-Laituri, a veteran of the war in Iraq, has written a new book, For God and Country (In That Order): Faith and Service for Ordinary Radicals, the first book written by... Read More
December 11, 2013 | Artbeat |

Former opera singers Terry and Monique Mierau with their youngest son, Hein, at their house-barn home in Neubergthal, Man., where they practise sustainable farming.

W hen Terry and Monique Mierau moved to rural Manitoba in 2011 with their three young children, they had, for the most part, stopped singing. The former opera singers,... Read More
December 11, 2013 | God at work in Us | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

After being an integral part of the town of Leamington, Ont., for more than a century, the HJ Heinz Corporation will shut its processing plant next June, putting 740 employees out of work and leaving more than 40 local tomato growers wondering what they will be planting come spring.

After being an integral part of the town of Leamington for more than a century, the HJ Heinz Corporation will shut its processing plant next June, putting 740 employees out of... Read More
December 11, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Barry Bergen

At a pilgrimage of peace at Imjingak, close to the border between South and North Korea, pilgrims attach prayers for peace on the iron fence.

Perspectives of peacebuilders, shedding light on how peace can be achieved in communities, societies and nations, were featured at a plenary session of the 10th assembly of the... Read More
December 11, 2013 | God at work in the World |

Karen Martens Zimmerly, MC Canada’s denominational minister, helped to develop Transitioning into Ministry (TiM), the national church’s new two-year online coaching program. It is designed to connect beginning pastors via the Internet for conversation, networking and, perhaps, coffee.

TiM has been launched in Western Canada—and this isn’t another story about a coffee franchise. Transitioning into Ministry (TiM) is Mennonite Church Canada’s new two-year online... Read More
December 11, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Deborah Froese

Presenter David Neufeld chats with Leonard Doell, a member of the Mennonite Historical Society of Saskatchewan, at the ‘Peace Saturday’ event at Mount Royal Mennonite Church in Saskatoon on Nov. 9. (Photo by Donna Schulz)

“Peace Saturday,” a time of storytelling at Mount Royal Mennonite Church in Saskatoon on Nov. 9, 2013, featured four presenters with diverse points of view on the theme. Don... Read More
December 10, 2013 | Web First | Donna Schulz
A Leamington man has been killed in an attempted car-jacking on a highway in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilian media reports say Dean Tiessen was travelling with a friend, Paul Carver... Read More
December 10, 2013 | Web First |

Bergen

As the world remembers Nelson Mandela today, Walter Bergen, an organic farmer from Chilliwack, BC, recalls a moment in July, 1986, when the Conference of Mennonites in Canada... Read More
December 6, 2013 | Web First | Dick Benner, editor & publisher

American evangelicals help plant and harvest grapes for Israeli settlers in the West Bank settlement of Dolev on the morning of Oct. 27, 2013. Photo by Debbie Hill, courtesy of USA Today

Sitting in the shadow of a row of leafy grapevines, 26-year-old Zac Waller grabbed his guitar and started playing a hymn. The soulful sounds tripped down the hillside adjacent to... Read More
December 5, 2013 | Web First | Michele Chabin / USA Today

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley celebrates Sunday Mass with other American cardinals at the Pontifical North American College March 3, 2013. Photo by Gregory L. Tracy/The Pilot

Pope Francis is creating a special commission to deal with the clergy sexual abuse crisis on a global scale, a step that comes amid growing criticism that Francis had not given... Read More
December 5, 2013 | Web First | David Gibson

During Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to the U.N. General Assembly meeting in September, a U.S. diplomat presented this griffin-shaped chalice to an Iranian counterpart. (Photo credit: Mehdi Moazen, Islamic Republic News Agency)

Many paths led to the international agreement to temporarily curb Iran's nuclear program: secret meetings in Oman, formal negotiations in Geneva, and a quiet encounter in New York... Read More
December 3, 2013 | Web First | By Christi Parsons

Paul Crouch, the religious broadcaster who co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network and was known for his prosperity gospel messages and lavish lifestyle, died Saturday (Nov. 30). He was 79. Photo courtesy Trinity Broadcasting Network

Paul Crouch, the religious broadcaster who co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network and was known for his prosperity gospel messages and lavish lifestyle, died Saturday (Nov. 30)... Read More
December 2, 2013 | Web First | Adelle Banks

Women in Ghana will benefit from the new water project.

Mennonite Economic Development Associates announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. MEDA... Read More
November 27, 2013 | Web First |
As the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy on Friday (Nov. 22), many Christians will also pause to recall the death of C.S. Lewis,... Read More
November 22, 2013 | Web First | By Sarah Pulliam Bailey
There are some verses in the Bible that we studiously avoid thinking about, let alone discussing publicly. They are like repressed memories or family secrets that threaten, if... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Web First | Markus Poetzsch
How do we practise peace and justice in our daily lives? That was the question acclaimed activist Shane Claiborne explored at Peace It Together (PIT) 2013, a Canadian Mennonite... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite University
It's not very often that I get a chance to come into contact with experts in the field of peace and justice, so when I heard about the Peace and Justice Studies Association... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Young Voices | Emily Mininger
Anna-Marie Epp-Janzen has 13 dresses, eight pairs of pants, 26 pairs of shoes, eight scarves and eight sweaters, but for the past 31 days she's been wearing the same dress. Janzen... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Sharing a meal is an important part of the day program offered by the Mennonite Benevolent Society in Ukraine. Several of the clients are blind, and this is a safe outing for them and one of the only times they get to socialize and talk.

