Vietnamese Fellowship drops ‘Mennonite’ name

Aug 28, 2017 by and

A name change, effective immediately, heralds a time of direction-setting for the former North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship. The fellowship held its biennial conference June 30-July 1 at Calgary...

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Shifting to regions, Mennonite Church Canada breaks new ground

Apr 17, 2017 by and

Mennonite Church Canada is going to find out if a national denomination can grow stronger by putting its regions first. It’s a radical change that delegates approved in principle at last summer’s national...

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Conflict at meeting: ‘Let him speak’

Feb 13, 2017 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — A Mennonite Church Manitoba meeting at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship took a confrontational turn on Jan. 12, opening the floodgates of debate on just what it means for local congregations...

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Balancing act

Jan 16, 2017 by

Staking out a middle ground in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict virtually guarantees a barrage of hostility. Angry words flew last month between staunch allies Israel and the United States over a United...

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The Emmaus scenario

Nov 7, 2016 by

When two travelers failed to recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus, Jesus put their blurred vision to good use. As recorded in Luke 24, he kept his identity to himself as he taught Cleopas and a companion...

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CMU’s experiment

Oct 24, 2016 by

A grand experiment took place in 2000. Schools from the Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite Church Canada denominations merged, creating Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Man. In practice and geography,...

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After first ‘peer review,’ Mennonite Church USA leaders question its value

Oct 19, 2016 by and

HESSTON, Kan. — The licensing of an Ohio pastor who is gay has gone through Mennonite Church USA’s first “peer review.” Whether others will be done is an open question. More than 60 members of the...

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Impossible dream?

Sep 12, 2016 by

Are Mennonites trying to do the impossible? Maybe, but we shouldn’t give up. We are just beginning to test new ways to live with disagreement on sexuality and to build unity. A couple of positive new...

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Song project fund drive draws on love for ‘606’

Sep 6, 2016 by

A fundraising website for the new song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada has been launched at HymnalProject606.com. The fundraising phase is called Project 606, so dubbed from the...

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Generous orthodoxy

Aug 29, 2016 by

On his Aug. 11 podcast, journalist Malcolm Gladwell used the concept of “generous orthodoxy” to frame the story of Chester Wenger. It’s a positive approach to faith that is gaining ground among...

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Couple take ‘pro-Israel’ stance against occupation

Aug 1, 2016 by and

Aquifers in the West Bank, Palestine, hold enough water to supply its inhabitants, but distribution is controlled by the Israeli government. Most of the water is directed toward neighboring Israel and the...

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Mennonite Church Canada shifts to local focus

Aug 1, 2016 by and

Mennonite Church Canada delegates affirmed restructuring the denomination to increase influence and ownership at a more local level at their July 6-10 assembly in Saskatoon, Sask. What remains to be seen is...

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First for divestment

Aug 1, 2016 by

The resolution on Israel-Palestine that Mennonite Church Canada delegates passed July 9 stands in sharp contrast to Mennonite Church USA’s failure to approve a similar statement a year ago. The U.S....

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Under the sky

Jul 20, 2016 by

I spent 13 or so hours this past week driving under the summer prairie sky. Saskatoon was the location of our Mennonite national church’s biennial gathering, which I combined with a visit with my brother...

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MC Canada moves in a new direction

Jul 18, 2016 by

Mennonite Church Canada delegates approved a proposal to shift the denomination’s emphasis from the national level to networking among area churches and created space for congregations with differing...

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When love is needed most

Jul 5, 2016 by

I was talking recently with a friend about the upcoming Mennonite Church Canada Assembly in Saskatoon that I plan to attend. Like many denominations, ours is wrestling with some familiar trends (aging,...

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Mennonite Church Canada mulling future path

Jun 29, 2016 by and

Sustaining Mennonite Church Canada’s ministry in the face of diminishing finances and a changing church landscape will be a main topic when Mennonite Church Canada holds its biennial assembly July 6-10 in...

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MC Canada Youth Assembly canceled due to low numbers

Jun 20, 2016 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Mennonite Church Canada’s Youth Assembly has been canceled. The event was planned for 200 people, but only a handful could commit. It’s a disappointment that Kirsten Hamm-Epp and her...

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What does church mean to us?

May 19, 2016 by

I spent a good chunk of one recent morning in an online discussion about the future of Mennonite Church Canada with a handful of other young-ish pastors from across the nation. It was interesting to be...

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Anglican Mennonites

Apr 25, 2016 by

What’s the fastest-growing Mennonite church in Winnipeg? St. Margaret’s Anglican. That joke came back to me early this month when I learned that the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada and...

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Radically redefined

Apr 11, 2016 by

Gerald Gerbrandt recalls a Mennonite Church Canada staff member at a regional assembly “bringing greetings from Mennonite Church Canada.” He thought this revealed a basic problem: Members viewed their...

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Trust while shrinking

Feb 1, 2016 by

“Change is always occurring. But when that change appears more dramatic than usual, it can feel frightening. . . . I think that the Christian church across Canada is experiencing such a time of dramatic...

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Change in the church

Jan 28, 2016 by

Change is always occurring. But when that change appears more dramatic than usual, it can feel frightening. I wish there was an emoticon for anxiety to accompany my thoughts on change. I think that the...

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MC Canada: respectfully recognize differences

Jan 18, 2016 by and

Members and congregations of Mennonite Church Canada may be on the verge of getting more deliberate about respecting each other when they disagree. The denomination’s Being a Faithful Church task force has...

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Project 606: Team assembles to replace 1992 hymnal by 2020

Jan 4, 2016 by

HARRISONBURG, Va. — “Project 606,” MennoMedia’s song collection project for the next hymnal serving Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, is beginning this year. MennoMedia began accepting...

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