History: Living in community, together and apart

Jul 27, 2020 by

It was an unlikely union. One party was an Anabaptist group dating back to the early 16th century, full of tradition and belief forged by years of persecution. The other was a fledgling movement drawing from a...

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Author makes peace with chronic illness

Jul 20, 2020 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — What’s it like to be a person of faith with a chronic illness? That’s one of the questions explored by Allison Alexander in her new book Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness. In...

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Film gives refugees a voice

Apr 13, 2020 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — John Ens was just 9 years old when he boarded the Dutch passenger ship Volendam in 1947 for a voyage to freedom and safety. Right from birth, Ens, a member of McIvor Mennonite Breth­ren...

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Book review: All That Belongs

Mar 9, 2020 by

Catherine has spent her professional lifetime preserving the histories of others. As an archivist, she gathers the ephemera of people’s lives, bringing order to the sometimes mysterious, sometimes disordered...

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Archive’s new radio program digs into history

Feb 24, 2020 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — In 1927, Johannes Dyck escaped with his wife and nine children from the former Soviet Union. Exit visas were hard to obtain, and Mennonite emigrants like the Dycks were not allowed to take...

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In MCC’s centennial year, relief sales keep evolving

Jan 20, 2020 by and

As one relief sale sets a lofty goal to celebrate Mennonite Central Committee’s centennial in 2020, others continue a trend of reinvention to be smaller and less reliant on scores of volunteers. The Kansas...

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Fond farewell to the blue hymnal

Dec 9, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Over the span of a single weekend, Sean Goerzen sang or played every hymn in Hymnal: A Worship Book. All 658 of them. “I feel like I know the hymnal in a very intimate way now,” he said...

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Scholars take a hard look at the Holocaust

Nov 18, 2019 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — About 80 years ago, Jews and Mennonites lived peacefully together in the Ukrainian city of Chortitza. Then the Nazis came, and everything changed. In 1941, before the invasion, Chortitza had...

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Manitoba’s Passion Play immerses audience in the story

Sep 23, 2019 by and

LA RIVIERE, Man. — Every summer, more than 100 volunteers from across Manitoba gather in the rolling hills of the Pembina Valley to bring to life the most important event of the Christian faith: Jesus’...

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Longhurst: Faithful fantasy

Sep 2, 2019 by

If you love geek culture — Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Lord of the Rings and more — and you’re a Christian looking for devotional material that combines the two, you are in luck. In...

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Winnipeg coffee shop a training ground for youth

Jun 17, 2019 by

WINNIPEG, Man. — It’s the morning lull at Sam’s Place, the time between the opening rush for coffee and the lunch crowd. There are about a half-dozen people in the coffee shop, café and used bookstore,...

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Longhurst: Gardening with Sikhs

Jun 10, 2019 by

What do you do if the nearest worshiping community to your church is a Sikh gurdwara? Plant a garden together, of course. That’s what River East Church, a Mennonite Brethren congregation in Winnipeg, Man.,...

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Longhurst: Canadian war-tax resisters

Apr 29, 2019 by

Like other Canadians, every year Ernie and Charlotte Wiens file their taxes. Unlike others, the LaSalle, Man., farming couple doesn’t send the federal government everything it says they owe — the part that...

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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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