I once read a quote describing the purest form of ministry as "everything believers do to honour and glorify God. " That's a broad definition. It gives us opportunity to do... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Artbeat | By Louis Sawatsky
There are some verses in the Bible that we studiously avoid thinking about, let alone discuss publicly. They are like repressed memories or family secrets that threaten to cast us... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Artbeat | By Markus Poetzsch

Ovide Mercredi, former grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Canada, was part of an indigenous delegation that travelled to England for the 250th anniversary of Royal Proclamation of 1763, a rather grandiose document whereby King George III of England went about the imperial business of colonizing a big chunk of North America.

Oct. 7 marked the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, a rather grandiose document whereby King George III of England went about the imperial business of... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

David Martin, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada executive minster, centre, stresses to Arli Klassen, Mennonite World Conference (MWC) development manager, and Willard Metzger, executive director of MC Canada, the importance of the collaborative nature of ministry to MC Eastern Canada at a gifting event on Oct. 30. MWC general secretary César García watches the proceedings from South Korea via Skype.

The new meeting room at 50 Kent Avenue was full of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada staff and representatives from many other Mennonite organizations from the Waterloo area on Oct... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

Gabrielle Wiebe, Gerald Ens and Maria Dueck have worked at Camps with Meaning summer programs since 2006 or 2007. ‘We have to let go and dream differently,’ says Dueck of the proposal to allow MC Manitoba to divest itself of two of its camps.

"The 21st-century church will look very different from the patterns developed by the late 20th century, " Gerald Gerbrandt reported to Mennonite Church Manitoba delegates at their... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Alan Peters of the MC B.C. Finance Committee, left, discusses area church budget concerns with Matt Horst of Bethel Mennonite Church, Langley.

The future direction of Mennonite Church B. C. was the main topic for delegates to the special fall meeting of the area church at Langley Mennonite Fellowship on Nov. 2. Future... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Amy Dueckman

Former Argonaut running back Michael 'Pinball' Clemons autographs Norma Rudy's program at the Fairview and Parkwood Mennonite Homes anniversary gala. Rudy worked at Fairview Mennonite Home for many years and her husband David served as executive director from 1961-88.

Although Michael "Pinball" Clemons is famous for his exploits in the Canadian Football League, he talked about the importance of humility and living for others when he spoke at an... Read More
November 20, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photo by Barb Draper

Anthony Coralade stands in front of what is left of his concrete house in Carmen, Hernani, in Eastern Samar. His house was completed last month after painstakingly building it for seven years. Before the landfall of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013, he hired men to find the cash he had buried under the floor. (Photo by ACT Alliance/Christian Aid)

As the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan continues to unfold in the Philippines, Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) is increasing its response to meet crucial needs for people on... Read More
November 20, 2013 | Web First | Marla Pierson Lester

Little Pine First Nation Chief Wayne Semagani (left) stands with Ovide Mercredi, former grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations, outside Buckingham Palace. Mercredi explained: “The trip that we made here was to show Canadians that we still have this connection with Britain and that the treaties were made by our ancestors…” (Photo by Brad Langendoen)

To mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763 (Oct. 7), a delegation of indigenous leaders travelled to London, England, in October 2013. The group was organized... Read More
November 19, 2013 | Web First |
“We refuse to accept that running away from storms, evacuating our families, suffering the devastation and misery, counting our dead, becomes a way of life. We simply refuse to.”... Read More
November 16, 2013 | Web First | Carol Thiessen

Typhoon survivors stand in line for potable drinking water on Nov. 11, 2013, in Ormoc, Leyte. (Photo by Maryannm “Mai” Zamora, courtesy World Vision.)

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, disaster relief efforts are underway to help with cleanup and reconstruction. Mennonite Church Canada (MC Canada) is advising... Read More
November 14, 2013 | Web First |
Among the many memories that Shammah Nakawesi of Uganda brings home from her one-year service assignment in Indonesia is her new understanding of loving God and others. “Even in... Read More
November 13, 2013 | Web First |

Westminster Abbey

At an emotional worship service, considered one of the largest gatherings of Christians and Jews, some 1,600 British men and women filed into Westminster Abbey Sunday (Nov. 10) to... Read More
November 11, 2013 | Web First | By TREVOR GRUNDY

Ben Borne added the Peace Button to his profile photo.

