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December 24

  • Vietnamese Mennonite group clashes with authorities again
    Mennonite Church Canada has become aware that on December 14th, the Ho Chi Minh church buildings and home of Mennonite house church Pastor Rev. Nguyen Hong Quang were demolished at the culmination of a property expropriation battle. Quang was reportedly beaten in the incident and detained, according to Voice of the Martyrs Australia. Quang and twenty other detainees were later released and reported to be in good health.

December 17

  • Uncovering ancient rhythms of daily prayer
    When he was a young adult, Arthur Boers’ 17 year-old sister died of leukemia. Torn by grief and unable to understand how God could allow such a terrible thing, he found himself unable to pray. “At times I had nothing to say to God or did not know how to voice my prayers,” says Boers, author of the new Herald Press book Day by Day These Things We Pray: Uncovering Ancient Rhythms of Prayer.

  • The Naked Anabaptist goes to school
    There’s a Naked Anabaptist at Menno Simons Christian School! This fall the staff and board members at the Calgary, Alta. school are studying the Herald Press book, The Naked Anabaptist, in an effort to “truly understand what it means to be an Anabaptist Mennonite school,” says Principal Byron Thiessen.

November 30

  • Another way to give
    A deep love for Aboriginal communities in Manitoba inspired Jake and Margaret Harms to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by honouring others. In lieu of gifts, they invited friends and family to contribute to Mennonite Church Canada Native Ministry.

  • Martyr stories have powerful hold on faith and life today
    What does it mean to be part of a faith tradition that remembers brutal torture and gruesome executions? That’s the question behind the new Herald Press book Tongue Screws and Testimonies: Poems, Stories, and Essays Inspired by the Martyrs Mirror.

  • Consultation affirms role of Sunday School
    What will Sunday school look like in the future for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada congregations? That was the question addressed at a consultation organized by Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) earlier this month.

November 16

  • New General Secretary connects with young adults
    While Saskatchewan area pastors, Mennonite Church Canada Board members and staff, scattered after a shared meal on Thursday, Nov. 12, new General Secretary Willard Metzger engaged young adults in a conversation about the church.

  • Commissioning Willard Metzger
    On Friday Nov. 13 at First Mennonite Church in Saskatoon, Willard Metzger was commissioned for his new role as Mennonite Church Canada General Secretary by family members, representatives of Mennonite Church Canada General Board and staff.

  • Healing memories; reconciling in Christ
    Historical records are shaped by the perspectives of those who write them – and perspectives that clash can cause centuries of pain. On July 22nd, an apology to Mennonites from Lutherans for their historical persecution of Mennonites initiated a new relationship between these parts of the church and opened a door to revisiting their shared but distinctive histories.

  • Enthusiasm for MPN, Third Way merger
    The merger between Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media (TWM) has been met with enthusiasm by Mennonite Church Canada’s Christian Formation Council and General Board. The board approved the merger on Nov. 12, 2010 during Mennonite Church Canada’s Fall Leadership Assembly at First Mennonite Church in Saskatoon.

  • Promotional video demonstrates merit of MPN and Third Way Media merger
    A short promotional video for the new Herald Press book, Whatever Happened to Dinner, can now be found on YouTube, courtesy of Wayne Gehman, a video producer at Third Way Media.

  • What does Mennonite worship look like across borders?

     What does worship look like in Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA congregations? What makes it different from worship in non-denominational, Baptist or Lutheran churches? Those are the kinds of questions that Bi-national Worship Council members wrestled with at their October 3-5 meeting in Elkhart, Ind.

October 29

  • Formation Council recommends approving merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media
    Qualified support for the integration of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) and Third Way Media—that’s what was expressed by the Mennonite Church Canada Formation Council, meeting October 19 at the Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp in south-western Ontario.

  • When it comes to the Bible and peace, kids can!
    Christian education and faith formation doesn’t take place only in Sunday school—it happens during the week too. That’s why Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN) has created the Kids Can Club; a new series of all-in-one, flexible resources for children's midweek, Sunday night, camp, or other settings.

  • Whatever Happened To Dinner?
    Whatever happened to families sitting down to dinner together? That’s what Melodie Davis wants to know. “Research shows that only about 60 percent of youth and parents in the U.S. eat dinner together five or more times a week,” says Davis.

October 15

  • Around the world in 275 days
    For Reymond Pagé, spending 275 days travelling the world with his family was a bonding experience, but it also inspired an art exhibit currently on display at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery (MHCG), a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada.

  • Jubilee visits Mennonite Church Canada office
    Members of Jubilee Mennonite Church of Winnipeg, Man. toured the Mennonite Church Canada office at 600 Shaftesbury Blvd.

  • Anonymous donor funds the distribution of book to help end abuse
    Mennonite Church USA congregations will get a free copy of the new Herald Press book Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and Neglect, thanks to a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

  • The Naked Anabaptist a best-seller
    With over 4,700 sold, The Naked Anabaptist: The Bare Essentials of a Radical Faith, is a runaway best-seller for Herald Press, the book imprint of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN). “We knew the book would resonate with many people, but we didn’t expect it to sell out so quickly,” says Ron Rempel, Executive Director of MPN.

  • A timeless message
    Life is meaningless and vain—that, we’ve been told, is the message of the book of Ecclesiastes. But is that what the author is really saying? Not according to Douglas Miller, professor of biblical and religious studies at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.

  • Herald Press adds new e-books

    Three new titles have been added to the list of e-books offered by Herald Press, the book imprint of Mennonite Publishing Network. The three are Forgiveness: A Legacy of the West Nickel Mines Amish SchoolSimply in Season; and The Upside-Down Kingdom.

October 1

  • Fraternal visit affirms reconciliation process
    On Friday, Sept. 17, Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation visited the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada office in Winnipeg.

  • Grassroots movement plants seeds for peace
    A grassroots response to Mennonite Church Canada’s Peace in the Public Square initiative is rolling through the streets of Saskatoon. On September 6, five king boards – the exterior posters adorning the sides of city busses – made their debut carrying four different messages promoting peace and non-violence.

  • Mennonite Publishing Network, Third Way Media integration approved
    Dynamic, innovative, fully-integrated and multi-media—that’s the goal of a new organization to be formed out of an integration of Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the publishing ministry of Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, and Third Way Media, a department of Mennonite Mission Network.

  • 30th Anniversary Edition of Living More with Less
    In 1980, before living simply and green became trendy and popular, Doris Janzen Longacre, author of the enormously popular More-with-Less Cookbook, wrote Living More with Less, a practical guide for living in simple, sustainable and healthy ways. Thirty years later, Living More with Less: 30th Anniversary Edition is being released.

September 16

  • Heeding God’s call
    Why would Willard Metzger leave a position with World Vision to move into the role of General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada? His response to that question was immediate and simple – obedience to God’s call.

  • Sensing Peace
    What does peace smell like? What does it taste like? Feel, sound or look like? Through Sensing Peace, a new book from Herald Press, children ages 4 to 7 are encouraged to see what peace looks, sounds, feels, tastes and smells like through their everyday moments—things like laughing, cooking, gardening, singing or sharing ice cream.

  • Book aims to help faith communities end abuse and neglect
    Jeanette Harder’s goal is to help churches and communities become safe places for children. “I strongly feel the need to prevent child abuse in church, but also in neighbourhoods, schools and anywhere else."

September 3

  • Connecting kids with Witness
    A passion for writing children’s stories and a desire to engage children in church life gave birth to Imvu, a small knitted sheep who connects Mennonite Church Canada ministry in South Africa with children around the world.

July 16

  • A first step toward healing
    As prayers began, a hush fell over the crowd and numerous people pointed to the sky. The eagle, the traditional aboriginal symbol for the Great spirit, hovered overhead. Surely it was a clear sign of God’s presence and blessing as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) launch in Winnipeg drew to a close on Sat., June 19.

