#churchtoo - Theatre of the Beat tour

posted 17 Oct 2018, 21:09 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 17 Oct 2018, 21:12 ]

Theatre of the Beat is taking its new play, #ChurchToo on tour across Canada.

Two Alberta performances:

Oct 30 - Edmonton First Mennonite
Nov 2 - Calgary First Mennonite

Both show at 7pm
Pay What You Can

Artfully depicted through a variety of scenes and relationships, #ChurchToo explores the struggle of wading into the realities of sexual assault and examines the difficulties of speaking out in a community where the topic of sex is often considered taboo. Follow an array of characters through seven vignettes, each bringing to life stories about hidden trends within our church communities. From the secret relationship of a young woman and her pastor, to discriminatory church policies, all the way to bringing forth allegations against persons in power, #ChurchToo illuminates the messy dynamics that accompany the complicated truths of power and sexual abuse.

Tickets: Pay-what-you-can at the door (suggested donation: $15/person)

Running Time: 100 minutes, no intermission
**There will be a 20 minute talkback following the performance.

Creative Team:
Director: Matt White
Dramaturg: Johnny Wideman
Stage Manager: Chad Dembski

Megan Fowler
Brendan Kinnon
Lindsey Middleton
Robert Murphy

Alison Brookins
Jonathan Brower
Joy De Vito
Carolyn (Charlie) Gray
Gary Kirkham
Megan Piercey Monafu
Hillary Rexe

Thanks to Mennonite Central Committee and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada for sponsoring this tour.

Content Advisory: #ChurchToo deals with sexual misconduct, abuse, and assault. Not recommended for audiences under the age of 14.

Film: "Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life"

posted 17 Oct 2018, 11:09 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Film: "Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life"

Premiere Screening of Local Documentary 
When:  Friday, October 19, 2018
Where:  Reunion Station, 4112-53 Avenue, St. Paul, AB.
Screenings:  9:00-11:30am and 6:00-8:30 pm

The film will run for 50 minutes with discussion to follow.
Please join us for the first public viewing of this local production that focuses on oral-teachings of treaties and Indigenous and nonIndigenous relations in St. Paul, Alberta.
Refreshments served
Financial Support:  University of Alberta (Faculty of Extension), City of Edmonton, Mennonite Church of Canada, Esther Johnson (personal donation).

Poster attached below for promotional use.

Update from Werner and Joanne

posted 10 Oct 2018, 16:06 by June Miller, MCA Communications

October 10, 2018
Update from Werner and Joanne

Joanne is being taught how to make proper Ethiopian coffee- roasting on a little fire in her friend's home.

After a short delay due to violence in the capital city, Werner is now teaching two courses (Spiritual Formation, and Anabaptist History and Thought). The students are open and engaging even though there seems to be a wide range of English abilities. He has over 40 students in each class. 

Impressed by the social justice emphasis on the campus, Meserete Kristos College has a community development track which includes courses on peace & development, caring for the poor, and restorative justice. Werner and Joanne are currently assessing opportunities for prison visitation in the capitol, which would provide a great opportunity for the students.

Joanne is starting a weekly English tutorial & has been invited to preach at one of the student’s Mennonite church in the coming weeks.

Twenty Years at Foothills

posted 4 Oct 2018, 19:22 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Twenty Years at Foothills

Foothills Mennonite
marked twenty years of ministry in their congregation by Doug and Rose Klassen with a potluck lunch. Congratulations were received from their children (Danielle, Jana, & Levi), the Mennonite Church Alberta executive (Tim Wiebe-Neufeld), from the previous pastors (Rev. Bill and Helen Kruger), and from international pastoral interns serving at Foothills over the years. On behalf of the congregation Deanna Willms thanked Doug and Rose for their pastoral and music ministries.

Many of Doug's gifts were highlighted, in particular his ability to harness the energies of the congregation, as manifested by shared ministries with MCC in the Generations at Risk project and the birthing of the Foothills Mennonite Guest House. The ongoing ministry of the Guest Home supports family members undergoing treatment at Calgary hospitals. It was a need identified by Doug during his hospital chaplaincy some years ago and became an outreach ministry at Foothills. In characteristic fashion, Doug's sermon on this day was inspired by finding the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary: shingling his roof.

Mike Beriault
FMC Board Chair

Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

posted 4 Oct 2018, 09:12 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated ]

Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

On Thursday, October 25, Trinity Mennonite will host a night with Dr. Wes Thiessen who will be speaking at the Edmonton Christian-Muslim Dialogue on Saturday.

Dr. Thiessen holds a PhD in Islamic history from the University of Victoria. Combined with his experience of teaching English in Tunisia, he has a unique perspective on Muslims and Islam.

Please note, our original speaker Dr. John Hartley had to cancel last minute due to a family situation. We are fortunate to have Dr. Thiessen in Calgary who can step into the role on such a short notice.

Admission is free and is open to all. Registration is recommended, however.

For questions on registration, please contact June Miller

DNA & Geneology

posted 21 Sep 2018, 15:50 by June Miller, MCA Communications

DNA & Genealogy with Tim Janzen MD

Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta
Fall Conference Nov. 24, 2018, 10 AM - 4 PM
Lendrum Mennonite Church, Edmonton

Registration - $20.00

MC Canada Communications Survey

posted 19 Sep 2018, 14:15 by June Miller, MCA Communications

MC Canada Communications Survey

Anyone who attends a MCA church is invited to participate in a 10-minute survey. The intent of the survey is to assists with planning MC Canada's communications strategy. The survey can be found online at Paper copies are available as needed. Please contact your church office.

Oct 27 Christian-Muslim Dialogue

posted 18 Sep 2018, 22:22 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 22:25 ]

Walking Together:
Experiencing Peace in our Midst

Zaid A Rawni (Burlington, ON), CEO of Islamic Relief Canada.

Dr. John Hartley
(Yale University, New Haven, CT), Founder of "Pathways for Mutual Respect."

October 27, 208
ARCA Banquet Hall
14525 127 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Doors Open: @ 9:30 am
Session @ 10:00 am
Admission $10

Register at

Valaqua Fall Work Day

posted 18 Sep 2018, 22:09 by June Miller, MCA Communications

Help us get camp ready for winter! We'll split wood, clear brush, take down tipis, and remove docks. Lunch, coffee and snacks are provided.

Saturday, September 29 9am - 4pm
(403) 637-2510

Prairie Youth Gathering

posted 4 Sep 2018, 09:03 by June Miller, MCA Communications   [ updated 4 Sep 2018, 09:13 ]

Prairie Youth Gathering 2019
July 28- August 1 (2019)
Shekinah Summer Camp, SK

This event is open to youth from across Canada entering grades 6-12 in the 2018-19 school year, and is being created to nurture, infuse, and expand our life in God and our life together. More information, fun promo videos, and updates will be available soon at, and by following us on Instagram at

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