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Christ and crokinole bringing people together
We were sitting snugly in our apartment when we read the terrible news that a transport truck had been driven into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin. As I write this, twelve deaths have been confirmed and another fifty people are reportedly injured, some of them severely. 

December 21, 2016
Ken Schwartzentruber holds bucket of salvaged copper.

From sea-faring cowboy to Christian book publisher, Ken Schwartzentruber embraced life and adventure with a hands-on attitude and a commitment to God. His light flickered out on November 17, 2016, in New Hamburg, Ont. at the age of 88 with his family by his side.

December 8, 2016
Lee Dyck, Moderator, MCBC (left); and Calvin Quan, Moderator, MC Canada (right).

News from futuredirectionsmc.ca: A previous post, “Leadership for the transition of churches in Mennonite Church Canada” has generated robust conversation on the theme of gender and ethnic diversity in the leadership structures of our national and area church bodies. 

Read the complete article online at http://futuredirectionsmc.ca/seeking-diversity-or-saying-yes/.

December 8, 2016
Poster for documentary "The Last Objectors"

A film produced by the Mennonite Heritage Centre (MHC) Archives about Conscientious Objectors (COs) is garnering significant attention.

November 24, 2016

Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure is a resource to equip Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada to address ministerial sexual misconduct directly and boldly.

November 23, 2016
Concrete separation barrier just outside of Bethlehem.

“In this resolution we are not taking sides between Israel and Palestine,” said Palmer Becker at Mennonite Church Canada’s 2016 Assembly. “We support the need for a safe place to live for both Israeli Jews and the Palestinian Arabs. We grieve whenever there is loss of life, whether that is Palestinian or Israeli.”

November 22, 2016
Christina Bartel Barkman and her son Cody on motorized scooters.

For Christina Bartel Barkman and her son Cody, switching from a car to scooters has pumped new energy and insights into their morning commute.

November 22, 2016
Interim Council members

News from futuredirectionsmc.ca: As Transition Coordinator, I want to communicate news and information as often as necessary and as clearly as possible about all that our transition entails. But I do not work in isolation. And, I fully anticipate missteps. I ask for grace from God and from you as I watch and listen for the Spirit to “show up” as I noted in another post on this site.

November 18, 2016
Church sign

News from futuredirectionsmc.caTime is its own master. Only it knows when to shrink and when to stretch. Our nights and our days are governed by sunrise and sunset, by bursts of energy and bouts of exhaustion.

November 18, 2016
Keith Regehr

News from futuredirectionsmc.ca:“God is helping us take apart what was, in order to build something new, so that we can engage the world in more effective ways,” says Keith Regehr confidently.

November 7, 2016