  • Sharing the pain of the IRS legacy
    Delegates to Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2010 have expressed their support of Indian Residential School (IRS) survivors. On July 2, 2010, they unanimously passed a resolution confessing the complicity of Mennonites “in the failing of the Christian Church” and its role in the residential school, and acknowledging “that destructive individual attitudes, such as paternalism, racism, and superiority are still present among us.”

  • Announcing an Engagement
    “Now that you’re engaged, when is the wedding?” That was the comment received by incoming Executive Secretary of Church Engagement, Norm Dyck, after by-law changes were approved on Wednesday to make way for the new council.

  • Relationships at the heart of mission
    For Mennonite Church Canada, the old days of “doing mission” are over. Relationships form communities of faith and are at the heart of building a global church, one of Mennonite Church Canada’s core priorities. But building the global church by developing relationships also touches on the remaining two priorities; forming a people of God and growing leaders for the church.

  • Assembly theme music
    When the Worship Committee for Assembly 2010 couldn’t find a song that captured the essence of the theme, Reclaiming Jesus™ -Gladly Wear the Name, Chad Miller and Doug Klassen teamed up to write one aptly named Reclaim the Name.

  • Quilting for art and prayer
    For Bev Patkau, quilting is a labour of love, fabric and thread a form of expression. Patkau has several quilts on display at the Mennonite Church Canada art exhibit – this year entitled Art for Peace. 

  • Bible Q&A
    After leading three study sessions on the Assembly Bible theme text, Colossians 3:15-17, General Secretary Robert J. Suderman found himself on the “hot seat.” He faced questions from three eager Assembly “students” in a session facilitated by David Beltzer, Instructor of Communications and Media at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU).

  • Emotional Intelligence
    Success of pastoral ministry grows through healthy relationships and according to Marianne Mellinger, healthy relationships depend upon keen emotional intelligence. Mellinger, who is the Supervisor of Graduate Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, shared her insights with pastors who gathered at First Mennonite Church in Calgary for the annual Mennonite Church Canada Ministers Conference on June 29.

  • Multicultural Mennonites
    Once upon a time, Mennonite congregations in Canada could largely define themselves by German or Swiss Mennonite heritage, but no more. Our congregations represent an increasing variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and currently, 49 of them worship in 19 languages other than English or German including; Amharic (Ethiopian & Eritrean), Cantonese, Chin, Hmong, Japanese, Karan, Korean, Laotian, Mandarin, Spanish, Tamil, Thai and Vietnamese.

  • Frustrated in doing good?
    Canada’s tax rules and even a congregation’s own bylaws and constitution can create obstacles for charitable organizations who want to do good but experience frustration in trying to follow all the rules. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) states that, a Canadian registered charity, regardless of the source of the income, must use these funds for charitable purposes only.

  • Mennonite Women Canada luncheon
    For me, this one sentence says what I value in my women’s group. It’s a value that goes beyond generations.”  Erna Neufeldt, out-going chair for Mennonite Women Canada, welcomed women to the luncheon with Nouwen’s words and her own obvious deep connection to Mennonite Women Canada. 

  • Is Sunday School dying?
    That’s a question being asked by a growing number of Mennonite churches today as they deal with declining enrolment, sporadic attendance and the challenge of finding teachers. It’s a question facing other churches, too, as Debra Bendis discovered.

  • Herald Press e-books now available
    There’s a naked Anabaptist on Kindle! Not only that, so are other Herald Press books such as Emma, Isaiah and Ruth, Jonah and Esther. Altogether, 33 top-selling books from Herald Press are available on Amazon's electronic book reader, including The Naked Anabaptist. Twenty-three other titles are in the process of being converted.

  • General Secretary’s farewell dinner
    A retirement dinner for Mennonite Church Canada General Secretary Robert J. Suderman (Jack) was held at Ambrose University College in Calgary on Monday, June 28, 2010 prior to the opening of Assembly 2010. With reflections and humour, friends, family and co-workers honoured the Sudermans for their deep commitment to the church.

June 28 - July 2

June 25

  • Relationships aid relief
    Although Mennonite Church Canada does not operate as a relief organization, its priority of forming a global church has nurtured relationships that played a vital role in bringing aid to Chile following a devastating series of earthquakes that began on February 27, 2010.

