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Assembly Update: Saskatoon 2002


Winnipeg, Man.— Planning for Saskatoon 2002 is proceeding at "what feels like the speed of light", reports Pam Peters-Pries, executive secretary of MC Canada’s Support Services.

"There’s a lot to be excited about," reports the first-time assembly planner. Speakers and tours have been finalized and a final seminar list is nearing completion, she said. Registration packets should arrive at congregations’ doorsteps near the end of April.

Speakers for Saskatoon 2002 include Nelson Kraybill (Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary), Karen Martens Zimmerly (pastor, Grace Mennonite Church, Regina), Menno Epp (retired pastor, Foothills, Calgary and Oak Street, Leamington). Tours for Faith Family Friday include the historic (Mennonite and Aboriginal history in Saskatchewan), the beautiful Shekinah Retreat Centre (Mennonite Church Saskatchewan facility), a mineral springs swim at Manitou, a Barn Playhouse Theatre production, and a MOB (Mennonites On Bikes) motorcycle tour.

The traditional Minister’s Conference will be held prior to the assembly at Osler Mennonite Church on July 3.

A special pre-assembly event called Making Peace with the Land will begin on Tuesday, July 2, to follow through on a resolution made at Lethbridge 2000. Delegates there encouraged Mennonite Church Canada to explore the farm crisis from a faith based perspective. This two day event will feature several speakers: Dr. Chris Lind, social ethicist, author, and president of St. Andrews College; Cam Harder, theologian, professor, and farm bankruptcy specialist; Laura Rance, freelance farm writer, farmer, and former editor of the Manitoba Cooperator; Nettie Wiebe, professor, farmer, and former president of the National Farmer’s Union.

Dan Nighswander (general secretary) reports that the discernment session agenda will be less decision-intensive this year. "At Abbotsford 2001, delegates had to plow through some significant organizational change recommendations. Discussions were focused inwardly. This year we will more intentionally look outward in our discernment times, to identify, recommend, and collectively discern how God calls us, from across the street to around the world."

Details will be made available at MC Canada’s website ( as they are confirmed.

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Call for Writers: Saskatoon 2002

Winnipeg, Man.— Mennonite Church Canada is seeking volunteer writers to help report on assembly happenings this summer at Saskatoon 2002.

Each day, Mennonite Church Canada communications staff produce a news sheet for assembly delegates and participants. The daily news sheet is a valuable way for assembly guests to catch up on all the news they missed at concurrent sessions and events.

If you have a knack for words and enjoy communicating news with journalistic flair, then contact Dan Dyck ( or Daniel Rempel ( at 204-888-6781.

Writer’s guidelines and tips are available to help guide writers through the process.