For the last 20 years people have shared the message of peace by pinning red buttons reading, “To remember is to work for peace” to their shirts, coats, backpacks and purses. More... Read More
November 8, 2013 | Web First | Rachel Bergen

Sara Wenger Shenk

In this post I share a “pastoral letter” from Anabaptists in the United Kingdom who are praying for us. Alan Kreider notes this in introductory comments to the letter: The... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Web First | From the blog of Sara Wenger Shenk, president
When I grew up in a conservative, non-denominational church, the issue of homosexuality was never discussed, but it was regarded as “sin.” It was not until a friend came out to me... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Young Voices | Tyler Voth
The choirs, bands and performers at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) produce some of the most beautiful music around, but a few graduates are using music to help people achieve... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
I remember coming home the day my brain started bleeding. I had worked the morning shift that Friday and was pulling into my driveway when the spots in my eyes wouldn’t go away. I... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Young Voices | Brandi Friesen Thorpe
A choir truly is a community-building venture. Something happens to people when they sing together. They bond, becoming part of something bigger than themselves. Menno Singers, a... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Focus On |

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, as astronauts Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski in Gravity.

“Houston, I have a bad feeling about this mission,” says Matt Kowalski as he dances circles around the space shuttle Explorer, which is in orbit around the Earth. His words come... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
Born into a plain-dressing, plain-speaking Mennonite farm family in Lancaster County, Pa., Shirley Hershey Showalter was named after Shirley Temple, a movie star she was forbidden... Read More
November 6, 2013 | Artbeat |
All I knew about pig butchering before I did it myself was the Low German saying that translates as, “good weather for slaughtering pigs,” which somehow surfaces from my... Read More
November 6, 2013 | God at work in the World | Column and Photo by Will Braun
The pleasure and fellowship that comes with food and eating seems increasingly flavoured with controversy and confusion. Controversy surrounding geneti cally modified organisms (... Read More
November 6, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Tamara Petkau
The Being a Faithful Church (BFC) Task Force is initiating opportunities for ongoing dialogue using Internet technology. The first online forum discussion is planned for Nov. 23... Read More
November 6, 2013 | God at work in the Church |
Mennonite Church Canada is discerning how best to respond to Canadian survivors of sexual abuse by theologian John Howard Yoder. Survivors of Yoder’s sexual abuse in the United... Read More
November 6, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Dan Dyck

In 1965, Ron Mathies works with students to ready a pole and a hoop for a basketball court at Blantyre Secondary School, Malawi. Mathies went on to become MCC executive director from 1996-2005. Photo courtesy of Ron Mathies

Forty years have passed since former Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) worker Nancy Heisey first stood in front of a classroom in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of... Read More
November 5, 2013 | Web First | Emily Will
With her gray hair tied neatly in a bun and her wire-rimmed glasses perched thoughtfully on her nose, Ellen Davis looks the part of a distinguished Bible scholar. Her resume... Read More
October 30, 2013 | Web First | Yonat Shimron
The accident that came to shape Lisa’s life happened three months after her first birthday. She was run over by a car. “The front and back wheel went over my head,” she says. “My... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Young Voices | Bethany Daman
This past spring, I walked the Camino de Santiago, an 800-kilometre pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galacia in northwestern Spain. Tradition has it... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Young Voices | Clare Schellenberg
UPDATE: The required process of home visits and sleepovers has begun for two families in the Old Order Mennonite community. Yesterday the children of one family were returned home... Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Stephen Siemens is the Restorative Justice Co-ordinator for MCC Canada.

Are Mennonites ready to discuss the ugly facts of pornography? A new resource being published by MCC can help start the conversation.Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On | By Karin Fehderau
Theology, spirituality Flowing with the River: Soundings from my Life and Journey . Sue Clemmer Steiner. Self-published, 2013, 174 pages.Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On |
Royden Loewen and Steven Nolt have undertaken a difficult challenge in writing a history of Mennonites in North America. The scope of the project is broad, not only in terms of... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On | Reviewed by Barb Draper
Sue Clemmer Steiner’s recent publication crosses genres within autobiography. It is personal memoir and spiritual recollection. It is reflections on a life in pastoral ministry... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Focus On Books & Resources | By Marianne Mellinger

Watch the World CD cover

Creating a CD is both simple and complex. The proliferation of digital recording equipment and the ease and non-expensive nature of producing CDs has led many local musicians and... Read More
October 23, 2013 | Artbeat | Dave Rogalsky

On Oct. 7, 2013, Idle No More held a rally at the Manitoba Legislative grounds in Winnipeg to mark the 250th anniversary of the Proclamation of 1763. About 10 percent of those in attendance to show solidarity with indigenous brothers and sisters were Mennonite.

When Moses Falco heard the words, “We never gave up our sovereignty,” at an Oct. 7 rally held in Winnipeg to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763, they... Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Deborah Froese and Dan Dyck

Youth from the !Explore program at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary worked with Pedal Power, a ministry of the Voluntary Service unit in Elkhart, Ind., connected to Prairie Street Mennonite Church. From left: Isaiah Friesen, Sara Erb (event pastor), Nick Simons (from Prairie Street), Ryan Miller, Madeline Gerig, Lynea Brubacher Kaethler.

As two Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary students led a program that encourages high school youth to consider ministry, their own call to ministry grew stronger.Read More
October 23, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Mary E. Klassen
I had the privilege of teaching a pastoral theology class at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, last week. I had the entire senior class: 13 young, promising,... Read More
October 18, 2013 | Web First | Tom Ehrich

‘Book,’ a 2007 painting by Winnipeg artist Seth Woodyard.

