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CMC history book to be released at Winkler 2004


Mennonite Church Canada/Canadian Mennonite University joint release
June 1, 2004
- by Dan Dyck


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Winnipeg, Man. — Canadian Mennonite University Press have published a new book on the history of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada. The book was commissioned by Mennonite Heritage Centre, a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada.

An excerpt from the foreword by Dan Nighswander, general secretary of Mennonite Church Canada, reads, “The history of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada is the story of a church that has been transformed. It is an account of a people of God supporting each other and working together to accomplish the mission to which God has called them.”

Adolf Ens, retired Professor of Historical Theology at Canadian Mennonite Bible College researched and wrote the book. The project, said Ens, had already been “talked about for twenty years” and was officially commissioned in 1998.

The 250-plus page book encompasses the years 1902 to 1999. Ens said, “Many of the issues that Mennonite Church Canada faces today are in some way related to issues that CMC and the Mennonite conference of Eastern Canada predecessors have faced at some point along the way too. One can learn from the approaches that worked and the approaches that didn’t work”.

Dr. Karl Koop, Chair of CMU Press Committee and Associate Professor of Historical Theology at CMU said, “This book brings to light an important account of a church body that began with two diverse founding partners in 1902 that eventually formed a national church representing a rich blend of Christian faith and witness. Adolf Ens is to be commended for his scholarship, and for writing an inspiring story”.

The book will be officially launched on July 8 as part of the Mennonite Church Canada assembly this summer in Winkler, Manitoba (July 7-11).

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