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House of Friendship Church Partnerships Manager - part time

We are seeking a creative, resourceful and highly relationship-driven church specialist who has credibility and expertise in leading and co-creating mutually beneficial partnerships with local Christian church communities of all denominations, as well as other faith communities. As a valued member of the Fundraising team, reporting to the Development Director, you will be instrumental in growing support for our mission.

This is a part time, permanent position of 25 hours per week, with the flexibility to work weekends to participate in church gatherings or community events. This is a new role with the potential of increasing hours in the future depending on the need.

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Theatre of the Beat -#ChurchToo

Ottawa Mennonite Church
October 26th at 7:00 pm

#ChurchToo is still on tour and coming to Ontario again in the fall. If you would like to book a performance or would like more information, please be in touch with Laura McCallum, Artistic Director of Theatre of the Beat.  

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Join us at House of Friendship's annual

Friendship Dinner on Saturday, October 26, 5 pm. at a new location - Lot 42 (Kitchener). We will mark 80 years of service in partnership with this community, and share our vision of integrating healthcare in to shelter services to improve health outcomes and benefit the entire community.  Tickets at

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Deacons of Jazz Concert Fundraiser
in support of Breslau Mennonite Church Refugee Sponsorship

Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 at Breslau Mennonite Church. 
Freewill donation.  Jazz music and decadent desserts!

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Kindred Charitable Fund Accepting Applications Until October 31

The Kindred Charitable Fund is now accepting applications for the 2020 grant cycle. Grants are available for projects or initiatives that support Kindred’s purpose to inspire peaceful, just, and prosperous communities. The application deadline is October 31, 2019.

As part of the grant program, the Kindred Charitable Fund will award a $10,000 focus grant to a project that advances food security, affordable housing, or climate action.

Visit for more information. Questions can be directed to or call 519.746.1010, ext. 5243. Please feel free to share this announcement with community organizations that may be interested in applying.

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Pastors in Exile Retreat
Grounding Retreat: Discovering our Sacred Gifts in Climate Emergency

November 15-17, 2019 at Loyola House, Guelph

Facing deep grief and dying ecosystems, we come together to ask God: what is emerging? Co-organized with the Student Christian Movement, this partial silent retreat is intergenerational and open to anyone interested in praying in community in the context of climate change. 

For more information and to register, visit:

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20% off Purpose Magazine and Other Great Reasons to Subscribe:


  1. Purpose is a monthly magazine of short, everyday inspirational stories to encourage and strengthen your faith.
  2. Each issue is built around a theme (e.g., God's Presence, Transformed in Christ, Fruit of the Spirit), and starting in December will include a one-page guide to equip mid-week group leaders, adult Sunday school teachers, and others to lead a session on the designated theme.
  3. Purpose is a low-key outreach tool--easy to share with a neighbour or family member or anywhere: your church foyer or library, or ask if you can place a copy at the hospital, care home, or wherever there's a waiting room.
  4. Published by MennoMedia, now offering 20% off for Canadians, so an annual subscription is $32.52  (including GST). Call toll free 1-800-245-7894 and mention Gathering 2019 (and yes, you can use this code even if you weren't at the gathering). 
  5. Former MC Canada pastor April Yamasaki is the new editor--for more information or how you can write for Purpose, contact her at
Fully online seminary graduate certificate program. Strengthen the biblical and theological foundation for your work through Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary’s fully online Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. Develop a plan of study that matches your interests. Ideal for church leaders, bivocational pastors and other professionals.
Professor of Biblical Studies position open. This full-time position with Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, starts July 1, 2020. Preferred qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent; expertise in Old Testament or New Testament studies and competence to teach in the other testament; intercultural competency; and the ability to inspire students in face-to-face and online learning environments.
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  • Exhibit Opening: The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Drone Dialogues, “Exploring human culture through drone technology”, Thursday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.

  • New Fraktur Exhibit

    Dates: May 6 – October 25, 2019
    Come visit the Grebel Gallery’s latest exhibit, New Fraktur, at Conrad Grebel University College. Meg Harder’s recent work considers the social history of fraktur, an imaginative, densely detailed, and symbolic illuminated folk art practiced by early Mennonite settlers in the region. Summer hours M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm. See more at
    Grebel Gallery, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N., N2L 3G6

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  1. Prospective students, check out the CMU Open House on Oct. 25 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Discover what CMU has to offer as you explore the campus, meet with faculty, attend a class, and more. Tours of CMU campus with an Admissions Counsellor leave every half hour from Marpeck Commons. See house for details.
  2. Registration is now open for the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, Jun. 8-12 and 15-19, 2020. Go to for more information and to apply for your choice of five-day courses on topics such as Indigenous politics and land, leadership in polarized environments, active bystander training, religion and violence, Indigenous graphic novels and reconciliation, and trauma and healing.