Today, when people think of the word “icon,” images of computers and technology come to mind. For centuries, though, the icon—derived from the Greek eikon or ikon—has referred... Read More
October 17, 2013 | Artbeat | By Aaron Epp
The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders hope it might spark increased attention about present-day race relations. “It... Read More
October 16, 2013 | Web First | Adelle M. Banks

Yoder

Can a bad person be a good theologian? All of us fall short of our ideals, of course. But there is a common-sense expectation that religious professionals should try to behave as... Read More
October 15, 2013 | Web First | By MARK OPPENHEIMER
An Ohio court has given limited guardianship of a 10-year-old Amish girl to a lawyer who will make medical decisions instead of the girl's parents. Maria Schimer is also a... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | Katherine Burgess

Spong speaking to a church in England.

At 82, retired and enjoying life, Bishop John Shelby Spong doesn't have to be the liberal enfant terrible whose pronouncements for gay rights and against traditional dogmas once... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | David Gibson

Gladwell

Author Malcolm Gladwell may not be known for writing on religion. His New York Times best-selling books "The Tipping Point," "Outliers," "Blink" and "What the Dog Saw" deal with... Read More
October 11, 2013 | Web First | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
Maia was four years old when she was diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). She remembers being confused and upset. In many ways, the anger the Winnipegger feels... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Young Voices | Krystofer Penner
I’m not waiting for marriage. Like many other evangelical teenagers, I signed a yellow “true love waits” index card in youth group and wore a chastity ring. These symbols may... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Young Voices | Karla Braun
This past summer, Kathy Moorhead Thiessen, who works for Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Iraqi Kurdistan, visited the Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows) First Nation in... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Young Voices | Kathy Moorhead Thiessen
“Walk together, children, don’t you get weary,” said Bernice King, daughter of the legendary Martin Luther King Jr. Those words were spoken to a crowd that organizers estimated at... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen

Wilmer Martin, president and co-owner of TourMagination, sitting front left, and Yvonne Martin, back in sunglasses, enjoy tea while travelling in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on a joint TourMagination/MEDA trip in 2007.

Yvonne Martin, retired from the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, and her husband Murray, also retired, have travelled to many places—all of Canada, half of the U.S., and many... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

English professors Monika Hilder and Stephen Dunning together bring more than 40 years of research on the Inklings’ authors. They head the newly formed Inklings Institute of Canada at Trinity Western University.

Trinity Western University has established a new research unit dedicated to the study of a group of popular British authors and thinkers, the Inklings. While the name may not be... Read More
October 9, 2013 | Artbeat |

Rachel Kehl makes her own path to the future at First Mennonite Kitchener’s 200th anniversary fiesta.

A 200th anniversary fiesta broke out on First Mennonite Church’s parking lot on Sept. 28 with a bouncy castle, face painting, and worship in Spanish and English with the... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Dave Rogalsky
Four months after being placed on administrative leave by the board of Bethania Group Personal Care Homes, chief executive officer Ray Koop was let go on Oct. 3 following the... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Grace Smallboy sits among the decimated residents of North America/Turtle Island after many years of settler activity in the blanket exercise at a Kairos event held at Valleyview Mennonite Church, London, Ont., on Sept. 28.

Grace Smallboy, an Indian Residential School (IRS) survivor, sat on a small folded blanket in the middle of the Valleyview Mennonite Church sanctuary while around her others—... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

John Reesor, a resident of Stouffville, seen here with the peace plaque, was a conscientious objector during the Second World War.

When the white doves flew up from the newly installed peace plaque in the centre of Stouffville, Ont., Arnold Neufeldt-Fast’s heart must have stopped.Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Dick Benner

Brad Reimer with MCC Manitoba’s waste vegetable oil-powered vehicle.

When Ken Rempel stopped for a construction delay on Highway 2 near Winnipeg, the flagman asked if he was the guy who ran his car on vegetable oil. The flagman had confused Rempel... Read More
October 9, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun
Christians in the Middle East and Africa are being slaughtered, tortured, raped, kidnapped, beheaded, and forced to flee the birthplace of Christianity. One would think this... Read More
September 30, 2013 | Web First | Kirsten Powers, colunnist
At first glance, Shane Claiborne and Arika Fraser would seem to have little in common. Claiborne is from Tennessee, is a popular author and is in demand as a speaker in Christian... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Young Voices | Carter Brooks
Crossing the street in a big Canadian city like Calgary isn’t very remarkable, but it’s a different story on the busy streets of Kathmandu. Stefan Dyck, 25, from Okotoks, Alta.,... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
GRETNA, MAN.—At the start of September, Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) eagerly welcomed 142 students for the 2013-14 school year, representing an 8 percent increase from the... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

Kathy Bergen

Kathy Bergen, recently of Ramallah in Israel/Palestine, and Marty Troyer, a pastor in Houston, Tex., share a breadth of ministries related to peace as Anabaptist Mennonite... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | By Mary E. Klassen

Kevin Sherk, a second-year youth-work student, follows the red rubber ball (top left corner) during a game of Octasquash at Columbia Bible College’s first-year retreat.

