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									8     Canadian Mennonite September 6, 2010


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                  Who are our
    multicultural Mennonites?
                                 By Deb or ah Froese
                     Mennonite Church Canada Rele ase




    O
               nce upon a time, Mennonite       • 30th anniversary of Toronto Chinese
               congregations in Canada could    Mennonite Church, Ont.
               largely define themselves by     • 15th anniversary of First United Spanish
    German or Swiss Mennonite heri-             Mennonite, Vancouver, B.C.
    tage, but no more. Mennonite Church         • Calgary Chinese Mennonite Church,
    Canada congregations now represent          Alta., celebrated the installation of lead
    an increasing variety of cultural and       pastor Joseph Liou.
    ethnic backgrounds; currently, 49 of        • Western Hmong Mennonite Church,
    them worship in 19 languages other than     Maple Ridge, B.C., joined both MC            The “What makes a Mennonite” bro-
    English or German, including Amharic        British Columbia and MC Canada.              chure has been translated into Spanish,
    (Ethiopian and Eritrean), Cantonese,        • Calgary Vietnamese Mennonite Church,       traditional and simplified Chinese,
    Chin, Hmong, Japanese, Karan, Korean,       Alta., held a Vietnamese Sunday service      Korean, Vietnamese and Chin, while
    Laotian, Mandarin, Spanish, Tamil, Thai     in Saskatoon, Sask.                          other language translations, such as
    and Vietnamese.                             • Korean Anabaptist Fellowship in            Hmong and Laotian, are planned.
       As the tapestry of MC Canada grows       Canada celebrated its annual gathering in    These resources are available from the
    more diverse, it has increased oppor-       Calgary during the MC Canada assembly        Mennonite Church Canada Resource
    tunities to learn about Christians from     there. l                                     Centre, Winnipeg, Man.
    around the world, strengthening the de-
    nomination’s relationship with the global
    Mennonite church. Spanish-speaking
    congregations, including First Mennonite
    Church, Kitchener, Ont.; First United
    Spanish Mennonite 
								
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