  • An ARC for Mennonite Church Canada
    Mennonite Church Canada has an ARC to call their own – the Anabaptist Resource Consortium (ARC) that is! Officially launched on June 10, 2010 as part of Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Center, the Consortium combines access to collections from Columbia Bible College, Mennonite & Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Church Eastern Canada as well as Mennonite Church Canada

  • Bulletins enhance worship
    For many people, the church bulletin is more than just a place to find the service order and community news - it’s a way to enhance worship.

June 18

  • Mennonite Disaster Service Response to the Oil Spill
    As oil continues to gush into the Gulf waters, MDS friends, partners, and clients in the Gulf are asking for our prayers and support. Residents are grieving, saying, "This is our life and our culture—it is also the only way of life we know; what will we do if it is lost?"

June 11

June 7

May 28

  • Remembering God’s Future: Youth Assembly 2011
    As delegates begin to register for Mennonite Church Canada Assembly 2010, planners for Youth Assembly 2011 are remembering the future – a reference to the Assembly’s theme text which calls on Christians to envision God’s future of a city where all people will live in harmony.

  • New Managing Curriculum Editor appointed
    Mary Ann Weber of Goshen, Indiana has been appointed Managing Curriculum Editor for Mennonite Publishing Network.

  • Staff changes at Mennonite Publishing Network
    The retirement this summer of Eleanor Snyder, Editorial Director for Faith & Life Resources, has prompted some changes at Mennonite Publishing Network.

May 20

May 1 - 14

  • The Golden Rule: World religions united by common goal
    The “Golden Rule” is familiar to the sacred teachings of all of the world’s major religious faiths, and that idea will draw together Interfaith Leaders in the G8 Nations for World Religions Summit 2010 in Winnipeg, Man. from June 21-23. Over 50 leaders of the world’s major religious faiths, including Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Baha’i, Hindu, Sikh and Christian are expected to attend.

  • Scripture text to live by
    For Doug Klassen, Colossians 3:12-17 describes in a nutshell what it means to be a Christian. It is a passage of personal significance to him. “You want to know how to live as a Christian? Here it is. For a grasp on the Christian ethic, this is it,” says Klassen, Senior Pastor of Foothills Mennonite Church in Calgary. “This text is deeply 'rooted' in me. It is how I choose to live everyday. When I get off track, it resets/recalibrates me to what I what I am looking to do in life.”

  • UK’s Anabaptist influenced Arts Festival coming to North America
    U2, Bruce Cockburn, the Emerging Church Movement and Mennonites share one thing in common: each has been present, active and influential at the Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival. Established in 1974, it presently draws over 20,000 people each year to the Cheltenham Racecourse in Western England.

  • On reading Martha and Doris
    On a recent vacation I browsed through several copies of Martha Stewart’s “Living” magazine from the library. Each issue was a feast of gorgeous photographs and spectacular ideas. Martha’s magazines are seductive. As I flipped through them, I dreamt of my friends’ accolades as I placed perfectly plated and garnished meals before them, the reputation I would earn for being “the hostess with the mostest”.

April 17 - 30

  • “Good fortune” in Macau
    The Masters Hotel in Macau has a sign shaped like a cross, but the hotel is known to charge service fees for “escorts” and the text, translated from Chinese, reads “good fortune.” The irony of that sign embodies the contrasts of Macau, a small city state whose lavishly displayed wealth is dependant upon games of chance and the bad luck of others.

  • A theology for life
    Gareth Brandt, the Professor of Practical Theology at Columbia Bible College says that the courses he teaches, from Faith Formation and Spirituality to Psalms, are all about the human relationship with God. He also says that he is troubled by his participation in a selfish consumer-based system in which it is difficult to integrate the theology he teaches into all aspects of his own life.

  • Mother-daughter team helps recover lost art of food preservation
    Not that long ago, many people knew how to preserve food. Information about canning, freezing and drying was passed down from generation to generation. But that’s not the case today say Susanna Meyer and Mary Clemens Meyer, co-authors of the new Herald Press book Saving The Seasons: How To Can, Freeze, or Dry Almost Anything.