Columbia Bible College launched its 78th academic year, welcoming 419 students onto campus.Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

A joyful greeting from Grebel’s upper-year students welcomes new students into the residence on ‘Move-in Day.’

This school year marks Conrad Grebel University College’s 50th anniversary! As Grebel welcomed new students from coast to coast into residence and resumed teaching a variety of... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |

Preliminary fall enrolment numbers show a 2.5 percent increase in students registered for classes at Canadian Mennonite University’s Shaftesbury campus and in its Outtatown program, compared to last year. Overall, 621 students have registered, with graduate program registrations increasing significantly by 15 percent.

Increased enrollment, new courses, new program initiatives, and a massive building project come together to bring a palpable excitement in the halls, classrooms and offices of... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Aaron Kauffman, a senior at Goshen College, left, and Stan Grove, professor emeritus of biology at the college, remove a polypropylene mat that is used to harvest algae grown in the photo-bioreactor.

The glowing green tanks on the second floor of the Goshen College Science Hall look like something from a sci-fi movie.Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On |
As a supply teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board, I find our high schools exceptional communities of discourse. I enjoy young adults navigating the critical... Read More
September 25, 2013 | Focus On | Betti Erb

Pastor Gordon Carter of United Mennonite Church, Black Creek, B.C., is flanked by Garry Janzen, executive minister of Mennonite Church B.C., left, and Willard Metzger, executive director of MC Canada, during a July 7 service that involved the congregation rejoining the national church.

When United Mennonite Church of Black Creek joined the Mennonite Church Canada family at a worship service on July 7, it was more than a welcome. It was a welcome back.Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

Kitchener’ Nish Singers—from left to right: Bonnie Misquatis, Marylin Sutherland and Heather Mujoury—drummed and sang at ‘Healing the sacred hoop,’ a two-day Mennonite Central Committee Ontario event in mid-September that focused on Indian Residential Schools run by Mennonites.

The “sacred hoop” is the circle of nations. While it originally referred to indigenous nations in North America, the hoop has been broadened to include settler nations with whom... Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Dave Rogalsky

Elizabeth Wiens tries out her new hula hoop that she got at the children’s auction at the MCC Festival. The auction allowed kids and their parents to bid on kid-friendly items and brought in $1,876.

It was a fun-filled, exciting weekend at the annual Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Festival for World Relief held at the Abbotsford Tradex on Sept. 6 and 7. The annual event... Read More
September 25, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Angelika Dawson

Pope Francis says the church "cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently." (Riccardo De Luca/Associated Press)

In a lengthy, wide-ranging interview with journalists from his own Jesuit order, Pope Francis makes a number of stunningly frank comments that are likely to rattle the church and... Read More
September 19, 2013 | Web First | By DAVID GIBSON
On a recent trip north of the US border, Menno Media's director of development, Steve Carpenter, met some interesting people in the persons of Vern Ratzlaff of Aberdeen and Dave... Read More
September 18, 2013 | Web First | Steve Carpenter

Mark Marmon (right) teaches fly fishing at the Fishers of Men retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Photo by Emily Krueger, Camp Allen | courtesy The Episcopal Diocese of Texas

The 50 members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Hitchcock, Texas, are looking forward to December, when Mark Marmon will be ordained their priest. One reason for the excitement?... Read More
September 18, 2013 | Web First | By G. JEFFREY MACDONALD of The St. Louis Dispatch
Before its Aug. 20 launch, officials at Al-Jazeera America emphasized that, despite its Middle Eastern roots and ownership, the fledgling cable news network would be aimed... Read More
September 17, 2013 | Web First | By REM RIEDER c.2013 USA Today

Roman Catholic Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of the Kisumu Archdiocese and the chairperson of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission, said the withdrawal will breed impunity and injure human-rights protection. Photos by Fredrick Nzwili

With Kenya’s president and his deputy facing trials at the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, parliamentarians here have voted to withdraw the country from the... Read More
September 13, 2013 | Web First | By FREDRICK NZWILI
A federal grand jury has indicted seven people, most members of a Mexican Mennonite community working with a drug cartel, accused of moving tons of pot to Colorado Springs and... Read More
September 12, 2013 | Web First | Tom McGheee
“To love our neighbours as we love ourselves means also to love ourselves as we love our neighbours. It means to treat ourselves with as much kindness and understanding as we... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
In Dieudonne’s small apartment in Altona, Man., there is a colourful menagerie of crocheted animals: elephants, frogs and cats. He sells them for $15 each because crocheting is... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Young Voices | Nolan Kehler
A smoke-filled hookah bar in Syria. A tense meeting with Israeli soldiers on a “Jesus Walk” in Nazareth. A classroom in the deep south of the U.S. in the 1970s. Standing by a... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Artbeat | MennoMedia

Mark Vuorinen rehearses with his 250-voice mass choir in preparation for the performance of the War Requiem.

At a time when the world is once again gearing up for war, its horrors will be dramatized and brought home in Waterloo Region through an annual three-day international peace... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Artbeat | By Dick Benner

A dinner of Palestinian food was provided by Mamduh Saedam, left, who opened a restaurant in Hamilton only three years after being sponsored as a refugee to come to Canada. Helping out is Moses Moini, MCC Ontario’s refugee program coordinator.

