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Mennonite Central Committee Canada encourages Anabaptist congregations to observe Peace Sunday prior to Remembrance Day as a reminder of Jesus’s call to love our enemies and resist evil without violence. MCC’s 2011 Peace Sunday packet “Prayers and practices of nonviolence,” containing worship resources and suggestions for learning and action, and the supplement “Timeline and stories of nonviolence” (accounts of nonviolence over the last 100 years) are available for free download at canada.mcc.org/peace/peacesunday.—MCC release


A Bolivian court convicted 8 Mennonite men of aggravated rape after a 2-month trial brought to light the systematic rape of more than 100 women and girls over 5 years in Manitoba Colony. Of the men, 7 were sentenced to 25 years; the accomplice who supplied materials for sedating victims was sentenced to 12 and a half years. All pleaded not guilty and were tried as a group. A ninth suspect remains at large. MCC, which supports a nearby rehabilitation centre for men seeking freedom from addictions, has offered support to the colony.—Mennonite Weekly Review

Winnipeg-based multicultural Christian media outreach Family Life Network welcomes Jurgen Rausch as their first director of donor relations. Jurgen has served in donor development for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and Shepherd Village Foundation in Toronto. A graduate of Tyndale University, he is completing his masters of business administration at Trinity Western University with a non-profit specialty. Jurgen and wife Reni reside in Lindsay, Ont.—FLN release


Representatives of the Seventh-day Adventists and Mennonite World Conference held the first of several theological conversations June 28–July 1 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. The meeting, centred on “Living the Christian life in today’s world,” included papers on nonviolence, nonconformity, healing/salvation and ecology, and the mission of the church. Canadians Jack Suderman and Tom Yoder Neufeld were among MWC’s representatives.
—MWC release

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