April 2 - 16

  • Treaties: Covenants under God
    Adrian Jacobs agrees with the sentiment displayed on billboards and advertisements across Canada. “We are all Treaty people,” he says. “When the Treaties were negotiated, they bestowed rights and responsibilities on both First Nations and Euro-Canadian settlers.”

  • “Call to Me and I will answer you”
    Leaving home to attend university exposed Frew Zinna to new attitudes and lifestyles that pulled him away from his family’s legacy of faith, but the words of Jeremiah 33:3 called him back to Christ and into ministry. Most Ethiopians are Orthodox Christians or Muslims, but Frew grew up in a family that had been rooted in Evangelical Christian faith for three generations. His father taught in a Mennonite school started by the missionaries.

April 7

March 20 - April 1:

  • Chances are
    Billboards. Radio and television. The kiosk in your local grocery store or shopping mall. Want to help your local hospital raise money? Buy a lottery ticket. Your daughter’s basketball team needs money for new jerseys? Join the game pool. Bored? Check out live entertainment at the casino – and while you’re there drop some money into a video lottery terminal (VLT) or try your hand at Blackjack. If you want to be discreet, check out poker.com.

  • On the road to Emmaus
    In Luke 24, the disciples on the road to Emmaus were confused and discouraged. They had trouble recognizing Jesus. On March 4th, 2010, this disciple was on the road to Emmaus as part of a learning tour in the Holy Land. I was also confused and discouraged by the complexities of the deep fear, pain and suffering that is the story of this land and its peoples.

  • Homecoming of faith
    Pastor Jonathan Yin, recently ordained for ministry, called his encounter with Anabaptist theology more than a decade ago a “homecoming of faith.” While pastoring in Beijing, a fellow Chinese pastor in Sichuan told Yin to “check out these Mennonites, I think you could get excited about what they are teaching.” 

  • Gather ‘Round starts second four-year cycle
    It’s back to the beginning for Gather ‘Round, the Bible-based curriculum for children and youth produced by Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN). The curriculum, which is co-published with Brethren Press, will return to the book of Genesis this fall after completing its first four-year cycle through the Bible.

  • What does a naked Anabaptist look like?
    What does a naked Anabaptist look like? That’s what Stuart Murray wanted to know. “Anabaptism has been around for almost 500 years, and for much of that time it has been clothed in Mennonite, Hutterite and Amish traditions and culture,” says Murray, who helps direct the Anabaptist Network in Great Britain and Ireland.

  • New MPN Study Shelf helps Sunday School classes, small groups
    When authors James Krabill and David W. Shenk wrote Jesus Matters: Good News for the 21st Century, they were hoping it might spark intergenerational discussions about the role and place of Jesus in people’s lives today. And what better place to do that than in church? That’s what happened at Mountville, Pa. Mennonite Church. The church, located about 15 minutes west of Lancaster, used the Herald Press book in an adult education class.

Breaking News: March 18

  • Gene Stoltzfus: Celebrating a life, 1940-2010
    Mourners celebrated the life of Gene Stoltzfus, founding director of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), at a funeral service on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at Knox United Church in Emo, Ontario. Stoltzfus died on March 10, 2010 while riding his motor-assisted bicycle.

March 6 - 19:

  • Publishing in a digital age
    For Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN), the ministry of publishing is growing ever more complex. The mission for the publisher of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA remains the same – providing materials to equip the church to experience and share the gospel of Jesus Christ from an Anabaptist perspective. But coping with the impact of the internet and readily available free digital media is changing the face of business. The economic downturn of 2009 has compounded that challenge.

  • Calgary Mennonite Inter-ministerial Association calls for peaceful response to local white supremacist activity
    In the wake of violent demonstrations in previous years on March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, Calgary church leaders are calling for peaceful responses to the rise in white supremacist activity in the city. The Joint Statement of the Calgary Mennonite Churches Concerning White Supremacist Activity in Calgary issued today calls on Calgarians to “reject publicly and completely the doctrine of racial supremacy and hate” while affirming a belief in non-violence on both the part of white supremacists and anti-racist protestors.