Omar Alawasaje’s story of being invited by his Canadian sponsors to “go camping,” and his immediate and reactive response of “No!” led to general laughter in the group gathered at... Read More
September 11, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photo by Dave Rogalsky

The Cedar Valley Mennonite Church mission team members (dressed in orange T-shirts) from Mission, B.C., play in the streets of Santa María de Jesús, Guatemala, to attract neighbourhood children to the VBS program at nearby Bethel Church, a local congregation.

An ongoing discipleship and partnership program with a Guatemalan congregation led a team of 12 from Cedar Valley Mennonite Church in Mission, B.C., to travel to the Central... Read More
September 11, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman

To kick off Conrad Grebel University College’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, president Susan Schultz Huxman, centre, and board chair Susan Taves prepare mortar to lay a date stone in a wall of the institution’s new $8.7-million addition. More than $6.2 million has been raised already for the project that is to be completed late next spring.

Conrad Grebel University College celebrated an anniversary last month that many in the Mennonite world thought would never happen.Read More
September 11, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Fred W. Martin

Gordon Allaby, pastor of Osler Mennonite Church, performs with his 14-year-old daughter, Katherine, at a Mennonite Church Saskatchewan gathering in Saskatoon on Aug. 14.

It was the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon on the Prairies. Saskatchewan Mennonites gathered in a park near Mount Royal Mennonite Church in Saskatoon on Aug. 18 to listen... Read More
September 11, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Story and Photos by Karin Fehderau
The United Church Observer , an award-winning independent monthly magazine published for the country’s largest Protestant denomination, is revealing the results of “Imagine: Your... Read More
September 11, 2013 | Web First | Staff reports

Egyptian Copts pray in Tahrir Square during the 2011 Egyptian protests.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams took Britain’s Christian community to task last month when he said that Western Christians need to “grow up” and stop claiming they... Read More
September 5, 2013 | Web First | By MONIQUE EL-FAIZY
The old saying goes that it’s better to give than to receive, but Kristina Toews’ six months in Colombia have taught her differently. The 26-year-old Eben-Ezer Mennonite Church... Read More
August 28, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
Canada is known as a land of plenty but, through the eyes of a newcomer, it’s not necessarily the land of happiness. Paulin Bossou and his family moved to Winnipeg from Africa two... Read More
August 28, 2013 | Young Voices | Bethany Penner
Poet Sally Ito was born in Taber, Alta., and currently lives in Winnipeg. She has published three books of poetry, along with a collection of short stories. Her latest book of... Read More
August 28, 2013 | Young Voices | Canadian Mennonite
A simple game like roller hockey has turned into a ministry that has been going on at Eden Mennonite Church in Chilliwack for more than 17 years. Eden offers its church parking... Read More
August 28, 2013 | Back Page | By Amy Dueckman
If all the texts in the Bible are important, how do we decide which texts are the most important, the ones that deserve our utmost attention, discernment or devotion?Read More
August 28, 2013 | Artbeat |

Dave Rogalsky at the Coliseum in Rome during his sabbatical this May.

Before we took it, many people questioned my sabbatical.Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky
By the end of a long day of hearings, there are few adjectives—short of “monstrous”—that can do justice to the plain words of old men who face the Truth and Reconciliation... Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Roger Epp

Steve Plenert, left, peace coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba, prays at Winnipeg’s Honour the Apology rally on July 25.

Of the approximately 150 people who attended an Honour the Apology rally at the Forks in Winnipeg on July 25, more than 20 were members of the Manitoba Mennonite community.Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in the World | Story and Photos by Deborah Froese

Flood damage in High River, Alta., is the worst Mennonite Disaster Service Canada has ever experienced.

“It was extremely daunting, knowing it was only one small basement on one street,” says volunteer Nancy Thiessen, one of about 250 people who volunteered with Mennonite Disaster... Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Trish Elgersma
In a world where differences and distance often divide people of faith, Mennonite youth in the Democratic Republic of Congo are participating in an exchange program to strengthen... Read More
August 28, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Sheldon C. Good
Editor's Note: The following article arrived too late to appear in our Aug. 19 'Fat Calf Festival' print issue. On July 30, 2013, I travelled to Camp Assiniboia to deliver a... Read More
August 22, 2013 | Young Voices | Joanne Moyer
The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as secular forces across the Middle East are rising up in opposition to political Islam. Divisions reach from top... Read More
August 20, 2013 | Web First | By OREN DORELL of USA Today

Songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty. Photo courtesy Getty Music

The dispute over dropping a beloved Christian song from a new Presbyterian hymnal has widened into a multi-denominational tussle, with Baptists joining the fray. At issue are... Read More
August 16, 2013 | Web First | By BOB SMIETANA of USA Today

Rageh Omaar travels to the place of Muhammad's birth to retrace the footsteps of the prophet in PBS' "Life of Muhammad". Photo courtesy PBS

He’s born poor. By age 6, he’s an orphan. Two years later, he loses his grandfather. Yet he overcomes his circumstances, develops a reputation for business integrity and... Read More
August 15, 2013 | Web First | By MENACHEM WECKER
Disrespect is nothing new for Michael Mifflin, who was born with spina bifida. In high school in Winnipeg, he was shoved into lockers and had his canes stolen and hidden by other... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Young Voices | Michael Wiebe
When I came back to church after a faith crisis in my early 20s, the first one I attended regularly was a place called Praxis. It was the kind of church where the young, hip... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Young Voices | Andrea Palpant Dilley
God loves you and he wants you to live life with him. That was the message youth from across Canada were left with at the Fat Calf Festival, Mennonite Church Canada’s 2013 youth... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Hans Werner uses his father’s stories to reflect on questions of autobiography and Mennonite identity in the 20th century. The stories of his father’s (and mother’s) experiences... Read More
August 14, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper

One of the plaques crafted by John Reimer.

