8 reasons Canadians don’t go to church

Mar 14, 2016 by

In Canada, as in the U.S., lots of people don’t attend church. About 80 percent of Canadians and 60 percent of Americans do something else on Sunday mornings. Why is that? Joel Thiessen, a sociology...

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CMU squashes false tale with story of growing relations

Nov 23, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Canadian Mennonite University made headlines this fall when it was revealed that workers at the CMU Farm, in collaboration with members of the Métis community, had successfully grown an...

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Canadian MB Conference organizes ‘God, Sex and Church’ study event

Nov 23, 2015 by

Representatives of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches gathered for an Oct. 21-23 study conference to talk about something that is often avoided. “God, Sex and Church: A Theology of...

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USA and Canada — alike yet different

Nov 10, 2015 by

In many ways, Americans and Canadians are so much alike. We watch the same movies and TV, read the same books, watch the same sports, listen to the same music, follow the same celebrities and (mostly) speak...

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Book review: ‘Between 2 Gods’

Oct 26, 2015 by

Trudy Harder Metzger is an author, speaker, trauma coach and survivor of long-standing patterns of abuse and incest — patterns inherent in some Old Colony Mennonite families in Mexico and then perpetuated...

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Growing together with refugees

Oct 23, 2015 by

I’ve been paying attention to Germany lately. And not just because my wife happens to be there visiting dear friends of ours who live in Bavaria (my daily act of spiritual discipline this week has been to...

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Engaging with the political system

Oct 15, 2015 by

With less than a week to go until the election, I’m going to try to summarize my general approach to faith and the political system. The caveats for this post: I’m talking about my context of a developed...

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With grants, MCC assists displaced in Iraq, Syria

Sep 14, 2015 by and

It’s been a year since Qasim left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State — the same advance that left tens of thousands of other Yazidis stranded in the mountains, trapped...

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A father’s life, from a daughter’s view

Sep 14, 2015 by

“I never saw my father saunter,” says Katie Funk Wiebe as she introduces the hero of her latest book — her father, Jacob J. (Jake) Funk. These few words tell readers we are meeting a man of action — a...

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Doukhobor wisdom

Aug 17, 2015 by

For Mennonites on the Canadian prairies, the late 19th century is a significant time. That’s when the first wave of Mennonite immigrants came to Manitoba. But they weren’t the only pacifist group to come...

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Learning from those who left

Nov 10, 2014 by and

Phil Kleinsasser urged the faithful to sow their money in the offering plate in order to reap abundance in all areas of their lives. Kleinsasser is a Hutterite surname, but his admonition came not in an...

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Sacred fire to burn at Native Assembly

Jul 7, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — For thousands of years, Indigenous people from across Turtle Island regularly gathered where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet in Winnipeg. On July 28-31, North Americans from diverse...

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Peace studies transform former enemies at CMU

Jun 23, 2014 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — If they weren’t studying together at Canadian Mennonite University, Theo Muthumwa and Shadrack Mutabazi would be adversaries. The pastors are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. They...

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Chortitzer Conference to change its name

Jun 23, 2014 by

Chortitzer Mennonite Conference, a 1,500-member Canadian group, has begun searching for a new name. “Many times when people hear the name Chortitzer, the response is . . . ‘What’s that?’ ” wrote...

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Challenged on energy and consumer choice

Jun 18, 2014 by

I need help sorting out my feelings. Desmond Tutu’s visit to our Canadian oil sands on May 31 has created an emotional storm within me. His assessment of Canada’s energy oil sector is disturbing,...

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Children returning to Manitoba Old Order community

May 26, 2014 by and

An Old Order Mennonite community in Manitoba has welcomed back half of its children who were removed by social workers in June 2013 due to abusive disciplinary practices. Adults were charged with assaulting...

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The gift of Jesus is for giving

Mar 25, 2014 by

This past weekend, we were privileged to have Cheryl Bear from the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation community in northern British Columbia as a special guest here in Lethbridge at both our Mennonite Church...

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Canadian scholar studies how education preserves Old Colony Mennonite culture

Feb 17, 2014 by

It’s hard to understand Canada’s Old Colony Mennonites without first understanding their views on education. In 1922 about 8,000 Old Colony Mennonites left Canada for Mexico and Paraguay because of...

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Some Manitoba Old Order children return to their homes

Jan 20, 2014 by and

A half dozen children from two families returned home in early November to a Manitoba Old Order Mennonite community after about 40 children were removed by Child and Family Services in June. Several adults...

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