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Alumnus reflects on the heart of generosity

Monday, August 21, 2023 @ 3:40 PM

"I have always been a storyteller," says Ben Borne over a Zoom call from his home in Saskatoon, SK. " And what I'm really good at is bringing people together."

Since graduating from CMU with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013, Borne's various endeavors and accomplishments— which are innumerable, but include podcast host and founding his own public relations firm—all share that similar theme: storytelling.

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Unraveling the modern Mennonite story, one panel at a time

Monday, July 24, 2023 @ 11:39 AM

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

Monday, July 17, 2023 @ 10:14 AM

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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CMU welcomes Dr. Alexander Sawatsky to lead new Bachelor of Social Work degree program

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 @ 10:00 AM

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is excited to announce that Dr. Alexander Sawatsky will join the university as Professor and Chair of Social Work. Sawatsky's appointment starts September 1, 2023, when he will begin working on the development of CMU's new Bachelor of Social Work degree program, set to begin in Fall 2024.

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CMU to launch professionally aligned, socially impactful Bachelor of Social Work degree program

Thursday, May 4, 2023 @ 10:00 AM

Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) is excited to announce the development of a new Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program.

The program will deeply align with CMU's mission and commitments to reconciliation in church and society, as well as Mennonite/Anabaptist traditions of service and community development. This degree will provide students with the skills and abilities needed to help facilitate the health and well-being of vulnerable persons and communities across Canada.

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Breaking barriers: CMU alumnus defends doctoral dissertation on disability theology

Thursday, March 23, 2023 @ 9:00 AM

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

Monday, March 20, 2023 @ 10:30 AM

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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Polarization: Get over it! Stories that lead the way

Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ 10:23 AM

Polarization—just get over it! It's easier said than done. But if we are to take serious steps and effectively engage with others to overcome our extreme differences, where do we start? Canadian Mennonite University's (CMU) upcoming Face2Face discussion will feature a panel of provincial MLAs and policy analysts exploring their unique experiences with polarization.

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CMU alum recontextualizes art song through queer, ecological lens

Monday, January 23, 2023 @ 1:18 PM

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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Peace Beyond Policing: Kristen Wiltshire

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 @ 8:31 AM

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.

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

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