John Reimer, who died on June 28 at age 86, left a lasting legacy to Mennonite Church Canada and its congregations. All of the wooden plaques depicting a dove with an olive branch... Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Edward S. Curtis gained fame a century ago for his iconic photos of indigenous people. That fame was later tainted by revelations that he removed traces of western society from... Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Will Braun

Masonry students such as 25-year-old Ronald Sadou Zami benefited from a 2012 MCC seminar on disaster-resistant construction.

In a decision that could have a direct impact on the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Haiti, the Canadian government has stepped up its contribution to the United... Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Casey van Wensem

Schellenberg

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada’s work with Low German-speaking Mennonite communities in Mexico will continue despite recent structural and administrative changes within... Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Gladys Terichow

The Faith and Life Women’s Chorus is pictured by the Menno Simons monument at Witmarsum, the Netherlands.

An idea that began in a chat on the way to choir practice became a dream come true for members of Manitoba’s Faith and Life Women’s Chorus.Read More
August 14, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Manitoba social workers want parents of an orthodox Mennonite community to promise they will only spank kids on their behinds and not use objects, such as belts, as punishment... Read More
August 9, 2013 | Web First |

All photos by Noah Friedman-Rudovsky. Noah Friedman-Rudovsky also contributed reporting to this article.

For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town’s women. There was no other explanation. No way of explaining how a woman could wake up with... Read More
August 6, 2013 | Web First | By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

Nation to nation bike tour begins July 31.

This August, Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth will participate in a unique bike tour through southeastern Ontario to build bridges of understanding and respect based on a... Read More
July 31, 2013 | Web First | Staff reports

Metaxas

Before evangelical leader Chuck Colson fell ill at a conference last year, crumbling at the podium and later dying at the hospital, it was Eric Metaxas who introduced him. At the... Read More
July 30, 2013 | Web First | By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY
On any given night thousands of Canadians languish in ramshackle housing, line up at shelters or sleep in our streets and alleyways. This situation is not limited to our big... Read More
July 25, 2013 | Web First | By Jino Distasio, Expert Advisor
Every morning in Jessica Burridge’s house begins with dancing. Accompanied by her children, Dakota, six, Danika, four, and Dawson, three, the family begins each day with joy to... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Rebecca Kuhn
Some of the most horrifying injustices in Canada and the U.S. happened when more than 600 indigenous women went missing or were murdered in the last 20 years. The public hardly... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
I often find myself questioning the way the church handles single people. Surely there is a better way for the church to relate to those of us who aren’t married. When I looked... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Young Voices | Amanda Zehr

Elmon Lichti’s boots represent the 10,000 Canadians who chose alternative service rather than army service during World War II. Lichti, from Tavistock, Ont., was in alternative service as a road builder, farmer, and forester.

It’s an unusual place for an exhibition about peace. Instead of in a Mennonite institution, this exhibition is at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa where permanent exhibit space... Read More
July 24, 2013 | Artbeat | By Ellen Shenk

Jake Neufeld continues to volunteer much of his time with maintenance work at Camp Koinonia.

Jake Neufeld, lay minister for 46 years, was released from his ordination to ministry last October in Whitewater Mennonite Church in Boissevain. Neufeld leaves ordination behind... Read More
July 24, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Nine members of Eben-Ezer Mennonite Church in Abbotsford spent a week in New York City in May, but not as tourists. They were volunteering their time as Mennonite Disaster Service... Read More
July 24, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Amy Dueckman
U.K. Anabaptist leader Stuart Murray engaged Anabaptists in South Korea during a country-wide speaking tour this spring.Read More
July 24, 2013 | God at work in the Church | Deborah Froese

