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Sunday, November 19th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include, Mennonite Churches in the southern U.S. are discussing security in the wake of some Church shootings, the United Church of Canada is having success with a program that allows ministers to from other Church bodies to serve in each other's congregations and a Mennonite Church in Montreal is helping to host refugees crossing into Quebec from the U.S.
Sunday, November 12th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include; the Canadian Council of Mennonite Brethren Churches has approved the merger of C2C and Mennonite Mission but has also announced some significant cuts, the recently retired editor of the Canadian Mennonite has passed away and we hear reflections from an EMC Pastor and a Catholic theologian on the need to unite the church that was fractured during the Reformation.
Sunday, November 5th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include; Protestant Churches marked their beginnings this past week on the 500th anniversary of the reformation, the Brethren in Christ Church in Canada has tweaked its name to remove the word brethren and several Canadian Churches are adjusting how they do Indigenous ministry.
Sunday, October 29th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include, some high profile Christian women leaders have joined the “me too” campaign, Mennonite Church Manitoba is discussing how to implement the greater focus by Mennonite Church Canada on regional churches and the harsh treatment of Hutterite Conscientious Objectors in the U.S. during World War I was highlighted at conference this month in Kansas City.
Sunday, October 22nd 2017
Stories we're working on this week include, Mennonite Church Canada has approved major structural changes, the Anglican Church will continue an evangelical program that is having good success and a university in Omaha, Nebraska, founded by Mennonites, will close its doors.
Sunday, October 15th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include, a Christian pastor in Palestine shares about the difficulties they endure under Israeli occupation, St. Boniface hospital in Winnipeg is resisting pressure to offer doctor-assisted death and Providence University/College is hosting a special event to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformation.
Sunday, October 8th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include, the board of Mennonite Church Canada has issued an apology to LGBTQ persons, Mennonite Church U.S.A has made some key decisions about its plans for the future and Mennonite Disaster Service is determining its response in Puerto Rico.
Sunday, October 1st 2017
Stories we're working on this week include, the executive director of MCCCanada has retired, the founder of Crossroads Christian Communications has died and the head of Mennonite Church Canada says he underwent an epiphany as he served communion at the annual conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada this summer.
Sunday, September 24th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include: the Mennonite Central Committee is concerned about move of some Mexican Mennonite colonies to Columbia, a Mennonite church in New Mexico is the first in the U.S. To hire an openly LGBTQ person as lead pastor and a song has been written specifically for the Mennonite Church Canada special assembly coming up in mid-October in Winnipeg.
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include Portage Avenue Church in Winnipeg has turned things around after years of decline, young adults in Mennonite Church Canada have expressed their hopes for a special delegate assembly next month and relief agencies like MCC and the Salvation Army say, while attention is focused on disasters in the U.S. And Caribbean, there have been major disasters in India, Bangladesh and penal that require immediate help.
Sunday, September 10th
Stories we're working on this week include, new data shows over half of the population of England now says it has no religion, the Mennonite Central Committee has taken a strong stand against white supremacy and we'll hear about the legacy of Manitoba Hutterite elder Jacob Kleinsasser who passed away in August.
Sunday, September 3rd 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, the North American Vietnamese Mennonite Fellowship has dropped the name Mennonite, Camps with Meaning Manitoba has sold its camp at Moose Lake and two young women from Altona and two from Winnipeg have headed overseas on S.A.L.T. Assignments with M.C.C.
Sunday, August 27th
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include a commentary from a pastor in Selkirk who explains why white supremacy is a sin. We'll also hear about concerns from other church bodies about what happened two weeks ago in Charlottesville, Virginia. Also, we'll have a story about violence affecting Mennonites in Congo, and about a unique new Mennonite Disaster Service project in Colorado.
Sunday, August 20th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, the United Church of Canada has renewed a call to challenge racism, tension over refugees is dividing some churches in the United States and an EMC church in Winnipeg is seeking help to sponsor in more refugees.
Sunday, August 13th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include the Conservative Mennonite Conference has issued an apology to women, Steinbach Mennonite Church has hired a new pastor and we hear from a columnist who makes a strong case for the importance of attending church.
Sunday, August 6th 2017
Michelle Sawatzky is in for Daryl Braun this week for Church News. Have a listen below:
Sunday, July 30th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, Eastern Mennonite Missions was invited for the second straight year to participate in the largest U.S. Gathering of Muslims, a Hutterite colony says its involvement in MCC's Grow Hope campaign is part of an effort toward greater community involvement and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in Winnipeg for a Habitat for Humanity project, says this work has allowed him to use his position of power to help others.
Sunday, July 23rd 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, the relatively new Evana network of churches in the United States is seeing significant growth, an EMC congregation in Swift Current has closed its doors and Florida has passed a new law to protect students who express their faith on campus.
Sunday, July 16th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, Mennonite Church USA delegates have charted a path for the future, delegates to the Conference of Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada received several inspiration messages and the Executive Director of Mennonite Church Manitoba shares some thoughts on the similarities between current challenges facing the church and whitewater rafting.
Sunday, July 9th 2017
Daryl Braun is on vacation this week, so Morning Show Co-Host Michelle Sawatzky is behind the mic for this week's edition of Church News. Have a listen below:
Sunday, July 2nd 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include; the EMMC will hold its biannual conference in Winnipeg next week, Mennonite Church USA has suspended the appointment of committee appointee after learning of his sexual orientation and a writer in Christian Week has some thoughts on why non-Christians find Christians offensive.
Sunday, June 25th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include a big revival is underway in the Mennonite church in Tanzania, the Catholic Health Corporation has added board members to overturn a vote that supported assisted dying and an MCC Manitoba staffer is helping churches and individuals dealing with abuse.
