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Karen Martens Zimmerly (right) and Terry Zimmerly (left).

Karen Martens Zimmerly, Mennonite Church Canada’s Executive Minister, Formation and Pastoral Leadership, is returning to congregational ministry. She and her husband Terry Zimmerly will share a one-and-a-half time pastoral role at First Mennonite Church in Iowa City, Iowa, beginning this fall. She leaves Mennonite Church Canada on June 30, 2017.

May 8, 2017
Joji Pantoja holds awards from the University of Santo Toma.

Joji Pantoja’s commitment to developing a culture of peace through entrepreneurship in Philippines just garnered her another award.

May 8, 2017

The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee invites congregations to appoint three leaders to give input toward a new hymnal scheduled for release in 2020. Specifically, the committee wants to hear feedback from a pastor, a worship leader, and a music leader in each congregation.

May 8, 2017
Book cover.

The questions of midlife are quieter and deeper than clichés involving motorcycles and illicit affairs suggest. Who have I become? Is this all there is to life? Why does God feel so distant at this point of my life? Or, to quote musician Paul Simon, “Why am I soft in the middle? The rest of my life is so hard.”

May 8, 2017
The Essential Amish Cookbook cover.

Herald Press is publishing a new cookbook by prolific Amish recipe author Lovina Eicher: The Essential Amish Cookbook: Everyday Recipes from Farm and Pantry.

May 8, 2017
Cover of "Amish Prayers: A Colouring Book" (Herald Press, April 2017).

Last fall, Herald Press took its first step into the world of adult devotional coloring books with Beloved Amish and Mennonite Quilts. Its latest addition to the field, Amish Prayers, offers fraktur drawings and thoughtful, contemplative prayers from Anabaptist history. The collection was released April 4, 2017.

May 8, 2017
Mother Kandace Boos and daughter Junia.

The Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights (PFIR) draws to a close on May 13, but even when the event is over, there are several ways to keep the objective of the initiative alive.

April 26, 2017
Joji Pantoja (2nd from right) recieves award.

Joji Pantoja’s socially responsible business acumen in her role as founder and CEO of Coffee for Peace is getting noticed at the highest levels. On March 30, she was recognized by Go Negosyo, the advocacy arm of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, as one of 26 Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneurs 2017. The award was presented by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang Palace.

April 13, 2017
Anneli Loepp Thiessen (left) and Katrina Woelk (right).

Youth are in demand. When the Emerging Voices Initiative (EVI) held a cross-Canada tour in 2016-17, the importance of encouraging youth involvement in area and national church initiatives rose to the surface again and again. Their presence is wanted at the Special Delegate Assembly in Winnipeg on Oct. 13 -15, 2017.

April 13, 2017
Henry Neufeld plays his drum and sings.

Henry Neufeld is joining more than 50 other walkers in the Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights. From April 23 to May 14, participants will cover the 600k stretch between Kitchener and Ottawa, Ont. in support of the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

April 7, 2017