  • Planting churches not just about numbers
    In 1992, churches in Great Britain launched a plan to plant 20,000 new churches by 2000. There was some success; several hundred new churches did result. But it was not the thousands that were hoped for.

Breaking News: March 18

February 20 - March 5

  • News Flash: Two Mennonite pastors report from Chile
    Mennonite Church Canada today received news that Pastor Carlos Gallardo and his wife Monica Parada survived the earthquake. The couple’s newly built home on the coast survived with little damage.

  • Alternative Service website inspires student
    A website sharing the story of Conscientious Objectors (COs) in World War II helped to inspired Abby Landon to re-examine her own beliefs, and connect with her family’s Mennonite faith heritage.

  • Naked Anabaptist on Facebook
    There’s a Naked Anabaptist on Facebook! No, it’s not what you might be thinking—nobody is nude. At least, not literally, although over 100 people have joined the Naked Anabaptist group on the social media site to metaphorically explore what it means to strip down to the bare essentials of the Anabaptist faith.

  • Special assignment in Vietnam
    Nhien Pham has been appointed to a Mennonite Church Canada Witness Special Assignment for ministry in Vietnam.  Nhien and his wife, Lien, reside in Surrey, B.C. where he continues to serve as pastor of  the Vietnamese fellowships at Sherbrooke Mennonite Church in Vancouver and another in Abbotsford.

Breaking News: March 2

February 4 - 19

  • Assembly 2010: Reclaiming Jesus
    From June 29 to July 3, delegates from across the country will meet at Ambrose University College in Calgary, Alta. for Mennonite Church Canada’s Assembly 2010, Reclaiming Jesus™: Gladly wear the Name.

  • Assembly 2010 introduces Youth Ambassador option
    In 2010 for the first time ever, the Mennonite Church Canada Annual Assembly will include Youth Ambassadors as participants in delegate sessions. “Youth are an integral part of the church,” says Anna Rehan, Youth Ministries Facilitator for Mennonite Church Canada.  “We need to hear their voices...

  • Mennonite Church Canada going greener
    The denominational offices of Mennonite Church Canada are continuing efforts to “go green.”  With the help of a grant from Manitoba Hydro, energy efficient lighting has been installed in all offices. Volunteer electrician Vern Janzen took preliminary readings of the new installations that suggest a 19% reduction in electricity use.

  • Resource Centre catching on
    Borrow, purchase, download, link. The mantra of Mennonite Church Canada’s Resource Centre seems to be catching on. For the past three years, the Resource Centre has kept track of those using their electronic services.  Since 2007, downloading has almost quadrupled; reaching over 100,000 items downloaded this last year.  During the same time, book and DVD loan circulation has increased by 15%.

January 23 - February 4

  • Mennonite Men appoints new coordinator
    Mennonite Men is pleased to announce the appointment of Don A. Yoder, Harrisonburg, Va., as the new coordinator of Mennonite Men. Yoder will begin June 1.

January 9 - 22

  • The peace we have
    There are no soldiers on the street corners, no armed guards in front of businesses, and people are not afraid to make direct eye contact when greeting one another. There is little fear of theft or vandalism. This picture of peaceful living is normal for residents of Altona, Man. – but not for Cecilia and Genaro Gonzales of  the Monte Santo Mennonite Church in Madrid, Colombia, who visited their sister congregation, Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church, in October, 2009.

  • Grafting tradition
    Cecilia and Genaro Gonzales say they have discovered a treasure in the Mennonite Church in Canada – the treasure of tradition. The pastor couple visited Altona Bergthaler Mennonite Church in October 2009 as representatives of Monte Santo Mennonite Church in Madrid, Colombia. The congregations share a sister church relationship that has given each a clearer sense of what it means to be part of a larger theological family.

  • Korean Anabaptist Fellowship born in California
    From the seeds of shared stories, the Korean Anabaptist Fellowship was born. From November 19-21, 2009, Korean Anabaptist pastors and leaders met together to share stories and ideas from their ministry.

