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Sunday@CMU: October 2021

Sunday, October 3, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Theme: "Who do I say that I am?" Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

This month on Sunday@CMU, we are hearing from Marnie Klassen. She is a CMU alumna who graduated in 2021 with an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Theology. Throughout this series of meditations, Marnie explores what we can learn about Jesus from his many I AM statements in the Gospel of John.

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Climate: Conversations

Friday, October 1, 2021 @ 7:59 AM

It's tough talking about climate change, but we need to talk about it. How can we cool down these heated debates? CMU's 2017 Scientist in Residence Dr. Katharine Hayhoe has a few tips.

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Sunday@CMU: August 2021

Sunday, August 1, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Theme: Covered in the Dust of our Good Teacher

This month on Sunday@CMU, we are rebroadcasting a sermon series from Cheryl Braun. Cheryl is a former principal of Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna, MB, and is now the pastor at Glenlea Mennonite Church in Glenlea, MB. She is also a current student in CMU's Graduate School of Theology and Ministry. Throughout this series, she explores Paul's letter to the Colossians and his invitation to consider how we clothe ourselves as people of God.

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Summer 2021 alumni updates

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 8:55 AM

Readers of CMU's The Blazer magazine often say they flip right to the Alumni News section before reading anything else.

Unfortunately, the past several issues of The Blazer were not able to include alumni news. Below is a compilation of news from a few of our alumni (including the most adorable baby photos).

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Germinating Conversations: CMU alumna harvests a decade of content to produce book

Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 10:21 AM

The spring of 2021 saw the release of Germinating Conversations: Stories from Sustained Rural-Urban Dialogue on Food, Faith, Farming, and the Land. Edited by Marta Bunnett Wiebe, a recent graduate of Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) and current Peace and Advocacy Coordinator at MCC Manitoba, and collaboratively published by CMU, A Rocha, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, and Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba, the book emerged out of over a 10-year-long period of class discussions, listening events, and public dialogues between urban and rural farmers in Manitoba. The book surfaces out of these various initiatives producing germinating conversations centred around reconciliation, food production, and ecological crisis. With over 30 participants of both rural and urban contexts, the book attempts to mirror the kind of dialogue, and most importantly, the kind of listening that is required for real conversations to take place.

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CMU alumni guide Canadian newcomers in the search for affordable housing

Monday, April 12, 2021 @ 3:26 PM

CMU alumni Codi Guenther (BA '08, Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies) and Diana Epp-Fransen (BA '03, Biblical and Theological Studies) are aiding newcomers to Canada by guiding them in the search for affordable housing.

Having worked as executive director for New Journey Housing for nearly 12 years, Guenther describes the work as broad ranging, involving everything from filing income tax so that newcomers have access to child benefit taxes, GST cheques, and subsidized housing, to teaching workshops on home rental and home purchasing, financing, budgeting, and investing.

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CMU alumna wins international writing competition with short story

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 @ 3:36 PM

With only 24 hours to write a short story from concept to completion, some writers might buckle under the pressure. But not Katie Doke Sawatzky (CMU '10). The CMU alumna won NYC Midnight's second annual 250-word Microfiction Challenge, chosen for first place out of more than 5,400 other contestants from around the world.

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Alumnus receives Lieutenant-Governor's Award for advancing interreligious understanding

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 @ 1:45 PM

On February 16, John Longhurst received the Lieutenant-Governor's Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding, an annual honour presented to a Manitoban who embodies understanding between religious groups.

Longhurst graduated in 1979 from Mennonite Brethren Bible College, one of CMU's predecessor colleges, and was CMU's Director of Communications from 2005-09. He has been a freelance faith columnist and reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press since 2003. Two years ago, he initiated a project to increase religion coverage at the Free Press, one of the reasons he has earned this award.

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CMU alumna works for gender equality in practicum turned career

Friday, January 22, 2021 @ 9:48 AM

Ennet Bera hadn't even donned her graduation cap yet when she got her first job in the non-profit sector.

Bera (CMU '19) graduated with a Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development. She is program assistant for the Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT), which operates through the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation in Winnipeg.

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CMU alumni and the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 9:49 AM

Out of the many pockets of opportunities that come from completing a bachelor's degree at CMU, more and more graduates have turned their attention to the Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) situated in the West Broadway neighbourhood of Winnipeg, MB. With many CMU alumni joining the CTRI community and clinical director Vicki Enns' role teaching in CMU's Canadian School of Peacebuilding, the connection between the two institutions runs deep. CTRI, made up of a wide variety of therapists, workshop facilitators, and administrative staff offers training materials and resources focused on keeping the public trauma-informed. Their sibling division, Achieve Centre for Leadership, sets its sights specifically on how workplaces can foster leadership skills, conflict resolutions, management skills, and emotional intelligence.

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