Advent meet-and-greet with Bethlehem Bible College

December 15th

Join a live online gathering to hear from representatives of the West Bank’s Bethlehem Bible College (BBC), the newest international partner of Mennonite Church Canada. Tuesday morning, December 15, 11 a.m. eastern zone (10 Central, 9 Mountain, and 8 Pacific). Registration is free; please write to mcmfriendsofpalestine@gmail.com and the Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the event. The one-hour gathering will feature an introductory presentation by BBC president Jack Sara and community outreach director Shireen Awaad Hilal. Q and A and prayer will follow with hosts Jeanette Hanson, International Witness director, and Doug Klassen, executive minister of Mennonite Church Canada.

Canada at Crossroads online book club

October 8th

What are the things that separate and unite Indigenous and settler peoples? What can we do to challenge structural racism and repair the broken relationship? Join Steve Heinrichs for an online book club this fall, exploring the new book Canada at a Crossroads by sociologist Jeff Denis. Beginning Oct. 8, we’ll gather by Zoom each Thursday at 7 p.m. (CST) for 8 weeks for a circle conversation, sharing with each other our questions and learnings, our hearts and hopes. Together, we’ll seek to understand how we might nurture Treaty friendships.

Table Talk: Does the church still have legs?

October 24th

“Table Talk: Does the Church Still Have Legs?” will examine what it means to be the church and the role of worship. The conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, through Zoom, a virtual-meeting platform.

The conference is intended for pastors, lay leaders and anyone interested in an academic-oriented approach to discerning the purpose and nature of the church.

Table Talk: Does the Church still have legs?

October 24th

11:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT

“Table Talk: Does the Church Still Have Legs?” will examine what it means to be the church and the role of worship. The conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, through Zoom, a virtual-meeting platform. The conference will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT.

International Witness Sunday

October 18th

Join congregations across Mennonite Church Canada as we celebrate the work of International Witness on October 18, 2020 (or any Sunday your congregations deems appropriate). Online resources including recorded sermons, videos, worship ideas, children’s stories, pictures and information about International Witness to inform and inspire are available at mennonitechurch.ca/IW-Sunday. Ways to give. Ways to learn. Ways to participate.

Table Talk: Does the church still have legs?

May 11th

During this global COVID-19 pandemic, the Holy Spirit calls us to re-examine what it means to be the church. While technology allows us to join each other on Sunday mornings, without gathering together how can we be Christ’s Body? What does this crisis reveal about our current practices of being the church? Join our nationwide community of faith as we gather virtually for a time of discernment on the nature and identity of the church and the role of worship. Sara Wenger Shenk, former president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and several other scholars from our Mennonite schools will reflect on themes related to 1 Peter 2:9-10. 

Table Talk: Does the Church still have legs?

October 24thTable Talk: Does the Church still have legs?

“Table Talk: Does the Church Still Have Legs?” will examine what it means to be the church and the role of worship. The conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, through Zoom, a virtual-meeting platform.

The conference is intended for pastors, lay leaders and anyone interested in an academic-oriented approach to discerning the purpose and nature of the church.

“Our lack of in-person worship due to this pandemic has made questions about the nature, identity and essence of the church even more relevant,” says Doug Klassen, executive minister for Mennonite Church Canada.

“Going ahead with this conference in an online format ensures we still connect as a nationwide community in the fall to discern what church looks like moving forward,” he says.

The conference will consist of four sessions featuring plenary speakers from Mennonite Church Canada-affiliated universities and colleges:

  • Sara Wenger Shenk, former president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, will give the first plenary exploring the nature and identity of the church;
  • Irma Fast Dueck, Jeremy Bergen, Gerald Gerbrandt and Jesse Nickel will examine the role of worship in the Bible and in the church in the Western context;
  • CMU New Testament Professor Sheila Klassen-Wiebe will lead a Bible study on the parable of the great banquet in Luke 14;
  • and Bryan Born from Columbia Bible College will share what it means to be missional in this time.

Pre-released and pre-recorded plenaries are planned to allow more time for questions and engagement between speakers and participants. A recommended readings list will be released to registered participants leading up to the conference.

The conference will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT.