Jun 9, 2017

Interview with Marlene Bogard by Elsie Rempel, May 2017

Marlene Bogard, currently living in Salem Oregon after several decades in Kansas, has joined the Salem Mennonite Church. In Kansas, Marlene served Western District Mennonite Conference as Minister of Christian Nurture and Resource Library director; a role in which she collaborated closely with Mennonite Church Canada's Resource department.  Since 2015, she has been the Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA, a role in which she collaborates with MW Canada in the Annual Bible Study Guide (BSG) project.

Elsie: How do you see your faith playing a role in the work that you have chosen?
Marlene: I live out my discipleship in my job. When I use my gifts of administration, creativity, networking, and humour, I feel like I'm in a place where God has called me, I feel alive, useful, rooted, validated.

Elsie: What are some of your challenges?
Marlene: Because the broader Mennonite church is in transition, we need to be more creative in offering meaningful materials, events, and connections.  A constant challenge is to imagine how we might attract younger generations of women.

Elsie: What are the highlights?
Marlene: I experience joy when I am with women who gather for support, prayer, and earnest conversation. God's spirit is alive and well in these friendships.

Elsie: What's new among MW USA?
Marlene: In 2017 we are celebrating 100 years of MW history, some of which is shared with our sisters north of the border. Our theme is “Fruit from the Vine” taken from John 15:5. We are happy to announce the publication of “Circles of Sisterhood, a history of Mennonite Women's Organizations” by Anita Hooley Yoder, published by MennoMedia.

Elsie: One ministry of your group, which Canadian women have appreciated, is Sister Care. Can you Share a story with us.
Marlene: A favorite story is about Suzette Schreffler of the Northern Cheyenne in Montana. She attended a Sister Care Seminar in Winnipeg with Indigenous Relations and was so inspired that she is  now leading weekly encouragement sessions with young women in detention centers.  She uses parts of the Sister Care materials and finds the women very engaged.  I believe Sister Care addresses the needs of all women’s hearts, across cultures.

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May 25, 2017

2017 BIBLE STUDY GUIDE ~ Live Your Call

Mennonite Women Canada, together with Mennonite Women USA and MennoMedia, publishes an Annual Bible Study Guide which is available through MennoMedia and CommonWordA complimentary copy is sent to each Mennonite Church Canada affiliated congregation ~ c/o the pastor, the office administrator or the women's ministry coordinator. 

Is this what my life was meant to be? Caught up in the everyday realities of life? Are you left wondering how you fit into God’s larger mission? 

Live Your Call empowers and motivates women to name and share their gifts as they serve God. This twelve-session Bible study guides women toward the Spirit’s gentle nudging or firm push on their lives so that they can clarify and participate in God’s mission. Author Anna Leichty Sawatzky draws deeply from stories in the Gospels, both to affirm and challenge women to live out their God-given calling and to empower them to share the good news with others.

  • Women’s Bible study that gets everyone into their Bibles and helps them notice God’s calling in their lives.
  • Excellent for individual study, women’s groups, and retreat settings, the session nurture faith in new and active ways and encourage women in their Christian walk.
  • 12 sessions of study plus one worship service in each guide.
  • Commissioned by Mennonite Women Canada and Mennonite Women USA



SGAF Application Deadline - June 30

Mennonite Women Canada offers scholarships to women who are studying Anabaptist theology at a Master's level through their Spiritual Growth Assistance Fund. This includes academic and/or practical courses in church related ministries (such as seminary, theology, peace and conflict resolution). Members of a congregation belonging to Mennonite Church Canada are eligible to apply.  Funding may be granted for part of the tuition costs (payable to the institution) at the discretion of the executive of MW Canada.  First time applicants are given priority, but applications for continuing support are also considered.  
The deadline for applications is June 30.
Applications can be downloaded from our website - click here.

May 12, 2017

Mennonite Women Tour to Tanzania in 2018

Join Mennonite women from across Canada for a 9-day intergenerational women’s tour in Tanzania in 2018.
  • Visit with Christians who are helping Tanzanian children at a school supported by a monastery and a unique community library started by a Canadian Mennonite.
  • Learn about the Maasai way of life in a traditional village.
  • Buy unique crafts at a local market and a social enterprise for people with disabilities.
  • Interact with local Mennonite congregations and/or women’s groups.
  • See elephants, lions, giraffes, monkeys, zebras and other wildlife plus a large assortment of colourful birds on two safaris. 
Tour includes opportunities to share your skills and stories with local women through “wisdom  exchanges”. You can also participate in a fundraising project that will benefit Tanzanian women. During the tour, deepen relationships with fellow travellers and foster connections with Tanzanians. Grow in your faith in Christ as you pray, worship, and reflect. Tour leader, Shirley Redekop, is the President of Mennonite Women Canada.

Women Walking Together in Faith - May 2017 - "Levelling the playing field"

     The latest of our bi-monthly articles in the Canadian Mennonite is written by our President, Shirley Redekop.  She begins her article : The saying goes, “There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots, the other is wings.” My husband and I encouraged our children to fly and prayed we gave them roots.
     Shirley continues ..... it is our daughter Hannah who is now a long-term CPT volunteer in Colombia. She’s been there for four years now, walking with farmers who are at risk of being forcibly displaced from their land, and learning about the challenges women face in that setting.
     Earlier this year, Shirley and her husband Fred travelled to Colombia to spend some time with Hannah.  Read more about their experiences HERE.
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Pictured l to r: Maria Angela Peinado; Hannah, Fred and Shirley Redekop;
 Maricela Jimenez; and Pierre Shantz. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Redekop)

     
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Shirley and Hannah walk the Camino Real in Barichara, Colombia. 
(Photo courtesy of Shirley Redekop) 


Shirley and Hannah visit villages along the Magdalena River
in Colombia. (Photo courtesy of Shirley Redekop)
 
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