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Unraveling the modern Mennonite story, one panel at a time

You may think that most books about Mennonites wouldn't dare to begin with young adults drinking, smoking, and driving a car in donuts around a church parking lot, but author Jonathan Dyck isn't so sure.

Dyck (CMU '09) is the author of the award-winning graphic novel Shelterbelts, which explores themes of Queer identity, inclusive churches, the history of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and much more, all set in the fictional, sleepy Mennonite community of Hespeler.

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CMU alumna brings climate action into the provincial election

In 2019, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report stating that a global average temperature increase of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels would significantly increase the severity and occurrence of extreme weather events, forever altering Earth's ecosystems.   

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Sunday@CMU: June 2023

Theme: Reflections From the Road

This month on Sunday@CMU, we are hearing from CMU alumna Erika Enns Rodine, Minister at Altona Mennonite Church. In this new series of meditations, she's using religious billboard messages on the highways of Southern Manitoba as springboards into theological exploration and biblical conversation.

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Breaking barriers: CMU alumnus defends doctoral dissertation on disability theology

Daniel Rempel is smiling from ear to ear.  

Having successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland just a week before the Zoom interview for this story, Rempel was visually, and rightfully, excited to share on his research on the often-overlooked field of disability theology.

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CMU alumna transforms dream for justice through peace program

CMU alumna Odelia Duffus wanted to be a lawyer after she graduated high school. Six years later, she's liaising with the court—but not in the role she expected.

Duffus is a mediator and caseworker with Mediation Services, a Winnipeg-based organization offering conflict resolution and training to workplaces, families, and communities. She wants to make a safer and more just future for all people involved in conflict, by navigating it in ways alternative to conventional punishment. Through mediation, she acts as a neutral third party that hears each side's perspective and helps create an agreement that benefits everyone and an appropriate solution.

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CMU alum recontextualizes art song through queer, ecological lens

At first glance, it may not seem like music, climate justice, and queerness would cross career paths. But Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) alum Anna Bigland-Pritchard has built a life that weaves together these strands.

The 30-year-old soprano lives in Victoria, BC, where she divides her time between studying under renowned soprano Nancy Argenta, managing marketing at Vancouver Bach Choirs, directing music ministry at Oak Bay United Church, and teaching through her small business, ABP Music Studio. She also dedicates time to advocating for climate justice and facilitating workshops on eco-mindfulness, which she has done for institutions like KAIROS, University of Toronto, and CMU.

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Sunday@CMU: January 2023

Theme: Reflections on Five Parables of Jesus

This month on Sunday@CMU, we are hearing from CMU alumnus Kenny Wollmann, a teacher and member of Baker Hutterite Community. In this series of meditations, he reflects on what Jesus' parables tell us about the Kingdom of God, in keeping with the Hutterite liturgical tradition of studying the gospel stories of Jesus' life and ministry in the season between Epiphany and Easter.

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Two CMU alumni prove the value of creative veterinary care

The first veterinary college was created in response to a cattle plague decimating southern France in the middle of the 18th century. Though microbiology had not yet been established as a concrete area of study, the first veterinary scientists worked tirelessly in search of a remedy, and within a few years, the plague was controlled, the cattle population was revived, and France resumed economic stability.

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Peace Beyond Policing: Kristen Wiltshire

What's peace in a society where social systems can do harm to the people they are meant to serve? Jonas catches up with Kristen Wiltshire (CMU '14) on her work in family and social services.

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Theme Music: Urbana-Metronica (wooh-yeah mix) by spinningmerkaba (c) copyright 2011 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/jlbrock44/33345 Ft: Morusque, Jeris, CSoul, Alex Beroza

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Sunday@CMU: October 2022

Theme: Lament and Praise in the Christian Life

This month on Sunday@CMU, we are hearing from CMU alumna Kim Stoesz. Kim is the pastor of community care at McIvor Church, a Mennonite Brethren congregation in Winnipeg. In this series of meditations, she reflects on lament and praise in the life of a Jesus follower.

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