  • Getting to know Menno
    If there is one person Mennonites should know a lot about, it should be Menno Simons – the 16th century Anabaptist leader who gave their church its name. Myron Augsburger worries that the opposite is true.

  • “Dark Night” leads to stronger faith

    Have you ever felt abandoned by God? You pray, go to church and read the Bible, but God seems so far away. What’s going on? What’s happening, says Daniel Schrock, is the “dark night.”

Breaking News, January 20, 2010

  • January 20, 2010: Relief kits, comforters, sheets needed in Haiti

    In addition to donations of money, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is asking the public to supply 20,000 relief kits, 10,000 heavy comforters and 10,000 sheets to be sent to Haitian earthquake survivors. The supplies will help relieve the discomfort and suffering of Haitians who are sleeping on streets and in open areas because their homes are destroyed or because they don’t trust the safety of the buildings that remain.

Breaking News, January 13, 2010

  • January 13, 2010 : Support for Haiti earthquake Victims
    Although Mennonite Church Canada presently has no direct ministry involvement in Haiti, the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake evokes much compassion in our congregations for this already fragile country. Mennonite Church Canada enjoys a strong partnership with its relief and development agency, Mennonite Central Committee. Relief efforts are already being coordinated by Mennonite Central Committee. Below is a brief update from them, along with instructions on how readers can help.

December 19, 2009- January 8, 2010

  • Live for peace billboards capture media attention
    Six Calgary Mennonite churches countered the assault of consumer-driven ads over the 2009 holiday season with their Live for Peace campaign offering simple messages on billboards and C-Train posters. Slogans such as “Give your conscience a workout” and “Imagine life without war” caught the attention of CBC , CTV and CTS – a local Christian television outlet.

  • Live for Peace Toques
    Janet Plenert and Dave Bergen, Mennonite Church Canada staff, model the latest in peaceful winter fashion. A limited quantity of the Live for Peace toques are available to anyone planning to commit an act of peace by wearing the toque in public. Visit www.liveforpeace.org

  • Peter Dyck Gets “Home Before Dark”
    “Lord, let me get home before dark.” That was the prayer of Peter Dyck, asking God to let him die before age robbed him of his ability to be kind, trusting, loving and generous.

  • Its gates will never be shut
    “Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there…nothing unclean will enter it” (Rev. 21:25-7). Nanjing is a city of walls.  Julie and I visited this ancient former Chinese capital in July, before making our recent move to Dazhou.  One can still walk on portions of the old wall that zigzags around the central city.  Built in the late 1300s, it is the longest city wall in the world. 

  • Community harvest
    We heard the melodic balaphone from several kilometres away.  The traditional wooden xylophone led us to a worksite where a line of 15 young men flayed a huge pile of dried grasses with long, thin sticks. They were beating fonio, a traditional staple grain, in time to the music and in competition with each other.  Straw and fonio seeds clung to their sweat-covered skin. 

  • Under Construction: New book explores male spirituality
    When it comes to male spirituality, men seem to have only two choices for models. “They are told to be strong, take-charge and be independent, like warriors, or silent and alone, like meditating monks,” says Gareth Brandt, author of the new Herald Press book Under Construction: Reframing Men’s Spirituality. “Being aggressive or passive seems to be the only options out there.”

  • Avoiding Affluenza
    Last year, many North Americans worried about getting H1N1 influenza. Fewer, however, worried about catching a different kind of virus—affluenza. That worries Hugo and Doreen Neufeld, authors of Affluenza Interrupted: Stories of Hope from the Suburbs (Millrise Publishing), a new book available through Mennonite Publishing Network (MPN).

  • “Timeless” message about war and peace
    John Howard Yoder is one of the best-known Mennonite thinkers on peace. But before Yoder there was Guy F. Hershberger, whose reflections on war, peace and violence not only helped Mennonites navigate perilous times in the early-to mid-20th century, but also laid the foundation for Yoder's groundbreaking work.

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