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“The changes in our life spill over into the lives of others,” said Lynne Ball as she and her husband Gord (left) share photos and memories of their visit to Swaziland with their family members, Lauren and Keith Hubley (center), and Sibusisu Ndzimandze of Swaziland (right). (MCC Photo/Gladys Terichow)

It was a reunion of friends when Sibusiso Ndzimandze, a peace educator from Swaziland, stayed in the home of Gord and Lynne Ball during a recent 10-day visit to Ontario.

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March 16, 2011 | Web First | By Gladys Terichow
As Christendom weakens in Europe and North America, worship and mission are poised to reunite after centuries of separation. But this requires the church to rethink both “mission... Read More
March 16, 2011 | Artbeat |

Now no longer hosting classical radio shows or conducting the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Howard Dyck enjoys his leisure time at his Waterloo Region home.

The response to my request for an interview last September said it all: “Maggie and I are in Tuscany. . . . We’ve rented a small villa very near Cortona [Italy] and will be here... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky

Rob Yost of Hillcrest Mennonite Church stands at the base of the congregation’s one-kWh photovoltaic solar-energy system.

Nearly a year after receiving an award from the Waterloo Region’s Greening Sacred Spaces organization, Hillcrest Mennonite Church in New Hamburg was the site for a Mennonite... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Dave Rogalsky

Linda Enns, left, of Peace Mennonite Church and a member of the MC B.C. Church Health Committee, greets LEAD conference speaker Lois Barret

With the theme of “Being a Peace Church,” 88 church leaders and others interested in the topic met at Living Hope Christian Fellowship, Surrey, for the annual Mennonite Church B.C... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

At the annual delegate sessions of Mennonite Church B.C., Camp Squeah staff members Tim Larson, Geoff Gould and Rob Tiessen present a skit about camp ministries.

Reports on a new church plant model and passion for native ministries highlighted the annual delegate sessions of Mennonite Church B.C., held at Living Hope Christian Fellowship,... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Amy Dueckman

Henry Kliewer, standing, the director of Mennonite Church Manitoba Leadership Ministries, offers a prayer of blessing during the commissioning serv-ice for Ken Warkentin, the new executive director for MC Manitoba. “I am looking forward to the significant challenges that lie ahead,” said Warkentin, who has been involved in church work for 29 years.

The annual Mennonite Church Manitoba gathering did not bring forth momentous decisions, but it did cause the 147 delegates—representing 37 of the area church’s 50 congregations—to... Read More
March 16, 2011 | God at work in the Church | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

Susan Schultz Huxman

Susan Schultz Huxman, director of the Elliott School of Comunication at Wichita (Kansas) State University, has been named the seventh president of Conrad Grebel University College... Read More
March 15, 2011 | Web First | Jennifer Konkle

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp’s dining hall was gutted by fire on Feb. 7. Camp director Dave Erb hopes to have a refurbished or new building set to open by June.

The word spread quickly on Feb. 7 and the days that followed: Silver Lake Mennonite Camp’s dining hall had burned . . . again. The camp, near Sauble Beach on Lake Huron, suffered... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Dave Rogalsky

Campers who play stringed instruments—including Saskia van Arrangon, Jordan Klassen and Daniel Penner, pictured—as well as brass, woodwinds and piano, or those who sing, are all welcome at the Ontario Mennonite Music Camp, held each summer at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ont.

It’s 11 p.m. We’ve been treated to the final program—a full, original musical about recycling prepared in two short weeks—and heard dozens of songs done by wind instruments,... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Ingrid Loepp Thiessen

Archery is one of the many activities offered by Camp Squeah that can be enjoyed by all age groups at this summer’s inaugural family camp.

Summer camp is not just for children any more. For one week this summer, Camp Squeah will be alive with the sound of voices of all ages as the camp tries something new: a... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Amy Dueckman

Canoeing is one way Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp gets campers to understand the need to nurture creation.

Camp is the perfect place for environmental principles to be brought to life. An Arctic glacier slowly melting may be too far removed for children to fully grasp the significance... Read More
March 2, 2011 | Focus On | By Tina Ashley

Hank Friesen has followed his life’s passion, working in the funeral business in his retirement years.

