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Willie Reimer for MCC Canada

As part of Mennonite Central Committee’s ( MCC ) restructuring process, program directors for MCC Canada and MCC U.S . have been named to jointly administer MCC’s international... Read More
July 18, 2011 | Web First | MCC staff

Art DeFehr

Art DeFehr , a Manitoba business leader and founding chair of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, was inducted into the Order of Manitoba on July 12. The Order is the province's highest... Read More
July 14, 2011 | Web First | News release
When many people think about Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects, they imagine huge combines harvesting hundreds of acres of land. Those kinds of projects exist. But they... Read More
July 14, 2011 | Web First | John Longhurst

Rupert Murdoch was summoned by the British Parliament committee investigating his hacking scandal to give evidence next Tuesday, July 19, but it is not yet clear whether he will turn up. --Huffington Post

Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group ( EIAG ) said it will consider selling its 3.8 million-pound (US$6 million) investment in News Corp. unless the media... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Trevor Grundy

Marion Good

Marion Good of Waterloo, Ont. has been named regional director of Resource Development in Ontario for Mennonite Economic Development Associates and MEDA has won a first-place... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First | Linda Whitmore

A new arrival from Somalia looks on as UNHCR chief António Guterres visits the Dollo Ado refugee transit centre in south-eastern Ethiopia. --UNHCR photo

Church leaders in South Sudan expressed their readiness to help secure peace, stability, growth and development in their new nation, which was proclaimed an independent state on... Read More
July 12, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Fredrick Nzwili

After 20 years of service as children’s choir director at Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., Lori Wiebe gets to sit back on May 8 and enjoy an encore of songs from past musicals she has directed over the years. Pictured at right is Mel Braun, who is also leaving his post as accompanist after 11 years.

For Lori Wiebe , the May 8 performance of The Rock Slinger and his Greatest Hit, a musical about David and Goliath, was a significant milestone in her life. After 20 years of... Read More
July 5, 2011 | Artbeat | By Karl Langelotz
If you visit a national park, you see them. If you work at winter construction sites, they keep you warm. If you were at the 2010 Olympic Games in Whistler, B.C ., they took care... Read More
July 5, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Donita Wiebe-Neufeld

Cobus van Wyngaard, a pastor from the Dutch Reformed Church, left, and Mpho Putu, a pastor at a Vineyard church in Soweto, participate in the inaugural theological forum put on by the Anabaptist Network in South Africa. Both are members of the network’s steering committee.

As a young Christian man actively involved in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, Mpho Putu knew that some of the movement’s protest songs included themes of revenge... Read More
July 5, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Andrew Suderman

The Bible school students of 1964 take their turn doing the dishes at lunch.

About 140 former students and spouses of Ontario Mennonite Bible School and Institute met at Mannheim Mennonite Church, Petersburg, Ont., for a reunion on May 29. Laverne and... Read More
July 5, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Barb Draper

Sudan's enormous humanitarian needs follow many years of inequitable development, marginalisation and internal conflicts that have displaced over 6 million Sudanese, including 2 million in Darfur and 2 million in the South, and left many destitute.

The government must allow humanitarian access to civilians who have been displaced by the fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state, Sudanese clergy said, amid reports of continued... Read More
June 28, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Fredrick Nzwili
Representatives of the three Abrahamic faiths, speaking on June 27 at the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel's (ICCI) annual lecture, considered the highly sensitive... Read More
June 28, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Judith Sudilovsky

From left to right: Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (PCID), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (WCC), Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe (WEA)

“Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct,” a five-page document on the conduct of mission “according to gospel principles,” was released during a... Read More
June 28, 2011 | Web First | news release
Three days before the official May 2 release date for Mennonite Girls Can Cook , Herald Press officials were already ordering a reprint. The cookbooks had arrived early from the... Read More
June 22, 2011 | Artbeat | Herald Press


Farming and education were two lifelong passions for Aaron Klassen, according to his daughter Sherri, who shared parts of her father’s life story and the “twists and turns” of his... Read More
June 22, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Ron Rempel

Nutana Park Mennonite Church member Lynn Driedger, left, has been mentoring Jamie Winder for about five years. They are pictured at a mentor/youth Halloween party in 2008. (Nutana Mennonite Church photo)

Die Jugend von Heute. Meaning “the youth of today,” this phrase used to be spoken with a sigh and a sorrowful shake of the head by German-speaking seniors in the church. At times... Read More
June 22, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Karin Fehderau

MCC Binational chair Herman Bontrager, left, praises executive director Arli Klassen for her role in the New Wine/New Wineskins process.

The last Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) annual meeting likely to be held in Canada addressed issues related to the implementation of the New Wineskins strategy, a three-year... Read More
June 22, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Henry Neufeld


Tim Froese, former executive director of Mennonite Church Canada’s International Ministries program, has assumed the position of executive secretary of Witness, filling the post... Read More
June 22, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Dick Benner

Jesus Radicals and others replace the American and U.N. flags on the campus of Goshen College with the Agnus Dei and Earth flags. This was a protest against the college's decision to play the national anthem a year ago.

Praise, support, indifference, disbelief, outrage — and lots of media attention. Responses to a Goshen College decision not to play the national anthem covered a wide range of... Read More
June 20, 2011 | Web First | By Sheldon C. Good

Leymah Gbowee, executive director of Women Peace and Security Network-Africa, and Abigail Disney, the producer of documentaries on women peacebuilders, including one featuring Gbowee in Liberia, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” --Photo by Lindsey Kolb/EMU

Filmmaker Abigail Disney says she learned “to look at war through women’s eyes,” as a result of visiting Liberia in 2006 and meeting Leymah Gbowee, who now holds a masters in... Read More
June 17, 2011 | Web First | by Bonnie Price Lofton

Martin Junge is the first Latin American to hold the office of general secretary..

At a meeting in Geneva that concluded on June 14, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council approved plans for three-way talks that will include Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and... Read More
June 17, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By ENInews Staff

During a two-decade period of brutal dictatorship, in 1979, Brazilian church workers and dissenting lawyers found a loophole in the legal system allowing them to gather evidence of atrocities and other abuses committed by the military regime.

Three boxes containing records of brutal torture and repression suffered under two decades of Brazilian military rule will be returned June 14 to the South American country from... Read More
June 14, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By John Zarocostas

Tim Froese replaces Janet Plenert

Tim Froese, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada’s International Ministry program, now heads the office of Witness , filling the spot vacated by Janet Plenert who... Read More
June 13, 2011 | Web First | Canadian Mennonite from staff reports

Mr. William, far left, owns Moriya Fruits Shop in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture. His shop has been reclaimed from tsunami damage and is again open to serve the community. Also pictured are (l.-r.), Willie Reimer, MCC; Takeshi Komino, CWS; Shingo Kobayashi, who heads CWS’ implementing partner organization in the city; and volunteer “Dancho."

Japan in May, MCC director of Food, Disaster and Material Resources Willie Reimer was reminded that response to disaster must be personal and address individual trauma, however... Read More
June 10, 2011 | Web First | By Cheryl Zehr Walker

Bishop Munib Younan: "Popular uprisings in support of democracy in Northern Africa and the Middle East should be an important opportunity for churches in Arab countries."

The president of the Lutheran World Federation, (LWF), Bishop Munib Younan, urged members to pursue justice in the world, as the federation's governing Council considers a... Read More
June 10, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Meritxell Mir