This is a typical scene Dyck encountered in the MDS clean-up. --MDS photo

Editor's Note: The response to the flood disaster in High River, Alta, has been overwhelming. Here Gerald and Lee Dyck , who spent a week there directing clean-up efforts, give a... Read More
July 19, 2013 | Web First | Gerald and Lee Dyck, Director for British Columbia
A month after the nation’s leading Christian “ex-gay” group apologized and announced plans to close, a similar Jewish group is facing a first-of-its-kind lawsuit for consumer... Read More
July 18, 2013 | Web First | By CORRIE MITCHELL
Hundreds of millions of dollars set aside to help the world’s poor went unspent in the last fiscal year, new figures from the parliamentary budget office show, prompting fresh... Read More
July 17, 2013 | Web First | Lee Berthiaume
Preaching on the Sunday morning after the George Zimmerman/ Trayvon Martin verdict seemed daunting. It turned out not to be so. The worship bulletin was already printed. Hymns had... Read More
July 15, 2013 | Web First | Dan Webster
On the first anniversary of his inauguration as Egypt’s first ever elected president Mohamed Morsi found himself facing demonstrations, unprecedented in size, demanding his... Read More
July 4, 2013 | Web First | Dina Ezzat
The Archbishop of San Salvador is calling for international support in shutting down a Canadian-owned gold mine just across the border in Guatemala. Archbishop José Luis Escobar... Read More
July 4, 2013 | Web First | Michael Swan
As a Ph.D. student studying Mennonite history, Susie Fisher Stoesz finds it hard sometimes to explain to her family what exactly she does when she goes to her office at the... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Young Voices | Aaron Epp
Saida Sheikh, a Somali young woman who fled to a refugee camp in northwest Kenya when she was just nine years old, is one of two initial graduates of a World University Service of... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
On any given summer day, you will find 22-year-old David Leitch at Investors Group Field receiving passes from the Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterbacks, joking around with coaches or... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Young Voices | Julia Sisler
Late in this summer’s first blockbuster film, Man of Steel, Superman declares, “I’m as American as it gets!” Truer words were never spoken. But when the overt underlying message... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Vic Thiessen
In recognition of National Aboriginal Day in Canada, on June 21, 2013, Herald Press released Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry: Conversations on Creation, Land Justice and Life Together... Read More
July 3, 2013 | Artbeat |

Engbrecht

“It was an amazing time when I think back,” says Henry Engbrecht. “How could I be so lucky to grow up in that experience?”Read More
July 3, 2013 | God at work in Us | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Oil sands or tar sands? The economy or the environment? The issues are divisive. How can the Mennonite church helpfully engage them constructively?Read More
July 3, 2013 | God at work in the World | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

During its May 2013 meeting in Akron, Pa., MWC Executive Committee members planted a tree at the Mennonite Central Committee Welcoming Place. From left to right, taking their turn placing sod around the tree, are: Cisca Mawangu Ibanda, Democratic Republic of Congo; Ron Penner, Canada; and Adi Walujo, Indonesia.

“An excellent car, but little fuel.” This is how treasurer Ernst Bergen described the situation currently facing Mennonite World Conference (MWC) when the Executive Committee met... Read More
July 3, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Ron Rempel
A group of Old Order Mennonite families who moved from southern Ontario to rural Manitoba just over six years ago, to escape the encroachments of society, have run headlong into... Read More
July 3, 2013 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau
Sometimes a court opinion is more than just a court opinion. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page decision Wednesday (June 26) striking down a federal ban on same-sex marriages... Read More
June 26, 2013 | Web First | Kevin Eckstrom
A group of Old Order Mennonite families who moved from southern Ontario to rural Manitoba just over six years ago to escape the encroachments of society have run headlong into the... Read More
June 26, 2013 | | Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The house on the bottom right corner belongs to Erinne Wolfe, a member of Trinity Mennonite Church. She is scheduled to leave for Europe on Thursday but can’t get into her house to retrieve her passport. They tried to get through yesterday but weren’t successful, according to Rita Janzen.

Editor's Note: With our Alberta correspondent, Donita Wiebe-Neufeld , on sabbatical, we asked Rita Janzen to give a first person account as an update to after-flood conditions in... Read More
June 25, 2013 | Web First | Rita Janzen
A woman who has lived legally in this country (US) for more than 30 years was granted her request to become a naturalized United States citizen Thursday (June 20) after initially... Read More
June 21, 2013 | Web First | By KIMBERLY WINSTON

At 31, Ryan Anderson has become one of the leading millennials debating gay marriage. Photo by Benjamin Myers

Ryan Anderson has planted himself on arguably the most unpopular stance for his generation: opposing gay marriage. At 31, Anderson has become one of the leading voices in the “... Read More
June 21, 2013 | Web First | By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY
Exodus International, a group that bills itself as “the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality,” announced late Wednesday (June 19) that it’s... Read More
June 20, 2013 | Web First | By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY
A new study by the Pew Research Center finds that the already high level of restrictions on religion in the Middle East and North Africa – whether resulting from government... Read More
June 20, 2013 | Web First | Researchers

Martin Luther, founder of Germany’s Protestant (Lutheran) Church, nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Religion News Service file photo

Lutherans and Catholics have pledged to celebrate together the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, with both sides agreeing to set aside centuries of... Read More
June 19, 2013 | Web First | By ALESSANDRO SPECIALE
Long, voluminous hair has long been regarded as an archetypal feminine trait. Anna-Marie Janzen, 25, currently has long curly blonde hair, but she won’t have it for much longer... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Young Voices | Rachel Bergen
In addition to being smart, funny, politically conservative and an entrepreneur, Jude (a pseudonym) is also same-sex-oriented, a secret he has kept from his parents and most of... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Young Voices | Laura Tait
In North American society, where most people have been blessed with an abundance of resources, many see short-term missions as a way to use what we have to help others. But is... Read More
June 18, 2013 | Young Voices | Bethany Daman

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