MC Canada update - August 6, 2019

Published August 6, 2019

Shake: Rattled by the Radical  

Update from June Miller, MCA Communicator 

Filtered by natural light, the room vibrated with the rhythm of the music as instruments and voices merged. 119 youth and sponsors filled the space with excitement and expectation, ready to be shaken.  A year of planning culminated to this moment in time. Kirsten Hamm-Epp (MC Saskatchewan) and Kathy Giesbrecht (MC Manitoba) led the planning team. The worship services were woven together like an artisan weaves a basket. Every strand unique yet together creating a masterpiece. The presence of God was in the house.  

More than a youth event, Shake: Rattled by the Radical, held at MC Sask’s Shekinah Retreat Centre from July 28 – August 1, was an encounter with God. Morning and evening worship framed the days. Moses Falco, pastor of Sterling Mennonite in Manitoba, shared each morning about the prophet Jeremiah who warned the people to turn around, to stay away from the metaphorical cliff. The prophet was calling God’s people back to the ancient path of God’s wisdom and shalom – where the good way lies. Following daily themes, shalom needs to be restored with Creator and creation, with relationships and reconciliation, and with being hol(e)y and healthy.  

A highlight for many included a visit to Stoney Knoll, treaty 6 territory. The land, originally given to the Young Chippewayan band was sold unwittingly to Mennonites and Lutherans. Now the three groups work together to seek restitution for the Young Chippewayans. 

Check out a wonderful summary video at

Prayer of Gratitude for Shake: 

“At the beginning of this day, we open ourselves to You.” We began each day at Shake: Rattled by the Radical with these words, inviting God to be present among us, and to shake and rattle us into faithful disciples of the Radical. For the 119 youth and leaders who gathered together July 28- August 1, it was truly an experience of ‘Shekinah’, our location, and also a Hebrew word meaning ‘the presence and glory of God’. We want to express our deep gratitude for each one who attended, travelling from near and far, for all those whose work made the event possible, and a special thank you for all the prayers and support offered up on our behalf. For these things, and much more, let us join together nationwide to say, thanks be to God.    

By Kirsten Hamm-Epp, MC Sask Regional Church Minister

Global Climate Strike 

The Global Climate Strike is happening September 27. This is an opportunity to join others across the Earth who are concerned about climate change and humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels. Go to or search Facebook to sign-up and check for local events near you. 


Indigenous – Settler Relations 

Spruce River Folk Fest 

On August 10, the Spruce River Folk Fest is taking place to raise awareness for landless First Nations in Saskatchewan. MCC Sask is the lead organizer and many friends from our church community are helping out. Please pray for a good turnout, for growth in learning how to honour Treaty relationships, and ultimately, for justice to be done for the wellbeing of these Indigenous bands. Go to for more information. 


International Witness Prayer Requests 

Give thanks for the opportunity that Joji Pantoja had to present at the second Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival in July.  As chair of Mennonite World Conference’s Peace Commission, she also worked on an Indigenous Peoples Resource Booklet and a Conscientious Objector Document. At the same time, Dann Pantoja team taught a course at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding on “Justice, Peacebuilding and a Theology of Struggle.” Pray that God will bless the teaching, learning, and resourcing done by this couple around the world as well as in the PeaceBuilders Community in Mindinao, Philippines.   

Pray for young Chinese church leaders as they gather in early August to worship, study, and support each other. Resources developed by Palmer Becker for the booklet “What is an Anabaptist Christian?” will be used to study together. 

Pray for Tom and Christine Poovong, Witness workers in Thailand. They report disciple groups that they call Peace Communities in 11 out of 20 provinces in the northeastern Isan area of Thailand. Tom spends much time travelling to these communities for teaching and encouragement. Pray for safety on the roads. 

Witness worker Bock Ki Kim is excited about the beginning of a peace journal he is helping to publish in South Korea. Praise for the second editorial meeting to set direction for the next year went well.  Pray for those involved in this important publication.



Worship Calendar: 

Aug 6                   Hiroshima Day -

Aug 9                   International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples -  

Sept 8                  Christian Formation Sunday -

Sept 22                International Peace Sunday -

Sept 30                Orange Shirt Day -  

Oct 4                    World Animal Day –  

Oct 6                    World Communion Sunday -  

Oct 10                  World Mental Health Day -  

Oct 13                  Thanksgiving -  

Oct 16                  World Food Day -  

Oct 27                  Mennonite Heritage -  


Summer Reading List: 

Summer is not over yet and that means that there’s still time to read. Check out our Summer Reading List and pick up a book (or four) to read before the summer is over. We have great titles like Four Gifts by April Yamasaki, How the Bible Actually Works by Peter Enns, and Wisdom of the Homeless by Neil Craton.  


Share Your Works: 

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Featured Resources:

2019 MC Canada Gathering Plenary Videos 

Dr. Elaine Heath was the featured speaker at Gathering 2019. Author, speaker, and former dean of Duke Divinity School, Heath is passionate about community as a means of healing trauma, emergent forms of Christianity, and alternative forms of theological education for the church in rapidly changing contexts. You can find videos of her talks at Gathering 2019 by visiting