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The National Coordinating Council for Mennonite World Conference’s Assembly 16 has decided dates for the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania gathering: July 21–26, 2015. The 10-member... Read More
August 11, 2011 | Web First | Sheldon C. Good, Assistant Editor

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches in August 2009, and took up his new post in January 2010. At the time of his election, Tveit was the general secretary of the Church of Norway Council on Ecumenical and International Relations (2002-09).

Different faiths around the globe need to do more to promote human solidarity, said Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit , general secretary of the World Council of Churches ( WCC ), in the... Read More
July 28, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | John Zarocostas

Canadian Foodgrains Bank partners with 15 church agencies, among them Mennonite Central Committee. --Photo by Christian Reformed World Relief Committee Canada

Two new projects supported by Canadian Foodgrains Bank member agencies, Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCC) and Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC), have been... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Web First | Emily Cain

Drought has plunged East Africa into the worst food security crisis Africa has faced in 20 years. More than 11.5 million people are currently in need of food aid in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia.

An immediate and extended response to the current drought and food crisis in East Africa is essential for limiting the vulnerability of millions looking for enough food to survive... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Web First | Linda Espenshade
Based on John Kiser’s 2003 book The Monks of Tibhirine : Faith, Love and Terror in Algeria, Xavier Beauvois’ 2010 movie, Of Gods and Men, was called “best perhaps the best movie... Read More
July 27, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Dave Rogalsky

Henry Paetkau has completed his term as president of Conrad Grebel University College.

Henry Paetkau strides out of his office to resounding applause. After all, during his 8.5 years as president of Conrad Grebel University College, resident students have increased... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Dave Rogalsky

To help people of Kenya affected by the drought and food crisis, MCC will support food-for-work programs similar to the one these Kenyan men and women are working on. Sand dams help to conserve water that can be used for irrigation during the dry season.

Mennonite Central Committee ( MCC ) is appealing for donations in response to a critical drought and food crisis in East Africa, which has affected about 11 million people. MCC is... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Linda Espenshade

Anna Marie Geddert, right, director of community ministry at Jubilee Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., works with members of the J Club to make trees and learn how to care for them.

Visiting Jubilee Mennonite Church on a Thursday evening one discovers upwards of 30 neighbourhood youths excitedly milling about waiting to be shepherded into vehicles for an... Read More
July 27, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Justin Zacharias

Justin Zacharias has been appointed Director of Camping Ministries for Mennonite Church Manitoba, as a half time, interim position that focuses on the development of a long range... Read More
July 25, 2011 | Web First | News release

Fernando Enns

The academic Congress on Just Peace, held June 23 and 24 at the Free University of Amsterdam, marked the official launch of the university’s new Chair of Peace Theology and Ethics... Read More
July 20, 2011 | Web First | Dirk Visser

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi , a former student and instructor in the Eastern Mennonite University’s (EMU) Summer Peacebuilding Institute, died Thursday, July 14, in Nairobi, Kenya, from... Read More
July 18, 2011 | Web First | Mike Zucconi

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