Sunday, June 18th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include, Pope Francis is showing his tougher side in disciplining some priests, more church leaders are pleading with Canadians to help millions who are facing famine and Kyrgyzstan is moving to further limit religious activities.
Sunday, June 11th 2017
Stories we're working on this week include; the Jehovah's Witnesses are facing more persecution in Russia, participants in a 600 kilometre walk for indigenous rights, including Mennonite Church Canada, say they got the attention they were seeking and a pastor shares the lessons he learned in the penalty box while playing an intramural college hockey game.
Sunday, June 4th
Stories we're working on this week include, the Mennonite Church of Congo is being hit hard by violence, Christian churches in Sudan are being demolished by the government and a woman from Blumenort, a member of the EMC, has shared some of her experiences on how to welcome your Muslim neighbours.
Sunday, May 28th
Stories we're working on this week include, a writer in the Canadian Mennonite is lamenting the lack of attention to the famine in Africa, the Catholic publication, the Prairie Messenger, has announced it will shut down and a new radio station in Belize is spreading the gospel.
Sunday, May 21st 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include: churches worldwide are being invited to mark world refugee Sunday in June, MCC welcomes new federal government funding for a program that helps convicted sex offenders reintegrate into the community and Sunday is the Global Day of Prayer to End Famine.
Sunday, May 14th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include; Mennonite Church Canada's Executive Minister, Formation and Pastoral Leadership is stepping down, the United Church of Canada has taken a formal position on the assisted dying law and Canadian pastors want Prime Minister Trudeau to repeal a law brought in by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Sunday, May 7th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include: the Salvation Army reports the needs continue to be great in Fort McMurray one year after the wildfire there, churches are calling on the Canadian government to do more about the food crisis in south Sudan and there's growing concern about Russia's moves to restrict religious groups.
Sunday, April 30th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include; Jehovahs' Witnesses have been banned from Russia, a group of Mennonites is taking part in a 600 kilometre walk for indigenous rights in Ontario and the pope urges the powerful to act humbly or risk ruin.
Sunday, April 23rd 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, House Blend Ministries in Winnipeg is selling its house, Mennonite Church Canada is working on transferring its focus to area churches and a new play will tour across Canada portraying the lives of martyrs past and present.
Sunday, April 16th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include: the heads of the Anglican and United Churches in Canada have issued poignant Easter messages, people worldwide are mourning the Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt and the head of Mennonite Church U.S.A. is retiring.
April 9th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, the children at Grace Mennonite Church are involved in a unique project, the Evangelical Mennonite Conference has hired a new conference pastor and a pastor in Russia has been deported under anti-terrorism laws.
April 2nd, 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations in the Congo has been killed, concern is mounting about famine in Africa and the middle east and a series of conferences is dealing with a dark period of Mennonite history in Paraguay where Mennonites collaborated with the Nazis. If you missed Church News, have a listen below.
Sunday, March 26th
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include; the head of the Lutheran Church of Canada has called on members to speak out against racism, the Southern Baptist Convention is working to heal a rift among members and the World Evangelical Alliance has marked the 500th anniversary of the reformation. Have a listen below.
Sunday, March 19th
Stories we're working on this week include, the Salvation Army says it is just about at capacity in handling refugees crossing the border at Emerson, a Mennonite United Nations worker in Congo has been kidnapped and a we'll have a special story about how the Canadian Foodgrains bank first got started.
Sunday, March 12th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include; a forgotten piece of history about how Mennonites were banned from Canada for two years is going viral on social media, the Pope is urging the faithful to look at their Bibles as much as their cell phones and the former executive director of the Canadian conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has written a letter of thanks to church members.
Sunday, March 5th 2017
Stories Daryl Braun is working on this week include, Compassion Canada has been forced to stop its work in India, churches in Manitoba are helping refugees who have crossed the border illegally at Emerson and a former leader of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has some concerns about the future of the conference.
February 26th, 2017
Stories Daryl is working on this week include, the Mennonite World Conference has held the first of its renewal 2027 events, three members of Mennonite Church Canada are organizing a pilgrimage walk in support of indigenous rights and the editor of the EMC messenger has written a critique of the CBC mini-series Pure which focused on Mennonite drug smugglers.
Sunday, February 19th
Sunday, February 12th
Stories Daryl is working on for this week include; the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is responding to severe drought in parts of Africa, member congregations in the Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg have identified their priorities for the future and many evangelical organizations are concerned about U.S. President Trump's desire to ban certain refugees
Sunday, February 5th
Stories Daryl has for this week include; Christian Chruch leaders have reached out with condolences and support for Muslims after last Sunday's attack in Quebec City, the head of MCC Canada has announced his retirement and Mennonite Church Canada has set a date to finalize its Future Directions restructuring
Sunday, January 29th
Stories Daryl is working on for this week include; Mennonite women played a significant role in women's marches last weekend, U.S. Mennonite Brethren sign a memorandum of understanding with MB Mission and C2C and Mennonite Church Canada issues some comments on the T-V series Pure which depicts some Mennonites as drug runners and murderers
Sunday, January 22nd
Stories Daryl has for this week include; the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches has announced an interim Executive Director, Mennonite Church Manitoba is holding meetings on the issue of same-sex marriage and the moderator of the United Church of Canada is urging Christians to treat new U.S. President Donald Trump with dignity, respect and love
Sunday, January 15th
Stories Daryl is working on for this week include; relations between the Catholic Church and China have cooled a bit, a science professor at Providence University College has been recognized for breakthrough research on leukemia and Canadian Mennonite University has announced a centre for environmental and economic resilience