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Mary Raber

Many of the people who have stayed behind in Ukraine’s militarized areas are those who cannot run away: the elderly, children, and people with disabilities.

January 18, 2017

It’s true. Sometimes, my wife and I agree. And sometimes our agreements have positive, though unexpected, consequences. She is certain she wants Vietnamese food, while I am certain I want Thai, so we compromise and agree on Chinese cuisine. As a result, we unexpectedly meet friends we haven’t seen for a long time and enjoy a timely visit at a Chinese restaurant.

January 18, 2017
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 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. 

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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 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