When it comes to the business of death, Henry “Hank” Friesen has found life in his retirement years. Friesen, 70, who spent most of his working life in sales, officially retired... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Amy Dueckman

Protesters at the Let Them Stay rally picket the office of Vic Toews, federal minister of public safety, in hopes of setting up a meeting to discuss the deportation and incarceration of American war resisters. Michael Bueckert, holding the Peace Alliance Winnipeg sign, right, protests as a representative of Project Peacemakers.

The Steinbach office of Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was the scene of a mid-January rally in support of American war resisters seeking asylum in Canada that took... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the World | By Rachel Bergen

Canadians can help fill the shelves of the Anabaptist Network in South Africa Peace Library and share Anabaptist theology across South Africa by donating books and resources to the cause.

Peace and justice projects in South Africa are creating a large appetite for the nonviolent peace principles of Anabaptist theology. Mennonite Church Canada Witness workers Andrew... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church |

Mennonite Church Canada Witness worker Karen Suderman, right, chats with Ladysmith women who are committed to feeding hundreds of South African children each day.

Hungry children are being fed, students of peace are learning nonviolent responses to conflict, and ordinary people are making extraordinary sacrifices to bring hope and justice... Read More
March 2, 2011 | God at work in the Church |

The WDP Committee in Chile sees the theme question, "How Many Loaves Have You?", as an invitation to enter a process that draws us into the Bible, into the context of Chile, and into the real situations of our lives and communities. This year's Bible studies come from 1 Kings 17: 8-16 and Mark 6: 30-44.

The potent symbol of bread will take pride of place this week as an annual common day of prayer focuses on the struggle of women in Chile. This year's commemoration of World Day... Read More
March 1, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Chris Herlinger

A women's literacy class, one of many sponsored by MCC in Malaway in upper (southern) Egypt and run by the Coptic Orthodox Church there.

“Our workers are trickling back,” report Mennonite Central Committee workers Tom and Judith Snowdon from their office in Cairo. “The airport is operating very efficiently and is... Read More
February 24, 2011 | Web First | Dick Benner, with reports from Cairo and Akron, PA

World Vision's Jeff Wright: "We need to take this seriously."

On a recent family trip to Africa, spotting locals wearing T-shirts and baseball caps bearing American brands or slogans became something of a parlor game -- a way to pass long... Read More
February 18, 2011 | Web First - News from ENI | By Cathleen Falsani

Dining hall at Silver Lake

Embers from a large stone fireplace found their way under the floor of the Silver Lake Mennonite Camp dining hall. Aided by blustery winds, the hot embers caused a fire which... Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Carl Litwiller, Nelson Scheifele, Lloyd Miller

Len Rempel

Len Rempel has been appointed the new director of finance and administration for Mennonite World Conference, replacing Karen Martin Schiedel. Effective March 14, he will work out... Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Byron Rempel-Burkholder

Anabaptists from the southern countries of South America worship at their 14th biennial gathering, held in San Bernardino, Paraguay, January 26–30. Photo by Tim Froese.

“Effective Pastoral Models” was the focus of the 14thbiennial meeting of Latin America’s Southern Cone Anabaptist Mennonite Congress in San Bernardino, Paraguay, January 26 to 30... Read More
February 17, 2011 | Web First | Milka Rindzinski, Uruguay
Small Town Murder Songs is an independently produced Canadian movie with a Mennonite connection, first shown at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The story, set in... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Artbeat | Reviewed by Barb Draper

The boys choir combined with youths and men to form a 270-voice mass choir that performed ‘A Thousand Hallelujahs’ at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall on Jan. 23. The concert concluded with ‘Arise!’, a commissioned work by Larry Nickel.

“For God is great and worth a thousand hallelujahs!” proclaims the psalmist (The Message). On Jan. 23, a mass Faith and Life Male Choir united to celebrate more than 25 years of... Read More
February 16, 2011 | Artbeat | By Evelyn Rempel Petkau

The youth group at North Kildonan Mennonite Church, Winnipeg, Man., appreciates the in-home testimony nights with the church’s seniors.

Relationships between youths and seniors within congregations are often strained, as neither group understands the other. Sometimes both groups are content not to know one another... Read More
February 16, 2011 | God at work in Us | By Rachel Bergen

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